Texas 4000 Named 2021 Outstanding Philanthropic Organization by AFP of Greater Austin Chapter
(AUSTIN, Texas) — On Thursday March 11, Texas 4000 for Cancer was named the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Austin Chapter, Outstanding Philanthropic Organization of the year. Past honorees for this award include St. David’s Foundation, the RGK Foundation and the Junior League of Austin.
“We are honored to be recognized by the Austin Association of Fundraising Professionals, a group that does so much to lift up all Austin area non-profit organizations. The more than 1,000 young women and men that have participated in Texas 4000 for Cancer’s leadership development program over the past 17 years have made a tremendous difference in the fight against cancer. They are true examples of servant leaders and represent the next generation of philanthropists,” said Scott Crews, Executive Director.
On Friday, June 4, the 2021 team will begin its summer ride from The University of Texas at Austin. As with everything, this year’s ride will look different due to COVID-19. Texas 4000 for Cancer is consulting with epidemiologists and other medical professionals to ensure the safety of the team of riders and the public in the communities where the team will be riding. Cancer hasn’t stopped and neither will we.
Texas 4000 for Cancer cultivates student leaders and engages communities in the fight against cancer through the longest annual charity bike ride in the world, a 4,000
mile journey from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska. Each year, students from the University of Texas at Austin begin an 18-month leadership development program, preparing their bodies, their minds and their hearts for this mission, which culminates in this life-changing journey. The program combines leadership development, physical training, cancer awareness outreach, volunteer opportunities and philanthropic commitment. All students undergo an application process to be part of the program and once selected, each student is required to raise $4,500, ride 2,000 training miles with his/her team, volunteer more than 50 hours in the community, and play an active role in planning every aspect of the ride to Alaska by attending weekly meetings and taking leadership positions within the team. Collectively, riders have helped raise more than $12.1 million dollars, pedal more than 5.4 million collective miles and impact countless lives.
About Texas 4000
Texas 4000 for Cancer is a nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate student leaders and engage communities in the fight against cancer. Each year a team of dedicated University of Texas at Austin students complete a more than 4,000-mile bike ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska sharing Hope, Knowledge, and Charity along the way. Over the course of their 18-month involvement with Texas 4000, riders train, fundraise, volunteer in the community, and serve in leadership roles to help plan every aspect of the summer ride. The leadership development program culminates in Texas 4000’s capstone event, a 70-day summer ride – the longest annual charity bike ride in the world. Since 2004, more than 1,000 students have completed the ride, raising over $12.1 million and logging 5.4 million miles – fighting cancer every mile. Find us at texas4000.org, facebook.com/texas4000 or twitter.com/Texas4000.