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The #75for75Challenge

Our Goal

The #75for75Challenge seeks to provide a structured, well-marketed CAP National Fundraising Campaign to provide additional financial resources to local units.

The #75for75Challenge offers an opportunity for each and every Cadet to become a stakeholder in the future of their Unit’s Cadet Program by reaching out to their community.

This ensures that the benefits, opportunities and rewards afforded by the Cadet experience are available to a larger, more inclusive, group of Cadets. The ownership of this initiative is a teaching tool in responsibility; the task is simple -- $75 raised by each Cadet; the benefits will live long after the program is over.

Have additional questions? Contact us at 75challenge@gocivilairpatrol.org

FAQ

What is the #75for75Challenge? 

In support of Cadet Program's 75th Anniversary, Civil Air Patrol is hoping to assist local units by sponsoring a nation-wide fundraising initiative from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. Cadets are challenged to raise as much money as they can for their home unit while competing for prizes for the top fund raisers.

Why is the #75for75Challenge important? 

Every Cadet should become a stakeholder in the future of the Cadet Program by ensuring that the benefits, opportunities and rewards afforded by the Cadet experience remain available to current and future Cadets. The ownership of this initiative is a teaching tool in responsibility.   The task is simple -- $75 or more raised by every Cadet; the benefits will live long after the program is over.

I Am A CAP Cadet, Do I Have To Participate? 

No. Participation is not mandatory however it is highly encouraged since you will have a chance to win amazing prizes. Plus you have the opportunity to bring additional resources to your home unit for things like color guard equipment, scholarships, recruiting materials, and uniforms. This is your chance to provide valuable resources that your unit needs to continue delivering an amazing cadet experience.

I ACCEPT The Challenge, How Do I Participate? 

Great question! It's very easy to register for the challenge. Go to the Main Page and click on the Fundraising Instructions [view instruction page]. Download the Parental Permission Form, complete it, have one of your parents sign it and upload it. (Cadets 18 years of age and over may sign their own Parental Permission Form).Next create your Personal Fundraising Page. YOU HAVE NOW ACCEPTED THE CHALLENGE!

What's A Personalized Fundraising Page? 

Every cadet will be given the opportunity to register for their own personalized fundraising page [view sample page]. This is the place where people can donate directly to help you meet your goal. There will be a progress meter so you and others can see how close you've come to your goal.  This will also allow you to see how well your friends are doing and continue to challenge them.

I am ready to market my campaign. How do I do that?

Every cadet will be given the opportunity to register for their own personalized fundraising page [view sample page]. This is the place where people can donate directly to help you meet your goal. There will be a progress meter so you and others can see how close you've come to your goal.  This will also allow you to see how well your friends are doing and continue to challenge them.

OK, I have done my selfie and posted it to my social media sites, what’s next?

Go to the Marketing tab and find the Business Card template [view card template]. Print them and cut them out. Fill in your name, your campaign goal amount and add your CAPID to the web link. Venture out and share the CAP Cadet Program story with your community and then hand out your card. Do not forget to “ask” for the donation. Remember, it is hard for someone to say “YES”, if you don’t ask the question.

I was told that I could earn prizes, is that true?

There are prizes at various donation levels along the way. Each cadet is encouraged to raise at least $75.00. The prize awarded at that level is a Cadet Programs 75th Anniversary Challenge Coin. [view prizes]. Prizes will be sent to you from NHQ based on the amount you are able to raise by the end of the Challenge.

Can I Fundraise In Uniform? 

No. Per Civil Air Patrol regulations members cannot fundraise while in a USAF style uniform. While you are out in the community CAP encourages you to wear CAP unit or activity T-Shirts or polos to present a professional appearance. This also applies to the social media posts. Take tons of pictures with your squadron but makes sure it's in PT gear or squadron t-shirts.

Can My Parents Donate? 

Your parents already donate a lot of time, money and energy by supporting you in CAP. Though parent donation isn't prohibited we encourage cadets to reach out into the community and share the program with your City Council, local business, local sports team and receive support from them instead.

Where do the donations end up? 

NHQ will transfer 85% directly to the unit’s account at the conclusion of the Challenge. 10% of the funds will be used to fund the prizes and 3%-5% to cover the cost of supporting the challenge. Any remaining funds will be distributed back to the units, None of the donations will be retained by National CAP. The collected funds may be used in anyway the unit finance committee approves.

My uncle wants to contribute to my #75for75Challenge and help me achieve my goal, but he wants to write a check or pay in cash, is that possible?

Unfortunately it is not. The #75for75Challenge is strictly an “online” campaign and donations can only be processed using a credit card. With 24,000 potential cadet participants, Civil Air Patrol would not be able to handle the sheer volume of checks or cash. By making donations on line, through your Personalized Fundraising Page, donors receive a thank you email with the required tax information automatically.

I am a CAP Senior Member and I Want to Accept #75for75Challenge too. Can I Participate? 

You can start right now. Go to the Senior Member Fundraising Instructions [view senior member instructions] page on this website. Follow the instructions listed to get your page up and running.

I am a Senior Member assigned to a CAP Senior Squadron and I want to accept the #75for75Challenge. Can I do that? And where do the donations that I collect end up?

We're glad you asked! The #75for75Challenge was originally designed to be a “Cadet Only” fundraising campaign; however many Senior Members told us that they, too, wanted to participate. The #75for75Challenge is open to ALL CAP members. Donated funds will be transferred to the member’s home unit as documented in each member’s eServices data record.

Do the same uniform restrictions apply to me as a Senior Member that the Cadets have on their pages?

Yes! You can't fundraise in a USAF-style uniform. However, your CAP corporate uniform, corporate polo shirt, corporate (blue) flight suit or the Blue BDUs are perfectly OK. When choosing your photos, be sure none of them show you in a USAF-style uniform.

Do the same uniform restrictions apply to me as a Senior Member that the Cadets have on their pages?

Yes! You can't fundraise in a USAF-style uniform. However, your CAP corporate uniform, corporate polo shirt, corporate (blue) flight suit or the Blue BDUs are perfectly OK. When choosing your photos, be sure none of them show you in a USAF-style uniform.

If you have additional questions, email: 75challenge@gocivilairpatrol.org