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HOW TO GET STARTED with the wcdf fundraising platform


Financial need is one of the main issues facing many upcoming athletes.  WCDF helps athletes raise money for their expenses by providing back-end support, but does not raise money directly for specific or individual athletes. World Cup Dreams Foundation (WCDF) exists to support, protect and inspire athletes.  WCDF does not want to see a lack of funding stand in the way of our athletes reaching their full potential.  

An athlete must fill out a Grant Application before starting or receiving any grant money from WCDF.  Donations go directly to WCDF (not the athlete), we can only grant money to athletes who have documented financial need (shown in the application).  WCDF can issue grants on behalf of athletes directly to US Ski and Snowboard, which has several benefits (Tax issues, NCAA eligibility, etc.) or if an athlete's expenses are outside of US Ski and Snowboard, WCDF can issue grants directly to the athlete.

Raising money through WCDF provides a tax benefit for the donor. With 501(c)3 non-profit status, WCDF can enable the donation through funds or trusts that can only donate to a registered non-profit.  In order to do this properly, the correct process must be followed for WCDF to remain compliant with IRS regulations. 

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Can athletes fundraise on behalf of WCDF?  Athletes are encouraged to fundraise for WCDF. However, it's important to note that raising funds for WCDF does not entitle athletes to a grant or other financial support from WCDF, nor is raising funds for WCDF a requirement for receiving a grant or other financial support from WCDF. Awards or grants received by athletes are solely based on meeting the grant requirements set forth by WCDF.

How can athletes raise funds for WCDF? Athletes can organize fundraising initiatives such as online campaigns, events, or sponsorships. They can promote these activities to support WCDF's mission and grant programs. Checks should be made to "World Cup Dreams Foundation" (not the event name or athlete's name). When promoting events, please use terms like "benefiting WCDF”, not terms like “grant for Athlete X" or “benefitting for Sierra Nevada University ski team”.

Are donations tax deductible?  Yes, WCDF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible following IRS regulations. Donors receive a letter with WCDF's federal tax ID number for documentation.

Are there specific guidelines for athlete-led fundraising? Yes, athletes should ensure that all fundraising efforts are transparent and comply with legal and ethical standards, including local fundraiser registration requirements, if applicable. They must communicate that funds raised benefit WCDF's initiatives and programs, not payments or rewards to individual athletes.

Can athletes use WCDF's name or logo in fundraising efforts?   Athletes can use WCDF's name and logo when promoting fundraising activities that benefit WCDF's mission. However, any usage must be approved by WCDF to maintain brand integrity.


Will funds raised by athletes go directly to them?   No, funds raised by athletes on behalf of WCDF are designated for WCDF's programs and initiatives. All funds raised by athletes go directly to WCDF. Due to IRS regulations, WCDF does not pass funds directly to individuals or fundraise for or on behalf of specific individuals. We carefully evaluate needs and qualifying criteria before issuing grants to athletes.

How does WCDF support athlete-led fundraising efforts?? WCDF provides guidance, resources, and tools to help athletes plan and execute fundraising campaigns effectively. This includes online fundraising platforms, promotional materials, and donor management support.

Who can athletes contact for fundraising support? Athletes can contact WCDF's fundraising team for assistance, guidance, and approval of fundraising activities. Contact information can be obtained from WCDF's official website or through designated staff members.

What are the benefits of athlete-led fundraising for WCDF? Athlete-led fundraising enhances community engagement, raises awareness of WCDF's cause, and generates vital financial support for programs that benefit aspiring athletes with a World Cup Dream.


Apply to be eligible to use the WCDF platform for fundraising




Click DONATE NOW.  Designate to the Dreamer Athlete Grant. Donors can write a comment honoring the athlete they are rooting for. We can accept payment via CC, ACH, or Paypal. 


Have donors mail checks to WCDF

  • Check Made out to “World Cup Dreams Foundation"

    1. Not Your Name!

    2. Your name in the “memo line”

  • Send Check (and other info) to:

World Cup Dreams Foundation

PO Box 248

Keene, NY 12942

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Call Tommy Biesemeyer at 518.637.1078



World Cup Dreams will track all donations and disperse funds to the Dreamer Athlete as receipts are submitted. While WCDF will provide donors with a tax receipt, we ask that you thank your donors! 

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