Frequently Asked Questions
What does the event raise money for?
Every dollar raised for TPN goes towards providing essential services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and stalking--every dollar counts! TPN's services are all free, and with cuts in funding over the last several years, TPN must do a tremendous amount of fundraising to KEEP those services free. Steppin' Up is our largest fundraiser of the year, raising critical funds for both our emergency shelter and prevention education programs for local schools. Download our event brochure.
Is there a registration fee or fundraising minimum?
No there is no registration fee or fundraising minimum. TPN is grateful for every contribution. Every dollar raised goes directly towards helping TPN continue its life-changing work of supporting those affected by domestic and sexual violence and stalking. You can sponsor yourself at any amount or gather pledges.
Do I have to be part of a team to participate?
No, you can fundraise as an individual or group and not be a team. Individuals or group members can sponsor themselves at any amount or gather pledges.
What does it mean to be a team leader?
Team Leaders are individuals who invite friends, co-workers and family to join them in "Steppin' Up." Teams can be any size and teams set their own fundraising goals. Team Leaders decide how involved they want to be in organizing a team. Some teams plan a group fundraiser or decide to participate in contests. We offer "10 Steps for Team Leaders" to assist Team Leaders. There is an optional Team Leader form for your use if it is helpful. You will not need to turn in this form to TPN unless you have team members competing for a TOP FUNDRAISER prize (see Contest Guidelines for details).
TPN is so grateful to every Team Leader for energizing others to raise funds and awareness.
Can our team do a special fundraiser?
Absolutely! Over the years teams have had a lot of fun finding creative ways to fund-raise together. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, many teams will be finding new ways to raise funds, have fun and boost their fundraising efforts. If you are considering a special fundraiser as part of your team's efforts, Please read our fundraising policy here.
How do I register?
There is no registration fee for Steppin' Up. Participants fundraise by collecting pledges or sponsoring themselves for any amount.
For our Virtual Steppin' Up we are encouraging individuals and teams to use FirstGiving - a FREE online fundraising tool. FirstGiving tracks your donations and allows you to share a link to your personal fundraising page with friends and family near and far.
If you do not plan to use FirstGiving, please email kerry@turningpointsnetwork to let us know you plan to fundraise. This will insure you receive event updates and the links to both our Online Event on May 15th and After-Party on May 26th.
How do I turn in money?
If you did not use our FREE online fundraising tool, FirstGiving, and you have cash or checks to turn in, please see the schedule of available times to bring donations to TPN.
Wednesday, 5/12 - Newport Office (167 Summer St., Newport, NH)
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 5/13 - Changes Boutique & Thrift (55 Pleasant St., Claremont)
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 5/14 – Changes Boutique & Thrift (55 Pleasant St., Claremont)
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 5/15 – Changes Boutique & Thrift (55 Pleasant St., Claremont)
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Remember: For a team or individual to be eligible for a Top Fundraising Prize, all money must be turned in by NOON on Saturday, May 15th.
How do I raise money online?
We are encouraging individuals and teams to use FirstGiving - a FREE online fundraising tool. FirstGiving tracks your donations and allows you to share a link to your personal fundraising page with friends and family near and far. Go here to get started and click on the "Fundraise" button to set up your own page. New to online fundraising? Use our tip sheet, to help you get started.
What if I have trouble setting up my online fundraising page through FirstGiving?
For those having difficulties, FirstGiving has an FAQ page dedicated to answering the common questions people have about using the site and setting up pages.
Find it here: Contact FirstGiving Support
FirstGiving also offers online support Monday-Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM.
If these methods don’t answer your question, TPN can be a secondary resource, with the understanding that our knowledge is somewhat limited. First Giving's online support page and email is the best way to get information.
I’m also a business owner, are there other ways to support Steppin’ Up?
Yes-there are many ways you can help!
In addition to organizing a team, businesses and organizations are invited to help sponsor Steppin' Up! Receive additional publicity and recognition by helping sponsor this event. Read about sponsorship levels and benefits here.
Be part of a win-win by supporting a team from your business or organization with a Compassionate Corporate Match. Read more here.
Are there contests and prizes this year?
Yes! Read this form for all the details. From best Covid mask to costumes, adorable pets and team themes...there are lots of ways to put the FUN in your fundraising and help us all feel connected in this virtual time.
Remember to get your photos and videos contest entries to us by May 5th to be included in our Virtual Event on May 15th.
Where do I get more forms?
You can find forms here on our website. You can also call TPN at 543-0155 for additional copies of any forms.
Where can I get event updates?
Stay up to date with event details by liking TPN's Facebook page. You can also follow event updates by joining our Facebook event “Steppin’ Up To End Violence.”
Team Leaders, be sure TPN has your email address so you can be added to the Team Leader Email list for periodic updates.