Welcome to Reach Leadership:

The Reach Leadership Program was created to provide an opportunity for students and today’s youth to get involved in philanthropy while learning invaluable life skills. By establishing a Reach Leadership Club at your school you will be providing your peers the opportunity to support your community through service, volunteerism and fundraising.  Reach Leaders will begin the process of learning what it takes to successfully create, run and manage various fundraising events while learning invaluable entrepreneurial and team building.  The ultimate goal: raise funds and awareness for children and families facing the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis in your own community. 


The Mission:

Family Reach is a national nonprofit dedicated to alleviating the financial burden of cancer. Working with more than 200 hospitals and cancer centers nationwide, we provide immediate financial assistance, education and navigation to families before they hit critical breaking points. We believe everyone deserves a fair shot at getting to the other side of cancer.  For more information, visit www.familyreach.org/our-mission


Why Get involved:  

  • Make a tangible difference in the lives of children and families battling cancer.
  • Create awareness of the financial burden of cancer and how it affects the patient, caregivers and families in your community.
  • Be a leader in your school and help peers grow as compassionate agents of social justice – both as high school students and throughout their lives.
  • Be a leader in your community and school as a role model setting an example of empathy and compassion.
  • Develop life & business skills – entrepreneurship, financial responsibility, event planning, recruitment, volunteer management, marketing and promotions, communications and time management.
  • Fulfill academic community service & volunteerism requirements
  • Enhance your qualifications for universities, internships, and scholarships

How to get started:

  1. Review the Reach Leadership Guidelines (below)
  2. Determine the internal process for setting up an official club within your school.
  3. Submit a Reach Leadership Form for approval.
  4. Upon Family Reach approval, establish an Official Club with an academic advisor.
  5. Set Up Fundraising Page as a baseline of communication and donations.
  6. Get Started – create a fundraising and awareness plan within your school and with your peers.

Students are encouraged to join and contribute to these activities throughout their years leaving a legacy club for future student. Many of the fondest and lasting memories and friendships of the high school years will be forged by participating in Reach Leadership.



  • Establish an official club within your school or community as noted in the “How to get started” outline
  • Set-up a Family Reach school fundraising page: fundraise.familyreach.org/leadership
  • Create a school year-long plan which would incorporate the following initiatives:
    • Create awareness for the Reach Leadership Club and Family Reach mission
    • Recruit members
    • Have a minimum of 1 meeting per month
    • Design & Implement 2-3 fundraisers throughout the year
  • Commit to Reporting Results for Recognition Program

Students are encouraged to join and contribute to these activities throughout their school years leaving a legacy club for future student. Many of the fondest and lasting memories and friendships of the high school years will be forged by participating in Reach Leadership.


Family Reach will provide marketing, communications, fundraising and inspirational support for members of the Reach Leadership Program. This includes:

  • Reach Leadership clubs will receive family stories & photographs through our blog to help communicate our mission and provide inspiration for your awareness and fundraising campaigns.
  • Family Reach maintained peer-to-peer fundraising platform, Classy.org, to support fundraising efforts.
  • Access to Family Reach Operations staff to help troubleshoot any administrative problems while using fundraising pages.
  • Downloadable Support:
    • Communication Toolkit:  consisting of social media tips, logos, graphic images and design support templates.
    • Fundraising Toolkit: to help learn best practices for fundraising, communication and event management. (coming soon)
  • Select access to Family Reach staff to provide support and attend local events to communicate the mission and inspire team members. (based on geography)
  • Engaged groups will have the opportunity to volunteer at local Family Reach community events.
  • Annual Family Reach Impact Report showing the impact of a club’s fundraising efforts on the children and families we serve. (Minimum of $5,000 raised in year)
  • Inclusion in the Reach Leadership Recognition Program.

Family Reach appreciates the importance of giving-back at an early stage in young people’s lives and has created a Recognition Program to recognize the efforts of its clubs and its members.

  • Letter of appreciation for all club members (list must be supplied by club’s advisor)
  • Letter of recommendation signed by foundation’s Chief Executive Officer for those identified by club’s school advisor.
    • Determined by:
      • Volunteer Hours
      • Recruitment
      • Passion & Initiative
      • Funds Raised
      • Years Involved
    • Each year, the club’s student advisor may only submit a maximum of 5 students, with a maximum of 5 letters per student.

To download this information as a PDF please CLICK HERE.