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Stream for Prostate Cancer

How to Get Started Streaming with ZERO

You can begin by creating a fundraiser through Tiltify or Streamlabs Charity. If you would like to see a detailed breakdown of both platforms, click on “Start Fundraising” on our livestream page.

If you need assistance with getting your fundraiser set up, you can join our Discord to ask for assistance or email streaming@zerocancer.org.

Once your fundraiser is up and running, all it takes is a bit of planning and promotion to turbo-charge your fundraising efforts.

  • Choose a Hook Add a bit of spectacle by settling on a special activity, theme, or big reveal for your fundraiser. Give it a name and create promotional materials, so that it feels like a can’t-miss event within your community. <br> ZERO hosts several campaigns throughout the year, including Grow & Give and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. These are excellent opportunities to support the cause and raise awareness.
  • Set up Your Tools We recommend customizing your fundraising page, including explaining your efforts towards the cause, including photos, and adding any custom graphics you’ve made for the campaign. Bonus points for configuring custom overlays in your broadcasting software, including a progress thermometer, donor list, and gift alerts!
  • Motivate Donors Come up with something spectacular when you’ve reached milestones and your overall fundraising goal. Donor perks are a great way to encourage giving, whether it’s a shout-out during your stream, giving access to custom content, offering to have a multiplayer session with donors, or even a giveaway.
  • Spread the Word Promote early and often! Chat about your plans in streams leading up to the fundraiser and post about it on social media and Discord. Add a fundraising link to your streaming profile, and if you’re in touch with other content creators outside of their streams, ask if they’ll mention it.
  • Team Up If you participate in active Discords, throw out the word about your upcoming fundraiser to see if any other streamers have interest in joining a fundraising team. Fundraising teams are easy to set up and a great way to engage in friendly competition.
  • Go Live Now it’s time to fundraise! It may be intimidating at first, but don’t sweat it, everyone is there to help support the cause. Be sure to mention the cause frequently and don’t be afraid to ask for donations, it will encourage giving and keep it fresh as viewers come and go during your stream. Check out the next section for some quick stats and talking points about the impact of each gift. And be sure to show the love each time a viewer donates!
  • Celebrate the Good You’ve Done Thank you! Whether you’ve raised a buck or a billion, you’re making a difference by raising awareness about a deadly – but wholly preventable – disease, and helping patients who have nowhere else to turn! After the fundraiser, be sure to thank your donors and tell the stream what an impact they’ve had.

Make It Outlandish

Promising to do something out-of-the-ordinary if you meet your fundraising goal is a fantastic way to motivate donors.

Promise to take a pie to the face. Cosplay as something ridiculous. Do a 24-hour marathon, watch a terrible movie, try to beat a game with starting weapons, or slog through a game you'd prefer not to touch with a 10-foot pole.

Nothing brings forth the gifts like unleashing your audience's inner troll. Just be sure to keep it safe and within the boundaries of the platform's Terms of Service.

Talking Points

Frequently Asked Questions

Donations, other ways to give, and where the money goes

Gifts covers the costs of expert one-on-one help through the ZERO360 program, which has delivered more than $2.5 Million in debt relief and is has become a crucial lifeline for prostate cancer patients during the COVID-19 crisis. It also drives our community support programs (including peer mentors for patients and caregivers and grants to local community providers) and fuels the fight to protect and expand research funding.
Nobody is better at cutting overhead expenses to put your donation to work fighting prostate cancer: 86¢ on the dollar goes directly to programs and activities. ZERO is the only national prostate cancer nonprofit to have the best-possible grades for financial responsibility and transparency from watchdog groups Charity Navigator (4/4 stars) and GuideStar (Platinum).
Sure. It’s best to avoid collecting money through your own bank, if possible have donors make checks out directly to ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and you can snail-mail them to: 515 King Street Suite 420 Alexandria, VA 22314 Please allow 10-15 business days for processing and we’ll send tax receipts directly to your donors if they’ve provided their contact details.
ZERO is a full-fledged U.S. 401(c)(3), our EIN number is 59-3400922. Your donation is tax free to the full extent of the law, and if you’ve given us your contact info we’re happy to provide any additional tax documents you need beyond what JustGiving, Tiltify, or our website provides.
You can always send people to the ZERO Store, we’ve got branded gear and will handle all of the shipping and packing. ZERO is a Humble Bundle partner too, so purchases you make through our charity link will benefit back to the cause. And don’t forget Amazon Smile, you can select ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and Amazon will donate .5% of all qualifying purchases to the cause.
Depends on your set-up, but usually the gift has to pass through ZERO for us to cut a receipt. Ping streaming@zerocancer.org if you’ve got questions.
You can give on our standard donation form at zerocancer.org/donate.

Content, Behavior, and Getting Help from ZERO

Be yourself. Your followers are tuning in to see you, so we’re not about to ask you to stop playing your favorite game, or change how you normally talk and interact with your community. Make sure your channel has the appropriate content warnings and enabled settings, then stream how you usually would (with regular appeals to donate, of course).
Just the obvious: nothing illegal, hateful, harmful to viewers, or anything that violates sites’ Terms of Service. Don’t give out medical advice. Be clear that your opinions and actions are your own, and not official statements that ZERO has signed off on or something.
Discuss them to your heart’s content; prostate cancer doesn’t care what side of the aisle you’re on, so neither do we. ZERO works with anyone who is interested in protecting patients, expanding and protecting research, and getting us close to ending this disease.

Our talking points and stats are always safe to share. As for the medicine, best to leave that discussion between doctors and patients. ZERO doesn’t back any specific treatments, and our website has all kinds resources for those who need to know more about the disease.

If at all possible, yes. Contact streaming@zerocancer.org and let us know what you’ve got in mind.

About Prostate Cancer

1 in 8 men get prostate cancer, making it the most frequently diagnosed and second most deadly form of male cancer. It’s 99% survivable if caught early, but that chance plummets if it gets a chance to spread and fewer than half of those who get tested should. The result in 2020 has been grim: a man dies of prostate cancer every 16 minutes.
Yes. African American men are more likely to get prostate cancer, and 2.5X more likely to die from it (even compared to Black men in other countries). One in eight men get prostate cancer on average, but that number is higher for military veterans, men of color, those with a family history, and members of the LGBTQ community. COVID-19 has increased danger for prostate cancer patients, as they may have compromised immune systems and many are suffering delays and/or outright lost access to treatment.
Yes, in many ways. Both are the most common forms of cancer for their genders and have similar mortality rates. But much less attention is given to prostate cancer than its female counterpart, it gets a fraction of the research funding, and maybe half as many men get tested for the disease.

ZERO has lead the charge on Capitol Hill to expand and protect prostate cancer research, securing more than $2 Billion in Federal funding to date. We’ve worked with State governments and the VA, expanding healthcare coverage and pathways to treatment for men who have increased risk of prostate cancer, including military veterans, African Americans, and those with family histories. And we’ve awarded millions in community grants for local patient support, testing, education, and research.