A guide to creating your team page, using its features, and optimizing your page for a successful team fundraising campaign
This is a top-to-bottom guide to making your team page awesome. We’ll take you through the process of setting up your team, step-by-step, and throw in some tips for success and best practices along the way.
If you haven't already created your team on ColoradoGives.org, this video will provide you all the steps to do so:
Building Your Team Page
When you’re ready to start building your team page, you’ll see a lot of options. But don’t get overwhelmed! There are lots of ways you can customize and enhance your page, but it’s very straightforward, and we’ll go through the process step-by-step.
Elements of Your Page
Your ColoradoGives.org Manager
On the left side of your page is your manager (dashboard). You can toggle between different options and features of your page to manage them by simply clicking on the icon (and you’ll be able to see what each icon means by hovering over it with your mouse). From the top down, there is a Live Page view which will show you how your page will look to visitors, Page Editor where you can edit the design of your page, Campaigns and Participants will allow you to manage and invite your team members, Reports where you can access donor information, and your team page’s Settings which will include your Fundraiser Template.
Your navigation bar
When editing your page, you can either click on the name of the element in your Page Editor, or you can click on the pencil icon next to that item on your page. Most of these features are optional, which allows you to create any type of team page.
Team Title (Required in order to publish)
The first thing you’ll want to do is give your team an awesome title. What makes a title awesome? Well, it should be short, snappy, and explain a little bit about your team and your purpose. You are limited to 50 characters for your title.
Your team logo displays in the top-left of the page.
You have lots of different options for uploading your logo, which are displayed on the dashboard on the left side of the upload screen.
You can upload a file directly from your computer, link to an image hosted elsewhere on the web, import one from Facebook, Google Drive, Instagram, Evernote, Dropbox, and more.
We recommend uploading a transparent logo, because it look looks best against your banner image (which we’ll discuss next). If you’re not sure how to make your logo transparent, it is most commonly done in Photoshop but you can also make your logo transparent with some free online image editors (like Canva). Your page will look best if your logo is mostly text or simple graphics.
This is where you can get creative and showcase your branding!
Now, here’s where things get really cool. ColoradoGives.org lets you choose a color theme for your page, which will allow you to put your own personal stamp on your team page.
If you have a specific color you’d like to use and know the hex code, you can also enter that to choose that as your theme color. The color you choose will apply to some of the text on your team page, such as your donate button, amount raised, your sponsor and affiliates section, and your organizer info.
On the right side of the color picker, there is a slider that takes you through the rainbow. Simply drag the slider to the color you use. If you want more red, slide it to red. If you want more blue, slide it to blue.
Inside the box on the left, you can get more specific about the color you want — just click in the box to the color that appeals to you the most.
Your background image is a large image file that will display behind your logo, team title, and above your fundraising thermometer. Your background image will look best if it’s mostly text-free (since there will be text displaying in front of it) and a strong image that’s representative of your team. Landscape-oriented images will work best.
To upload your background image, select:
You’ll have the same upload options as you did for your logo, with the addition of generic gallery images to choose from. You can pick from one of these, or upload your own by choosing one of the other options on the left sidebar.
You will need to crop your banner image to fit inside the image container. When you click “Done,” your banner image will be added to your team page and you can see how it looks with all of the other elements on your page.
How much do you want your team to raise?
Note that this is the funding goal for the whole team, not just yourself. So think about how many people you anticipate joining your team, how much you expect they will be able to raise, and do some quick math to determine an appropriate funding goal for your team. (You’ll be able to set your team member’s goals for them when you create your fundraiser template.)
Your leaderboard is where your team members compete for the top spot! You, as the Team Organizer, can control how your leaderboard ranks team members. By default, your leaderboard will rank your team members by dollars raised.
You can change your leaderboard settings so that team members are ranked alphabetically, by number of donors, or by number of donations.
Your story is your chance to explain what your team fundraiser is all about, both to team members and to donors. This is pretty straightforward — just click into your story and start writing! You can also add media to your story to jazz things up. You can add links, upload images, link to videos on YouTube and Vimeo, and add bulleted or numbered lists.
If you do not want to display a story on your team page, click on the eye icon on the top right corner of your Story:
If you choose not to display a story, your leaderboard will replace that space.
Customize the image and text social media networks use when someone shares your page.
When you create your page, your page will automatically be given a URL. It’s a boring series of letters and numbers. But you can jazz things up and make your page more memorable, customized, and shareable by giving it a Custom URL. Keep it short and obviously make sure it’s relevant to your page.
The fundraiser template is a great way to make fundraising easier for your participants. You, as the Team Organizer, can create a default title, goal, image/video, short story, and story for each team member’s page. Having a strong template available allows your team members to get their pages up and running quickly. You can find your Fundraiser Template on the second tab at the top of your Team Settings.
Read more about creating your fundraiser template!
Sharing Your Page and Inviting Participants
Now, your team page is complete!
It’s time to start inviting people to join your team and start fundraising for awesome causes.
You start sharing your page through the Share tool to the right of the Donate button or by simply copying and pasting your url into an email or social media post.
If you have any questions about the features on your ColoradoGives.org page or would like help making it as amazing at it can possibly be, contact us here.