Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Talent Pledge?
How does the platform work?
What causes can I fundraise for?
What types of things can I do to fundraise?
Be yourself! You can turn any talent, interest or activity into a fundraiser. Check out our Inspiration page to see what other people are doing. We have a simple tool that will help you find ways to fundraise that match your personality and lifestyle. Here are some popular ways to fundraise:
Offer an item or service to donors. How about your famous carrot cake to 3 lucky donors? Or a weekend at your cabin to the highest donor? Offer 20 hours of babysitting to a random donor. Or 3 free dental consultations. Give away your vintage clock as a prize. Offer free piano lessons or a handmade quilt.
Take on a personal challenge. Walk 15 miles. Swim 50 laps. Give up sugar for 60 days. Do 30 pushups a day for 6 months. Your friends and family can show support by donating to your cause.
Celebrate a milestone. For your next birthday, anniversary, graduation or baby/wedding shower, ask friends and family to donate to your cause in lieu of gifts.
Host a gathering. A bake sale, a barbecue, a fitness class, a campout, a book club, a girls’ night in, a sleepover, a “Taco Tuesday” party. Ask your guests (and others who can’t make it) to donate to your cause.
Give up something you normally buy and donate what you save. Spend a few Saturday nights watching a movie on the sofa instead of going out. Drink home-brewed coffee for a month instead of lattes from the barista. Hang out your clothes in the sun instead of using your dryer. Get your friends to join you and donate to your cause on your fundraising page.
How do you choose the nonprofits you feature?
We feature nonprofits that provide proven and promising, women-focused solutions to the problems facing the world’s most economically vulnerable populations. This article explains our criteria for selection.
Is my personal information kept private and secure?
I’m having technical trouble. How can I get help?
Please email us at email@example.com. We aim to respond to all requests for technical support as quickly as possible.
Do you work with businesses and brands?
Yes! There are many ways we work with businesses and brands. We are a registered nonprofit, so donations to our organization are tax-deductible. We’d love to discuss how our platform can support your business and help you reach your social responsibility goals. Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I do a team fundraiser ?
Yes! Team fundraisers are really fun and a great way to raise more money for your cause. Choose a charity for your team, create your fundraising page and have your team share it with their friends and family. One person can manage your team’s fundraising page. Alternatively, you can have each team member create her own page for the same cause.
What happens to the money I raise on my fundraising page?
Are my donations tax-deductible?
Does The Talent Pledge charge fees?
The Talent Pledge does not charge platform fees. To fulfill our mission, we rely on voluntary donations from our users. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Each time a donor makes a donation to a fundraising campaign, s/he has the opportunity to add a voluntary platform fee to the donation to help cover our costs. This is not a required fee, and it can be removed using the “Change” button next to the donation on the donor checkout page. We deeply appreciate the generosity of donors who make this platform possible.
What is a reasonable fundraising goal?
You’ll be surprised at how many of your friends, family members and colleagues will want to support your cause. People are looking for opportunities to give—it makes them feel great. When there is a specific goal amount, people get more excited to pitch in. Believe in yourself and your cause. Go for it! You’re changing the world! You can change your fundraising goal from your dashboard at any time.
What happens if I don’t reach my fundraising goal?
There are no penalties for not reaching your fundraising goal. Feel free to continue your fundraiser for as long as you like. Whatever money you raise will be directed to your charity of choice.
Do you have any tips for successful fundraisers?
Yes! There are lots of things you can do to make your fundraiser more successful. The most important thing to do is to tell your story on your fundraising page, and share, share, share! Share updates on Facebook as often as you can. This helps build momentum, and people will get more excited to be a part of what you’re doing. Check out our page on Tips for Successful Fundraisers.
How can my fundraiser be featured on your site?
Your giving experience can inspire others! If you are interested in being featured on our site, please contact us at email@example.com, with the subject line, “Featured Fundraiser.” We’ll ask you for photos and information about your fundraising experience and submit our feature to you for your review before we post it. Come on, be an inspiration!
Have a different question? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. For tech support, email email@example.com.