FAQs

General Event Info

Général

What is Gutsy Walk?
Join us Sunday June 6, 2021 for the 26th annual Gutsy Walk and become part of Canada’s largest community event committed to raising funds for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Show loved ones living with Crohn’s and colitis they are not alone by registering and walking individually or in small groups (if possible).

From the time you register, to Gutsy Walk day in June, you’ll be connected online to others who care just as much about finding a cure as you do. Together, we’ll share stories while raise funds and awareness. On June 6, walk, run, or bike in your community as an individual or a team as a part of one of our 60+ community Gutsy Walks across Canada to help improve the lives of children and adults affected by Crohn’s and colitis.

How do I obtain event details on the Gutsy Walk celebration in my community?

Everything you need to know about your local Gutsy Walk is only a click away.

What happens on the day of Gutsy Walk?

On the day of Gutsy Walk, June 6, registered participants, friends and family will get active in their communities and walk to show their support for everyone impacted by Crohn’s or colitis! Every Gutsy Walk is unique. Walk routes are entirely up to you and can vary from place to place and person to person, but are typically 5km.

Stay tuned for a special announcement about the online Gutsy Walk celebration—details to come!

Do I have to sign up to participate in Gutsy Walk?

Yes! From fundraising rewards, to exciting event details, it’s best if you sign up through the Gutsy Walk website to help us best plan for your Gutsy Walk experience. By signing up online, you will also have access to great online fundraising tools that will help you and your team members raise funds easily to make even more of a difference.

Registration

INSCRIPTION

Is there a sign up fee?

No. Gutsy Walk is a fundraising event, and all participants are encouraged to sign up online and fundraise. Online fundraising is easy, safe, and secure. On average, Gutsy Walk participants who fundraise online raise 85% more!

Is there a deadline to sign up?

No. Participants are encouraged to sign up early to receive their pre-event details and to maximize fundraising using the online Participant Centre.

How do I sign up for Gutsy Walk?

Visit here to go through the sign up process. It’s easy and quick. You can sign up as an individual, or you can join an existing team or create a new team.

How do I create my Gutsy Walk team?

Create a team online by clicking here! Have some fun: give your team a unique name or theme. Using the e-mail templates in the online participant center, it’s easy to invite your family, friends and co-workers to join your team.

What if I joined the wrong team by mistake? How can I switch teams?

E-mail us at gutsywalk@crohnsandcolitis.ca or call us at 1-800-387-1479 and tell us your name, the walk location you registered for and the name of the team you would like to switch to.

I signed up as an Individual by mistake and would instead like to join a team. What do I do?

E-mail us at gutsywalk@crohnsandcolitis.ca or call us at 1-800-387-1479, and provide us with your name, the walk location you registered for and the team name you would like to join and we will be happy to make the change.

How do I sign up as a returning individual, team member or team captain?
If you are signing up as a returning participant, you will be prompted to add your username and password. At this point, you may either enter as an individual, create a team or join a team.

Please note that you may have access to your own previous individual information from past years. However, team information is not saved and must be newly created each year.

Teams

ÉQUIPES

How many people have to be on my team?

It takes a minimum of two to make a team. But the more people on your team, the more fun you will have on walk day, and more chances to make a bigger fundraising splash too! Recruit your family, friends and co-workers to join your team so you can maximize your efforts.

What if my team signs up and is unable to participate on June 6?

That’s okay! This year we’re staying active online and walking in our neighbourhoods across the country. While we want everyone to walk with us on June 6, we know you’ll be there in spirit even if you’re not physically walking with us on the day of our Gutsy Walk celebration.

Fundraising

COLLECTE DE FONDS

Is there a minimum fundraising amount I have to raise?

Nope! But we do encourage all participants are encouraged to raise $100+ in pledges, because if you do you’ll qualify for a 2021 Gutsy Walk t-shirt. But why stop there? Commit to fundraising $1,000+ and become a Top Pledge Earner. We will give you plenty of support along the way and you will receive VIP treatment when you become a member of this exclusive Club. Learn More about the benefits of being a Top Pledge Earner Club member.

How do I raise pledges?

For best results, sign up online. It’s simple, effective and secure. On average participants who fundraise online raise 85% more than individuals exclusively raising funds offline. If you’re collecting offline pledges remember to please download a pledge form from the Tools and Tips page and send it along with your cheque to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s Payment and the accompanying pledge form should be sent to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada ATTN: Gutsy Walk Team 600-60 St. Clair Ave. E., Toronto ON M4T1N5.

What are the benefits of online fundraising?
• It’s easy, fast and fun.
• On average, Gutsy Walk participants who fundraise online raise 85% more!
• You can ask people worldwide to support you at the click of a button.
• You can customize your personal fundraising page, share your story, and add a photo/video.
• Electronic receipts will automatically be issued for online donations $15 and above.
• Track who has supported you, as well as your goal and online pledges.
• You can login or link your personal fundraising page to your social media.
• It’s cost effective and a simple, secure way for you to maximize the impact of each dollar.

Is the online fundraising tool secure?

Yes. The system uses the most current encryption tools to provide a safe and secure environment for participants and donors. All transactions and data are captured and stored in a secure environment. Industry standard Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption certificates are used. The online fundraising site displays the thawte SSL Web Server Certificate seal that confirms the transaction is secure and encrypting all data.

Electronic tax receipts are secured with either a random 40-bit or 128-bit encryption code ensuring their authenticity while at the same time, meeting all government standards. While PDF tax receipts are sent via the online system and can be printed, they are tamper-proof.

All online transactions are conducted using the HTTPS protocol – the same standards used by most major financial institutions on their online banking applications.

What is required to set up my personal fundraising page?

Setting up your personal web page is quick and easy and requires no technical skills. All you need to do is register online and spend a little time personalizing your fundraising page. Upload your photos or videos and share your story to let people know why Gutsy Walk is important to you. These few minutes can make a big difference and will help kick-start your fundraising success.

How do I enter offline donations online?
Offline donations include cash and cheques collected through in-person fundraising where online donations are not possible. The option to log offline donations through participant center is currently unavailable. If you have offline donations to add to your Gutsy Walk fundraising total, please contact us at gutsywalk@crohnsandcolitis.ca or at 1-800-387-1479. Please note that until the money is received by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, the donor will not receive a tax receipt. 
 
When does online fundraising close?

You have up to June 28, to collect pledges online and to submit offline pledges to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada's office.

When and how do I submit my pledge form and offline monies?

Offline donations with accompanying pledge forms can be mailed to our National Office at: Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Attention: GW team, #600-60 St. Clair Ave E, Toronto, ON M4T 1N5. Please see the detailed instructions on how to submit your cash and/or cheque donations. Pledges collected offline will be added to your online fundraising total and will count towards eligible prizing. When submitting donations, enclose payment, and remember to include a copy of your pledge form outlining all the required details for each offline donor. If you receive additional funds after the Gutsy Walk celebration, you have until June 28 to submit monies and pledge forms to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s national office and still be eligible for prizing.
 

What is a ‘Corporate Match Program’?

‘Corporate Match Programs’ are offered by many Canadian companies. Companies offering this program will match employees' charitable donation dollar for dollar, and some companies will also match dollars employees have fundraised or for their volunteer contribution. Use our search tool to see if your company offers a match. 

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How do I know if the company I work for offers a 'Corporate Match Program'?

Many Canadian companies offer a ‘Corporate Match Program’, encouraging employees to make philanthropic gifts to charities. If our search tool doesn’t bring your company up, you may want to ask someone in your human resources department, or if applicable, your corporate donations department.

Fundraising Prizing

PRIX POUR FONDS RECUEILLIS

How is incentive prizing being awarded?

Participants who raise more than $250 from the time they register to our fundraising deadline of June 28 are eligible to receive gift card prizes. Each year more and more Gutsy Walk participants choose to maximize their contribution to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada by opting out of their prize during the sign up process. We wish to reward your fundraising efforts while acknowledging the growing commitment of participants to improve the lives of children and adults living with these diseases. All participants who raise $100 or more will be entitled to receive a Gutsy Walk t-shirt!

How is prizing awarded?
Participant prizes are awarded based on the combined total of online and offline pledges submitted per participant up until June 28, 2021. One prize is awarded per registered participant.  Please note: general team donations do not count towards INDIVIDUAL prizing as PRIZES ARE ONE PER REGISTERED PARTICIPANT. Learn more about prizing 
How long after the Gutsy Walk celebration will I receive my prize?
Please allow 10-12 weeks following Gutsy Walk for all donations to be processed and your prize to be mailed.
Do 'TEAM donations' qualify for prizing?
Donors can make Gutsy Walk donations to an entire team using the online system. Team donations will NOT be counted towards INDIVIDUAL prizing as PRIZES ARE ONE PER REGISTERED PARTICIPANT. Team donations will count towards TEAM fundraising contests.

Donations and Tax Receipts

DONS ET REÇUS AUX FINS DE L’IMPÔT

To whom should my donor make the cheque payable to?

Cheques can be made payable to: Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.

Why wasn't my credit card accepted?

Please double check to ensure you have entered the credit card number and expiry date correctly.

Can I make a donation even though I will not be participating in Gutsy Walk?

Yes, you can make a Gutsy Walk donation in your community by clicking the DONATE button.

Can I donate to a TEAM?

Yes, donors can pledge to an entire team using the online system. Team donations do not count towards INDIVIDUAL prizing as PRIZES ARE ONE PER REGISTERED PARTICIPANT. Team donations count towards TEAM fundraising contests.

When will Crohn’s and Colitis Canada issue tax receipts for Gutsy Walk donations?

Donors who pledge $15+ online will receive an electronic tax receipt by e-mail within minutes of completing a successful transaction. A thank-you note is also automatically generated for all donations. Receipts for offline donations will be sent by the end of July.

I lost my tax receipt, how do I get another copy?

Contact us at gutsywalk@crohnsandcolitis.ca or at 1-800-387-1479. 

Volunteer

BÉNÉVOLAT

How do I volunteer?

Our volunteers are the backbone of Gutsy Walk and have been making it happen every year for 26 years! Volunteer by yourself, with friends and family or coworkers. VOLUNTEER TODAY or LEARN MORE.

What do volunteers do for Gutsy Walk?

We have a wide range of Gutsy Walk volunteer opportunities available. Please click here to learn more about our volunteer roles.

Privacy

CONFIDENTIALITÉ

Can my personal and/or team fundraising page be viewed by the public?

Yes. Team and individual fundraising pages are public. As a participant you have the option to turn on and off the public search feature within the Participant Centre.

Can people donate anonymously?

Yes. Donors have the option of keeping their name and/or their donation amount ‘anonymous’.  

Note: A donor's identity will still be passed on to the participant and Crohn’s and Colitis Canada for processing reasons.

What if I forgot my online password or username?

Go to the Participant Login Page. Follow the prompts to have a new password and username sent to your email.

What is your privacy policy?

Please see our privacy policy here.