Become a Champion

FAQs

About Champions and Food For The Poor

What is Champions?

Champions for the Poor is a personal fundraising program that lets you create your own webpage and raise funds to help the poor in the 17 countries across the Caribbean and Latin America served by Food For The Poor.

Who is Food For The Poor?

Food For The Poor is the largest international relief and development organization in the United States, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Our work is motivated by our faith in a God, spreading his unconditional love, regardless of race, wealth, or creed as we minister to the poorest of the poor in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

By providing lifesaving food, secure housing, clean water, healthcare, emergency relief, micro-enterprise projects and education opportunities, we are giving the poor a chance at a better future, and showing them God’s love.

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Fundraising and Donations

How do I raise money?

It’s been proven that people are more likely to donate when they see that somebody else has donated first. Show others you’re serious and be the first to donate to your cause.

Start raising money now. Do small fundraisers once a week at work or school and the money will add up.

The more personal your fundraising letters and social media posts are, the more effective they will be. Post about your page at least once a week using photos and personal messages to keep your friends up-to-date and aware.

How do I collect donations?

You can direct anyone, wishing to support your cause, to your page URL. There is a big "Donate" button on your fundraising page. This is where you, your friends, and family can all make a donation to your campaign.

Why fundraise for Food For The Poor?

Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States, according to The Chronicle of Phianthropy, is transforming lives and establishing dignity for the poorest of the poor in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

When you give to Food For The Poor, you support relief and development initiatives that change lives and inspire hope. Thanks to the support of faithful donors like you, our programs provide housing, healthcare, education, fresh water, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance in addition to feeding hundreds of thousands of people each day.

With a charitable commitment ratio of 96%, and a fundraising efficiency of 97%, Food For The Poor received the highest possible ratings from industry observers such as Ministry Watch, and is also proud to meet the extensive standards of America's most experienced charity evaluator, the Better Business Bureau.

Is there a minimum fundraising requirement?

No, there is no minimum requirement to fundraise through Champions. Feel free to set a fundraising goal that you are comfortable with.

If you are interested in learning more about successful fundraising campaigns, please visit our tips page or, if you have any further questions please feel free to contact Amber Noe, program and development manager, at ambern@foodforthepoor.org.

Are donations tax-deductible?

All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Do you accept donations by check?

Yes. To ensure that donations are applied to the correct fundraising page, please make sure that all check donations are made payable to Food For The Poor. Please include your source code and the first and last name of the fundraiser’s page you are donating to on the memo line of the check. Please mail all check donations to Food For The Poor, Inc, Attn: Champions, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL. 33073.

How long does it take for donations to be posted to my personal Champions page?

Credit card donations made via Champions are posted immediately. Check donations sent in through the mail may take a few weeks to post to your personal Champions page.

Do I get a tax receipt?

If you made a donation online, you will receive an email tax receipt immediately. If you made a donation by check, you will receive a tax receipt in the mail.

My company or school may be interested in doing a specific online fundraising campaign, who do I speak to about this?

We would love to speak with you about your idea! Please email Amber Noe, program and development manager, at ambern@foodforthepoor.org.

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Your Champions Page

What is a Champions Page?

Your Champions page is a Web-based account dedicated to you and your fundraising efforts. Your friends, family, co-workers, and others can visit your page to donate to your fundraiser. You create this page through the process of signing up through the Champions website. There is default content on the page about Champions and Food For The Poor. We strongly encourage participants to customize their page to tell visitors why you are raising money for Food For The Poor. You can tell your personal story, add videos and pictures.

How will people find my Champions Page?

When you create your fundraiser on Champions you have the option of creating a unique URL for it. You can simply copy and paste the link into a personalized email to send to friends, family and co-workers. You can also share this link on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

How can I find someone's Champions Page?

Search for it here.

Do I get to choose where I want my funds raised to go?

Yes! When you create your fundraising page, one of the steps will be for you to choose where you would like your funds raised to go. We want our Champions to choose the cause closest to their heart, whether that is feeding, housing, education, etc. We have several options to choose from.

How can I customize my Champions Page?

Personalizing your own page is a great way to make a big impact. When you have logged into Champions, click "My Profile" under your account icon at the top right of the page. Find your Food For The Poor fundraiser and click "Manage." This will take you to your fundraising page where you can share your own story, add your own photos and set your own goal. Just follow the simple steps provided!

How can I upload photos and videos to my Champions Page?

Log-in to your Champions account and click "My Profile" under your account icon at the top right of the page. You can upload photos and videos with the "Manage" button under your Champions fundraising page. Your page is already populated with some Food For The Poor photos and/or videos. These cannot be deleted but you can add more of your own personal photos and video content.

How do I change my fundraising goal?

You can change your fundraising goal easily in the ";Edit Your Page" tab on your Champions page. Click the "My Profile"tab from the drop down on your Champions account icon, then click "Manage" for your Champions page under "My Fundraisers."

How do I share my Champions Page with my friends, family and colleagues?

You will get a customized URL, e.g., champion.foodforthepoor.org/janesmith and foodforthepoor.org/janesmith. Post this link on Facebook or Twitter, and send the link to friends and family in a personalized email. See our fundraising tips for suggested email templates.

Can I personally communicate to people who make a donation on my page?

Yes! We actually recommend it. Once a supporter makes a donation you will receive notification. They’ll receive an automated thank you email from your page, but we encourage you post comments on your fundraising page as well as respond to comments others make on your fundraising page! And use your personal email, Facebook and Twitter accounts to send a personal note of thanks as well.

Do you have any tips for a successful fundraiser?

Yes! We find that the most successful fundraisers do the following:

  1. Customize their fundraising page with their own personal story and reason for fundraising.
  2. Make their own donation first — we find that others are much more likely to donate to your page once they see that you have done so first.
  3. Identify their five closest friends and family members and personally ask them to make a donation. Send them a personal email with a link to your fundraising page. You will get great momentum for your fundraising after you and your closest friends and family members have made the first donations.

Click here for more fundraising tips.

What do I do if I forget my username and/or password?

From your login page there is a reset password link which will send you an email. It may come from Stay Classy, the company that hosts this website for Champions. You can follow the instructions to reset your password. If you forget your username or email address, please contact Customer Support through the log in page.

My company or school may be interested in doing a specific online fundraising campaign. Who do I speak to about this?

We would love to speak with you about your idea! Please email Amber Noe, Champions program and development manager, at ambern@foodforthepoor.org.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Amber Noe, Champions program and development manager, can answer any and all questions for you! Her email is: ambern@foodforthepoor.org.

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