Frequently Asked Questions for Bay Parade Fundraisers

Frequently Asked Questions - Personal Fundraising Pages

How do I create a personal fundraising page?

  • Is this your first time logging in to baykeeper.org and making a fundraising page?

    If yes, go to baykeeper.org/bayparade/fundraise. You will be prompted to select a username, password, and fill in your contact information. Press the "continue" button on the bottom of the screen. You will then be taken to "Step 2" which is to fill in the information for your personal fundraising page.

    You will also receive a confirmation email with details of your account. To log back in to your account later, go to baykeeper.org/user.

  • Do you have an existing account at baykeeper.org because you've participated in past events?

    If yes, go to baykeeper.org/user to log in to your account. After you log in, click on the box on the top left of the screen that reads "click here to view your fundraising account and personal fundraising pages." If you have previously made fundraising pages with Baykeeper before, you will see inactive versions of previous pages you have made. Below that, you will see a link to create a new personal fundraising page for the 2017 Bay Parade. Click on that link and get started!

Help! I can't remember my login information!

Are you a previous participant but you've forgotten your password? Go to https://baykeeper.org/user and click "Request new password." You will receive an email with a one-time login link. Click to reset your password and log in.

Did you try to set up a fundraising page and get an error message that the email address is already registered? This means you already have an account under that address. Click on the link at the top of the page in the red box that reads "Have you forgotten your password?" Enter your email address and hit "E-mail new password."

What if I already have a personal fundraising page from a past Baykeeper event? Can I reuse it?

Each fundraising page is linked to a specific event, so you'll need to make a new page for the 2017 Bay Parade. However, after you log in, you can view your previous fundraising pages and if you want, copy over the same text.

How do I share my fundraising page with my friends, family, and social network?

  • By Email: Navigate to your personal fundraising page and click on "Tell Friends" in the menu above your page.
  • On Social Media: Navigate to your personal fundraising page. Copy the URL and paste into a tweet or status update on your preferred social media site.

Visitors to the Baykeeper website can also go to baykeeper.org/bayparade, click on the "Donate" button, and see a list of all participants' fundraising pages

Can I make edits to my page after I set it up?

Absolutely. All you have to do is log in to your account at baykeeper.org/user and click on the link on the upper left-hand side of the page that reads "Click here to view your fundraising account and personal fundraising pages." That link will take you to your current personal fundraising page. Click on your page to open it. A yellow text box will be visible, only to you, on the top of the page. Click on the blue text that reads "Edit your page." When you are finished making edits, click the "Save" button on the bottom of the page. Everyone who visits your page will see the updated version.

How can I see who has made donations to my page?

This is a great thing to do so you can know who to thank and see how much more fundraising you need to do.

Go to baykeeper.org/user and log in if you haven't yet. Then click on the link on the top left of the page that reads "Click here to view your fundraising account and personal fundraising pages." This will go to a page called "Your Fundraising for Baykeeper" that lists your fundraising pages and contributors to your fundraising page, with their contact info and how much they have donated. If you are logged in and previewing your personal fundraising page (with a yellow box at the top) click the link that says "View the list of donors who have contributed to your fundraising."

What if someone's donation is not showing up on my page?

It's possible for someone to make a donation to the event or to Baykeeper without going through your personal fundraising page. If they do this, it will not automatically be counted towards your fundraising goal. But don't worry! Just email events@baykeeper.org and let us know the name of your friend, and that their donation should be credited to your page. Give us some time to make the update and before you know it, it will show up on your page (and be credited towards your fundraising goal).

Can I send in donations by check?

Sure, we can credit gifts by check to your fundraising page. We just need to know that they're for you! Make sure your donors include a note or write in the memo line that the gift is in honor of you and your participation in the Bay Parade. Checks should be sent to: San Francisco Baykeeper, 1736 Franklin St, Ste 800, Oakland, CA 94612.

Can I pay my fundraising requirement or add to my fundraising total?

If you prefer to cover the fundraising requirement yourself or add to your own fundraising total, you can make a gift on your personal fundraising page. If you don't set up a fundraising page, you can make a donation at baykeeper.org/bayparade/donate, adding a note that this is for your fundraising requirement. You can also donate by mailing in a check to: San Francisco Baykeeper, 1736 Franklin St, Ste 800, Oakland, CA 94612.

What happens if I don't meet my fundraising commitment?

Every participant must raise their minimum fundraising requirement in addition to their registration fee in order to participate in the Bay Parade. Minimum amounts vary depending on participant type. If you haven't raise your minimum fundraising requirement by Sunday July 2, we'll ask you make up the difference with a personal gift to Baykeeper immediately. See below for your minimum fundraising requirement based on your participant type.

  • Swimmers: $200
  • Kayakers: $75
  • SUPers: $75
  • Boaters: Fundraising is encouraged but not required.

What happens if I exceed my fundraising commitment?

Well, that would be great! All of the money you raise goes directly to support Baykeeper's work keeping pollution out of San Francisco Bay. You will receive the prize at the level that you fundraise. For example, if you select $300 as your fundraising goal, but really raise $500, you will receive all of the prizes at the $500 level.

How can I encourage donations to my fundraising page?

  • Make it personal. Include a message on your fundraising page about why this event is important to you. If you share your page on social media sites like Facebook, be sure to include a personal message about why you are participating and asking friends to donate.

    Sample Message

    Hi friends and family,

    On July 9, I will [paddle/swim] in the Bay Parade along the San Francisco waterfront to McCovey Cove. I'm [paddling/swimming] to support San Francisco Baykeeper, our local champion for a safe and protected San Francisco Bay.

    My goal is to raise $X. Please help me in supporting San Francisco Baykeeper's important work by donating in honor of my participation. Any amount you can donate will help me reach my goal!

    Your contribution will fund Baykeeper's work to keep San Francisco Bay safe for recreation, healthy for wildlife, and protected for future generations.

    Help me stand up for the beautiful San Francisco Bay we love so much. Click here to see my page and to make a donation today: [link to your Bay Parade fundraising page].

    • Don’t be shy! Taking action to support a cause you believe in is worth sharing with your friends and family. Many will be touched by your commitment to helping protect the Bay and the environment!
    • Start early, and don't be afraid to ask more than once. Most people need multiple reminders to take action before they make time to pull out their credit card or check book.
    • Provide your friends and family with updates on how it's going, both with your preparation for participating in the parade and with your fundraising.

    How can my friends and family join me?

    The more, the merrier! Your friends and family are welcome to register to participate in the on-the-water event if they are interested. If not, they are also welcome to watch the finale from land, and/or come to the after party. Tickets to the party cost $50 each. People can make a $50 donation to your page and get a ticket to the party. You can send your friends and family to baykeeper.org/bayparade for more information.

    What prizes will I get for fundraising?

    All successful fundraising will be rewarded with exciting prizes as our way of saying "Thanks!" Click here to view a list of fundraising prizes.


    Don't see you question answered above? Contact us at events@baykeeper.org or (510) 735-9700 ext 112. We'll happily help you between the hours of 9 and 5 Monday-Friday.