The Pan-Mass Challenge, the two-day bike-a-thon that pioneered the athletic fundraising industry, announced the promotion of its Chief Operating and Business Development Officer, Jarrett Collins, to President. Collins’ promotion comes on the heels of the organization’s record-breaking $64 million donation to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a world leader in adult and pediatric cancer treatment and research, and its Jimmy Fund in 2021.
Since joining in 2019, Collins has been an integral part of the PMC leadership team, focused on optimizing operations to drive growth and innovation. He helped guide the organization through its transition during the pandemic in 2020 to a virtual experience – PMC Reimagined – which enabled continued fundraising and impact on the fight against cancer despite the inability to host in-person events. Due to its success and flexibility, Reimagined riding will continue for the PMC, allowing for virtual participation and fundraising as the PMC community grows globally. Identifying and developing opportunities for growth via existing and new events is a continued focus for Collins in his new role as President.
In addition to driving growth and engagement, Collins has secured major gifts and built strong relationships with key donors and sponsors. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PMC has raised more than $114 million for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, bucking industry-wide trends of decreased fundraising and engagement stemming from the public health crisis.
“The PMC makes an unparalleled impact on the fight against cancer and it is an honor to be a part of the leadership team fostering such a mission-driven community,” said Collins. “I am eager to continue to innovate and grow the PMC family through new and improved ‘spokes in the wheel’ events as I take on this exciting new role as President.”
Prior to joining the PMC leadership team, Collins was involved with the PMC as a 10-year rider and fundraiser. He will continue to report to PMC Founder and Executive Director Billy Starr in his role as President. The PMC, which has contributed $831 million to the fight against cancer since 1980, is the nation’s most successful single-event athletic fundraiser and Dana-Farber’s largest single contributor, accounting for more than 55 percent of its Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue.
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About the Pan-Mass Challenge
The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is a bike-a-thon that today raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the world. The PMC was founded in 1980 by Billy Starr, who remains the event’s executive director, an annual cyclist and a fundraiser. The PMC has since raised $831 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The event donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause, generating 55 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue as Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor. The PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors, all of which are essential to the PMC's goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. The PMC’s hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber's doctors and researchers with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers. For more information on the Pan-Mass Challenge, visit www.pmc.org.