Frequently asked questions

Walk

What is a virtual walk/walker?


A virtual walk(er) allows anyone to participate from anywhere. Due to current social distancing and worries regarding large crowds congregating NWSF decided to change their 2020 fundraising in-person walks to a virtual walk. We chose a weekend, which allows participants to time the walk into their personal schedules.




Where will the virtual walk take place?


Anywhere you would like. You can choose to walk around your neighborhood, your house, your stairs inside. Going virtual allows you to decide.




Can I still walk with my team?


Yes – please follow all current up-to-date regulations on social distancing and crowd gathering.




Will there still be an opening/closing ceremony or other information regarding the walk?


Yes – although we cannot gather in person, the NWSF team is working hard to create a way for you and your team to use social media to watch messages from our team, sponsors, and supporters. We are creating ways for you to still create virtual signs to post to our social media or your social media and tag NWSF in support of your Dragonslayer or in memory of your sarcoma angel.




How long is the walk?


The Dragonslayer walk is a non-competitive, non-timed 5K walk to honor sarcoma angels, patients, and survivors, and to raise funds for NWSF.





Registration

When do I/we have to register?


Anyone can register up to the last day of the walk weekend to be considered a Dragonslayer walker.




Is there a fee to participate?


No – there is no registration fee and no minimum amount of money that you must raise to participate in the Dragonslayer Walk, though we do encourage each walker to set a goal of $150 or more.




Does everyone have to register to walk?


Everyone who is 13 or older by the date of the walk must register. Minors between the ages of 13-17 must have a parent or guardian agree to the electronic waiver when registering online and must have the signature of a parent or guardian on the participant waiver when registering at the walk.




Is there an age requirement to participate?


No – the Dragonslayer Walk is open to all ages. Minors under the age of 18 must have permission from their parent or legal guardian to participate, and anyone under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is also a registered walker.




How do I register online?


Registration is simple -- just click HERE. You will be guided through the registration process and once your registration is complete, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to set up your personal fundraising page(s).




I thought I registered, but for some reason I am not. What do I do?


Double check your email and junk email to find your registration confirmation. If you have not received a confirmation email but are certain you have registered, please contact info@nwsarcoma.org. We will look into the registration. Reminder donating to someone doesn’t register you. Joining a team doesn’t register you as an individual fundraiser which makes you eligible for a t-shirt.




Will I get a t-shirt?


Participants that raise $150 or more by September 20, 2020 will receive a Dragonslayer t-shirt. Walkers who have raised less than $150 are welcome to walk and join us but will not receive a Dragonslayer t-shirt. Once you have qualified for a t-shirt, you will receive an email with directions on how to order your size and provide your physical address to have it mailed to you. Shirts will mail AFTER the walk date.




I am having trouble registering. What do I do?


Take a look at our step-by-step guide to registration HERE.




How can my company participate?


Companies participate by organizing teams of employees, including their friends, neighbors, and family members, to raise money and walk in the event. Each team member must register as an individual, then join the company team.





Fundraising

Am I required to fundraise for a Dragonslayer Walk?


No – there is no registration fee and no minimum amount of money that you must raise to participate in a Dragonslayer Walk, though we do encourage everyone to set a goal of $150 or more.




How can I fundraise?


Fundraising is easier than you think, and we provide you with tips and information to help you reach and exceed your personal goal. You'll receive your unique Join Me page, where you can post a personal message and photo, and send out emails to family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. It’s a simple way to raise money, and we see many participants reach their goals quickly after sending out one email. For fundraising tips and tricks, see below: Fundraising Tips Spread the Word




A donation is not appearing on my Join Me page; what should I do?


Please allow four weeks for any mailed donations (both check and credit card donations) to post to your account. If your donation does not post within four weeks, please email info@nwsarcoma.org.




When I receive a donor's check, should I enter it online?


No – when you receive a donor's check, please mail it with the donation form to the address on the donation form.




I forgot my Password and can't reach my Join Me page. How can I find out what it is?


Please use this link to locate your page: https://supporter.greatergiving.com/login. Click “FORGOT?” and follow the instruction to reset your password. If you’re still having trouble, call 206.257.7215 or email info@nwsarcoma.org and we'll help you.





Facebook Fundraising

How can the donations I raise on Facebook be applied to my fundraising page for the walk?


You can now fundraise for the Dragonslayer Walk through Facebook. Simply log in to your Facebook account, then click “Fundraiser" from the menu on the left side of the page. If you start the Fundraiser on Facebook using the "add a donate button feature," donations will be sent to NWSF as general donations from Facebook and will not appear on your page. We will be monitoring Facebook fundraisers throughout the virtual walk scheduled time and adding them to your fundraising page near the end of each month to aid in any fundraising challenges you may be joining. If you have any questions, please contact info@nwsarcoma.org.




I connected a Facebook Fundraiser to my fundraising page, what happens when someone donates?


When someone donates on your Facebook Fundraiser, their donation will count toward your fundraising goal on our website. Fundraising progress (total raised) and your fundraising goal will always be in sync between Facebook and our website.




Someone donated to me on Facebook and I can't see their name or email address.


Facebook users may opt not to share their email address. We recommend thanking them from your Facebook Fundraiser page or by commenting/posting on Facebook.




I connected a Facebook Fundraiser to my fundraising page. How can I thank my Facebook donors?


You can thank your Facebook donors directly on Facebook by commenting on their donation, sending a one-to-one message through Messenger, or recognizing the publicly by mentioning them in a post.




I donated on Facebook and need my receipt.


Your receipt was issued by Facebook and sent via email. You will need to fill out this form to get another copy of your receipt. We cannot issue receipts for donations made on Facebook.




I donated on Facebook and need a refund.


You will have to fill out this form for any refund requests for donations made on Facebook. We cannot issue refunds for donations made on Facebook.





Teams

Can I form a team?


Yes – when you register online, you can create your own team, or select a team to join when you register online. Reminder, you must register as an individual walker first, then join or create a team. To find teams already created, you can locate here. If you’ve already registered as an individual walker but you want to join or form a team, log in to your Join Me page and select “I want to join an existing team” from the event information section in the menu. You can also email us at info@nwsarcoma.org with the name of the team you'd like to create or join.




How many people do we need to form a team?


A team can be two or more people.




Is my company team limited to employees?


No – company teams can be made up of employees, friends, and family.




Does having a company team require some kind of corporate donation?


No – it is not a requirement but highly encouraged.




Can I donate to a team?


No – donations can be made to individual team members only. However, all donations received by team members are automatically credited to the team's fundraising goal.




Can I change Team Captains?


Yes – the current team captain can login, click the Update Contact Info button in the top right and update information, then the email address can be changed by the individual participant to the new team captain’s email address, then click save. The new team captain will need to use the forgot password option to send a reset password into the team account.





Donations

Who should I make the checks payable to?


Checks should be made payable to NWSF or the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation. Please complete one donation form per check to ensure proper processing. Download and complete an Offline Donation Form, then mail the check to: Northwest Sarcoma Foundation (or NWSF) Attn: Dragonslayer Walk 117 E. Louisa St, #443 Seattle, WA 98102




Is my donation eligible to be matched by my company?


Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy and view their requirements, please visit your organizations intranet to find out more. If you already have matching gift paperwork that you need to submit for verification, it can be emailed to info@nwsarcoma.org with the subject line "Matching Gifts," ATTN: Matching Gifts or mailed to: Northwest Sarcoma Foundation (or NWSF) 117 E. Louisa St., #443 Seattle, WA 98102 It's okay to combine matching gift paperwork with check donations when sending them via mail.




Can I make a cash donation? What do I do if someone donates cash to me?


Since we are virtual this year, please convert your cash donations into a cashier's check and submit it with a completed offline donation form for tracking purposes.




When I receive a donor's check, should I enter it online?


No – when you receive a donor's check, please mail it with the donation form to the address on the offline donation form.




Can I set up a recurring donation?


Recurring donations allow donors to donate a set amount once a month for a specific amount of time. Recurring donations usually take about 48 hours until the first donation goes through. Expect to see the next donation come about 30 days after the first donation has posted. Please note that only the incremental monthly donation will be posted to your fundraising page, not the total pledged sum.




What can my Dragonslayer Walk Donations do?


You can find out here.




How can I donate to a Walker’s campaign?


On the home page of the website, friends and family can locate a participant by using the “Individual and Team Directory” tab at the top of the page. Scroll through list and click on the individual/team and you will be directed to the personalized donation page. Reminder donations need to be made to an individual. General donations to the cause can be made by the Donate Now button at the top of the Dragonslayerwalk.com site.




How do I see who has donated to my campaign?


Login to your Join Me page using the email address and password that you created when you registered for the event. Do not create a new site, just hit “cancel”. Choose Northwest Sarcoma Foundation. Continue to click through to Dragonslayer Walk and Join Me. Then choose “View your fundraising progress”. From here you can then view your donor list and the amounts that have been donated and send them thank you messages.




Are donations tax deductible?


Yes – All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. All donations that are made online will receive an email confirmation. You may print this email confirmation and use it as your receipt. All donations of $250 or more will receive a written confirmation at the end of each tax quarter that also doubles as a tax receipt. The IRS accepts cashed checks as a receipt for donations $249 and under.




Can I accept donations in foreign currency?


Yes – however, all donations must be received in U.S. dollars. Donations from outside the U.S. may be made online if the donor has a U.S. address associated with a credit card. If the donor does not have a U.S. address, donations must be made by completing your offline donation form. The form should either contain complete credit card information or be accompanied by a check issued in U.S. dollars.




Can donations be made after my walk has taken place?


Yes – you may continue to send in donations, even after the event has taken place. The deadline to submit donations for walk occurring in the fall is December 31st. However, receipt of any walk incentives is based on the walk deadline date, September 20, 2020.




How can I make a general donation to the cause?


Simply click the “Donate to NWSF” button on the event page.




What do my donations support?


All donations support the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation.




How does the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation help support sarcoma patients?


NWSF uses your donations to: · Compassion — Provide comfort through a sympathetic awareness. · Advocacy — Promote accurate diagnosis, research and treatment options through our investment in research · Responsibility — Provide timely, accurate information and reliable resources. · Education — Provide educational materials for patients and families about this disease




What is NWSF’s tax ID number (or EIN number)?


The Dragonslayer Walk are charitable events run by NWSF, which is recognized as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The tax ID number or EIN number for NWSF is 91-1717600.




Where can I get a copy of the 501(c)(3) (Not-for-Profit Organization) letter for the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation?


You can download a copy of NWSF's 501(c)(3) letter here.





KNOW YOUR IMPACT
Community Events

$1,000 provides a fun event to patients and families to reduce isolation & grow community.

Patient Grants

$250 provides a grant for transportation, household or medical expenses. In 2019, over $100K was provided to patients.

Research

Since 2011, NWSF has invested $340,000 in sarcoma specific research.

Sarcoma Journal Club

$2,000 hosts a journal club for sarcoma physicians across PNW to discuss the latest research.

Questions?
info@nwsarcoma.org

206.257.7215

Northwest Sarcoma Foundation

117 E Louisa St #443

Seattle, WA 98102