Thank you for your interest in starting your own Friends With Hearts group. We are so thrilled and we invite you to join our movement to bring hope over the holidays to those families in need. Again, regardless of circumstance, we believe that everyone deserves to know the magic of Christmas and we need your help to bring Friends With Hearts to your city.
We hope the FAQ below might help with any questions you may have. Please read them carefully and when you are finished, you can get in touch with us about getting started.
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It’s super simple. The idea is that you round up your friends, you contact a local organization and they hook you up with a family to sponsor, you collect/raise donations, go out and shop for the family, and then have a wrapping party where everyone involved comes together to wrap the gifts. 🙂
What makes a FWH group?
A FWH group could start with you and a friend. It could include your entire group of friends, your family, your colleagues or your classmates. It could be your yoga class or your hockey team. A FWH group can be a community filled with individuals all across your city. No group is too big or too small, what matters is we come together with a common goal of bringing the magic of Christmas to those in need.
How do I find a family to sponsor?
We recommend reaching out to local charities that currently run holiday fundraising programs. Other great resources include local schools, churches, non-profit organizations. Our support team is happy to help you with your search.
Do I get my own FWH page?
Absolutely! We will set it up for you. You will work directly with our support team to set up your own page to include your group information, links to donation, to charity or organization of choice, a place to post pictures, customized FAQs for your region and more. Check out Jay Perry’s page for an example: www.friendswithhearts.com/jay-perry
Is Friends With Hearts a charity?
No, FWH is not a registered charity nor does the group have to be. We work with local charities, non-profit organizations, schools, and churches to support their holiday giving programs. We advocate that 100% of our funding goes toward the families – to include gifts, gift cards, food, cards and wrapping paper.
There’s already a group in my city. Can I start another one?
Absolutely. With the unfortunate number of families in need throughout each city, there is plenty of opportunity for help across multiple FWH Groups.
Will my donors get tax receipts?
This is a very frequently asked question. The answer depends on which organization you choose to work with within your own community and if they offer tax receipts. It is something you would have to work out with them.
Can I use PayPal for donations?
Absolutely! In fact, we recommend that you do. It is easy to set up and allows donors to give directly online. Just remember that you don’t even need a PayPal account to donate. Also remember that PayPal does take a certain percentage of each donation.
Who can I contact for support?
The team at FWH will guide you each step of the way; from how to get started, ideas for how to fundraise, tips in staying organized, what to include in your wrapping party. You can contact our Group Director, Christina, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ok, I’m still very interested. How do I start? What’s my next step?
Congratulations on your first step to creating a team. We would love to learn more about you and provide more information to getting started.
Please send an email with:
o First Name, Last Name
o Email Address
o City, Province/State
We will get back to you within 24 hours!
Send an email to email@example.com with the subject “FWH Group”