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Rules & Frequently Asked Questions

Official Rules

Participants of the Jimmy Fund Big Ideas Contest must be eighteen (18) years of age or older and be a legal resident of one of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, as of the date of participation, in order to be eligible for the grand prize. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute employees and affiliates are eligible to participate, but are not eligible to win prizes.

There will be five finalists with one selected as the grand prize winner. No purchase necessary to enter.

View complete Official Rules.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I submit additional materials with the application provided on the Contest website?
Yes, including graphs, charts, and subsequent materials to support your big idea will be accepted with your application.

What if I am selected as a finalist but I cannot attend on the day selected?
Finalists are highly encouraged to attend on the day of the presentations. This is a great way to meet the judges and will also help to market your idea. If you are unavailable, we will explore alternative options with you on a case-by-case basis.

Can I work with a team?
Yes, up to four people can compete together. Please refer to the Official Rules for a break-down of prizes for teams.

If my idea wins, will I be able to help implement it with Jimmy Fund staff?
No, all ideas once submitted will become property of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Please refer to the Official Rules.

Is there an age limit for contestants?
All individuals and members of teams submitting ideas must be eighteen (18) years of age or older. Please refer to Official Rules.

When will I be told if I’m a finalist?
All applicants will be told whether or not they have been selected as a finalist in May. View the full contest timeline.

When will the winner be selected?
The winner will be selected at the official judging event to be held Wednesday, June 10, 2015. View the full contest timeline.

Can I submit more than one idea?
Yes! Individuals or teams can and are encouraged to submit more than one idea.

What is the difference between Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund?
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a world-renowned center for cancer research and care (both adult and pediatric). The Jimmy Fund is the fundraising arm of Dana-Farber—helping to raise critical dollars to support the work of the Institute. While the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana-Farber is specifically for pediatric cancer care, the Jimmy Fund also supports adult cancer care.

If I submit an application, will my name appear publically in connection to the Contest?
If you are selected as a finalist or winner, we reserve the right to use your name for public outreach and news releases. Please refer to the Official Rules for more information.

What criteria will be used for judging the applications?
Judges will be looking for the idea that has the best chance for success. We are looking for an idea that has a realistic chance of raising $100,000 or more for Dana-Farber and has sustainability into the future. In addition, the application needs to cover enough background so that a Jimmy Fund staff member would be able to start preliminary implementation upon review.

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