DonorDrive FAQ!

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Fundraising for Dance Marathon at Florida State University 2018 has officially begun! Before you start mapping out your course to Comma Club, it’s important to know a little bit about DonorDrive. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:

  • What is DonorDrive?
  • DM at FSU uses DonorDrive to keep track of individual and group fundraising totals. This online portal allows fundraisers to raise money for Dance Marathon. Once you set up your account, you’ll have access to your personal page and team’s page.

 

  • What is the difference between signing up as a dancer versus signing up as a fundraiser? Do I have to sign up for both?
  • Fundraisers raise money throughout the year but are not eligible to dance at Dance Marathon. Sign up to fundraise if you won’t be in Tallahassee for the marathon, or want to participate at the marathon as a volunteer or guest.
  • Dancers experience the culmination of our year-long movement during our marathon weekend, which is typically held early spring semester. All dancers stand on their feet for 20 hours to raise funds and awareness for our beneficiaries. Those interested in dancing must sign up to fundraise and dance. However, dancers are only invited to the marathon if they reach the fundraising minimum of $300. For some, this number may sound intimidating, but reaching this goal is easier than you think! Be on the lookout for upcoming fundraising tips and tricks on our blog and social media accounts.

 

  • How much is registration?
  • It is free to register to fundraise, and $25 to register to dance.

 

  • When can I sign up to be a fundraiser?
  • You can sign up to fundraise at any point leading up to the marathon! Please follow these steps to register:
  • Go to http://dmfsu.org/Click “Donate Now!” in the upper right-hand cornerScreen Shot 2017-05-30 at 5.19.16 PM.png
  • Clicking this will lead you to our event page. From here, click “Register Now!” Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 5.19.49 PM.png
  • From there, you can choose whether you want to register as an individual or on a team. Many organizations have a team for DM, so make sure to check if yours does.Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 5.20.27 PM.png
  • On the next page enter your registration information.Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 5.21.07 PM.png
  • Then, enter your contact information.Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 5.21.54 PM.png
  • From here, you can choose to make a donation yourself.Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 1.35.52 PM.png

Once you confirm your information, you will officially be registered to fundraise!    Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 1.36.22 PM.png 

  • When can I sign up to be a dancer?
  • Typically, students are able to register to dance during Miracle Week in the fall semester and Rally Week during the spring semester. Dates for those two events will be announced via social media at the start of each semester.

 

  • How do I edit my goal?
  • In order to edit your goal, follow these steps:
    1. Go to your personal DonorDrive page. You can get here by toggling over the section that reads, “Welcome, [your name]!” and clicking “Profile”
    2. Once you are on your personal page, click “Edit Your Page”
    3. Scroll down until you see your donation meter. From here, you should be able to type in a new fundraising goal.

     

     

  • How do I edit the personal message on my page?
    1. Go to your personal DonorDrive page. You can get here by toggling over the section that reads, “Welcome, [your name]!” and clicking “Profile”
    2. Once you are on your personal page, click “Edit Your Page”
    3. Scroll down until you see the section labeled “Personal Message” Editing your personal message on your page is a great way to show potential donors how Dance Marathon has personally made an impact on your life. In order to edit your message, follow these steps:

     

  • How do I set up alerts for DonorDrive?
  • Once you start getting donations, you will automatically receive email alerts. However, if you want to get alerts via text, or link your Twitter or Facebook accounts to your DonorDrive account, follow these steps.
    1. Go to your personal DonorDrive page. You can get here by toggling over the section that reads, “Welcome, [your name]!” and clicking “Settings”
    2. Click “Connect” or “Subscribe” based on what you want to do and click through the screens that pop up

     

     

  • How do I donate to other people?
  • Donating to your fellow fundraisers is a great way to increase morale, and support other miracle-makers. Here are steps to make a donation:
    1. Go to http://dmfsu.org/
    2. Click “Donate Now!” in the upper right-hand corner
    3. Clicking this will lead you to our event page. From here, click “Donate to this event”
    4. From this screen, you can search for individual participants or teams. Once you find who you are looking for, click their name
    5. From here, you should end up at the individual’s fundraising page. Click the option that says “Support Me!”
    6. On the next screen, select a donation amount, enter your payment info, and contact info.
    7. Once you confirm all of this, your donation will be sent!

     

    That just about covers the bases, but if you have any more questions, please email dmfsu.financedirector@gmail.com. Remember that your DonorDrive page is the place where potential donors can get a glimpse into your involvement with Dance Marathon, and how this organization has touched your life. Developing a personalized DonorDrive page will be a key tool in your fundraising efforts. Keep this in mind over these next few months.

    Check out the video below if you ever need a quick refresher on how to register as a fundraiser or dancer. Now, go forth and fundraise!

    How-To Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgBxRfLgriE

     

     

     

 

Rally Week 2017

In preparation for the most wonderful weekend of the year, dancers and fundraisers, both new and old, came together through January 23 – 29 to celebrate Rally Week. Rally Week served as the perfect reminder of what our purpose is and who we do it all for during madness that comes with the start of a new semester.

We kicked off the week with a Registration Rally. Dancers are the heart of everything we do! Recently, dancer registration opened up for the spring semester. Even though there are already a recording breaking number of teams and dancers registered for Dance Marathon 2017, we cannot wait to welcome even more Miracle Makers into the DM Family.

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On Tuesday, we threw a Rally for Powie, a fun, loving, 4-year-old miracle child. She was born with a mitochondrial disease, but that hasn’t stopped her from dancing or doing everything she can to make her friends smile. During the rally, fundraisers and dancers set out to raise $42. This amount of money represents the $42,000 that it costs to employ a Child Life Specialist. These specialists work hard to help children and families cope while they are staying at Shands.

“A Child Life Specialist changes any child’s life that walks into a hospital. They are the ones that get on the child’s level and explains to them what a doctor or a nurse is going to do to them in a way that they can understand,” Samantha Caulfield, a Morale Captain and aspiring Child Life Specialist, said.

Later in the week, we hosted the Rally on Landis. Students were able to learn more about Dance Marathon and write letters to the miracle families. One of the highlights of the Rally was a donation based Pure Barre class that took place on Landis Green. Participants were able to stretch their stress away at one the most picturesque places on our campus.

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The week ended on a high note, with two events that allowed everyone to cut loose. At FTKaraoke students belted their hearts out, singing everything from the Spice Girls to High School Musical. On Saturday, we hosted FTKolor, where 800 students throw around over 1,000 pounds of colored powder and having a blast FTK!

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Check out a video FTKolor here!

Rally Week served as the perfect morale booster since we’re officially 15 days out from the start of the Marathon. Now is the perfect time to reflect on all the good we’ve done over the past 7 months and eagerly anticipate all the great things we’re going to accomplish over the next 26 days.

As always,

FTK.

Miracle Week 2016

This year Miracle Week 2016 took place October 3 through October 7 and it is safe to say it was the most successful week we have had yet!

Monday – “Dodge Dream Donate Dance Dodge”

We started out with an incredible Dodge Ball Tournament that took place at Leon High School. Teams were able to battle each other while also meeting some incredible miracle families!

Tuesday – “FTK Shopping Day”

Along with gaining 22% of purchases made at Garnet & Gold and Trending Now; Dance Marathon also had DM Merchandise and Divvy Up Socks for sale!! Shopping For The Kids? What more could you ask for?

Wednesday –“Miracles on Landis & Chipotle Share-It-Night”

We had two events, that’s right two events FTK! From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. we made miracles on Landis Green with tons of activities and photo opportunities.

Eat good AND feel good? Yes, please! From 5pm -9pm on Wednesday Dance Marathon at FSU had our Share-it-night at Chipotle. All you had to do was mention to the cashier you were with Dance Marathon and 50% of the proceeds went directly to our cause!

Thursday – “So You Think You Can Line Dance”

Everyone came out to The Moon and experienced some amazing dance routines at So You Think You Can Line Dance.

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Friday “For The Families Friday”

October 7th we posed a challenge for everyone to raise $50 for the families in hopes of making a better tomorrow! If you raised the $50 in your Dance Marathon account on October 7th, Full Press was kind enough to match the first 50 people’s donations.

 

Check out a video recap of Miracle Week here!

 

As always,

 

FTK.

Parents Weekend Canning Recap

As much as we all love the freedom and independence that college brings, it’s impossible to not get a little homesick every once in a while. That’s why Parents’ Weekend is so important. During that time, parents get to see the university through our eyes as they are led on a personal tour of our home away from home. The last time our parents saw us, we were most likely anxious or were worried about making friends, finding a new path and just getting used to our twin XL bed. Whatever worries we had are long gone now.  It’s amazing to see the amount of growth that can happen in just two months. In that short time, many students have gone from introverted to involved.

Parents’ Weekend was also the venue for the first canning event in support of Dance Marathon 2017. Canning serve many purposes:

  • Canning allows students who are fundraising for DM to walk around the stadium asking fans to donate to the cause
  • All of the money they raise then goes directly into their personal DM account, bringing the one step closer to their goal
  • Typically, canning is done in small groups, so it’s an awesome way to meet people from different organizations who are also apart of the DM family

In addition to raising funds through canning, this year a percentage of each football ticket sold for Parents’ Weekend was contributed to Dance Marathon, so fans were able to cheer on the ‘Noles and be FTK at the same time!

We can’t wait for more canning events to happen and to make more miracles!

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As always,

 

FTK.

 

Dance Marathon: What It’s All About

As we get closer to DM, it’s both exciting and amazing reflecting on #ourcause.

Our yearlong movement of fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network and the FSU College of Medicine’s Pediatric Outreach Program culminates with a weekend-long event where #ourcommunity stands and dances together for two, twenty hour shifts to benefit those that cannot stand for themselves.

According to Morgan Maxwell, the dancers have “really stepped up this year” and have “accomplished so much: Miracle Week, Rally Week, and Week of Why” as well as making “a Florida Statement by raising 100k in a Day!”

She believes that, “They DESERVE to celebrate all the miracles they have made in their yearlong movement.” And, that’s what Dance Marathon is all about.

This year, the entertainment has moved from the stage to the floor, and it will truly be one for the books!

We’re ready to make miracles! Are you?

As Always,

FTK.

Miracle Milestones and Dancer Incentives

Get excited Seminoles because DM at FSU has a ton of miracle milestones and dancer incentives to keep you moving and on your feet during the marathon this year!

Alora Sager, Internal Fundraising Chair, says that, “Miracle Milestones are a fantastic way to enhance your dancer experience – while also making miracles for the kids!”

This year, incentives include La-Z-Boy time, movies, sitting yoga, and time in the FirstKlass Lounge!

So get excited for al of the incentinves this years DM has to offer!

As Always,

FTK.

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Rally Week

Get excited seminoles because Rally Week is almost here!

Starting Monday, January 25th, there will be a share it night at Skate World from 5-9pm, followed by “Would You Like Miracles With That?” on Tuesday January 26th where some of the proceeds from Pollo Tropical, Papa Johns, Freshen’s, Subway, Einstein’s, Salad Creations, Chick Fil A, Rising Roll, and Chili’s on campus will go towards our cause from 4-7pm.

Then, on Wednesday January 27th, we will have Red Wagon Wednesday from 10am-2pm on Landis Green. Everyone can come fill “wagons” with letters and donations, FTK.

On Thursday January 28th from 4:30-6:30pm we will have FTKolor at heritage! Presale tickets are $10, or $12 on the day of.

The week will culminate on Friday, January 29th with our $21 for 21 campaign where we challenge everyone to raise $21 that day for DM at FSU’s 21st year.

For more information, you can visit: dmfsu.org

As Always,

FTK.

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