Hemophilia of North Carolina

Since 1977, serving the people of North Carolina
affected by bleeding disorders.

260 Town Hall Dr., Suite A, Morrisville, NC 27560
1-800-990-5557 (toll free)
2017 HNC Family Festival & 5K Walk

HNC Family Festival & 5K Walk

Raleigh Area
Saturday, October 14, 2017


Charlotte Area
Saturday, April 22, 2017


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Our process is different from past years when we were working with a system provided through NHF as one of its regional Hemophilia Walk programs. This year we are working independently, and using a system called FirstGiving. You will need to create a new account, as the account name and password you used for a previous Hemophilia Walk will not work here.

Note: If you have set up an account on FirstGiving before, even for a different charity or event, you may use that same account to sign in. Just make sure you are not signed in before you proceed with the process described below.

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1. Choose your event – Charlotte or Raleigh

To get started go to www.firstgiving.com/hnc/family-festival-raleigh.

2. Sign up

Click on Join Now on the right side of the page. In addition to yourself, you may register several people at the same time, such as members of your family. They will need to come back later, sign in with their own email address, and create their own personal fundraising page. Enter the number of people you're signing up and click Register.

If you have a FirstGiving account from a prior event you may use that to sign in. If you have a Facebook account, you may use that as a starting point; the system will use your name and address from Facebook to create your FirstGiving account. Otherwise, enter your email address, name, and address. Your password must contain at least one number. Click the red Next button to continue.

3. Join or create a team

You must now chose whether to join an existing team, create your own team, or do neither (meaning you'll be an independent participant). If you want to join an existing team you'll see a list of teams to choose from. If you wish to create a new team, you'll have the opportunity to make up a team name, upload a team photo, and enter your team's fundraising goal and other information. Click the Next button when you're finished. You can always return at a later time to add photos and information about your team.

Click Next and indicate that you are registering yourself. Read the waiver text and agree to its terms by checking the box as indicated. Don't forget to select your T shirt size. Click Next.

If you are registering other participants at this time, you will go through this process for each person. You must enter a different email address for each person who will want an individual fundraising page (see next section, below). For children and others who do not use email you may reuse your own email address. They will still appear on your team page as team members. But since they will not have an individual fundraising page, donors will not be able to contribute in their name. [See note below for a possible work-around.]

4. Create your personal fundraising page

This step is very important. This is where you create your personal fundraising web page. You MUST do this if you want the funds you raise (including your own personal donations) to be credited to your team as well as to your page. You can make a donation and create your personal fundraising page all in this step.

"I don't want a personal fundraising page." If you choose this option, you will be asked if you want to "Make a donation to the event." If you choose this option, please be aware that your donation will go to support the HNC Family Festival event, but it will NOT be credited to the team that you joined or created. If you want your donation to go toward a particular team or team member, you will need to make your donation as a separate step.

Once you click Next you'll get to the confirmation page – the last step. Here you can go back and check your entries in the previous steps. Don't worry, you can always sign in later and make changes.

Note: the FirstGiving system is designed to accommodate different registration types, and to collect registration fees. There is no fee for joining the HNC Family Festival (that's a cost of $0.00), and you are signing up simply as a "Participant."

After you register you will receive an email "receipt" for your registration "fee" so you'll see that $0.00 price again.

Next Steps – Tools for effective fundraising

The FirstGiving service offers a number of features to help you raise funds for HNC and the Family Festival & 5K Walk.

When you create a personal fundraising page, you'll receive a confirmation email message with more information. Included near the top of that message will be your page's URL (web page address). Anyone can view this page, so this is a great way to send your prospective donors directly to you and a handy big red "Donate" button. Be sure to add this URL to your social media page and include it in your email fundraising efforts.

That same email message also contains a link to instructions for editing your personal fundraising page, and how to share it on Facebook, Twitter, and by email.

Keep track of your FirstGiving password. You will need this to enter any donations you receive by check or cash. You can also use it to sign up for the next HNC Family Festival.

If you have created a team, you'll receive an email confirmation message as its captain. This message will contain a URL (web address) of your team page, which you can use in your team fundraising efforts.

In all you'll get three email confirmation messages: one for creating a FirstGiving account, one for creating a team and its team page, and one for creating a personal fundraising page. Each message will have useful additional information.

Now It's Time to Start Fundraising!

If you need help with anything in this process, contact Charlene Cowell at 800-990-5557 (toll free) or email festival@hemophilia-nc.org for assistance.

Note: Do you need to sign up your children or others who do not use email, but who would still like to have their own individual fundraising page? If you use Google Mail (GMail) or one of the Microsoft mail services you're in luck. You can make a unique email address for each child by adding +name (that's a plus "+" sign) to your own email user name.

Suppose your email address is george.jetson@gmail.com and you want to add your kids Judy and Elroy. All you need to do is register them as

george.jetson+judy@gmail.com and
george.jetson+elroy@gmail.com

Any email sent to those addresses will still go to you at your george.jetson@gmail.com inbox. If you want, you can use Gmail's "filters" feature to tag these messages with a special label, or file them away in a separate folder.

The email term for this neat trick is "plus addressing." In addition to Gmail, it also works for users of Microsoft mail services (outlook.com, hotmail.com, live.com, msm.com), and certain others. Unfortunately, it does not work on yahoo.com, y.com, nc.rr.com, and others. Contact your service provider for more information.


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