Adding parent emails to the system is the best way to the MOST money, but emails are not required

Privacy
We have three methods for creating participant pledge pages. Most groups go with the best method (EmailMe) because we take privacy EXTREMELY seriously:

  1. We do not market to the parents in ANY way. We simply send them an email with a link to their participant’s page and a notification whenever anyone makes a donation to their page.
  2. We NEVER share email addresses (or any system data) with any third party.
  3. We only need participant first name and last initial.
  4. Pages are not indexed by search engines.
  5. Pages are not seen unless your parents share them.

Option #1: EmailMe (Best Method)
Ideally, you can get the following:

  1. Participant name (first name/last initial is okay)
  2. Parent email 1 (mom)
  3. Parent email 2 (dad)
  4. Group name (teacher, grade, team, etc.)

With those, you can simply load them in from a spreadsheet.  Then, the system will automatically create one page for each participant. This way, when you are ready to launch, you simply hit the “Invite” button and email will go to each parent with a link to their own kids donation page. Zero parent setup. Money will just start rolling in. This is, by far, the way to get the best results. That’s how this kind of success happens: 

Option #2: FindMe (Second Best Method)
The second best approach is to get the following:

  1. Participant name (first name/last initial is okay)
  2. Group name (teacher, grade, team, etc.)

With this method, the system will also automatically create participant pages. However, the invite email would need to be sent from your system (as well as included on printed materials), instructing parents to go to the main landing page, then search for their participant. Once there, they can donate and share. See an example at https://99pledges.com/fund/schoolexample (search "Jack T")

Option #3: AddMe (Third Best Method)
The last resort method is if you get nothing and require parents to create their own participant' pages by using the ‘addme’ capability.

All of these methods will yield better results than a paper-based method (cash/check only). However, the results are substantially better with the first method (EmailMe).

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