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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Start Giving Local

Today Start Giving Local is a volunteer-run US Registered 501(C)3 nonprofit. It directly runs volunteer programs and events that support community wellness. 

It is not a fundraising platform. It is not a political organization. 

What is a "charity athlete"?

A charity athlete is an individual who participates in activities like marathons, triathlons, or century bike rides to raise funds for charitable causes.

We believe in the transformative power of endurance events to create a positive impact in our communities. By combining their passion for fitness and sports with fundraising efforts, charity athletes contribute to various organizations and initiatives that address social issues.

Why does Start Giving Local participate in community endurance events?

Start Giving Local's participation in community endurance events aligns with our commitment to promoting community wellness and supporting important causes. We recognize that these events provide an opportunity for individuals to challenge themselves physically while making a meaningful contribution to society.

Through our participation and support, we aim to reduce barriers to well-being, promote inclusivity, and advance the physical, mental, and financial health of individuals and communities. We embrace the belief that sports and fitness can be powerful agents for positive change.

By participating in endurance events, we foster a sense of community engagement, inspire teamwork, and amplify the efforts of other charitable organizations. Our goal is to create a platform where individuals can unleash their athletic potential while simultaneously making a difference in the world.

Can anyone become a volunteer?

Yes! Start Giving Local welcomes individuals of all ages and backgrounds to become volunteers. Whether you're a student, professional, retiree, or someone who wants to make a positive impact, we have opportunities for everyone.

Can I organize a fundraising event at my home?

We encourage community involvement and welcome inquiries from community members interested in getting involved. We require all volunteers to follow state and local guidance for nonprofit and fundraising activities and that limits home-based activities in some markets

Is your organization transparent?

Start Giving Local is committed to transparent operations.  We have achieved a Candid Platinum rating for several consecutive years.

How much of my donation directly supports the cause?

Today we are a volunteer-run operation. Over 95 cents out of every dollar is directly applied to impact programs.

What is the minimum age to volunteer?

We follow State and Local guidance on volunteer rules. Where legally allowed, underage volunteers are welcome with direct adult supervision

Can I volunteer with a group?

Yes! Start Giving Local supports group volunteer opportunities. Whether it's a team-building activity for your company, a community service project with your club, or a family volunteering event, you can find and sign up for group opportunities with our team.

How is Start Giving Local committed to community wellness?

Start Giving Local is dedicated to promoting the overall well-being of individuals and communities. We strive to connect volunteers/participants with programs and opportunities that focus on various aspects of community wellness, including but not limited to healthcare access, mental health support, healthy living initiatives, and social services. By participating in our programs you can contribute to the betterment of your well-being and in community wellness.

What does Start Giving Local do to address health equity?

Start Giving Local recognizes the importance of health equity and works diligently to support Initiatives and programs that address disparities in access to healthcare and health outcomes. We actively seek and promote volunteer opportunities that support marginalized communities, provide healthcare services to underserved populations, and work towards reducing health inequalities in society.

How does Start Giving Local ensure inclusivity in community wellness initiatives?

Start Giving Local believes in inclusivity and diversity in community wellness initiatives. We strive to develop and collaborate on programs that are inclusive and embrace the needs of all individuals, regardless of their background, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. By supporting inclusive initiatives, we aim to foster a sense of belonging and ensure that everyone has equal access to the benefits of community wellness initiatives.

Can I suggest organizations or initiatives focused on health equity to be featured on Start Giving Local?

Absolutely! We encourage you to suggest organizations that may be interested in partnering/sponsoring new program initiatives. Specifically, we are seeking sponsors that are dedicated to health equity and community wellness. You can reach out to our team or use the Contact Us form on the website. We value your input and actively seek new partnerships to expand the range of volunteer/ impact opportunities promoting health equity.

What measures does Start Giving Local take to ensure the organizations it partners with align with its commitment to community wellness and health equity?

Start Giving Local thoroughly screens and reviews organizations before partnering with them. We assess their mission and values, impact in the community, and commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and health equity. Additionally, we rely on feedback and reviews from volunteers to ensure that organizations maintain the highest standards of service

How can I stay updated on community wellness and health equity initiatives through Start Giving Local?

Start Giving Local regularly shares updates, stories, and news about community wellness and health equity initiatives through our website and social media channels. We encourage you to subscribe to our mailing list and follow our social media channels to stay informed about the latest opportunities, success stories, and important conversations happening in the field of health equity and community wellness.

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