Have an idea for an event or adventure?
Starting an Independent Challenge is as easy as 1-2-3.
We'll be here to help you set up a fundraising page, give you pro-tips on fundraising, and connect you to our extended network of sustainably-focused organizations.
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.
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 ship 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?
All checks should be made out to the "Climate Ride" and sent to our Missoula, MT office with this form.
What about matching donations?
Matching donations are a great way to meet your fundraising goal! One thing to keep in mind is that it can take a while for a match to process -- most companies mail out matching gifts only monthly or 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 a special package of goodies, to prepare you for your event, and to say thank you for your efforts.
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 fundraising page after registering. Most participants provide a link to their fundraising page in their email signature, as well as in every fundraising letter.
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 your 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 cause. 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!
Still have questions? Check out our FAQ and Polices pages or email us!