Are you in need of a little assistance? Browse through our FAQs below for answers to your technical and fundraising questions or view our photo tutorials covering the Sign Up process and the various features of your dashboard!


Walkathon FAQs

General Questions:

Questions about Fundraising:

Questions About Teams:

Questions About Donating:


General Questions

Is the Walk a competitive event?

No. This event is not a race. It is a family-friendly walk to raise funds and awareness for Southeastern Guide Dogs’ mission, programs and services, and it is appropriate for all ages and abilities.

What if it rains?

All Walkathon events take place rain or shine. There are no rain dates scheduled. Please bring an umbrella or raincoat just in case!

What kind of support will I receive from Southeastern Guide Dogs?

Southeastern Guide Dogs staff members are available to assist you every step of the way. Whether you are in need of additional supplies, fundraising ideas, website technical support or just a little guidance, we are here to help!

How do the funds I raise benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs?

Funds will directly benefit the programs, services and mission of Southeastern Guide Dogs. Click here to see how your donations help.

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Questions about Fundraising:

Is there a registration fee to walk in the Walkathon?

No. There is no registration fee or deadline to walk.

How do I receive an event T-shirt?

Each individual fundraiser who raises $100 or more will receive a Walkathon event t-shirt for the respective walk location. T-shirts will only be given out at Walkathon.

Check out all of the Incentive Prizes specifically for fundraisers.

How much money should I raise?

There is no required minimum amount to raise, however we encourage each participant to raise at least $100 to receive the official 2019 Walkathon event t-shirt. You will be amazed at how much money you can raise through the support of friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and even strangers. Aim high when setting your fundraising goal, and never be too afraid to ask!

Do I raise money based on how far I walk?

No. Please ask for support through flat donations, not per mile/lap basis.

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Do I have to attend the Walkathon to raise money?

While we encourage you to attend one or more of our eight Walkathon events, we do not require your attendance in order to fundraise. You can always support Southeastern Guide Dogs from afar.

Do those who donate to me receive incentive prizes, as well?

No. Incentive prizes are only awarded to registered fundraisers who reach each respective prize level. Prizes are not awarded to donors who support these fundraisers.

If I sign up online, can I still raise money offline (cash and checks)?

Absolutely! We encourage all types of fundraising.

However, please note that all cash and check donations turned into Southeastern Guide Dogs, whether general donations or raffle ticket sales, will be added to your fundraising website within two weeks of receipt.

Please submit your donations on a regular basis to Southeastern Guide Dogs. Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at our Palmetto Campus at:
Southeastern Guide Dogs
Attn: Walkathon
4210 77th Street East
Palmetto, FL 34221

**Please make sure that all donations are clearly marked with your name and/or team name so that our finance department knows where to apply the funds. If there is no indication of where the funds are to be applied, they will be applied to the Southeastern Guide Dogs general fund and will not appear on your fundraising page.

If I sell Raffle Tickets, can I count this toward my fundraising total?

Yes. All funds raised through raffle tickets sales directly add to your fundraising total. However, please note all ticket sales must be made with cash or checks; and all stubs must accompany the money when they are turned in to Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Please note, raffle ticket purchases are not tax deductible.

When is the deadline to turn in Raffle Tickets?

Raffle tickets stubs and accompanying money must be received by the Thursday prior to the Walkathon date of selected Event Location to be qualified for the respective Event Prize; all entries received by Tuesday, April 30, 2019 will be qualified for the Grand Prize.

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Can individuals and/or raffle tickets win multiple prizes?

Yes. Winner(s) of Event Prize(s) may win at multiple Walkathon locations, and may also win the Grand Prize. All tickets will be entered into one Event Prize drawing, as well as the Grand Prize drawing, including the winning tickets of all individual Event Prizes. If no Event Location is selected, the ticket will automatically be entered in only the Grand Prize drawing. Winners do not need to be present at the drawing(s) to win.

When is the last day to raise money for the 2019 Walkathon?

Online and offline fundraising for all Walkathon events will end on May 20th. However, fundraisers should be aware that incentive prizes will only be awarded on the day of their selected Walkathon, with the exception of the puppy naming and student scholarship opportunities.

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Questions About Teams:

How many people make up a team?

Two or more people make up a team. An average team is approximately 10 people, however there is no maximum number of people who can be on a team.

I signed up as an individual but would now like to join or form my own team. Can I do this?

Yes. You can upgrade your participation type from your dashboard. Under the “TEAM” menu option on the left, you will see options to Start a Team or Join a Team.

Contact us at walkathon@guidedogs.org and a staff member will be able to assist you in upgrading your participation if needed.

How are the incentive prizes distributed amongst fundraising teams and groups?

T-shirts, Tervis® tumblers, Leader of the Pack polo shirts, and Walkathon Top Dog Fundraiser t-shirts are distributed based on individual fundraising accomplishments regardless of team affiliation. The opportunity to Name a Southeastern Guide Dogs Puppy will be honored based on individual accomplishments and/or the combined efforts of members from the same team.

Check out all of the Incentive Prizes specifically for fundraisers.

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Questions About Donating:

Where does my money go?

All funds directly benefit the programs, services and mission of Southeastern Guide Dogs. Click here to find out more.

Who should checks be made out to?

All checks should be made payable to Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Click here to print an offline donation form.

When is the last day to donate money for the 2019 Walkathon?

The last day to donate money for the 2019 Walkathon is May 20, 2019.

Does Southeastern Guide Dogs send Thank You notes to my Walkathon donors?

Yes. Southeastern Guide Dogs will send a thank you letter/donation receipt to all supporters who donate $25 or more. In order for your donors to receive a receipt, please be sure to include the donor’s first and last name, as well as full mailing address, and we will be happy to mail them their receipt.

If donations are made through an online fundraising page at www.GuideDogsWalkathon.org, an automatically generated receipt will be sent to the donor’s email address.

As a reminder, raffle ticket purchases do not receive a receipt, as they are not a tax-deductible donation.

Can I include contributions from corporate match programs to count toward my fundraising efforts?

Yes. Matching gift programs are a wonderful and simple way to increase the amount of funds you raise for Walkathon. Simply contact your Human Resources Department to see if they offer this program and for instructions on how to receive the matching funds or click here check our easy-to-use search tool. Also, be sure to inquire about other incentive programs.

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2019 Walkathon Incentive ItemsFundraising Incentives

$Any Walkathon dog bandana for participating dogs

$100 Walkathon T-Shirt

$250 Walkathon Tervis® Tumbler

$1,000 Walkathon Top Dog T-Shirt

$2,500 “Leader of the Pack” polo shirt

$5,000  Name a Southeastern Guide Dogs puppy OR fund a Student Scholarship

In order to qualify for the t-shirt, tumbler, Top Dog t-shirt, or Leader of the Pack polo fundraising incentives, you must reach these goals individually, even if you are part of a team. Team members can combine their individual fundraising totals to Name a Puppy or Fund a Student Scholarship but they must be part of the same team. For all levels except Name a Puppy/Fund a Student Scholarship, participants must be present to receive their incentives.



blue-pawHave questions? Email walkathon@guidedogs.org