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You can do it and we’re here to help! Want to meet or beat your fundraising goal? We’ve got all the tips on how to ask for donations, how to spread the word about your efforts and how to make your virtual Walk special!

 

Thank you for all that you do in support of a future without ALS.

 

Fundraising Tips

 

  • Make a self-donation: Be the first to donate toward your goal to show your commitment. It’s an easy and visible way to inspire friends and family to join you in supporting the cause! Plus, your supporters are likely to match your donation amount.
  • Set your goal: Set a fundraising goal and share your progress with your network along the way. This motivates potential donors to give generously to help you get there.
  • The sooner, the better: Have your top supporters kick off your fundraising by asking them to donate early. Your network will be inspired by your early donors’ generosity and are likely to follow suit with a larger donation.
  • Ask everyone: Use the email feature on your Fundraising Dashboard or the email templates below in your Fundraising Hub to reach out to all your network – friends, family, coworkers, and more!
  • Make it personal: You are participating in the Walk to End ALS for a personal reason. Explain why you’re getting involved so that potential supporters understand your connection to the cause. If they know why you’re doing it, they’re more likely to donate. Personalize your Public Page and emails to tell your story.
  • Join or create a team: Forming a team is a great way to stay motivated an share fundraising resources, plus it makes for a great time on Walk day!
  • Say thank you: Find out who has donated to you in the View Supporters tab of your Fundraising Dashboard. From there, email and thank each supporter and let them know how their donation has made a difference in the ALS community.

FAQs

Find answers to all your Walk to End ALS questions. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, contact us at teamals@als.ca

Are the in-person Walk to End ALS events happening this year?

 

In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19, we’re transitioning all of the Walk to End ALS events across the province into an online virtual experience. That’s right – the Walk to End ALS is not cancelled and we need your continued support.   Although we can’t be together physically, you can show your support for your community and your beloved Walk to End ALS. Register and start fundraising online at www.walktoendals.ca/Ontario.   We know how important the Walk to End ALS is to people affected by ALS. It’s more than just a fundraiser – it builds community and connects people. We are committed to honouring this experience and creating an opportunity for the ALS community come together to show their support. We want to give you an inclusive event day so we can all be a part of something bigger. And what could be bigger and more unifying than all of us coming together on Sunday, June 21st – Global ALS Awareness Day?

What is a "virtual Walk" and how do I participate?

 

While we’re still working out the details, here is what you can expect on June 21:

 

  1. As we get closer to the big day, we’ll share daily activities, challenges, and fun assignments online that you can do from home
  2. On Sunday, June 21st, we’ll ask you to pick a personal challenge or activity for yourself (don’t worry — we have lots of ideas to share with you!)
  3. Throughout the day, you’ll be able to tune-in to live video updates from events happening in people’s living rooms across the province
  4. This part is really exciting! You’re invited to join our “virtual finish line” — this will be a first-of-its-kind online live video event, jam-packed with entertainment, stories from community members just like you, and more than a few big surprises.

Why is my Walk cancelled? It was scheduled to be many months from now.

 

ALS Canada, in consultation with other ALS Societies across Canada, made the decision to change all the event dates for our Walks to Sunday, June 21st for a few reasons:

 

  1. Protecting our community – At this time, we don’t know the trajectory of COVID-19 in coming weeks and months. For the health and safety of our community, we need to take precautions to limit their exposure to COVID-19.
  2. Saving and recovering event-related costs –If we plan events in September, we may incur event-related costs that we aren’t able to recover. Right now, we are focusing on securing refunds for events in April, May and June. COVID-19 is impacting Canadians financially and we are anticipating that we will receive fewer donations this year because of this.
  3. Rallying together – Aligning all our Walks on the same day, despite COVID-19, sends a strong and powerful message – ALS doesn’t stop and neither do we.

How will we walk if we are being told to physically distance from others and not gather in groups?

 

This is a virtual walk. You can walk in our own neighbourhood, or do something else at home, while following the guidelines set by government. The key is to stay connected online so we can still feel the magic of event-day. We are planning online activities such as live streams, challenges, and hashtags so we can stay connected and cheer one another on. Stay tuned for more information on what our virtual event day will look like!

Many of my friends and family want to donate but they are experiencing financial difficulties because of COVID-19. Why is June the best time to hold a virtual fundraising Walk?

 

If your family and friends are not able to donate this year, they can do their part in raising awareness by sharing our posts on social media or telling their network about this cause. We are walking on Sunday, June 21st because it is Global ALS Awareness Day. More than ever, it is important to show up for the ALS community because they may be feeling afraid and isolated. We will have a unified voice for the ALS community, and your friends and family can help to amplify a positive message.

I don't want to register online. Can I still fundraise and participate in the virtual Walk to End ALS?

 

You can participate and fundraise your own way: use the donation form and mail cheques in to ALS Canada office at 393 University Ave #1701, Toronto, ON M5G 1E6.

 

Here are a few tips for collecting money safely:

 

  • I Owe You: Your supporters can pledge their donation and pay you back later. Add their donation to your pledge form, write your cheque for the full amount pledged by your supporters and mail it to ALS Canada
  • Schedule a drop-off: Your supporters can drop off a sealed envelope with their cash or cheques in your mailbox. Add their donation to your pledge form and mail it to ALS Canada using your prepaid envelope.
  • Do-It-Yourself/DIY: Your supporters can donate to ALS Canada directly with a note to add it to your fundraising total. They can mail their donation to ALS Canada or they can call our Donor Services team at 1-800-267-4257 ext. 229.

The fundraising team at ALS Canada is available to help you register online and answer any questions you might have. You can call directly at 1-800-267-4257 ext. 228 or send an email to teamals@als.ca.

Does the Walk to End ALS have rewards for reaching certain fundraising levels?

 

In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19, we are suspending our rewards program for the 2020 Walk to End ALS. We extend our sincere gratitude for the amazing fundraising support this year and we hope you understand this difficult decision. We are aiming to bring the T-shirt and other event day activities to life online, so stay tuned for more information as we approach event day, June 21st, 2020! We are grateful for your support and are excited to rally together with you to show our continued support for ALS community.

How much does the Walk to End ALS raise in Ontario?

 

The Walk to End ALS has been successful in consistently raising $2.1 million over the past few years, which speaks to the passion and commitment of all our Walk volunteers, donors, sponsors and participants. In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19, we’re transitioning all of the Walk to End ALS events across the province into an online virtual experience. That’s right – the Walk to End ALS is not cancelled and we need your continued support.

 

In fact, we need your support now more than ever. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, ALS Canada is facing a significant funding shortfall, which is dangerous considering the demand for our services has never been higher, and ALS researchers are gaining momentum in their efforts to create a future without this disease.

 

We know how important the Walk to End ALS is to people affected by ALS. It’s more than just a fundraiser – it builds community and connects people. We are committed to honouring this experience and creating an opportunity for the ALS community come together to show their support. We want to give you an inclusive event-day so we can all be a part of something bigger. What could be bigger and more unifying than all of us coming together on Sunday, June 21st – Global ALS Awareness Day?

 

Although we can’t be together physically, we invite you to show your support for your community and your beloved Walk to End ALS. You can register and start fundraising online at www.walktoendals.ca/Ontario.

Why should I register/fundraise online?

 

Online registration is fast and easy, unlocks lots of tools and resources to support your fundraising efforts. You can register at www.walktoendals.ca/ontario.

 

By registering and fundraising online, you will be able to invite your friends and family to join your team and you’ll be able to see your collective progress you’re making towards your goal

How do I register online?

 

Head to www.walktoendals.ca/ontario and click on the Walk location you’d like to register for. You’ll be prompted to select your registration type and enter in your contact information. Once you receive an email confirming your registration, you’re ready to start fundraising!

What if I forgot my username or password?

 

Visit www.walktoendals.ca/ontario, click the “Register/Sign In” button, and click on “Forgot your username or password?” Follow the steps provided to reset your username or password.

What is a custom web address?

 

During the registration process, you have the option to create a quick and easy URL (web address) to send donors directly to your personal fundraising page. Simply enter your name or your team name in the box provided during registration. Since this is a web address, you cannot use punctuation or spaces when entering your name or team name, but you can use hyphens. For example: www.walktoendals.ca/jenwalkstoendals OR www.walktoendals.ca/jen-walks-to-end-als

Please note this URL cannot be changed once you are registered.

What is the difference between creating a team, joining a team, and registering as an individual?

 

If you intend to take part in the Walk with family, friends, or coworkers, we suggest creating a team. If someone you know has already created the team, click on “join a team” and search for the team name in the box provided. If you intend to take part in the Walk alone or do not wish to have a team page, you can register as an individual.

Is there a registration fee or a minimum fundraising amount to participate in the Walk to End ALS?

 

There’s no registration fee for any of the Walk to End ALS events and everyone is welcome! There is no minimum fundraising amount required. We appreciate any donation amount to support event costs and direct more money towards a future without ALS.

Does the Walk to End ALS have rewards for reaching certain fundraising levels?

 

In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19, we are suspending our rewards program for the 2020 Walk to End ALS. We extend our sincere gratitude for the amazing fundraising support this year and we hope you understand this difficult decision. We are aiming to bring the T-shirt and other event-day activities to life online, so stay tuned for more information as we approach event day, June 21st, 2020! We are grateful for your support and are excited to rally together with you to show our continued support for ALS community.

How do I customize my public fundraising page with a personal message or photos?

 

Register or sign in to your fundraising hub. After signing in, you can customize the text and photos that appear on your personal public page. Be sure to click “Save Changes” after updates have been made.

 

Team Captains, you can update your team’s public page by clicking on “Team” in the left-hand menu to direct you to your team dashboard. You can update your team page text or photos from there.

How do I change my personal fundraising goal or my team’s fundraising goal?

 

Register or sign in to your fundraising hub. After signing in, you can change your goal through the fundraising dashboard.

 

Team Captains, you can change your team goal by clicking on “Team” on the left-hand menu. This will direct you to your team dashboard and you can change your goal from there.

How do I send emails asking for donations through the fundraising hub?

 

After signing in, click on the “Ask for Donations” tab on the left-hand menu of your fundraising dashboard. Load an email template – you can either choose from the templates we have created for you or customize your own. Then, you can enter email addresses of the people you want to reach out to in the box provided or click on View/Add Contacts to import from an existing email contact list.

 

If you choose to customize the email, make sure you click “save” before sending it out – that way it will be there for you next time you choose to send an email.

 

If you would prefer not to use the Fundraising Hub, email templates are available here for you to copy/paste so you can use your preferred email account.

 

If you would prefer not to use the Fundraising Hub, email templates are available here for you to copy/paste so you can use your preferred email account

How do I thank my donors through the fundraising hub?

 

After signing in, click on the “View Supporters” tab on the left-hand menu to view a list of your supporters. To send out a thank you email, click on “Thank your supporters” to select recipients and edit the text of your thank you email.

 

If you would prefer not to use the Fundraising Hub, email templates are available here for you to copy/paste so you can use your preferred email account.

I'm a team captain. How do I email my team?

 

You can send an email to your whole team through the fundraising hub. Click on “Team”, and then select “Email Your Team” from the left-hand menu.

 

If you would prefer not to use the Fundraising Hub, email templates are available here for you to copy/paste so you can use your preferred email account

How do I get more donation forms?

 

Download and print out a donation form to record offline donations you’ve collected.

How do I enter offline funds (cash and cheques) to show on my thermometer?

 

Login to your fundraising hub, click on the “Manage Cash and Cheques” tab on the left-hand menu , and you can record offline donations from an individual or from an event you’ve hosted. Once these donations are recorded, they will appear on your thermometer. You will still be required to hand these donations in on Walk day, along with a completed donation form (link) to ensure your donations are properly tax receipted.

 

If you’d rather not hang on to cash donations until Walk day, you can pay for this donation yourself and have the tax receipt directed to your donor. After entering the donation, simply click “pay” and you will be instructed to enter in your own credit card information. As long as you entered in the initial donation with all your donor’s information, they will receive the tax receipt and you can keep the cash after paying online.

I don’t want to register online. Can I still fundraise and participate in the Walk to End ALS?

 

You can participate and fundraise your own way using the donation form and mail cheques in to ALS Canada office at 393 University Ave #1701, Toronto, ON M5G 1E6. Here are a few tips for collecting money safely:

 

  1. I Owe You – Your supporters can pledge their donation and pay you back later. Add their donation to your pledge form, write your cheque for the full amount pledged by your supporters and mail it to ALS Canada
  2. Schedule a drop-off – Your supporters can drop off a sealed envelope with their cash or cheques in your mailbox. Add their donation to your pledge form and mail it to ALS Canada using your prepaid envelope.
  3. Do-It-Yourself or “DIY” – Your supporters can donate to ALS Canada directly with a note to add it to your fundraising total. They can mail their donation to ALS Canada or they can call our Donor Services team at 1-800-267-4257 ext. 229.

 

The fundraising team at ALS Canada is available to help you register online and answer any questions you might have. You can call directly at 1-800-267-4257 ext. 228 or send an email to teamals@als.ca.

Where’s my tax receipt?

 

When you make a donation online, a tax receipt is automatically issued via email. Please be sure to check your junk or promotions folder if you don’t receive the receipt right away. If you donated via cash or a cheque to a Walk participant, please allow 6-8 weeks after the date of the event for the donation to be receipted.

 

If you need a duplicate or corrected tax receipt, please contact us at teamals@als.ca.

How do I donate online to a participant or team of the Walk to End ALS?

 

To donate to a participant or team, visit www.walktoendals.ca/ontario and select the “Search Individuals/Teams” button Search for the person’s name or team name. Once you are redirected to their page, select “Donate Now” and follow the steps to complete the transaction.

Can I make a general donation (not to a participant) to the Walk to End ALS?

 

Yes, you can. You can visit www.walktoendals.ca/ontario, and select “Make a General Donation” on the homepage.

What’s the difference between donating to someone’s team and donating on their personal page?

 

If you can’t pick just one team member to donate to, you can donate overall to a Walk to End ALS team. All individual donations will be reflected in a team’s total.

 

Only donations to a specific individual will be tallied to determine a participant’s fundraising reward level.

Can I make my donation anonymously or listed under a nickname?

 

Absolutely! During the donation process, be sure to uncheck the box that says “Display my name on the donor listing.” If you’d like your donation to appear under a different name than your billing name, please enter your preferred name as your display name.

If I know a business that would like to be a sponsor, what should I do?

 

Sponsors are valued partners in the Walk to End ALS events. We offer local, provincial, and national opportunities, and can work with our corporate sponsors to create customized packages that meet their business needs. Please have them reach out to info@walktoendals.ca to connect with our Walk to End ALS support team and learn more about our awesome sponsorship opportunities!

What does ALS Canada do?

 

Founded in 1977, the ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada) works with the ALS community to improve the lives of people affected by ALS through community-based support services in Ontario, advocacy initiatives and investment in research for a future without ALS. We are a registered charity that receives no government funding – all of our services and research are funded through the generosity of our donors.

How much does the Walk to End ALS raise in Ontario?

 

The Walk to End ALS has been successful in consistently raising $2.1 million over the past few years, which speaks to the passion and commitment of all our Walk volunteers, donors, sponsors and participants.

 

In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19, we’re transitioning all of the Walk to End ALS events across the province into an online virtual experience. That’s right – the Walk to End ALS is not cancelled and we need your continued support.

 

In fact, we need your support now more than ever. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, ALS Canada is facing a significant funding shortfall, which is dangerous considering the demand for our services has never been higher, and ALS researchers are gaining momentum in their efforts to create a future without this disease.

 

Although we can’t be together physically, we invite you to show your support for your community and your beloved Walk to End ALS. You can register and start fundraising online at www.walktoendals.ca/Ontario.

What happens with the money that is raised from the Walk?

 

Your fundraising efforts mean an investment in the most promising ALS research in Canada and in community-based support services for people and families living with ALS in Ontario:

 

  • 40% RESEARCH: 40% of proceeds are directed to the ALS Canada Research Program where they are invested in the best ALS research in Canada awarded annually following a peer-reviewed competition.

 

  • 60% COMMUNITY-BASED SUPPORT: 60% of proceeds help provide community-based support and services to people and families affected by ALS in Ontario. Support varies by province based on the gaps within the healthcare system and can include educational information, referrals to local health care and community services, equipment assistance, home visits and support groups.

 

Virtual Walk

 

We know how important the Walk to End ALS is to people affected by ALS. It’s more than just a fundraiser – it builds community and connects people. We are committed to honouring this experience and creating an opportunity for the ALS community come together to show their support. It’s your Walk, your way!

 

To support you in physical distancing, we have put together some fun activities and ideas to keep connected:

  • Chalk Your Walk: get outside and use sidewalk chalk to show your neighbours that you’re still doing the Walk to End ALS on June 21, 2020!
  • Photo booth: print out our photo booth props, and use them in a selfie about why you walk. Don’t forget to tag us at @ALSCanada when you share on social media!
  • Throw-back: share a photo of your favourite Walk memory- post on your front window for passersby or on social media and tag us @alscanada
  • Get Groovy: tune into our Walk to End ALS playlist on Spotify 
  • New! ALS Canada colouring pages: download and print out our Walk to End ALS colouring pages. Take a pic of your coloured masterpieces and share on social — don’t forget to tag us at @alscanada!
  • DIY T-shirt: download stencils to decorate your own t-shirts and have fun with the whole family 
  • Car Parade: Invite your team to decorate their windows, make signs for the car, top up with decorations like balloons, streamers and do a car parade around town