Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

What is type 1 diabetes (T1D)?

T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin — a hormone essential to turning food into energy.

What is JDRF Walk?

JDRF Walk is our flagship fundraising event and the largest T1D event in the world to raise money for life-changing research. Each year, JDRF Walk brings together more than 900,000 people to change the future of T1D.

How can I find my local JDRF chapter?

With more than 100 chapters, branches, and affiliates worldwide, finding a chapter near you is as easy as clicking here.


REGISTRATION

Is there a registration fee?

Most Walks don't require a registration fee; however, participants are encouraged to support the Walk by fundraising or making a donation.

JDRF Walk is our flagship fundraising event and the largest T1D event in the world to raise money for life-changing research. Each year, JDRF Walk brings together more than 900,000 people to change the future of T1D.

Do I need to register ahead of time?

Yes. Registering online gives you access to a number of great fundraising resources and lets us keep you updated on the latest JDRF and Walk info. It also gives us an idea of how many people to expect at each Walk, so we can plan ahead for refreshments, t-shirts, and volunteer staffing.

I registered last year — do I need to register again this year?

Yes, all participants need to register every year. If you participated last year, you can use your same username and password. If you've forgotten any of your user info, simply click "Forgot Username" or "Forgot Password" at the login screen and you'll receive an email with login assistance.

Can I participate in JDRF Walk if I'm not on a team?

Yes, you can choose to walk and fundraise individually; however, walking with friends, family or coworkers makes the Walk more enjoyable and rallies even more support for JDRF.

How can I join a team?

When you register, you can choose to join an existing team or create your own by registering as a team captain.


FUNDRAISING

How are the funds I raise for JDRF Walk used?

JDRF is the largest nonprofit funder of T1D research in the world.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

No, but we encourage every participant to support JDRF by making a donation and aiming high when setting their fundraising goals.

How are donations made?

Donations can be made via cash, check, or online. All checks should be made payable to JDRF.

Do you accept employer-matching donations?

Yes, talk to your human resources department to find out if your company participates in our matching gift program or search the matching gift database. If so, you can double or even triple your fundraising contribution to JDRF.

Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes, all donations to JDRF are tax-deductible.

Do I raise money based on how far I walk?

No, each walker raises money through flat donations to JDRF.

How do I get a JDRF Walk t-shirt?

Any participants who turn in donations of $100 or more, on or before Walk day, will receive an official JDRF Walk t-shirt.

Can I still fundraise if I can't attend a Walk?

Of course! You can choose to sign up as a "Virtual Walker" when you register. This means that even though you won't be walking in person, you'll still run a fundraising campaign and virtually "walk" to support JDRF.

Can I fundraise after Walk day?

Yes, any funds submitted within four weeks after Walk day are included in qualifying totals for individual fundraising rewards and team awards. Any funds after that are still accepted and although they won't qualify you for rewards, they still go toward life-changing T1D research.

What kind of support will I receive?

JDRF chapter staff can assist you every step of the way with helpful fundraising tools and resources, and any other support you may need.

Is there a fundraising rewards program?

Yes! When you fundraise for JDRF, you show the world that you can make a difference in the lives of millions of people affected by T1D. To thank you for your commitment and hard work, we offer some great prizes as rewards. After your final donations are tallied, you'll select a prize based on the total amount of money you raised.

Check out all the great prizes at our fundraising rewards website by selecting your event below.


WALK DAY

What should I bring the day of the Walk?

Make sure to bring your completed walker donation form and collection envelope with any cash or check donations. Donations can also be handed into your local JDRF chapter beforehand, as you collect them.

How far is each Walk?

Most Walks are three miles long, although they can range from one to five miles. Some have shorter routes for families and children that want to walk, but may not be able to complete a longer route.

What should I wear?

Dress casually and wear comfortable shoes, but make sure to check the weather beforehand so you can dress appropriately.

What if there is inclement weather?

Most Walks take place rain or shine, so make sure to check the weather beforehand and plan accordingly.