Family Fundraising Support Center
Fundraising can be both an exhilarating and overwhelming experience; the entire Good Dog! family is here to assist you throughout your journey.
We created this support center to provide you with quick access to our fundraising resources. Additionally, please take some time to watch the Good Dog! Fundraising Orientation that goes over the fundraising process, important information you need to know, including how to take the first steps in launching your successful fundraising campaign.
As always, please feel free to email me with any fundraising questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wags + gratitude,
Family Fundraising Coach
Good Dog! Fundraising F.A.Q.s
How do I set-up my fundraising webpage?
Where should check donations be sent?
Checks should be made out and sent to:
Good Dog! Service Canines
RE: [Your Child/Family Name]
855 South Main Avenue, Suite K-162
Fallbrook, California, 92028
IMPORTANT: Checks must indicate your family or fund name so we know to assign the donation to your fundraising requirement.
Why hasn't my donor's check been deposited?
Checks are deposited and recorded once a month. Your donation may have been sent after that month's deposit was made and will be recorded and deposited with the following month's checks.
Why was my donor's check deposited but not showing up on my website?
IMPORTANT: It is your responsibility to notify us of corporate matching and DAF donations, and to remind your supporters that they must indicate your family or fund name in the memo portion of their check.
What should I do if my donor's company offers corporate matching?
IMPORTANT: When we are notified of the corporate match donation, it may not include the family or child name. It is your responsibility to make sure we are aware that a match is expected for your child.
Are donations to my child's fundraising campaign tax-deductible?
Good Dog! Autism Companions DBA: Good Dog! Service Canines is a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit organization. Federal Identification Number: #45-2627922
It is our understanding that earmarked donations for a specific child's fundraiser are not tax-deductible. However, some donor advisor funds and corporate matching programs have indicated that they are. Please consult with your tax professional and tell your donors to do the same if they have questions, as we can not give tax advice.
Why shouldn't I use the Facebook Fundraising Platform?
Unfortunately, Facebook does not send us the appropriate information needed to accredit funds to the appropriate family fundraisers. When promoting your fundraiser on social media, please send people directly to your online fundraising website.
When will my child get on the waitlist?
When your fundraiser reaches $8k, your child/family is placed on the official Good Dog! waitlist. The typical wait is 2 years, which is in alignment with standard wait times in the service dog industry. That means you can expect your service dog will come home to your family about 2 years after reaching this milestone.
What happens when my fundraiser reaches $16,000?
When you meet your $16k Fee for Service requirement your child/family will be put into all matchings from this time forward as long as your child is 5 1/2 years or older. You will receive an email notification from Laura Sylvester regarding next steps.
Can I Continue Fundraising?
What do I do if I have a question not related to fundraising? (ex: matching process, team training week, service dog training, etc.)
You can attend as many online Family Orientation Meetings as you would like. Many families repeatedly attend these orientations at different stages of the Good Dog! process. They are generally held the first Monday of each month. Reserve your spot here: https://calendly.com/laura-gooddog/good-dog-orientation-meeting
Why should I use Good Dog's fundraising platform instead of others like GoFundMe?
GD! Fundraising Platform
Fundraising Platforms like GoFundMe
Why is there a transaction fee for online donations?
Important: Good Dog's Social Media Policies
If your family lists Good Dog! Service Canines and/or our website on your social media accounts, you must include the following sentence on your profile: “The views and opinions expressed here are solely my own.”