General

Where is WoodmenLife Impact® available?


WoodmenLife Impact® is able to feature campaigns throughout the United States only.

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What are the fees for donating or starting a fundraiser on Impact?

WoodmenLife Impact® has NO FEES. Period. WoodmenLife has supported the communities where its members live and work since its founding in 1890. Impact is an extension of these efforts.

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Who should I contact if there are problems with an Impact webpage (link not working, page loading, etc.)?


Please submit a support request via our contact form. Be sure to describe the situation, what type of device you were using when it occurred (mobile, desktop or tablet) and what browser you were using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, etc.).

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How can I contact the WoodmenLife Impact® Team?

WoodmenLife is located at 1700 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Central Time). Please feel free to submit a message via our contact form or give us a call during business hours at 800-825-2055.

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How is WoodmenLife Impact® different from other crowdfunding websites?


Impact stands out from other crowdfunding websites in several ways:


1. No Fees. Impact is 100% free for both those donating to and holding fundraisers. WoodmenLife pays all administrative and operating expenses. Other crowdfunding websites collect money by charging a flat fee, deducting a percentage from every donation or charging credit card processing fees.


2. No penalties for not meeting the goal. Your Impact fundraiser keeps every penny raised, regardless of whether the fundraising goal is met or falls short. Some crowdfunding websites do not let the fundraiser keep any of the money raised if the fundraising goal is not met.


3. Every WoodmenLife Impact® fundraiser goes through a verification process to ensure that donations will be used as intended. Most other crowdfunding websites do not verify the legitimacy of published fundraisers.


4. WoodmenLife will donate $50 to newly published fundraisers to help start fundraising efforts. This is a rare offering among crowdfunding websites. 

*Seed funds are granted as available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not guaranteed to all campaigns. Approval of campaign proposals is dependent upon certain conditions and requirements as determined by WoodmenLife.

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Donating to an Impact Fundraiser

Does my support of a fundraiser on WoodmenLife Impact® count as a charitable donation for tax purposes?


WoodmenLife is a 501(c)(8) Fraternal Benefit Society. Please contact your tax professional for information regarding the deductibility status of your donation. 

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How much of my donation is given to a fundraiser I support?

100% of your donation goes directly to the fundraiser. We do not charge you any fees, including credit card processing fees. We simply ask that you spread the word about WoodmenLife Impact®.

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Do I need to create an account to donate?

You do not need to create an account to donate to a fundraiser.

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Are there offline options for donating to an Impact fundraiser?

We work hard to keep expenses at a minimum, so we strongly prefer that you donate via credit card or debit card on the Impact website. We can accept check donations via mail. Simply make checks payable to WoodmenLife, and make sure to note Impact and which fundraiser you are donating to in the memo field.

Mail the check to:
WoodmenLife Impact 
1700 Farnam St. 
Omaha, NE 68102-2007

When we receive the check, we will apply the full amount to the fundraiser indicated.

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How do I know that my donations are going toward a legitimate cause?

All fundraisers featured on WoodmenLife Impact® have gone through our verification process. 

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Starting a Fundraiser

Does WoodmenLife Impact® require recipients to submit receipts?

No, WoodmenLife Impact® does not require recipients to submit receipts. 

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How can I show that I’ve used WoodmenLife Impact® donations as intended?

All WoodmenLife Impact® campaign recipients are required to show that funds raised were used as intended. To do so, we encourage fundraisers to post a fundraiser update explaining how donations to their campaign made an impact in their community. This can be either written, in a series of photos, or via video. 

This fundraiser update serves as a way to close out your campaign, so we ask that you post the update no later than 90 days after your payout is disbursed. Fundraisers will not be allowed to start a new Impact campaign until an update has been posted on all previous campaigns.

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Are the donations I receive from WoodmenLife Impact considered taxable income?

Please contact your tax professional for information regarding the tax status of the funds received through WoodmenLife Impact.

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Why does WoodmenLife Impact require a W-9?

W-9's are requested and filed to ensure WoodmenLife remains compliant with all possible IRS reporting requirements. (All information received is kept confidential.) 
 
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Can I pay to advertise my fundraiser on social media?


We strongly recommend not doing this. Paying for promotion of your campaign is not only a dangerous way to expose your information online, but it also devalues your campaign. We've found that the people most likely to give to your campaign are those who are closest to you, like your friends and family. If your campaign isn't reaching as many people online as you'd like, be sure to ask your close circle to share with their circles and so on.

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How much does it cost for me set up a fundraiser?

It won’t cost anything but your time and effort to spread the word about your fundraiser. WoodmenLife Impact® is 100% free for both those raising money and donors. We do not charge any platform fees or set-up fees. We also do not deduct a percentage from the money you raise. All we ask is that you help spread the word about WoodmenLife Impact®.

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Why is it free?


WoodmenLife provides the funds to maintain the Impact website, cover financial processing fees and pay for staffing and operating the Impact program.

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What is WoodmenLife Impact®?

The Impact fundraising program is one of many community-focused programs offered by WoodmenLife.
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I plan to sell t-shirts or other items along with raising money on WoodmenLife Impact®. Can I advertise these items on my fundraiser page?


Our 501(c)(8) not-for-profit status prevents us from exchanging goods or services for donations. We cannot advertise shirts or other promotional items on your page. If you would like to sell items to boost your fundraiser, we suggest that you advertise them on your social media pages or at in-person events. If you have any questions, please contact your Account Manager at 800-825-2055.

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How do you decide if my fundraiser qualifies for Impact?


We have a number of criteria that we use. Upon applying for publication on Impact, we will let you know if your fundraiser is a good fit. High-level qualifications include:


1. Your fundraiser must align with a commitment to family, community, country, or fighting hunger. You will find more information about what types of fundraisers fit into these categories on the Start a Fundraiser page


2. You will need to show that 100% of the money raised will be used toward your cause. If you are raising money for a community project, that project must be able to move forward even if the fundraising goal for your Impact campaign is not met. Projects initiated on an “all or none” basis will not be accepted.

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What fundraisers don’t qualify for publication on Impact?


We primarily focus on fundraisers that make communities even better places to work and live. We cannot support fundraisers for individuals who have a financial need for any reason, including medical conditions, accidents, acts of nature, unexpected death, or natural disasters. Community improvement projects must be accessible to and benefit the general public. WoodmenLife Impact also does not publish fundraisers for organizations or groups engaged in lobbying, political activities or controversy.


Certain fundraisers don’t fit our criteria. These include:

  • Collecting donations for another organization or for an event sponsored by one of these organizations (like a run or walk for a cancer organization or raising money for your church)
  • International efforts like mission or relief trips
  • Fundraising for personal benefit like college tuition or a vacation
  • Supporting general operating expenses like salaries, rent and utilities
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I've submitted my fundraiser application. When can I start raising money?


Before you can begin raising money, a few things need to happen:


1. The Impact team will review your application to ensure your campaign aligns with a commitment to family, community, country, or fighting hunger.


2. Next, your Account Manager will write the narrative that appears on your Impact campaign page and edit the photo you provided to fit within our guidelines.


3. Once we write your narrative, your Account Manager will email you for your final approval before publishing your campaign.


Once these steps are complete, we will publish your fundraiser and you can start collecting donations. It could take a few business days to get your fundraiser published. However, the process could take up to three weeks, depending on how quickly you are able to respond about next steps for submitting and approving campaign information and documentation. This includes approving the story we've written for your fundraiser, providing a quality photo that meets our photo guidelines and providing signed releases for the photo.

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How long does my fundraiser stay active?


Each fundraiser has a maximum of 45 days to collect donations online. We understand that issues may arise that cause you to need your donations sooner than expected. In this case, you may end your fundraiser early. To do so, contact your Account Manager at 800-225-3108.


After your fundraiser ends, you will no longer be able to collect donations online; however, your web page will still be available for viewing up to one year after your fundraiser closes. You will also be able to continue to post updates to thank your supporters and keep them up to speed on the impact their donations are making.

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Does WoodmenLife market my fundraiser?


We believe the power of giving is greater in related social circles. Fundraisers must be willing to share and market their own campaigns in whatever capacity they see fit. Donors are more inclined to give to fundraisers to which they have a personal connection. WoodmenLife offers support by providing weekly tips for fundraising success and may send a press release about your fundraiser to your local media.

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Can I exceed my goal amount?

Yes, you will receive every penny you raise.

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When and how will I receive the money that was donated to my campaign?

You will receive donated money in one lump sum after your campaign closes. Please give us five to seven business days from the time your campaign closes to process your donations. We’ll send the money to you through an ACH transfer (like a direct deposit) from our bank account to the bank account for the fundraiser. (This could be an individual or an organization.) Your Account Manager will discuss the details with you. Before your campaign closes, you'll need to submit a voided check or a statement from your bank to verify your account number and routing number. 

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I have raised some funds outside of WoodmenLife Impact®. How do I apply these donations to my WoodmenLife Impact® campaign?


If you have received some donations from other fundraising efforts, it is a good idea to apply these funds to your Impact campaign. Research has proven that donors are more likely to support a successful fundraiser that has several donors than they are to support one that appears to be less successful. When you have money available from other fundraising efforts, you can apply it to your Impact fundraiser by making a lump sum donation to your Impact campaign online or by mailing us a check.

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Can I receive donations after my fundraiser has closed?

To decrease our operating costs and processing fees, we encourage you to do your best to receive all donations online while your fundraiser is still open. However, if you know of someone who would like to donate after your fundraiser closes, he or she may donate via check made payable to WoodmenLife. The check must be mailed to WoodmenLife, 1700 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102-2007. Make certain to note your Impact campaign on the memo line of the check.

Donations from individuals will only be accepted up to 30 days after your campaign closes, if your goal has not been reached.


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Can I change my fundraising goal after my fundraiser has been published?

Yes, you may change your goal one time during your campaign. If you want to change your goal, contact your WoodmenLife Impact® Account Manager at 800-825-2055.

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What should I consider before I start my Impact fundraising campaign?


Considering the following will help you run a successful campaign:


1. Am I willing to share my campaign or recruit someone to act as my advocate? You must be willing to share your campaign and continue to actively do so throughout your entire fundraiser. If you’re not willing to share your own campaign, it’s critical that you appoint someone to act as your Impact advocate.


2. How will I market my Impact fundraiser? Start thinking about how you will spread the word about your campaign and which networks you will tap into for support. Brainstorm a list of ideas now so that you can actively start promoting your fundraiser before it is even published.


3. Should I set up my fundraiser on multiple crowdfunding websites to raise more money? Applying for help on multiple crowdfunding websites is counterproductive. If you’ve already run (or are currently running) a fundraiser on a different crowdfunding website, consider shutting it down and focusing solely on your Impact campaign. If you choose to run fundraisers on more than one site, make sure that you set a reasonable fundraising goal and think about which new networks you will tap into for support.

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Where is WoodmenLife Impact® available?


WoodmenLife Impact® is able to feature campaigns throughout the United States only.

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What are the fees for donating or starting a fundraiser on Impact?

WoodmenLife Impact® has NO FEES. Period. WoodmenLife has supported the communities where its members live and work since its founding in 1890. Impact is an extension of these efforts.

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Who should I contact if there are problems with an Impact webpage (link not working, page loading, etc.)?


Please submit a support request via our contact form. Be sure to describe the situation, what type of device you were using when it occurred (mobile, desktop or tablet) and what browser you were using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, etc.).

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How can I contact the WoodmenLife Impact® Team?

WoodmenLife is located at 1700 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Central Time). Please feel free to submit a message via our contact form or give us a call during business hours at 800-825-2055.

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How is WoodmenLife Impact® different from other crowdfunding websites?


Impact stands out from other crowdfunding websites in several ways:


1. No Fees. Impact is 100% free for both those donating to and holding fundraisers. WoodmenLife pays all administrative and operating expenses. Other crowdfunding websites collect money by charging a flat fee, deducting a percentage from every donation or charging credit card processing fees.


2. No penalties for not meeting the goal. Your Impact fundraiser keeps every penny raised, regardless of whether the fundraising goal is met or falls short. Some crowdfunding websites do not let the fundraiser keep any of the money raised if the fundraising goal is not met.


3. Every WoodmenLife Impact® fundraiser goes through a verification process to ensure that donations will be used as intended. Most other crowdfunding websites do not verify the legitimacy of published fundraisers.


4. WoodmenLife will donate $50 to newly published fundraisers to help start fundraising efforts. This is a rare offering among crowdfunding websites. 

*Seed funds are granted as available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not guaranteed to all campaigns. Approval of campaign proposals is dependent upon certain conditions and requirements as determined by WoodmenLife.

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Does my support of a fundraiser on WoodmenLife Impact® count as a charitable donation for tax purposes?


WoodmenLife is a 501(c)(8) Fraternal Benefit Society. Please contact your tax professional for information regarding the deductibility status of your donation. 

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How much of my donation is given to a fundraiser I support?

100% of your donation goes directly to the fundraiser. We do not charge you any fees, including credit card processing fees. We simply ask that you spread the word about WoodmenLife Impact®.

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Do I need to create an account to donate?

You do not need to create an account to donate to a fundraiser.

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Are there offline options for donating to an Impact fundraiser?

We work hard to keep expenses at a minimum, so we strongly prefer that you donate via credit card or debit card on the Impact website. We can accept check donations via mail. Simply make checks payable to WoodmenLife, and make sure to note Impact and which fundraiser you are donating to in the memo field.

Mail the check to:
WoodmenLife Impact 
1700 Farnam St. 
Omaha, NE 68102-2007

When we receive the check, we will apply the full amount to the fundraiser indicated.

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How do I know that my donations are going toward a legitimate cause?

All fundraisers featured on WoodmenLife Impact® have gone through our verification process. 

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Does WoodmenLife Impact® require recipients to submit receipts?

No, WoodmenLife Impact® does not require recipients to submit receipts. 

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How can I show that I’ve used WoodmenLife Impact® donations as intended?

All WoodmenLife Impact® campaign recipients are required to show that funds raised were used as intended. To do so, we encourage fundraisers to post a fundraiser update explaining how donations to their campaign made an impact in their community. This can be either written, in a series of photos, or via video. 

This fundraiser update serves as a way to close out your campaign, so we ask that you post the update no later than 90 days after your payout is disbursed. Fundraisers will not be allowed to start a new Impact campaign until an update has been posted on all previous campaigns.

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Are the donations I receive from WoodmenLife Impact considered taxable income?

Please contact your tax professional for information regarding the tax status of the funds received through WoodmenLife Impact.

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Why does WoodmenLife Impact require a W-9?

W-9's are requested and filed to ensure WoodmenLife remains compliant with all possible IRS reporting requirements. (All information received is kept confidential.) 
 
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Can I pay to advertise my fundraiser on social media?


We strongly recommend not doing this. Paying for promotion of your campaign is not only a dangerous way to expose your information online, but it also devalues your campaign. We've found that the people most likely to give to your campaign are those who are closest to you, like your friends and family. If your campaign isn't reaching as many people online as you'd like, be sure to ask your close circle to share with their circles and so on.

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How much does it cost for me set up a fundraiser?

It won’t cost anything but your time and effort to spread the word about your fundraiser. WoodmenLife Impact® is 100% free for both those raising money and donors. We do not charge any platform fees or set-up fees. We also do not deduct a percentage from the money you raise. All we ask is that you help spread the word about WoodmenLife Impact®.

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Why is it free?


WoodmenLife provides the funds to maintain the Impact website, cover financial processing fees and pay for staffing and operating the Impact program.

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What is WoodmenLife Impact®?

The Impact fundraising program is one of many community-focused programs offered by WoodmenLife.
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I plan to sell t-shirts or other items along with raising money on WoodmenLife Impact®. Can I advertise these items on my fundraiser page?


Our 501(c)(8) not-for-profit status prevents us from exchanging goods or services for donations. We cannot advertise shirts or other promotional items on your page. If you would like to sell items to boost your fundraiser, we suggest that you advertise them on your social media pages or at in-person events. If you have any questions, please contact your Account Manager at 800-825-2055.

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How do you decide if my fundraiser qualifies for Impact?


We have a number of criteria that we use. Upon applying for publication on Impact, we will let you know if your fundraiser is a good fit. High-level qualifications include:


1. Your fundraiser must align with a commitment to family, community, country, or fighting hunger. You will find more information about what types of fundraisers fit into these categories on the Start a Fundraiser page


2. You will need to show that 100% of the money raised will be used toward your cause. If you are raising money for a community project, that project must be able to move forward even if the fundraising goal for your Impact campaign is not met. Projects initiated on an “all or none” basis will not be accepted.

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What fundraisers don’t qualify for publication on Impact?


We primarily focus on fundraisers that make communities even better places to work and live. We cannot support fundraisers for individuals who have a financial need for any reason, including medical conditions, accidents, acts of nature, unexpected death, or natural disasters. Community improvement projects must be accessible to and benefit the general public. WoodmenLife Impact also does not publish fundraisers for organizations or groups engaged in lobbying, political activities or controversy.


Certain fundraisers don’t fit our criteria. These include:

  • Collecting donations for another organization or for an event sponsored by one of these organizations (like a run or walk for a cancer organization or raising money for your church)
  • International efforts like mission or relief trips
  • Fundraising for personal benefit like college tuition or a vacation
  • Supporting general operating expenses like salaries, rent and utilities
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I've submitted my fundraiser application. When can I start raising money?


Before you can begin raising money, a few things need to happen:


1. The Impact team will review your application to ensure your campaign aligns with a commitment to family, community, country, or fighting hunger.


2. Next, your Account Manager will write the narrative that appears on your Impact campaign page and edit the photo you provided to fit within our guidelines.


3. Once we write your narrative, your Account Manager will email you for your final approval before publishing your campaign.


Once these steps are complete, we will publish your fundraiser and you can start collecting donations. It could take a few business days to get your fundraiser published. However, the process could take up to three weeks, depending on how quickly you are able to respond about next steps for submitting and approving campaign information and documentation. This includes approving the story we've written for your fundraiser, providing a quality photo that meets our photo guidelines and providing signed releases for the photo.

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How long does my fundraiser stay active?


Each fundraiser has a maximum of 45 days to collect donations online. We understand that issues may arise that cause you to need your donations sooner than expected. In this case, you may end your fundraiser early. To do so, contact your Account Manager at 800-225-3108.


After your fundraiser ends, you will no longer be able to collect donations online; however, your web page will still be available for viewing up to one year after your fundraiser closes. You will also be able to continue to post updates to thank your supporters and keep them up to speed on the impact their donations are making.

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Does WoodmenLife market my fundraiser?


We believe the power of giving is greater in related social circles. Fundraisers must be willing to share and market their own campaigns in whatever capacity they see fit. Donors are more inclined to give to fundraisers to which they have a personal connection. WoodmenLife offers support by providing weekly tips for fundraising success and may send a press release about your fundraiser to your local media.

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Can I exceed my goal amount?

Yes, you will receive every penny you raise.

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When and how will I receive the money that was donated to my campaign?

You will receive donated money in one lump sum after your campaign closes. Please give us five to seven business days from the time your campaign closes to process your donations. We’ll send the money to you through an ACH transfer (like a direct deposit) from our bank account to the bank account for the fundraiser. (This could be an individual or an organization.) Your Account Manager will discuss the details with you. Before your campaign closes, you'll need to submit a voided check or a statement from your bank to verify your account number and routing number. 

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I have raised some funds outside of WoodmenLife Impact®. How do I apply these donations to my WoodmenLife Impact® campaign?


If you have received some donations from other fundraising efforts, it is a good idea to apply these funds to your Impact campaign. Research has proven that donors are more likely to support a successful fundraiser that has several donors than they are to support one that appears to be less successful. When you have money available from other fundraising efforts, you can apply it to your Impact fundraiser by making a lump sum donation to your Impact campaign online or by mailing us a check.

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Can I receive donations after my fundraiser has closed?

To decrease our operating costs and processing fees, we encourage you to do your best to receive all donations online while your fundraiser is still open. However, if you know of someone who would like to donate after your fundraiser closes, he or she may donate via check made payable to WoodmenLife. The check must be mailed to WoodmenLife, 1700 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102-2007. Make certain to note your Impact campaign on the memo line of the check.

Donations from individuals will only be accepted up to 30 days after your campaign closes, if your goal has not been reached.


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Can I change my fundraising goal after my fundraiser has been published?

Yes, you may change your goal one time during your campaign. If you want to change your goal, contact your WoodmenLife Impact® Account Manager at 800-825-2055.

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What should I consider before I start my Impact fundraising campaign?


Considering the following will help you run a successful campaign:


1. Am I willing to share my campaign or recruit someone to act as my advocate? You must be willing to share your campaign and continue to actively do so throughout your entire fundraiser. If you’re not willing to share your own campaign, it’s critical that you appoint someone to act as your Impact advocate.


2. How will I market my Impact fundraiser? Start thinking about how you will spread the word about your campaign and which networks you will tap into for support. Brainstorm a list of ideas now so that you can actively start promoting your fundraiser before it is even published.


3. Should I set up my fundraiser on multiple crowdfunding websites to raise more money? Applying for help on multiple crowdfunding websites is counterproductive. If you’ve already run (or are currently running) a fundraiser on a different crowdfunding website, consider shutting it down and focusing solely on your Impact campaign. If you choose to run fundraisers on more than one site, make sure that you set a reasonable fundraising goal and think about which new networks you will tap into for support.

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