"Walk Like a Chimp” is an annual virtual event that everyone can participate in to help us succeed in our goal of raising enough money to bring all of the New Iberia chimps here to their forever home!
The journey from the research lab in Louisiana to their forever home here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia is 694 miles.
You can make the virtual journey with the chimps by walking, jogging, running, swimming, or biking towards the overall team goal of 6,940 miles (694 for each of the 10 chimps our transport trailer can carry) or approximately 130,000 steps in one month.
With a goal of 100 participants, your individual distance goal will be 69 miles over the course of the 30-day challenge.
Join us and help bring the next group of chimps home!
Registration opens June 1st and the virtual race begins June 15. Complete your steps and raise money any time, on any day by July 14 - World Chimpanzee Day!
Each participant that fundraises the following amounts will win these prizes:
  • $100- Project Chimps Air Freshener
  • $250- Key Chain
  • $500- Canvas Tote Bag
  • $750- 2022 Chimp Ornament
  • $1,000+- $50 gift certificate to our store!
Registration is $30.
The first 100 registrants will receive a Walk Like a Chimp bumper sticker!
This virtual event uses the Charity Footprints app (iOS or Android). Connect your Fitbit, iPhone Health app, Google Fit, Garmin, Misfit or Strava fitness tracker to the challenge, and every step you take will count towards your personal goal. Don’t worry if you don’t have those devices, you can enter your daily miles manually as well.
Invite your friends to take the challenge with you and form a team or to support you as backers so you can raise even more money for the chimps!
There will be additional prizes for both the participant who raises the most money and who completes the furthest distance.
Walk it, run it, stroll it, just don’t miss it!
COMPLETED: 2,251 miles
TARGET: 6,940 miles
RAISED: $ 3,138
TARGET: $ 10,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints from the New Iberia Research Center to the Project Chimps sanctuary!
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
Project Chimps' mission is to provide lifelong exemplary care to chimpanzees retired from research.

Read more about the organization >>

The funds raised will be used to support the transportation of the next group of chimpanzees to leave the lab and move to sanctuary.
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.