Safe Horizon invites you to join us in our first ever Virtual Race to Healing! Unlike a traditional race, the Safe Horizon Virtual 5K takes place where you are and when you want, anytime between October 11th and October 31st!
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, domestic violence survivors have been exposed to heightened risks of violence. Thankfully, our staff are highly trained and have found ways to continue to provide much needed services to both parents and children in our eight New York City domestic violence shelters.
Since March 2020, Safe Horizon shelters engaged with 1,910 people living in their shelters, 1,111 of which were children.
We hope you can participate in raising crucial funds so we can continue to empower victims and survivors to find safety, connection, and hope, because #SafetyIsEssential.
Here is what you should do today:
REGISTER as an individual or create and/or join a team. Once registered, set up your fundraising page with your custom fitness and fundraising goals you plan to achieve by October 31, 2021.
(You can change these goals at any time under "Edit Fundraiser". Our suggested individual fundraising goal is $300, but we love overachievers)
TRACK your steps and miles from October 11th to October 31st! All activities count! Be sure to check out activity conversion chart.
  • Download the free Charity Footprints App for iOS or Android.
  • Sync your fitness device (Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava) or use the health app on your Smartphone
  • Manually enter your miles on your event page
BRAG! Post online that you have your spot, you are in training/activity mode, and ready to make a difference for the thousands of New Yorkers Safe Horizon helps every year! Share your personal fundraiser page link with your network of friends, family, and colleagues to encourage them to donate to your efforts!
We encourage you to post pictures to the Community Scrapbook! Show off your activities and progress towards your goal & spreading awareness.
Be sure to share your experiences and post to social media using the hashtag #SafetyIsEssential, and tag @SafeHorizon.
Don't want to participate by completing an activity but still want to give back to the campaign? That’s okay. Click our donation button to make a contribution!
Don’t forget about matching gift opportunities. Encourage your supporters to explore their employer’s matching gift programs. Many corporations will match their employee’s donations to an accredited charitable organization. It's an easy way to double or even triple the impact of a personal contribution. If you're unsure about your employers matching program, contact the specific HR department.
Awards and Prizes
You and your team members will work towards achieving the overall fundraising and fitness goal while competing against the other teams! At the end of the campaign, there will be prizes for the individual and team winners that raise the most funds by October 31st!
How Your Participation Helps
By supporting Safe Horizon, we’re able to make a difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors – our hotlines are the front door to services that include our network of domestic violence shelters across the 5 boroughs, counseling centers, and more. We’re able to continue to help DV survivors navigate the legal system and secure orders of protection, even as the courts closed during the pandemic.
COMPLETED: 949 miles
TARGET: 93 miles
RAISED: $ 5,910
TARGET: $ 15,000
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
Safe Horizon’s mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.

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$16 helps us answer one call to our 24/7 domestic violence hotline 

$35 means we can change a lock for a survivor of domestic violence 

$50 provides access to showers, laundry, and computers for a homeless youth for a year 

$100 provides a day of childcare while a parent is in court testifying about abuse  

$148 gives a family at a domestic violence shelter a ‘starter kit’ containing the essentials they will need to start over.

***Want to double the impact your impact? Many companies match their employees’ donations to non-profit organizations like Safe Horizon. Check in with your employer to see will match your gift to support the Virtual 5k.
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.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign. ?>

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

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.