Fundraising Questions

Why should I fundraise?
Your support allows us to continue to look for new, innovative and supportive ways to better humanity by helping people to make and keep their promises. Some of the world’s greatest problems could be solved if society had a greater sense of commitment. We don’t always need miracle solutions; sometimes we just need people to do what they said they were going to do.

 Your donations help fund character education in schools, our Echo program, charitable projects and awareness campaigns and promise cards that help teachers, mental health workers, social workers and many others help people in need.

Where do donations made through my online fundraising page go?
Online donations made on your fundraising page go directly to because I said I would. The donation amount will be shown on your page and 100% of the contributions will be attributed towards your fundraising goal.

Still have questions? Please contact a because I said I would staff member at (216) 226-3770 or via email at giving@becauseisaidiwould.com.
Please check out http://becauseisaidiwould.com/socialimpact to read extensively about our programs and goals, but if you are looking for some basic points to share with friends and family, here is a fine-tuned elevator pitch:

because I said I would is a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity. We make and keep promises to end suffering, establish peace and build happiness. Our mission is to strengthen humanity’s will. We created the “promise card” to help hold people accountable to their commitments. Make and keep a promise to improve yourself, your family or your community. If you need a promise card to make the commitment real, we will send you one. The world needs you.

Read more about because I said I would.

Are all donations tax-deductible?
Yes. All donations made to support your fundraising are fully tax-deductible. All donors will receive an e-tax receipt via email as record of their donation.

I'm nervous about fundraising. Can I do it?
YES! We want you to know it’s easier than you think, and we're here to help you! Please reach out to us if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat about messaging and strategies. You can also visit our fundraising tips page to get started. Please see our listing of fundraising tips for additional information.

Is there a fee or fundraising requirement?
There is no registration fee or fundraising requirement. We suggest you set a realistic goal for yourself and increase your goal each time you meet it. Because I said I would is appreciative of all donations and no efforts go unnoticed by us. 
 
Is there a minimum age requirement for creating a personal fundraising page?
Yes, you must be at least the age of majority in the state where you reside.  In most states, the age of majority is 18 years old, however, in a few states, such as Nebraska, Alabama and Mississippi, the age of majority is older than 18 years old. Creating a page requires registering your name and contact information with because I said I would. If you are under the applicable age of majority, please ask your parent or guardian to register on your behalf.
 
Do I have to register/login first to start creating my fundraising page?
Yes, you must create an account in order to create your fundraising page. 
 
What Is A Personal Fundraising Page?
A personal fundraising page is the page you create once you register for a fundraising event online. You can add pictures and your personal story (for example - an important promise you have made) to your personal fundraising page. You can edit your personal fundraising page by logging into your account. 
 
Who can I contact in the because I said I would office for help with fundraising?
Email us at giving@becauseisaidiwould.com if you need any help. You will get a response from Cassie Perez. Or, call the office at 216-226-3770 and ask to speak with Cassie Perez regarding fundraising online. 

Can I raise money off-line and include it with my online fundraising total?
Yes! Of course! We encourage you to solicit donations off-line because many people are not web savvy or credit card donors. Checks should be made out to because I said I would and sent to our office. Donations entered by the because I said I would office will be credited as “off-line” and will appear on your donor list as such. Please ask your donor to put your name on the memo line so that we know who to credit.

Our mailing address is:
Because I said I would
20525 Center Ridge Rd. Suite 500
Rocky River, OH 44116


If you host an event where a majority of funds raised are in the form of cash, we highly recommend depositing the money and either making out a check or money order for that same amount or making a credit card donation to your page. In this case, we will not be able to track the individual names of your donors, and therefore, we cannot issue tax receipts unless you provide supplemental detail about the donors and their contribution.

Do you have information about because I said I would available for my event?
Any fundraiser willing to give or get a minimum of $100 towards their goal is welcome to request up to 50 informational brochures about because I said I would. 
For those seeking a basic fact sheet that can be printed on demand, this is available here (LINK TO ONE PAGES). It prints well in color or black and white.

Platform Questions

What Is A Participant Center?
Once you register for your event you will have access to your own personal participant center, where you can customize your personal fundraising page, upload your email address book and send out emails to request donations, and link your personal fundraising page to your social media accounts to maximize your online fundraising through social media. 
 
How Do I Log In To My Account/Participant Center?
To log in to your fundraising account (also known as your Participant Center), please go 
 
What do I need to customize my personal fundraising page?
- Content: We provide a short message that you can use, or you can edit it to make it more personal. For example, you can share a personal story about a promise made, kept or broken. 
- Images: We provide a default image you can use, or you can upload one or more of your own images to personalize your fundraising page. Camera shy? You can upload a picture of your favorite promise card too!
- Video: You also have an option to add any video from YouTube.
 
How Do I Tell More People About My Fundraising Page?
If you've already emailed your network about your fundraising page, try these other methods of spreading the word:
 
If you're on Facebook, add your fundraising page to your profile/wall.
If you have a blog, website, or MySpace profile, grab a widget or badge and add it to your site
If you're on Twitter, tweet about your fundraising or event milestones. Be sure to include a link to your fundraising page in each tweet.
 
How Do I Email My Fundraising Page?
Once you've created a personal fundraising page, tell everyone! The best way to do this is to send an email blast. You can easily upload your email address book and send out emails through our platform. 
 
To Send An Email:
 
Log into your participant center.
Under 'Ask Friends To Donate' click the envelope icon.
Follow the steps and instructions to select the type of email, upload your email address book contacts, subject and body. 
Send!
You can import email addresses from your email provider if you use the following services:
 
America Online   
Yahoo                                  
Plaxo
Outlook or Outlook Express
Gmail
 
How Do I Keep Track Of & Follow Up With My Donors?
Track who you need to thank and who you need to remind about your campaign directly from your Participant Center. Invite your friends to visit your personal fundraising page to make a donation or join your team. Send reminder e-mail messages to potential donors. Donors will receive an automatic "thank you" message after making a contribution online, but you also may send them a personalized "thank you" message. You can choose to receive an e-mail notification whenever someone makes a donation to support your efforts.
 
What If I Forgot My Log In Information?
Use the password retrieval feature underneath the Account Login boxes. If you are still unable to access your account, please email giving@becauseisaidiwould.com. 

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