The 41st SMFM Meeting has gone virtual in 2021 and so has the Foundation for SMFM’s annual race. Lace up your sneakers during the month of January and log 41 miles for SMFM by running, walking or riding!
The SMFM community is close knit AND competitive, and our virtual race will give you a chance to support the mission of the Foundation while staying connected with your MFM colleagues even though we can’t gather in person.
You’ll have the entire month to reach the goal of 41 miles and every mile you log helps us reach our overall goal of 10,250 miles and $50,000 by January 30, 2021.
Register individually or create a team with your practice or your division/department. Participation is not limited to members of SMFM – so invite your office staff, family and friends too! Each team can set their own fundraising and fitness goals while contributing to the overall campaign goal.
How it works:
• Register today and share using #41MilesForSMFM.
• Watch your email in December for reminders and an e-bib to wear when you run, walk or ride.
• Sync your Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit or Strava by January 1. No wearable? No problem. Download the free Charity Footprints app on iOS or Android to track your progress.
• Share your progress and post photos on our scrapbook page and invite folks to support your progress by donating.
• Keep an eye on this site to stay up to date on our fitness and fundraising progress. Watch the leaderboard to see how you compare with your colleagues and friends.
• Reach the 41-mile goal by January 30 and receive a prize. Prizes will also be awarded to the individual and team fitness and fundraising winners!
The Foundation for SMFM launches, expands and continues the careers of maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialists. In 2020, we awarded over $360,000 in funding to MFMs and those aspiring to enter the field. Your support of the Foundation is vital to the continued success of our programs and our operations.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Charity Footprints?
Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.
Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.
What is the campaign registration fee?
Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.
The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.
How can I create my fundraising page?
Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.
While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.
I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?
All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.
Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?
The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.
That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.
Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.
Who can I contact if I need help?
You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.
How do I change or switch my team?
If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.