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Are walking groups allowed? Absolutely! They are encouraged. It's a great way to experience the Hunger Walk, have fun, and raise awareness about food insecurity in your area.
How many people do I need in my walking group? There is no minimum or maximum number of group members. Build your walking group as small or as large you want.
Can I start my own walking group? Yes. You can create your own walking group and call it whatever you'd like! If you'd like to join a certain type of group, search within the existing group names before you start your own.
Does our walking group need to fundraise? When a walking group has been created, a fundraising team will automatically be created with a default fundraising goal of $250. You are not required to fundraise but we encourage it and appreciate the additional support! It's incredible how easy it is to reach your goal if all group members share your fundraising team link on social media and ask for a small donation from your friends and family. The team fundraising page makes it easy for them!
Does every fundraising team member need to fundraise? No. However, it’s incredibly easy to reach your goal if all team members share the team fundraiser link on social media and ask for a small donation from family and friends.
What is the difference between a walking group and a fundraising team? A walking group is purely social. It tracks your physical activity as a group and offers a chance to invite others to walk with you. Fundraising teams are separate and track your fundraising progress in aggregate. Fundraising teams are also eligible for awards, like biggest team and top fundraising congregation, school, and member agency. Remember: Groups = Fitness/Fun, Fundraising Teams = Monetary Support.
When I create a new fundraiser team, RunSignUp asks me to choose a fundraiser team type. What is the difference between a family, agency, and general fundraiser team? a) Family teams are for a family that wants to raise funds together. That can mean one account per family, or registering each individual and creating a team for the family that will all individually be raising funds. b) Agency teams are for official Westside Food Bank member agencies. By walking and fundraising, agencies receive 75% back of whatever they raise! c) Other teams are made up of anyone who plans to raise funds together that is not a family or member agency. This might be neighbors, colleagues, scout troops, congregations, or any other gathering of folks who plan to fundraise for the 5K together.
How do I fundraise as an individual? Within the registration form, RunSignUp will automatically create a fundraising page for you. You can set your goal and customize your page with your story, why you are fundraising, and photos.
How do I make sure my individual fundraising is credited to my team? Just make sure to select yes on the registration form when it asks if you would like to join a team fundraiser or create a team fundraiser (if one doesn't already exist for your team). All of this is on the same page in the registration form. For more information about team fundraising, please go HERE.
I’m part of a fundraising team, but how do I manage my fundraising page and see progress towards my individual fundraising goal? Your individual efforts will be tracked back to your own fundraising page associated with the RunSignUp account you used when you registered and set up your fundraising page. Through your profile, you can manage your page and invite people in your circles to support you. You can also customize the URL for your page that you'll want to use when you email friends and family and share on social media. Your personal page will show your fundraising progress and list donors to your page (unless they chose to give anonymously). For helpful tutorials on fundraising, please go HERE.
How will I know when I have earned top fundraising prizes? All fundraising prizes will be tallied on Thursday, October 21st. Please make sure all paper and check donations have been received by then. For more information about offline donations, please go to the Checks & Cash page.
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