APPLYING

Q: Why should I apply to be a GameChanger?
A: GameChangers are upstanding young adults who have demonstrated excellence in their profession, a commitment to bettering their community, and displayed leadership among their peers.  After participating in a series of personal and professional development events and fundraising, GameChangers are honored at  UCF’s annual Blue Jeans {& Bowties} Ball.  GameChangers are also supplied with materials and opportunities to maximize the recognition to continue to excel and grow.

Q: Can I apply to be a GameChanger, or do I have to be nominated?
A: GameChanger applicants can either self-apply or be nominated by a personal or professional contact.

Q: When do applications open?
A: Applications open August 1, 2017.

Q: Do I have to be a certain age to apply?
A: Applicants should be between the ages of 21 and 39.

Q: Do I have to be from a certain area to apply?
A: Applicants should live in the Greater-Baltimore area.

Q: What professional skills or experience do I need to have to be an honoree?
A: GameChanger applicants should be able to show a track record of professional success and growth personally and professionally.  Examples may include advancement within your profession, promotions or raises, leadership opportunities, professional awards, or pursuit of higher education or certifications to further your professional aspirations.  Applicants can also demonstrate their continued professional commitments through the endorsement of a professional contact.

Q: What philanthropic experience should I have to be an honoree?
A: GameChangers are committed to the betterment of their community whether that is through volunteerism or support of UCF or another nonprofit, participation in charitable committees, or other altruistic experience.

Q: When are applications due?
A: Applications must be submitted by September 1, 2017.

SELECTION

Q: When are honorees notified they’ve been selected as an honoree?
A: Honorees will be notified they’ve been selected in early September.  They have until September 20 to accept or decline the honor.

Q: When are honorees publicly announced?
A: Honorees will be formally announced on October 1, 2017.

Q: How are honorees selected?
A: Applications are scored based on rubric balancing philanthropic and professional experience and success.

Q: Do I already have to be a UCF supporter to apply?
A: No, but we think you will become one once you go through the program!  While we certainly encourage existing UCF supporters to apply, you are not required to be one already.

Q: Who selects honorees?
A: A committee made of UCF’s Board of Directors members, UCF staff, and UCF BOYAA members select the honorees.

Q: Can I apply more than once?
A: Applicants may apply more than once.

FUNDRAISING

Q: What is the fundraising minimum?
A: Honorees must raise at least $3,000 by February 1, 2018.

Q: I’m worried about fundraising- how can I be successful?
A: We’ve found that raising $3,000 is totally attainable!  When you are selected and sign on as an honoree we will provide you with a fundraising guide, fundraising benchmarks as well as provide staff resources to make sure you’re successful.

Q: If I don’t raise the $3,000 am I personally responsible for the difference?
A: When you commit to being an honoree you commit to fundraising and we will do our best to support you in your efforts.  The funds support UCF’s mission and support administrative costs and benefits to honorees.  When you sign on as an honoree we will ask you to provide a credit card for the difference if you do not make the minimum by February 1, 2018.

Q: If I’m fundraising through another existing UCF program does that count towards fundraising for this program?
A: Go you!  But, unfortunately, funds raised through other programs satisfy fundraising minimums only for that program.  Honorees must meet their fundraising through independent efforts.

Q: What tools will I be given to support my fundraising?
A: You will be given a personal fundraising webpage, a staff resource to assist with your fundraising, and a fundraising guide.  The fundraising guide includes ideas for fundraising, copy and pasteable language, mission stories, and more.

CURRICULUM

Q: How long is the program?
A: The official program begins October 1st and ends at the Blue Jeans {& Bowties} Ball (early February, 2018).

Q: What benefits do I receive as an honoree?
A: GameChangers receive both materials and swag to promote their dedication to the program.  Benefits include:

  • A platform to assist young adults and their families who have been impacted by cancer
  • Recognition in the Baltimore community as a young professional of note in business and philanthropy
  • Networking opportunities with young professionals, Ulman Cancer Fund Board of Directors, and Ulman Cancer Fund partner organizations
  • Featured in local and social media such as LinkedIn, newspapers, community websites, and magazines
  • Body of Young Adult Advisors Ambassador Membership for 2017-2018
  • Award ceremony at Blue Jeans {& Bowties} Ball with over 800 people in attendance and 2 complimentary tickets
  • 1 complimentary tickets to Screw Cancer Brew Hope (Fall, 2017), hosted by BOYAA
  • Photo and bio on GameChangers Website
  • GameChangers “Badge” and text for inclusion on LinkedIn profile
  • Leather UCF folio
  • Under Armour UCF backpack
  • Under Armour UCF jacket
  • GameChangers lapel pin

Q: What happens once the program finishes?
A: After the Blue Jeans {& Bowties} Ball, GameChangers are honorary BOYAA ambassadors and are invited and encouraged to attend monthly meetings and happy hours.  We will also ask for GameChangers to consider nominating a future honoree and participate in the selection process for the following year.  We hope and believe our Game Changes will become lifelong UCF family members and supporters!

GENERAL

Q: Where do the funds raised go?
A: GameChangers is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) and funds raised help provide direct service to young adults impacted by cancer such as Cancer to 5K, the UCF House, College Scholarships, and more.

Q: Is GameChangers a nonprofit?
A: GameChangers is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. UCF’s Tax ID number is 52-2057636.

Questions?  Contact GameChangers@ulmanfund.org or 410-964-0202 x117