The Jewish Federation’s Tour de Summer Camps, presented by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, is a community cycling event that will be held on Sunday, October 27th and will raise significant funds to help us ensure the Jewish future. All proceeds will support camp scholarships, to help our Federation give even more kids that magical connection to Judaism that only Jewish summer camps can provide.
How can I participate in Tour de Summer Camps?
We offer many ways for you to participate in Tour de Summer Camps. You can form or join a team, participate as an individual rider, be a virtual rider, participate in the Cycle a Camp, register to be a volunteer, or make a donation. Take your first step and register today.
What is involved in participating in Tour de Summer Camps?
Participants register and recruit friends to ride and raise money. The day of the event is a chance to ride and to celebrate the fundraising accomplishments of our teams and individual participants. It is also an opportunity for families to come together to cheer on riders, to enjoy and engage with our community, and to support The Jewish Federation’s work on behalf of the campers and their families!
Do I have to raise money?
There is a minimum fundraising requirement of $500 per person in order to participate as a rider in Tour de Summer Camps if you are aged 30 or over. If you are aged between 16 and 29, you are required to raise a minimum of $250.
What happens if I don’t raise the required $500?
If you have not raised the required $500 before Sunday, October 27th:
a. Pay the remainder of the funds on your own and join us on the ride!
b. Participate as a “Virtual Rider” (see below) and know that the funds you have raised will go to support camp scholarships for children who need them.
c. You have until the fundraising deadline, Friday, November 15th, to reach the $500 minimum. Join us on the ride and make the commitment to keep fundraising until the deadline. Remember, we’ll do all that we can to help you get there!
What is Cycle at Camp?
Cycle at Camp is a one-hour stationary bike session that will be held at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, and 11:30 am. Each session will be led by an instructor and there will be music to pump up all of our Cycle at Campers! Learn more about our new Cycle at Camp here!
What is a “Virtual Rider”?
Virtual Riders are those who would like to participate but either: 1) cannot ride on Sunday, October 27th, (2) do not meet the minimum age requirement; or 3) are unable to fundraise $500. There is no fundraising minimum for those who select this option, but all are encouraged to raise funds to help send as many kids as possible to Jewish summer camp. Virtual Riders are also welcome to come to Camp Alonim on the day of the ride to cheer on friends and family and attend the post-ride festivities!
What if I want to ride but don’t have a bike?
There are several options for bicycle rentals here.
How are the funds raised by Tour de Summer Camps used?
Your generous donations fund camperships that local families will use to help offset the cost of Jewish summer camp. Your dollars will in turn give children a chance to explore their Jewish identities while connecting with new friends, singing Jewish songs around the campfire and developing a lifelong connection to the Jewish community—which will help us ensure the Jewish future.
Do you need to be an avid cyclist with group riding experience to participate?
No. Tour de Summer Camps welcomes participants of all skill and ability levels and we have routes that will be perfect just for you! We suggest training for whatever route you choose.
Can friends and family participate in the Post-Event festivities?
Family and friends are definitely encouraged to cheer for you at the finish line and volunteer at the event!
What if it rains?
We ride rain or shine! Pack rain gear just in case and don't let a little water stop you from raising funds for this important effort! Check the Tour de Summer Camps website for updates in case of severe thunderstorms that could delay or cancel the routes.
How many people form a team?
We would be thrilled if each team was made up of five or more individuals, but you can have a team with two or more people – no problem!
Families must have a minimum of 2 adults and 2 children (under 16).
Is there a minimum age requirement?
You must be 16 years or older to ride one of our scenic routes and 14 years or older to Cycle at Camp in Tour de Summer Camps. There is no age requirement to participate as a Virtual Rider.
Can I make a donation to a team?
Yes! You can make a donation to a Registrant on a team or you can make a general team donation. General team donations cannot be split between multiple riders.
Where should I mail donation checks?
All donations should be mailed to: The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Attn: Tour de Summer Camps 6505 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Who should I make my check out to?
Please make all checks payable to: The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Please make sure that in the memo it says Tour de Summer Camps (TdSC) and who the donation should be credited to.
How do I find a participant's personal fundraising webpage?
Use the "Find a Rider" feature on the home page, and begin typing the first or last name. Your options will display as you type.
How quickly can I expect an online donation to post to a participant's fundraising account?
Any donation made online should post immediately. If an online donation does not post within 5 minutes, please contact us.
What happens if I check the checkbox to "cover processing fees"?
If you check this checkbox, you will be charged the amount indicated next to the checkbox. This amount will also be visible to the non-profit. However, on the fundraising page, your intended - initial donation amount will be displayed.
For Canadian donations made online with a credit card, will the amount entered be in U.S. dollars?
Yes. For Canadian donations made online with a credit card, the amount entered in the online donation form will be in U.S. dollars.
Do all donors who mail their donations receive a receipt?
Any donor who mailed their donation and provided an address will receive a receipt via mail once the donation has been processed. If you made your donation in installments, you will receive a receipt each time a monthly payment is processed.
Do all donors who contribute online receive a receipt?
Yes, anyone who donates online, regardless of the amount, will receive a receipt via email.
Are donations tax-deductible?
All monetary donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
What is The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles's Tax ID number?
A Tax ID number identifies The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles as a 501(c)(3) non-profit Organization. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Tax ID number is 95-1643388
How do I add a dedication when I make a donation?
When you make a donation online, you can designate what you want to appear as your recognition name on the participant's Honor Roll. This may be your name, or it could be something such as "From the whole Wolf family" or "in memory of Aunt Cathy."
What can I do if a check is written out to me personally?
If a donation check has been written out to you personally, you may endorse the back of the check and mail it to The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
Can I mail in a cash donation?
It is not a good idea to send a cash donation in the mail. You may drop off the cash at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles along with your information or you can deposit the cash into your checking account and send either a personal check from your account or make an online donation.
How quickly can I expect an online donation to post to my page?
Any donation made online should post immediately. If your donation does not post within 5 minutes, please contact us, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
Can I enter a check online?
You can't enter a check online. What you can do is enter a check as a pledge. This can be done in the fundraising section of your headquarters page. The status of the check will be pending until the check is received and processed by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
A donor is requesting a Tax ID number; what is that and how can I get it?
A Tax ID number identifies The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Many donors will request this number to validate their donation as tax-deductible. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles's Tax ID number is 95-1643388.
Not all of my donors are showing up in the Honor Roll. Why?
As your donors make a contribution, they have the option of whether or not they want to appear in the Honor Roll.
Where can I find a list of the people who have donated to me?
Log in with your email and password to visit your headquarters page. Select ‘My Fundraising Report on the left side. You will then find a list of all of your donors as well as a list of all donors to your team.
How can I send a thank you email to my donors?
To easily send thank-you emails to donors, follow these steps:
Log in to your fundraiser dashboard by clicking the "My HQ" link in the top right
Click "My Fundraising Report" in the left sidebar
Locate the donor/donation you'd like to thank, and click "Send Email" (If the donor didn't submit their email address, this option is unavailable.)
Type the message in the pop-up window, and click "Send Email"
Why am I receiving emails telling me that I've received a donation?
You are receiving these emails because we would like to keep you updated on your fundraising efforts. If you wish to stop receiving these updates, please log in to your headquarters and edit your account preferences.
What is my personal page URL?
A personal URL is a shortened link to your team or personal page that you can send to friends and family in emails. A personal URL will look like this https://www.tourdesummercamps.org/ben.
Can a donor add a dedication message that appears in my fundraising honor roll?
When a donor makes a donation online, s/he can enter text to appear on the fundraising honor roll. This may be the donor's name, or it could be something like "From the whole Wolf family" or "In Memory of Aunt Cathy".
When and where is Tour de Summer Camps?
The 2019 Tour de Summer Camps will be held on Sunday, October 27th at Camp Alonim on the Brandeis-Bardin campus of the American Jewish University. This is located at 1101 Pepper Tree Lane, Brandeis, CA 93064. Please check back for updates!
Can I form a group of volunteers?
Yes! You can form a Volunteer Group and recruit your co-workers, friends, and family to volunteer with you on the day of the Ride. Volunteer Groups follow special procedures that differ from individual volunteers, so contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Blake Carey, firstname.lastname@example.org to help get your Volunteer Group organized and registered.
Where do I sign in on the morning of the Ride?
Most volunteers will report to Volunteer Check-In on the morning of the Ride. Volunteer Check-In is located near the Ride festivities across from rider registration. Please follow signs when you enter the gate at American Jewish University Brandeis-Bardin Campus at 1101 Pepper Tree Lane, Brandeis, CA 93064. We will send out confirmation emails in the weeks leading up to the Ride with specific instructions. If you have not received your confirmation materials, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Blake Carey- email@example.com.
Can I volunteer AND fundraise?
YES! It is not a requirement, but we encourage everyone who participates in Tour de Summer Camps to raise funds for kids to attend summer camps. If you have questions or need fundraising tips, please visit our Fundraising Tips and Tools page, or contact one of our fundraising specialists at 323.761.8013.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
While most volunteer positions have no age requirement, some do have a minimum age requirement. Please note that child supervision is not offered by Tour de Summer Camps and that any volunteers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Listed below are our Day-of-Event volunteer positions and their age requirements, if any:
· Sign-In: 16 years of age or older
· Route: No age requirement
· Afternoon Cheer, 1st Shift (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.): No age requirement
· Afternoon Cheer, 2nd Shift (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.): No age requirement
· Lunch Volunteer: No age requirement
· Parking: 16 years of age or older
How do I confirm my volunteer position?
In order for Tour de Summer Camps to run smoothly, we need confirmation of your attendance. Please call the office at 323.761.8013 to confirm that we can count on you on the day of the Ride. You can also contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Blake Carey - firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get there? Where do I park?
The address for Tour de Summer Camps at American Jewish University Brandeis-Bardin Campus is 1101 Pepper Tree Lane, Brandeis, CA 93064. We have parking available on the venue specifically for volunteers. Follow the signs to volunteer parking, where a staff member will be stationed for further assistance.
Can I bring my friends?
Absolutely! We can always use more volunteers, and volunteering with your friends is always more fun. Encourage them to register right now!
What should I wear?
Tour de Summer Camps will happen rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. Layers are recommended and, for your safety, flip-flops are not allowed. In addition, please be sure to leave all valuables at home. You will also be given a special Tour de Summer Camps Volunteer T-shirt to wear!
Is there a place for my purse or backpack?
There will not be a place for you to keep your purse or your backpack. You should leave all valuables at home.
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