The Forgotten Initiative's Foster Hope Fitness Challenge will raise funds to provide scholarships for foster kids activities, a teen retreat and general support for youth aging out of the Foster system in Carver & Scott Counties. Foster families make many sacrifices to bring hope and healing to a child's life. We want to help all families have the flexibility to provide fun and educational activities to help their kids grow healthier. Your activities can translate to miles for hope. Please join us to Foster Hope in our community!
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Join a Team. Set Up Your Device. Track Your Support!
If you use a fitness device, you can reference our How It Works instructions to set it up. Based on your geography, pick the Carver or Scott County team to help motivate activity and healthy competition. Easily start your own personal fundraising page and post it to social media to help encourage donations where pledged funds you receive from your circle will help Foster Families.
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Get Active!
You can participate in the TFI Foster Hope Challenge with a variety of activities. Use the activity chart below to translate activities to steps per minute. Don’t forget to post your success. Refer to How it Works and the FAQ for more information on setting up your device and tracking your activity.
COMPLETED: 5,101 miles
TARGET: 7,500 miles
RAISED: $ 10,150
TARGET: $ 10,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints by traveling around Scott and Carver counties!
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
Helping you support the foster care community through awareness, encouragement and advocacy.

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Last year we successfully raised over $9,000. Those funds went to:
- An upcoming Teen Retreat
- Drivers Education for teens. Which averaged $400 per class
- $75/child in direct family support for kid’s extra-curricular activities
- 30 Family Movie night baskets including: 6 movie tickets, candy & popcorn

We plan to reach more families with additional support this coming year.
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.