General funds are useful if you want to let donors support your efforts without necessarily having to choose a specific team member’s fundraiser for which to donate. For example, if your organization is hosting a bike race, but some of your regular supporters may want to support the organization and its event, but might not know any of the individual fundraisers on the leaderboard. Giving them the option to donate to the General Fund includes them in the bike race.
Adding a General Fund to Your Team Page
To add a general fund to your team, go to your team page by following these steps:
- Login at ColoradoGives.com/login and
- Hover over your name in the top right-hand corner.
- Click on “Fundraising" and go to "My Campaigns" tab on your user account.
- Then, scroll down to the Teams page you are interested in.
Once you’re on your team page, simply click “Settings” on the left-hand sidebar of your team’s page. Select the tab that says "Beneficiary Settings" and go to the section that says “General Fund.”
By default, your team’s General Fund is automatically turned off. Just toggle the switch to “On”:
General Fund for ‘One Cause’ Teams
If your team is fundraising for one certified charity on ColoradGives.org, General Fund donations will automatically be directed to that organization. Once you turn the toggle to “On,” you’re set!
General Fund for ‘Multi-Cause’ Teams
If your team is fundraising for multiple causes, you’ll need to designate one charitable organization to receive funds from your General Fund.
When you visit “Settings” on the left-hand sidebar and turn your General Fund tab to “On,” you’ll be prompted to select an Organization to receive your funds (Please note, only registered 501c3 charitable organizations can receive funds from a General Fund):
Then, choose to customize the donation levels (or leave them as they are!) and you’re set to go!
Donating to a General Fund
When donors visit your team page, they can now donate directly on the team page. By clicking “Donate now” they’ll be given a dropdown menu to choose from any fundraiser on the leaderboard or to the General Fund.
To donate to the General Fund, the donor can just select “Donate to the team General Fund” as their designation:
Then, just continue through the donation process as you would with any other fundraiser on ColoradoGives.org.
Note: Donations to the General Fund are added to your team’s total on the display counter, but are not added to any individual fundraiser’s total on the leaderboard.
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