important info: how to support virtual tulipathon 2020 by cash, cheque OR PHONE
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're encouraging as many people as possible to fundraise for Tulipathon online this year. Our Tulipathon 2020 fundraising website allows you to sponsor an individual and/or faith group, sign up to walk, email your friends and family directly to solicit donations, and more! However, if you're still collecting money the old-fashioned way, that's OK! Print off the pledge form here and start fundraising for your Virtual Tulipathon solo stroll or household hike on Sun., May 31, 2020. Let's keep calm and Tulipathon!
CAN I COLLECT CASH AND CHEQUE FOR TULIPATHON THIS YEAR?
Yes, the pledge form contains the option for donors to support Tulipathon by cash and cheque. However, cheque donations are strongly preferred over cash for the Virtual Tulipathon 2020. In addition, we ask that you use your judgement during the Tulipathon fundraising period and follow Ottawa Public Heath physical distancing guidelines, which may change between now and May 31.
You might also want to consider not collecting at all, and instead directing your donors to give to MHI directly by cheque, phone, or if necessary, cash (see "Can my sponsors donate to MHI directly?" below).
HOW CAN I GET MY PLEDGE FORMS AND MONEY TO THE MHI OFFICE?
That depends on whether your pledge form includes cash donations.
what if my donors prefer to donate by phone?
We can accept donations over the phone by credit card. Just ask your donors to call (613) 686-1825 and indicate they wish to make a donation to Tulipathon. (The donor should also indicate if they want their donation to support the fundraising efforts of a particular individual and/or team.) If nobody picks up the phone, the donor should just leave their name and number, and a staff member will return the call as soon as possible. Please do not include any phone donations on your pledge form.
CAN MY sponsors donate to mhi directly?
If you'd rather tell your donors to issue a donation directly to MHI, that's great!
SOME OF MY DONORS WANT TO GIVE CASH/CHEQUES DIRECTLY TO ME WHILE OTHERS PREFER TO GIVE TO MHI DIRECTLY. HOW DO I HANDLE THIS?
If some of your donors give directly to MHI, do not include their names on the pledge form. Only include on the pledge form donors who gave their cash or cheques to you personally.
HOW DO I GET EXTRA COPIES OF THE PLEDGE FORM?
You can print off a copy of the pledge form using a home printer by downloading the pledge form from this page. If you don’t have a printer, please email email@example.com or call (613) 686-1825 and we’ll mail one to your house.
when's the deadline to hand in my pledge forms and cheques?
We would prefer if you submitted your fundraising package by the day of the walk itself (May 31). However, we will accept forms and money for Tulipathon up until June 30, 2020.
is the farook tareen award still being presented this year?
You bet! The Farook Tareen Award is presented each year to the faith group that raises the most money at Tulipathon. It is named after the late Farook Tareen, who founded Tulipathon and gifted it as a fundraiser to MHI. If MHI is still able to host our National Housing Day event in November, the Farook Tareen Award will be presented to the top team then.
I'm all done fundraising. what's next?