1. How does it work? Do 100% of the funds go to families?
We're asking Boys and Girls Clubs to nominate families. We'll also feature some of the nominated families in the campaign and in our video updates. On Dec. 20, we go live on Indiegogo, the leading crowdfunding site. Quickly thereafter, in January all the donations will be sent to each chosen family.
2. Why are we doing this?
The founders of Crowdfund Christmas have seen first hand the great work Boys and Girls clubs are doing to help kids succeed in life. We know that the kids active with the Boys and Girls Club often come from families who could use a little help and we love how crowdfunding on sites like Indiegogo, Kickstarter, Crowdrise and others really drives community donations! Let’s put this incredible tool to use for Christmas by rallying the crowdfunding community to as many deserving families as possible. We’re starting with a small idea that we hope will grow in the future to help countless families have a better Christmas.
3. Does anyone make money from this other than the families and the clubs that support them?
Absolutely not. 100% of your donation goes to the Crowdfund Christmas families and the Boys and Girls Clubs that support them. Social Edison, the campaign creator, is donating all technology and considerable resources to the project. The Carter Foundation is generously covering all costs for transaction fees incurred by Indiegogo and First Giving (the payment processor) as well as providing financial support for campaign operations. Everyone involved is donating time, technology, influence and more to make this project successful.
4. Can a family nominate themselves?
Only families recommended by representatives of a local Boys and Girls Club can be nominated. If you are with a Boys and Girls Club in the US, you can click here to nominate.
5. What's the criteria for nomination?
Families who have trouble buying presents for their kids or putting food on the table - we want to help. Families who have recently been through tragedies and are in a state of uncertainty - we want to help. Families whose main breadwinner is unable to find work because of the unstable economy - we want to help! Directors of Boys and Girls Clubs see these families first hand through the kids they serve. If your child is active at a Boys and Girls Club, ask them to nominate you!
6. What if the family doesn’t want to be featured?
We know there are people out there who might not want to be in the spotlight. We will only tell stories of families who agree to be featured in the campaign.
7. How much money does each family get?
That is all going to depend on the generosity of our backers. Clibs will give out $500 to as many nominated families as possible.
8. How is the money presented to the family?
A check will be delivered to each family, through each sponsoring Boys
and Girls Club. This is a safeguard to make sure the right individuals
get the donations.
9. Is this tax deductible?
Yes! We’ve been registered as a non-profit thanks to The Carter Foundation.
10. Will there be perks given to backers?
Each backer of $5 or more will be placed on the Social Heroes Dashboard and given a "Christmas Seal of Generosity" to share on their social profiles. $50 will get you a star on our Crowdfund Christmas tree!
11. What about influencers?
We will also be having an influencers contest and giving cool prizes from great brands like Skullcandy for the most influential participants who spread the word about Crowdfund Christmas.
12. Why are you only helping Boys and Girls Clubs families?
We're big supporters of the Boys and Girls Clubs. Each individual club can nominate a family at their discretion. We're really excited to be able to help those kids and their families. Movements like Crowdfund Christmas have to start somewhere. We hope to help many more families in the future.
13. We're a nonprofit. How can we help?
Yes! We need you to donate and get the word out. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a support kit. Or log into your Social Heroes Dashboard and start promoting!!