FAQs

What is the Victories for Veterans Challenge?

The Victories for Veterans Challenge is a fitness event held by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) during Military Appreciation Month (May). Participants first pick their track to run, walk, or ride; then they choose their own personal fitness goal for the month (i.e. 10 miles) along with a personal fundraising goal for the period. You can complete your activity anywhere you would like. Whether you sync a fitness tracker up or track your miles manually, your progress is updated on your personal event page. By sharing the page with your family and friends and using our event toolkit you can help raise funds to create your own Victory for a Veteran.

Is there any guidance you have to help me get started?

Our Get Ready section on our website is filled with lots of tips to get you started. Get your fundraising page up and running with tips from our Resources page.

Is there a registration fee?

Signing up for the Victories for Veterans Challenge is free! But we do encourage everyone to raise as much as they can for DAV so we can continue to create victories for veterans of all eras.

Where is the Victories for Veterans Challenge?

You can choose to complete your challenge activity wherever you like. Whether it’s in the park, in the gym, or on the sidewalks with your friends by your side. You decide the pace and you decide the place. 

What’s the date of the event?

The event starts on May 1 and ends on May 31, 2018 but you can begin your challenge whenever you're ready!

Can I only do the Victories for Veterans Challenge in May?

We are encouraging people to take part in Victories for Veterans Challenge in May as there will be plenty of tips and support on-hand and you’ll also be eligible for our fundraising prize incentives. If you are not able to complete it in May, you can do your own challenge in a different month, as long as you sign-up and raise funds for our cause. 

Is there a fundraising kit?

You can access lots of downloads, tips and advice from the VictoriesForVeterans.com website.  Fundraising ideas can be found here, downloadable posters and emails here, and our social media toolkit can be found here. We too will communicate with our participants throughout the challenge on tips for reaching your goals via email!  And if you want to get inspired check out #Victories4Vets. Follow DAV on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more event updates.

What is everydayhero and how do I use it?

Everydayhero is an online fundraising platform which you can use to collect your donations. Your fundraising page will be set up automatically when you sign up for the Victories for Veterans Challenge. You can access your page here and by entering the log in details you supplied when you signed up. You can share your page with friends and family to encourage them to donate to you. For help with setting up your fundraising page click here.

How will you know when I’ve finished the Victories for Veterans Challenge?

If you have been using MapMyFitness, Strava or Fitbit whilst completing your challenge we’ll have a running total and will automatically know once you’ve finished. Or you can manually update your fundraising page yourself. Find out how to do both here. Alternatively, let us know by emailing us at events@dav.org.

What is MapMyFitness and how do I use it?

MapMyFitness is a training app which tracks and records your distance. Everydayhero is partnered with MapMyFitness which means you can link your fundraising page to MapMyFitness and your page will then be updated every time you complete a run. That way your supporters can see how you’re progressing toward your goal. Fundraisers who use this feature raise an average 46% more! For more help visit here.

What is Strava and how do I use it?

Strava is a training app which tracks and records your distance. Everydayhero is partnered with Strava which means you can link your fundraising page to Strava and your page will then be updated every time you complete a run. That way your supporters can see how you’re progressing toward your goal. Fundraisers who use this feature raise an average 46% more! For more help visit here.

What happens if I only use the fitness app to track some of my miles and forget to use it for some?

Any of the miles you complete using your fitness app we will know about (if it is linked to your fundraising page). You just need to let us know about the rest of them by manually updating your fundraising page. Just remember– don’t manually log any miles that you’ve used a fitness app to track– we will already have those logged.

Do you have anything to help me with my fundraising?

The Resources page on our website has lots of tools to help you raise money for DAV. We will also be communicating with participants via email throughout the challenge to help guide them in reaching their goals.

What should I do if someone gives me cash or check in person?

Complete the Offline Donation Form and send donations directly to DAV. We will accept cash donations but discourage sending cash in the mail.

I mailed a donation but don’t see it on my donor list.

Please allow up to 2 weeks for donations to be processed.

How do I make a donation to a specific participant or team?

From the Victories for Veterans homepage, click the“Donate” button. Select “Donate to a participant or team,” and search for the participant/team’s name. This will take you to the participant’s Personal Page where you’ll be able to make a contribution by clicking the donation button.

Why isn’t the run total on my fundraising page updating with the miles I have completed?

If you are having issues with your miles showing up on your page, please contact us at events@dav.org or 859-442-1340.

Where does the money go?

Funds raised through the Victories for Veterans Challenge support DAV’s mission of fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. Just as America’s service members fought for us, DAV fights for them. DAV assists veterans by helping them gain access to the medical, financial and educational benefits they’ve earned along with connecting them to meaningful employment opportunities. All services are provided free of charge. Learn more about DAV’s programs and services.

Is there a fundraising minimum to participate in this event?

There is no fundraising minimum to participate but we simply can’t do this without your help! We encourage all participants to reach out to family and friends and encourage them to support the event.

Are there incentives or prizes for raising money?

Yes! More information is available on the Fundraising Page of our website.

Is there a fundraising deadline?

We encourage everyone to keep fundraising to support our real American heroes through June 15, 2018. If you choose to receive a prize for your fundraising efforts, your donations must be received by June 15. Donations received after this date are gratefully accepted but will not count towards an individual’s fundraising total for awards or prizes.

How do I create a team or join an existing team?

Register for the Victories for Veterans Challenge.  Once you setup your profile, on your personal "supporter" page, you will see a button "Create a new team" or "Join an existing team".  Click on the option you desire, and follow the prompts.

Can I register multiple people?

Yes, you must "log out" of your profile in order to create a new challenge for an additional person.  You can also have multiple challenges in one profile; from the login screen, select "Create New Challenge" to add a new a new challenge into your profile. 

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