Supporting Your Ride
Participating athletes and caregivers actively support Face of America Gettysburg through personal fundraising with family, friends, and colleagues. Local team fundraising events also bring in support funds for the team in general. These funds collectively cover all program costs, including participant jerseys, volunteer t-shirts, meals, ride permits, sag vehicles, and more. Fundraising also provides lodging for our participating adaptive athletes and transportation costs to and from Arlington for first-year adaptive athletes from outside the Washington, D.C. region.
Raise Funds with Confidence
- Personalize your fundraising page. All participants are encouraged to update their Face of America Gettysburg fundraising page with personal content. Move in – get to know your new site. Post your favorite digital photograph, link to videos and update your promotional text so the page will be your own. Be sure to include in your page your personal reasons for participating and what you hope to accomplish. Emotionally connecting with your potential donors will encourage them to feel a need to make a donation supporting your participation. Your User Center also is functional, allowing you to send email messages to uploaded personal contacts with a direct link to your page for potential donations.
- Get social. The best way to engage with your network is by using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media to post personal appeals to friends, family and colleagues. You can use the forms, art and materials available for free download from our Fundraising Toolbox. If you decide to use your Facebook account for your fundraising, be careful not to use the provided Facebook donation button. Donations submitted through this service from Facebook’s Network for Good are not directly applied to your fundraising account. Such donations arrive six to eight weeks later by paper check as anonymous donations with no indication as to whom the donation(s) should be applied. If you use the service, you must email World T.E.A.M. a listing of your Facebook donations, including the donor names, the date of the donation, and the amount. This will allow our team to match the donation to your account. A better option is to copy your personal donation page web address and add it to your Facebook post, so that donations are made directly to your online account.
- Take advantage of corporate matching gifts. If you are an employee of a larger company, check with your human resources office to see if you are eligible for a corporate matching gift. Many corporations offer such financial assistance for non-profit participation. The gifts are welcome additions to a fundraising total. Be aware, however, that such gifts can take 60 days or longer to process and be applied to your fundraising account. Notification of pending matching gifts and supporting documentation requests should be sent to World T.E.A.M. by email notice.
Meeting Your Commitment
- Personally meet your commitment. Each participant is individually responsible for meeting or exceeding their personal category fundraising commitment. Participants are not permitted to share raised funds with other event participants, even with members of their own team.
- Team assistance can help with commitments. Team captains at their discretion may reassign funds received as general team donations to specific team members. This transfer process begins on April 1, and continues through April 17, 2020. To transfer team funds, the team captain should send an email message to World T.E.A.M. This email must note which team members are to receive the funds and which general team donation or donations should be reassigned.
- Be careful using Facebook to raise funds. If you decide to use the Facebook social media platform to assist in your fundraising, be careful to link directly to your personal fundraising page. Do not use Facebook’s suggested donate button option – this provides donations to Facebook’s Network for Good non-profit organization, which in turn mails donation checks anonymously to World T.E.A.M. six to eight weeks after the donation. If you use the Facebook donate button, you must provide to World T.E.A.M. by email a listing of your donations, including the donor name, the amount, and the date. Submitted lists will allow our team to match anonymous donations to fundraising accounts.
- Meet or exceed your category commitment before the charge deadline. Each registered participant must meet or exceed their category fundraising commitment by Friday, April 17. Accomplish this by using the group email tool provided in your User Center; by using Facebook and other social media to post personal appeals to friends, family and colleagues; and by using forms, art and materials available for free download from our Fundraising Toolbox. Within a few days of the Charge Date, autocharges to credit card accounts will be processed for the remaining amount necessary to reach the category commitment.
- Refunds for autocharges. If you miss the fundraising deadline and your account is autocharged, you can request a reimbursement. This reimbursement can cover any additional funds you have raised and applied to your account following the Charge Date. The maximum reimbursement is the amount charged to your credit account. To take advantage of this reimbursement, send by email message your emailed credit charge acknowledgment receipt and a list of your qualifying donors and amounts received and added to your account after April 17. The deadline for receiving reimbursement email requests is June 1, 2020.
Upgrade to our Chairman’s Club
Congratulations – you have met your fundraising commitment for Face of America Gettysburg!
What’s next? Keep fundraising, and upgrade to our exclusive Chairman’s Club rate. All Chairman’s Club participants receive additional benefits, including our Face of America cycling shorts from Athlos, a cycling backpack, and admission to our Chairman’s VIP Reception at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington on Friday afternoon, April 24. The financial commitment for the Chairman’s Club is $2,000.
If you would like to bring a partner to participate in Face of America with the same benefits, our Chairman’s Club Pair rate of $3,800 is also an option. Ready to upgrade to our Chairman’s Club or Chairman’s Club Pair? Please contact us today with your request.
Submit Paper Checks from Donors for Credit
Mail all paper checks received from supporters to World T.E.A.M.’s finance office in Holbrook, New York. All checks must be received no later than Wednesday, April 15 to be added to your rider and team fundraising commitment. After that date, please bring checks with you to rider check-in. When mailing, please include a note as to which fundraising account should be credited. Alternatively, you may download, print and complete our PDF-format mailed check form to include with your check.
Face of America 2020
4250 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Ste 420E
Holbrook NY 11741-4020
Please note that checks are processed by our finance office in batches, and only twice weekly. So, please allow up to three weeks for processing and adding to your online fundraising page. Once the checks are entered, and are posted, you will receive an automated email listing the donation. Donors receive emailed acknowledgements only when they include an email address with their donation. Our non-profit organization mails acknowledgement letters for our larger donations, usually $250 or more.
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