Frequently Asked Questions

What is Take Steps?

Take Steps  is the Foundation's largest fundraising event of local community walks dedicated to raising funds to find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Participants and teams raise funds throughout the year and come together at the Take Steps walk event to celebrate their fundraising achievements!

How do I register?

You have the option to register as an individual or a team. We encourage you to form a team and invite your friends, family members, coworkers and everyone you know to join as fundraising participants. Kids can join too! Not only will it enhance your experience but it will further help you in your fundraising efforts and ultimately help advance our mission.

Teams include companies, organizations, families, schools, and clubs and can range from as few as five walkers to hundreds! 

When and where is Take Steps held?

Take Steps is held nationwide in the spring and fall. Search for a local walk in your community to get all event details for a specific event. 

How much does it cost to participate?

Each team and individual sets their own fundraising goal and works to achieve that fundraising goal before the walk event. It is critical to have all participants fundraising in order to continue fulfilling our mission to improve the lives of patients living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. 

How do I start fundraising?

Fundraising is at the core of our Take Steps program and those funds are used to advance critical patient care and research for cures. Fundraising can be easy and fun! Start by asking 30 acquaintances to donate $5 in honor of the estimated 3.1 million Americans living with this disease. That equals $150 and you are on your way to reaching your goal!

Contact your local Take Steps staff for added support

Make checks payable to: "Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation" and be sure to add participant/team to be credited with your donation

Use our fundraising tools for more ideas, tips, tricks and tools to increase your impact. 

What does the average participant raise?

Last year, the average participant raised $200 in support of their local walk. Beat the national average and set your goals even higher! Participants who are registered and raise $100 or more will receive incentive items as a way to thank you for your hard work in reaching your fundraising goal. 

Is it difficult to organize a team?

It's not difficult at all. Our team captains lead by example and our staff will provide all the materials, guidance, and motivation you need to form a successful team. Team Captains are the liaison between team members and the Foundation. They are responsible for recruiting and motivating other team members to raise funds for Take Steps. 

How do I turn in donations?

Encourage participants to donate online so those donations can be credited toward your goal right away and online donations ensure an immediate tax receipt for your donor. You do have a few options for donations collected offline:

  1. Mail the donation to your local Foundation chapter office. See your local walk event for address.
  2. If your team or event has scheduled a collection day, often called "bank day," you may turn in everything you've collected on that day.
  3. You may hold on to all donations collected and turn them in on the day of your walk event. 

How can my company match my funds?

Many companies offer matching gift programs to maximize their financial contributions to non-profit organizations. This means you may be able to increase your impact with a matching gift and move us closer to a world free of IBD. The simple three step process is easy to follow – get details on our Matching Gifts page.

Who do I make checks payable to?

Please make checks payable to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

How long is the route?

Take Steps is a non-competitive walk event with routes that average two to three miles in length, by varies by walk event. Most walk routes are handicap accessible. 

What if it rains?

Our patients can’t stop during bad weather, so neither do we! Take Steps will take place rain or shine; however, if there is dangerous weather, the local chapter will notify participants of alternate plans.

Are pets, bicycles, strollers, or in-line skates allowed?

Strollers are welcome at all walk sites. Bicycles and in-line skates are not allowed. Pets are welcome on leashes at most walk sites, but please check with your local chapter.

Why do I have two fundraising pages?

As a Team Captain, you will have both a personal fundraising and team fundraising page once you are registered for Take Steps. Both pages are customizable and are the responsibility of the Team Captain to update. The function of the Team Page is to house your team roster and to recruit your team. You can also collect general team donations on this page which will not be linked to a single participant on your team. Your personal fundraising page is the place where you can add your IBD story and collect donations which will be allocated to your name.

What if I have a question not answered here? 

Reach out to your local Take Steps walk staff or your local chapter. Find your local staff on the homepage of your event or check your email inbox for your welcome email if you are a registered participant. You can also email with your questions and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.