Setting up an individual fundraiser page to join the 9 members at Grand Forks Christmas Decorators for The Salvation Army is fairly intuitive. If you need a guide at any point here are step-by-step directions for starting your own on-line virtual kettle fundraiser associated with your outdoor Christmas Decorations. (Of course, I would gladly help walk you thru the process of setting up a virtual kettle if you need it, just give me a call at 701-746-4663.)
I will be matching the first $500 donated!
Step 1. Go directly to https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/gfchristmas and in the left upper left hand area of that particular web page click on "Join team".
Step 3. It asks you to “Create an account” with your email address and a password to start a page and get back into your account later. After you have put in your email address and a password please click on “NEXT”.
Step 4. On the next page it asks you to “Complete your profile” with your first and last name. After you do so click on the box that says “SIGN UP”.
Step 5. You are now on the “Create your page” where you need to respond about the details of your fundraiser. There are six important things to do here (I would recommend to leave the top box that says “I’m fundraising to honor someone else” blank at this time):
A) The first thing you see is “Set your fundraising goal”. You may change the $500 fundraising goal to whatever you want but I suspect that most people will leave that. (There is no obligation to pay for not reaching a goal but the site needs a dollar amount.)
B) You need to fill in the “Fundraising end date” which is January 7, 2023 – the first full day after Epiphany. When you hover over and click on the calendar box a monthly calendar pops up. Look for an arrow in the upper right corner. Click on the little arrow which moves the calendar to January, 2023. Hover over the January 9 and click on it.
C) It now asks you for “Your Page’s headline”. You could leave this or, simply say something about helping to raising some money for The Salvation Army.
D) It next asks you to state what city and state “I’m fundraising for”. When you click on this box a drop-down menu
pops up and you need to scroll down to Grand Forks, ND and click on it.
E) Lastly, you are asked to “Set your Fundraising Page’s short URL”. This says it is optional but I HIGHLY recommend
you simply put only the house letters in the box AND nothing else. The program used by the Salvation Army
automatically assigns a unique set of six number to your on-line fundraiser page to identify you for tracking
purposes. By putting your house number in there it will help associate your home on the master list of
decorated homes at www.grandforkshomes.net/christmas with your virtual kettle for donations.
Once you start reaching out to people to donate to your fundraiser page in emails, texts, on Facebook and other
communications you will be asking people to click your special URL to donate. I think potential donors will have more
confidence to click on a URL with your house number on the URL rather than six numbers.
F) Click the “NEXT” tab at the bottom of the page.
Step 10. You will now arrive on your personal fundraising page within the Grand Forks Christmas Decorators Team page! If you want here is where you can “Choose your photo” associated with your fundraising page. You don’t have to do anything but I would suggest taking a picture of your home with the decorations in their full glory! Click the “Continue” button.
On the next page under “Member Questions” please fill in some details about yourself and when you are done click “Finish”.
There other things you can do on your personal fundraising page. For instance, you can add a Fundraiser Nickname if you want in a word or two. If you do this consider something that identifies the theme or feeling you may want to convey with your Christmas decorations.
Now start sharing the news of your fundraising effort to family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Spread the word that they can also find lots of joyous Christmas decorated homes to tour at www.grandforkshomes.net/christmas!
Again, if you have questions about this process, please feel free to reach out to me.
Thank you and good luck with your fundraising effort.
Crary Real Estate
4551 S Washington St, Suite G
Grand Forks, ND 58201
You may also reach out to:
Major AmyJo Ferguson
1600 University Avenue
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Major Paul Ferguson
1600 University Avenue
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Remember you can also help by volunteering to ring the bell at a local kettle by signing up at www.registertoring.com .
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