General Questions

FAQ Topics

    Are there deadlines for registration?
  • The deadlines for team events outside of the Team LIVE STRONG Challenge Series are based on entry availability. This is different per city and all entry applications are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you already have obtained an entry to an event and simply want to join our team, please email teamlivestrong@LIVE STRONG .org .

    For the Team LIVE STRONG Challenge Series, our event capacities are determined per city based on the number of people who can fit safely on each course. As a potential participant you can register the day of the event, but you will run the risk of being denied if the event is full. As the events draw closer, we’ll update our website to alert participants if a ride or run is filling up. Don’t miss your chance to participate, register today .


    Is there an age minimum to register?
  • For RAGBRAI, we ask that any participant under the age of 21 be accompanied by an adult, who is also a fundraiser for Team LIVE STRONG . For half marathons, the age limit is 16 and for full marathons, the limit is 18. For triathlons, please check the specific event’s website. We have agreed to uphold the limitations set by our partners at these events.

    For the Team LIVE STRONG Challenge Series, we welcome participants of all ages to join us. Minors (18 years of age or younger) must be accompanied at the event by a registered adult participant who also agrees to the fundraising commitment. Please note that the 60- to 100-mile ride options may include challenging hills not suitable for the novice rider. We recommend only experienced cyclists who are at least 16 years old register for the 60- to 100-mile distance options. Guardians of minors who wish to participate must sign an additional release form upon picking up the minor’s bib during event weekend.


    Can I participate in more than one Team LIVE STRONG event this year?
  • Yes, you’ll need to register and pay the necessary registration fee, as well as meet the minimum fundraising requirement for each separate Team LIVE STRONG event for which you are registered.

    Prior to your first event, please inform your fundraising coach that you plan on participating in multiple Team LIVE STRONG events. We have designed our new fundraising platform to showcase each event you are actively fundraising for. If you need money transferred from your one event to another to cover the minimum required for a separate Team LIVE STRONG event, please contact your coach two weeks prior to the event so that he/she may make the necessary adjustments.


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Ride for the Roses Questions

    What is Ride for the Roses Weekend?
  • Ride for the Roses Weekend is a celebration of LIVE STRONG ’s most enthusiastic supporters. This year, Ride for the Roses Weekend will be held in conjunction with the Team LIVE STRONG Challenge Austin, October 17-19, 2014. Fundraisers from the following areas are eligible for Ride for the Roses Qualification: Team LIVE STRONG Challenge, Team LIVE STRONG rides, runs and tris, Grassroots Fundraising and Partnered Events. Participants must raise a minimum of $10,000 by Friday, September 27, 2014, by 5 p.m. CT, to be invited to participate in Ride for the Roses Weekend. For more information contact teamlivestrong@LIVE STRONG .org .

    If I’ve raised at least $10,000 total but I’ve used my separate fundraising accounts (i.e. marathon and Challenge participant, or two Challenge cities) to do so, will I still be invited to Ride for the Roses?
  • We are so appreciative of your ongoing support and your willingness to fundraise across multiple events. We actively try and monitor participants across multiple events but would love your help on keeping your participation top of mind to us. Prior to your first event, please inform your fundraising coach that you plan to participate in multiple events and would like your donation totals added together prior to receiving fundraising incentives. If the combined total of the donations you raise for all Team LIVE STRONG events is more than $10,000 by Friday, September 27, 2014, by 5 p.m. CT, you will be invited to Ride for the Roses . For more information contact teamlivestrong@LIVE STRONG .org .

    What is the deadline for Ride for the Roses fundraising awards?
  • Each year during the Ride for the Roses weekend we give awards to the top fundraisers throughout the year. The deadline for these awards is Monday, October 13, 2014 and winners will be notified that day by 3p.m CT. Award categories will be announced in July.

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Donations and Matching Gift Questions

    Who should I make my check out to?
  • Please make all checks payable to: LIVE STRONG Foundation.

    Where do I mail donation checks?
  • All donations must have a donation form attached and should be mailed to the address on the donation form:

    LIVE STRONG Foundation
    National Mail Processing Center
    P.O. Box 6002
    Albert Lea, MN 56007

    How do you know that a donation is for me?
  • The only way we know that a mail-in contribution was made on your behalf is if the donor has placed your Participant ID on the memo line of their check, or attached the donation form to their check.

    Is it necessary to send a separate donation form for each donation?
  • Yes. In order for a donation to be processed properly it is necessary to send a separate completed donation form for each donation. We will process only one check per donation form. Donation forms can be found on your personal fundraising website.

    If you need a donation check to be split, please send a separate donation form for each participant and indicate the amount to be credited to each participant. Once a donation is posted to an account, it cannot be split.


    What if a check is made out to me, not LIVE STRONG?
  • If a donor makes the check out to you, simply endorse the check with your signature and “Payable to LIVE STRONG ” and submit it with the donation form. Please note that the account holder on the check will receive the tax receipt from LIVE STRONG.

    When will my donations show up in my account?
  • Please allow 2—3 weeks for processing throughout the year. If you wish to follow up on a check that you or a donor sent in please email donations@LIVE STRONG .org .

    (When inquiring about a check please have a check #, date, amount, and name of account holder available. This will make for quicker processing time.)


    Can I accept the bulk of the donations and write LIVE STRONG one check?
  • We do not recommend this method of donation acceptance. If you collect all of the donations and deposit them into your account so that you can write one check, two things will happen: 1) The IRS will consider that deposit income in your account and you will be taxed on the amount, and 2) because the check is from your account, you, and not your donors, will receive a tax receipt from LIVE STRONG .

    What should I know if I’m holding a fundraising event to support Team LIVE STRONG?
  • When fundraising and putting on large events, it is not necessary to be a 501(c)(3) or use another organization’s 501(c)(3) status. As an individual, you can set up a bank account under the name of your event. In order for there to be no tax implications, the balance of the account at the end of the year must be a zero balance. You also must have receipts of event expenses and proof that money was donated to LIVE STRONG .

    When holding an event where some of the proceeds will go to offset event costs, you must be very clear about communicating to donors what percentage of the money will go to LIVE STRONG and what percentage will go to offset event costs.


    If a business donates goods or services for my event will they receive a tax receipt from LIVE STRONG?
  • When a business donates goods or services to your event it is considered an “in-kind” donation to your event. The business did not donate the goods or services directly to LIVE STRONG ; therefore, we cannot issue them a tax receipt.

    Will I be notified of the donations in my account?
  • Upon receiving a donation you will be sent an e-mail letting you know that a donation has been made to your fundraising progress.

    Can I mail a cash donation with a donation form?
  • No, please do not mail a cash donation with a donation form. We cannot accept cash donations. For any cash donation you receive, please convert the cash to a cashier’s check and mail it with a completed donation form. Please be sure to include the donor’s personal information on the donation form so that an accurate receipt can be generated for tax purposes. Please do not deposit the cash into your own account and write a check for that amount; the IRS regards this as income and in addition, if a check is written from your account, you would then receive the tax receipt. It isn’t possible to have a check written from your personal account credited to another donor. However, if you have several cash donations from different donors and want to convert them to one check, you can accompany one cashier’s check with multiple donation forms to indicate the amount that each donor contributed. Each donor will receive a tax receipt for the amount specified on their donation form.

    A donor is requesting a 501(c)(3) letter. What is that and how can I get a copy?
  • The 501(c)(3) letter is proof that the LIVE STRONG Foundation is recognized as a nonprofit organization by the federal government. Contact teamlivestrong@LIVE STRONG .org to obtain a copy of this form.

    Can I transfer shares of stock as a donation?
  • Yes, LIVE STRONG is able to receive this type of donation. If your donors are interested in making a donation of stock, or donating via wire transfer, please contact teamlivestrong@LIVE STRONG .org , to ensure that you receive credit for this donation and your donor receives a tax receipt.

    What should I do if I have a question about a matching gift?
  • Please complete the matching gift form with all the details necessary for our staff to look into your matching gift issue. Upon submission of this form, our staff will be in touch within 2 business days.

    What additional information should I include with my matching gift form?
  • To ensure that the participant you are sponsoring will be credited when the gift is matched, please write the participant’s name, event location and participant ID in the upper right hand corner of the matching gift form. If your company’s matching gift form is completed online and a “notes” field is provided please include the participant’s name, event city and participant ID.

    Also, please attach a copy of your donation receipt (if available) to the matching gift form.

    Once you have made a copy of the matching gift form to retain for your own records, you should mail the original form to:

    LIVE STRONG Foundation
    National Mail Processing Center
    P.O. Box 6002
    Albert Lea, MN 56007

    How long will it take for a matching gift form to be processed and mailed back to the matching gift company?
  • When we receive your matching gift form it will be verified and sent back to the company within two weeks to be matched. we encourage our participants to check with their companies as to whether this can be done through an online portal for ease of processing. Also, please review the lifecycle of a matching gift, which details how long this process could potentially take from start to finish if you have more questions.

    How long will it take for the matching gift to show on my donation report?
  • This depends on the company’s policy. Please please review the lifecycle of a matching gift, which deatils how long this process could take from start to finish if you have further questions. The best thing you can do is be an advocate for your matching goft. Contact your company to find out how often matching gifts are distributed. Determine what, if anything, you can do to expedite the process or make sure your donation is processed as quickly as possible. Once we receive the matching gift check, it will be processed and added to your donation report within two-three weeks. Please note that on occasion, the matching gift companies do not note on the check that the funds were intended for your account. If you have confirmed that the matching gift company mailed the check to us and three weeks has passed, please contact us at teamlivestrong@LIVE STRONG .org so we can be sure to credit the funds to your account.

    Can I get credit for an expected matching gift?
  • Unfortunately we are not able to provide credit for expected matching gifts. We do this because a matching gift company can, at any time, amend its program and/or its payout schedule. Once funds are received they will be credited to your account.

    What happens if the matching gift is not approved by the matching gift company?
  • If the matching gift company does not approve a matching gift, the company will contact either the donor or Team LIVE STRONG with a denial notification. If Team LIVE STRONG is contacted, we will pass the information on to the participant.


Team LIVE STRONG Challenge Questions

    Is there a health insurance requirement to register for a Team LIVE STRONG Challenge?
  • Yes. All registered participants (and volunteers) must have personal health insurance during the time of the event in order to participate. Although we provide emergency medical services at stops along the route free of charge, each participant must have personal medical insurance to cover the cost of any medical services received away from the event (for example, ambulance transport and emergency room costs). If you are unable to obtain health insurance, please contact teamlivestrong@LIVE STRONG .org to sign an insurance waiver.

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