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Pledge It Champions is a collection of stories from our most inspirational athletes. These Champions are the living embodiment of using the power of sport to promote social good, and used their platforms to fight for the causes most important to them.

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What You Need to Know About Performance-Based Fundraising

March 3, 2021best practice

Not sure what performance-based fundraising is? You're in the right place! Check out below to see how your performance-based campaign can result in donors giving 10-15% more than they typically would to a traditional campaign!

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GoFundMe Charity To Shutdown in 2021

February 2, 2021press

GoFundMe Charity announced they will stop all online fundraising on September 30, 2021. Here how this announcement can impact you and 3 quick tips on how you can respond.

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Performance-Based Fundraising Ideas

January 29, 2021best practice

Performance-based fundraising (pledging per mile or pledging per rep) is an excellent way to unleash the potential of your community to raise money by enabling participants to collect pledges for every activity they complete. Here are some of our favorite examples of creative and successful campaigns.

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Golf-A-Thon raises over $165,000 for regional nonprofit

January 19, 2021case study

100 Hole Hike Golf Marathon Challenges Golfers and Raises Over $165,000 for The First Tee of Greater Charleston

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Virtual Fitness Challenge Saves Uplifting Athletes

December 7, 2020case study

COVID-19 forced the nonprofit, Uplifting Athletes, to cancel many of their traditional fundraising events so the team turned to virtual fitness to engage their community.

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Halfs for Hope: Runner Uses Half-Marathon Fundraiser to Benefit Cancer Research

August 20, 2020case study

Faced with personal heartache from the loss of her aunt, Stephanie Berry turned adversity into triumph. By performing her running fundraiser Halfs for Hope, Berry has earned nearly $7,000 for the Foundation for Women's Cancer in her aunt's memory.

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Pedaling for Parkinson's: Son Bikes for Funds in Father's Honor

August 5, 2020case study

When Aaron Staenberg's father Rick was diagnosed with Parkinsonism in 2011, their lifetime spent riding bikes together soon changed. Aaron found a way to bike for him, and benefit those struggling with Parkinson's disease.

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Dayton Strong: Local Musician’s Biking Fundraiser Benefits Family of Shooting Victim

July 20, 2020case study

After tragedy struck his community, Mike Cooley felt a bond with one of the victims. So he set up a pledge per mile biking fundraiser to support the young children she left behind.

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Global Running Day 2020: A Highlight of Four of our Top Runners

June 2, 2020case study

To celebrate Global Running Day the Pledge It team highlights four of our athletes who used running to raise money toward the causes that matter most to them.

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Building Bridges: Lifetime Friends’ Hiking Fundraiser Across Pacific Crest Trail Benefits Impoverished Nations

April 17, 2020case study

Longtime friends Sam Salmirs and Ben Silverstein are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. By inviting friends, family and supporters to donate per mile, they have made created a purpose greater than taking a break from everyday life. The hiking fundraiser has now raised over $5,500 to benefit impoverished nations.

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Army Veteran Marches to Support Fellow Vets

March 24, 2020case study

As a company commander in the U.S. Army with a Master's degree in psychology, Frank Hill is all too familiar with the effects PTSD can have on soldiers. That’s why he performed a pledge-per-mile fundraiser benefiting Permission to Start Dreaming, a non-profit organization dedicated to getting veterans in need the help they deserve.

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Lymphoma Survivor Kayaks 300 Miles; Raises Thousands for St. Jude

February 7, 2020case study

Retired Military Aviator Dan Cahalane and cancer survivor—four years cancer free from Stage IV Lymphoma — shares tips and strategies that he used to raise over $8,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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My Campaign is Live. Now What?

January 27, 2020best practice

A Detailed History of Athlete Empowerment

January 23, 2020press

The team here at Pledge It is guided by the company’s founding principle: Empowering athletes to achieve social good. That can come in many forms and functions— from advocating for social justice and equality, to fighting global hunger, to funding medical treatment or equipment, to protesting a war. For as long as athletes have grabbed headlines, they have used their platforms to impact the issues that are most important to them. In turn, the stands taken by these men and women have enabled them to transcend sports, and cross from the record books to the history books. When you see many of the photos below, you will often think not of athletic achievements, but of achievements in social good.

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Wheelchair Basketball Star Raises Funds for Reeve Foundation

October 1, 2019case study

Jimmy Moceri was a high school basketball star fielding offers from universities across the country. Then a car accident changed everything.

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Chicago's Rashaad Coward Named Week 2 NFLPA Community MVP

September 24, 2019press

Bears offensive lineman helped unveil a STEM and literacy program for underserved youth

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Von Miller Giving Kids Gift of Sight for Every Sack

September 24, 2019champion

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Creative Ways to Connect Supporters to Your Cause

September 16, 2019best practice

Performance-based fundraisers offer a unique opportunity to connect with your supporters that traditional fundraisers just can’t match. By having donors pledge for every mile, touchdown, or home run, you can truly connect your audience to your cause in a fun and meaningful way. Here are our tips on how to excite your supporters, and take your campaign to the next level.

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Minnesota's Adam Thielen Named Week 1 NFLPA Community MVP

September 13, 2019press

Vikings receiver donates $50,000 for local school partnership that will benefit at-risk student-athletes.

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Titans Logan Ryan talks about his Pledge It campaign to support animal rescue

September 12, 2019press

Logan Ryan talks with the NFL Network's Good Morning Football about his Defending Animals campaign where fans can pledge for every tack he makes this season to support animal rescue.

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Pledge It Helps Brands Drive Engagement Through Cause Marketing

September 9, 2019press

This article was originally published by front office sports. To read the original, click here.

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Kansas City's Derrick Nnadi Named Week 0 NFLPA Community MVP

September 6, 2019press

This press release was originally published at the site of the NFL Players' Association. To view this release in its original format, go here

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NFLPA Partners with Pledge It for Community MVP Program

September 3, 2019press

Charitable outreach of weekly winners to broaden through addition of crowdfunding platform

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