We received some more excellent questions today and have drafted a set of Frequently Asked Questions. Our goal is to keep things simple and make things as easy as possible for participants. But confusion seems to ensue in spite of our best efforts. Always feel free to e-mail us at: email@example.com if you have a question. But do check out our FAQs.
We will be updating these answers and adding questions to the list as more questions come in. Please let us know if our answers are confusing so that we can attempt to clarify.
I’d like to elaborate on one basic question here.
How are donations linked to a participants reading and writing goals?
The simple answer is donations are not linked to your goals. Just ask donors to give a flat amount in support of your goal.
Maybe when you were a kid you participated in a walk-a-thon where your neighbors donated a penny or a nickel a lap. Do you remember how that worked? You walked around the neighborhood and told each donor that you planned to walk around the track 20 times, would they donate $1 for your cause? That would be a nickel for each lap walked. They might agree to that, or they might offer a dime a lap. They signed your sheet and you went on to the next neighbor, but you didn’t collect the money.
Came the big day, you walked 20 laps, or maybe you only made 17, or maybe you were sick and didn’t walk at all. Then you go back to each of the donors and collect the nickel per lap you actually walked. Maybe they weren’t home when you went back and you had to go back twice or three times to collect. The entire adventure turned into a pain.
Our idea is to avoid the need for that second contact. Instead of getting a pledge per page you will read, or per word you will write we just ask for a single, flat amount. It is easier for you and it is also easier for the donors. They know they can afford $50 (or $5 or whatever amount). They can give that flat amount without having to do the math.
If you try for an amount per word or page, you end up with this scenario:
“Hmm, let’s see I know I can afford to give $20 and she planning write 30,000 words, so that is . . . let’s see 30,000 into $20. . . Okay. I give up!”
Instead, you can ask something like this: I’m participating in the Unleash Your Story event to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. My goal is to read 5,000 pages during the month of September. Will you please make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in support of my goal? No amount is too small or too large. Every donation is appreciated. Thanks for your support!