👋 2023-2024 VCU-Marquette Challenge
How to successfully
We want to equip you with the best tools and ideas to make this fundraising season a success.
Whether you're a seasoned fundraiser or new to the game, our "Fundraising 101" video has 5 easy steps to get started fundraising for the Challenge.
Follow this easy plan to make 2023-2024 your best Marquette Challenge yet!
Are you searching for creative ways to raise funds for the VCU-Marquette Challenge? Look no further!
Hear from Marymount's PT Students!
Want to get the community involved with your event? Hear from Marymount's PT students on how they engaged the community with their annual 5K!
Hear from APTA Staff!
We asked APTA staff why your program should get involved in the Challenge this year... hear their thoughts!
Get Social
Follow us on social media and use your social media spread the word about the VCU-Marquette Challenge!
Follow Us
Marquette Challenge

Sample Social Posts

This year, I’m part of a team that is taking part in the VCU-Marquette Challenge. I’m writing to you today because I need help reaching my goal.

The VCU-Marquette Challenge is a grassroots, student-led fundraising effort that raises money for the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research – the only national nonprofit solely dedicated to funding physical therapy research and new researchers. Research helps improve the physical therapy profession and show the value of physical therapy services.

I’m participating in the VCU-Marquette Challenge because I care about the future of the profession and the patients whose lives are made better by physical therapy. Every donation makes it possible to fund scholarships, fellowships, and research grants. We’re investing in the future of physical therapy!

Please help me reach my goal with a $20 gift. Visit to make a donation. Don’t forget to select my school so that we’ll receive credit for the gift!

Thank you for your support.


[your name]

Thank you so much for making a contribution towards my goal for the VCU-Marquette Challenge. It really means a lot to me that you stepped up to support the future of the physical therapy profession.

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research’s next steps will be to apply your gift towards finding the best qualified researchers and support their work. To learn more about the impact your donation has, visit

Thank you again!

Kind regards,

[your name]

My school is taking part in the 2022-2023 VCU-Marquette Challenge! Each year, hundreds of physical therapy and physical therapy assistant students hold events across the U.S. to invest in our future profession. Donations will go to the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research – the only national nonprofit solely dedicated to supporting physical therapy research and new researchers. Help me reach my goal at

Every donation for @Challenge4pt – big or small – makes it possible to fund @Foundation4PT scholarships, fellowships and research grants. Help me reach my VCU-Marquette Challenge goal at

Since 1989, the Marquette Challenge has raised more than $4.8 million for #physicaltherapy research. This year I’m making my contribution by raising money for @Challenge4PT. Show your support at

I’m taking the Challenge.

Each year, hundreds of physical therapists (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) students, with the support of their program directors and community, hold fundraisers across the U.S. Through this grassroots, student-led effort, more than $4.6 million dollars have been raised for the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research – the only national nonprofit solely dedicated to supporting physical therapy research and new researchers.

When students participate in the VCU-Marquette Challenge they make an investment that strengthens their future profession. Every donation, big or small, makes it possible to fund scholarships, fellowships, and research grants.

The Foundation’s unique focus is physical therapy research. Using a grant and scholarship review process modeled after the National Institutes of Health, applicants are reviewed by a volunteer scientific review committee. Through this process, the Foundation identifies the best qualified applicants who go on to enrich the physical therapy profession with evidence and validate the value of physical therapy services.

Many of today’s leading physical therapy researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with support from the Foundation.

This work is important to me because I know physical therapy helps create a more mobile future for many people in need and I know research is an investment in this profession.

You can help by making a donation at

Challenge donations may be sent to the Foundation at any time throughout the year. It is not necessary to hold donations and send them all in April 23, 2024!
Other Important Information
  1. Safety: The health and safety of our student fundraisers, our communities, and event attendees is of the greatest importance. Be sure to follow local guidance and regulations for safety. Many schools have held successful virtual fundraisers such as virtual 5ks and virtual lecture series.
  2. Restrictions: The Foundation does have a third-party fundraising policy. While the Foundation is the recipient of donations raised through third-party fundraising events, the Foundation does not host the events and is not responsible for costs associated with the events or for obtaining necessary permits, licenses, and insurance for required events. In naming the event or promotion, the Foundation can be listed as the beneficiary of an event. For example, organizers may not refer to the event as the Foundation Bowl-a-Thon; instead, the event could be promoted as the Bowl-a-Thon to benefit the Foundation. For the full text of the third-party fundraising policies, visit the Challenge FAQ’s page. Additionally, regulations governing raffles and auctions vary from state to state. Please check with your State Attorney General’s office for local regulations
For any questions reach out to Ashley Brinkley