Is the Great Bike Giveaway only for residents of Michigan?
The Great Bike Giveaway is open to all residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C.
How does someone join my team?
They (or you) will need to go to http://bikes.friendshipcircle.org/Registration.On step two there is an option to join a team. They should select join a team and then choose the team the would like to join.
What is the benefit of Team Members?
We like to consider your team members your: -Cheerleaders -Support Group -Fundraisers -Your amazing friends.
Adding team members helps get more people involved in your cause not just as donors but as fundraisers too.
Asking people to join your team will increase your chances of receiving an adaptive bike.
Team Members can sign up by clicking on the registration link, filling out their contact information and selecting join a team. Let us know if you have any additional questions.
How do I know what my goal will need to be in order to receive a bike?
The amount you will need to raise will depend on the Bike you are selecting. Before you register for a specific bike you can see what the goal amount is by visiting http://bikes.friendshipcircle.org/Bikes. Click on each bike type you will see a goal amount on the page.
When you register your goal will automatically be set based on the bike selected.
What Happens if I don't reach my fundraising goal?
If you raise at least 50% of your goal you will still have a good chance of receiving a bike.
At the end of the campaign, donations from a number of different sources will be combined into a “pot” of money (one for each bike type). Once the Great Bike Giveaway ends, there will be drawings held for each bike type and the winner of each drawing will receive an adaptive bike. We will have as many drawings as we have funds in that pot of money.
Donations that make up this “pot” of money come from several different sources: 1. Many teams will raise more money than their goal, and all excess money raised by fundraisers will be transferred to the pot. 2. General donations made to GBG that are not given to a specific team will be transferred to the pot. 3. Funds raised by individuals who do not reach their goal but raise more than 50% of the bike’s cost as will funds raised by individuals who did NOT reach 50% of the bike’s cost will be transferred to the pot. 4. There will also be additional bikes donated by the bike companies.
This means that even if you don't reach your goal but raise at least 50% you will have between a 60% and 80% chance to receive a bike!
Here is an example: Let’s say 35 people created fundraising pages for a Rifton Bike (for this example we will say the Rifton Bike costs $1,000).
1. Ten of those 35 raised more than their goal. Cumulatively there was a surplus of $500 2. Ten of the 35 raised their exact goal amount with no surplus 3. Ten did not reach their fundraising goal but raised more than the 50% threshold. Cumulatively they raised $5,000. 4. Five did not reach their fundraising goal and did not reach the 50% threshold. Cumulatively they raised $500. 5. $500 in General donations are added to the pot. 6. Rifton Donates two bikes for a value of $2,000.
Adding up all the amounts equals $8,500. In this scenario 8 out of 10 participants who did not reach their goal but raised 50% would still get a bike.
Separate pots will be held for each bike category, so if there are ten different bike types in this campaign, there will be ten different pools.Still have questions? Make sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If an entrant were to raise more than their goal. Are the families able to pick which child the excess would go to?
Any excess donations made to that team would be distributed evenly to all those teams entered for the same bike type.
For Example, if a team raising money for a Rifton Bike raised $500 more than the goal. that money would be spread out evenly to any team that selected a Rifton bike and raised more than 50% of their goal but did not raise the full amount.
If you wanted to designate a specific individual to receive excess funds you would need to tell all donors to donate directly to that entrant's team.
Can I make a donation today?
Donations will be accepted starting on February 15th through March 15th. The time from February 1st-February 15 should be used to get comfortable with the fundraising platform and prepare your fundraising campaign.
Is Friendship Circle a non-profit organization?
Yes! Friendship Circle is a 501(c) Non-Profit organization. The Tax-ID (EIN) Number is ?38-3613944
Can donations be made via check?
Yes! Donations can be made by check. All checks should be made out to Friendship Circle. In the memo put GBG and the name of the individual or team that should be credited.
Checks should be mailed to: Friendship Circle/Great Bike Giveaway 6892 West Maple Road West Bloomfield MI 48322
Is this year's Great Bike Giveaway really a giveaway?
While the Great Bike Giveaway is not as much a "Giveaway" component as it was last year you are still able to receive a bike via a drawing process if you raised at least 50% of your goal. While not a giveaway of a full bike it is still a substantial donation. While we do agree there may be some confusion to the use of the word Giveaway, for branding reasons we have decided to keep it in the name of the campaign. Going forward that may change.
Can specific accessories or adaptations be made/ordered with the bike to accommodate the winner. Or does the winner simply receive a stock version of the bike?
Once an entrant has reached their goal, Friendship Circle will facilitate your order. The bike company will contact you and you can discuss with them any additional accessories required. Depending on the bike you are selecting many are already providing accessories. If they are not you will have the ability to add them to the order. However, the entrant will need to cover the additional cost of the upgrade or accessories.
Can we select another bike that is not listed on your site Or just the bikes shown online?
Friendship Circle has secured sponsorship from the bike companies just for the bikes that are listed here: http://bikes.friendshipcircle.org/bikes. These companies have agreed to give our fundraisers discounts on the bikes that are listed. At this time these are the only bikes available in this campaign.
How does the Drawing Work
The drawing is eligible only to teams who fundraised 50% or more of their goal but were unable to reach their full goal amount by March 15th.
There will be separate drawings for each bike category.