The A Day Without Touch Challenge and Fundraiser Has Ended -- Thanks to Everyone for Their Support

What if you couldn't hold your sick child?
Or care for a dying relative? 
Or hug your best friend?

A Day Without Touch is a solidarity challenge and fundraiser.  By taking the Challenge, you will raise much needed money to help Doctors Without Borders (MSF) treat Ebola victims in West Africa while demonstrating your support for those who are afflicted by the disease.  In this way, we hope to shift the national response away from fearful avoidance and toward compassionate action for those who need our help.

When is the Challenge?

The National Day Without Touch is Tuesday, December 16, 2014. However, the campaign runs from now until the the end of the year and you are welcome to take the Challenge and make donations at any time during that period.

What is the Challenge?

Put simply, participants spend an entire day trying to avoid skin-to-skin contact with others in a demonstration of solidarity with people living in communities where Ebola is widespread. During the Challenge, participants are encouraged to share their experiences on this website and via social media. On December 16, there will be a National Day Without Touch so we can all demonstrate  solidarity and raise funds together.

How do I take the Challenge?

  1. Make an initial contribution to Doctors Without Borders. This can be any amount, but the idea is to donate some money even if you manage to go an entire day without touch. For the average contributor, we recommend an initial donation of $50.
  2. Pledge to donate additional money to Doctors Without Borders each time you intentionally or unintentionally touch someone during the Challenge. We recommend an amount smaller than your initial contribution, such as $5 or $10 per touch. 
  3. Contact people you know and ask them to take the Challenge with you. The Challenge is more fun with others!
  4. Take the Challenge on Tuesday, December 16 or another date of your choosing. During the day, share your experiences on this website and social media.
  5. Fulfill your pledge. Once the Challenge is over, make another donation to the campaign based on the number of times you had physical contact during the Challenge.

What if I want to get more involved?

Terrific! There are lots of ways to get involved with the campaign, but the simplest is to create a fundraising page (click on the big red button in the sidebar to the right) and follow the directions. You can even create your own team. If you are interested in volunteering for the campaign in another capacity, please contact us at

Who Gets the Money?

Funds raised through this campaign go to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man‐made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. MSF has been responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa since March 2014 and has treated more Ebola patients than any other aid organization. More than 3,000 MSF staff members are working in the region, including some nearly 300 international staff. Money from this fundraiser will be earmarked for Ebola specifically.

I accepted the challenge. Will you?

Thank you for your support! Ebola is moving fast, we need to move faster. Together we will make a difference.

Karin Tamerius, MD
Campaign Manager


A Day Without Touch is a fundraising campaign for Doctors Without Borders / Medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF). All donations are processed by CauseVox which may take up to 4.25% of the donation for its processing fees. Doctors Without Borders is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (C) (3) tax-exempt organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Doctors Without Borders' Federal Identification Number (FEIN) is 13-3433452. If you would prefer to donate directly to MSF, go to

How good is Doctors Without Borders at using your money?   Charity Navigator rates them 4/4.   Here is the full report.


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