Independent Challenge

Climate Ride can be more than a ride or a hike.

Here at Climate Ride, we realize that there are a lot of cool ways to fundraise for your favorite cause and make an impact on your local community or environmental advocacy group. We want to help! That’s why we’ve created the Independent Challenge Program.

This program helps you raise money and awareness for your favorite Climate Ride beneficiary without participating in one of our existing events.

You create your own fundraising idea and power your own causeStart your fundraiser here!

Getting Started

Starting an Independent Challenge is as easy as 1-2-3.

We'll be here to help you set up a webpage, give you pro-tips on fundraising, and connect you to our extended network of sustainably-focused organizations.

Have an idea for an event or adventure?

Already doing something great? Connect to a cause you care about!

Register today!

2016 & 2017 Challengers

RoxRide Bikeways 2017

Tony Ibanez

A group of cyclist will ride to Roxbury, MA to raise awareness and funding for safer biking for Roxbury's youth.

Tour de Quisqueya 2017

Matthias Resch

A cycling adventure and social impact project in Haiti bringing local and international cyclists together.

Cle to Sea

Shelli Snyder

Shelli is biking from her home of 20+ years in Cleveland, Ohio to her new home on the Kitsap Peninsula, near Seattle.

Downieville Classic

Team Help Educate

A team of three will ride in a 30 mile cross-country mountain bike race in the Sierra Nevada's.

The GRID Alternatives Trans-Am Tour

Michael Johnson-Chase

Michael will bike over 4,000 miles across the country visiting and volunteering with all 11 GRID Alternative offices.

California Woof Ride

Harvey Slater

Harvey, Ricky, and their 4 dogs embark on a 300 mile unsupported bike tour.

We’re Wearin’ the World

Shamini Dhana

Shamini will bike 1,000 miles around the world in honor of our own global connectedness and B Corps.

Around the Lake

Alice Merkel

A team of bicyclists will pedal their way around Lake Erie and raise funds for local bike and conservation non-profits.

Summit2Ski

David Morris

David and Ben will summit and ski down Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina for POW.

Climate Journey

Morgan Curtis

Morgan and Garrett biked to Paris for the COP21.

Freezin’ for a Reason

Team Penguin

Students at Chico State will compete in a polar bear plunge to raise funds for Bikes Not Bombs and GRID Alternatives.

Freezin’ for a Reason

Team Polar Bear

Students at Chico State will compete in a polar bear plunge to raise funds for Bikes Not Bombs and GRID Alternatives.

Completed Challenges

Keys to Freeze

Keys to Freeze

A 9,000 mile cycling journey from the Florida Keys to Deadhorse, Alaska.

Pacific West Coast Ride

Lowell A. Meyer

Lowell biked over 1,500 miles and raised over $7,000 for Citizen's Climate Lobby.

360 by Bike

Forrest Watkins

Over the next several years, Forrest Watkins will ride the equivalent of one circumference of Earth in the name of 350.org

Freezin for a Reason

Chico State University's Alternative Transportation Group

Chico State University's Alternative Transportation Group created a polar bear plunge.

Anti-Fracking Tour

Abe Greene, Julie Huntington, and Alix Cotumaccio

Abe Greene and a group of concerned citizens rode across New York to raise awareness about fracking.

Ride to the Sun

Becky Douglas Delp

Becky and her husband pedaled up 3,226 feet in Glacier National Park with their three kids in tow.

Ride Internationally

Samantha Sayer

Samantha completed a three week, unsupported tour with her Dad from Missoula, MT to Jasper National Park, Vancouver, BC.

Ride Across Maryland

Scott Heacock

Scott biked 200 miles across Maryland, starting from his hometown Baltimore.

FAQs

How do I sign up?

Register here, and make sure to choose “Independent Challenge”. Complete the registration form to advise us of your plans. There’s a $25 registration fee to register your event and help you kick-off your fundraising. Then customize your fundraising page, and you can begin fundraising!

What kind of help do I get?

Once you’re registered, you can use the Toolkit that’s full of helpful resources, including fundraising strategies and tips, sample messaging and text templates, and logos that you can use to create flyers, t-shirts, banners, and so on.

Is anything off limits in terms of what I do for an event?

The sky is the limit! You can run, hike, swim, jump rope, pedal, or paddle to fundraise. Participants have also given up birthday or wedding gifts in lieu of donations for their cause.

Need more ideas? Check out our current and completed challenges tabs above.

However, if there are any serious concerns about the way your event is being implemented, or if the activities of the event organizer undermine Climate Ride’s mission and values, Climate Ride reserves the right to remove your online fundraising page and/or withdraw involvement at any time. Keep it appropriate, and you’ll be fine.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

Yes. Climate change and sustainability issues are urgent, complex, and important problems, and we need your passion and dedication to help solve them. As such, the fundraising minimum for Independent Challenges is $1000. We want to maximize the support we provide to the beneficiaries that are doing this important work! Once you reach the $1000 threshold, we’ll mail you a special package of goodies, to prepare you for your event, and to say thank you for your efforts.

What happens if I don’t meet the minimum?

You can still participate in your event, and we’ll still direct your fundraising to the beneficiaries you’ve selected. We just won’t send you a package of goodies before your event. Sorry!

What do I do with checks that donors give me?

If it’s made out to you, sign it over to Climate Ride on the back. Then follow steps 1-5.

If it’s made out to Climate Ride,

Login to your participant center.
Click on "View Donations"
Click on "Add Check/Cash Donations"
Enter the donor's information, gift amount, select "Check" and add Check Number. If you don't know the Check Number, just enter zero.
Click Save

All checks should be made out to the Climate Ride and can be sent to the following address:
111 N. Higgins Ave, Suite 415, Missoula, MT 59802.

What about matching donations?

Matching donations are a great way to meet your fundraising goal! Learn more about how to do it on our fundrasing page here. One thing to keep in mind is that it takes a while -- most companies mail out matching gifts only quarterly. We'll post the matching donation to your fundraising page as soon as it arrives, but in order for it to go toward your minimum, it has to arrive before the year's fundraising deadline. Talk about a great reason to get started fundraising early!

Are there fundraising prizes?

Of course! All participants who raise more than $1000 will receive one of our slick tech-tees.

Participants raising more than $2500 will receive a sweet Climate Ride pint glass.

Participants raising more than $5000 will receive a cozy Climate Ride hoody.

Can I create my own jerseys or t-shirts, etc?

Yes - use the logos here. We can recommend our favorite vendors, or you can use your own. You’re responsible for the cost of making your own items.

Will I have my own website?

Yes. Every Independent Challenger receives their own fundrasing webpage through our website. Many participants provide a link to their fundraising page in their email signature, as well as in fundraising letters.

However, that long string of nonsense that make up the URL link can feel a little unwieldy. Fortunately, there are some ways to whip that link into tighter shape. At tiny.cc, you can paste your long link to your fundraising page into the box in the center of the page. Then, in the little box below labeled 'tiny.cc customurl,' type in what you want it to be, like "sarahsride" or something. Then click Tiny! and it will make you that custom link.

If you want to add the new and improved link to your email signature in Gmail, click the gear icon (upper right of your Gmail page) and go to "settings". On your settings page, under "general", scroll down to find the "signature" box, where you can customize your email signature. Paste your custom URL into the signature box and voila! Your tiny url will be attached to the bottom of all your emails.

Am I Newsworthy?

Yes! Sharing you experience with folks who can't be there to join you for your event helps drive home why you're doing the event in the first place, and encourages donors, friends and family, and everyone else in your community to become more engaged with our event. We have resources to help you in your Fundraising Dashboard. You can download the Press Release template from the "Resources" tab. Then just customize some of the information, send it out, and voila. Don't forget to send us a copy once it gets published so we can share it!

Any more questions?

Contact us.