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How much has the Shuffle raised?

Last year the Concordia community came together for Shuffle 28 and raised a record-breaking $110,000 for student scholarships and bursaries, bringing our combined 28 year total to almost $1.5 million! Let's keep that momentum going!

 

How do I register?

*This year, we're continuing our efforts to go green — and reducing the volume of printed Shuffle materials. We encourage you to raise funds online on our Shuffle website.

Online:

  • Click “Register” at the top left-hand corner of your screen and follow the instructions.
  • Raise funds by asking colleagues, family and friends to sponsor you. You can share your public profile page by email or social media.
  • Once you raise $40 (or $25, if you’re a student), you’re eligible for a free Shuffle kit and a chance to win prizes! (See below for details under "How do I get a Shuffle kit?")

In person, using a printed pledge form:

  • Pick up a Shuffle pledge form on the Sir George Williams Campus, Advancement and Alumni Relations Office, Faubourg Building (FB), Suite 520 or on the Loyola Campus at the Student Academic Services reception area (L-AD 202).
  • Raise funds by asking colleagues, family and friends in person to sponsor you.
  • Submit your completed pledge form with cash, cheques and credit card details at one of two Shuffle kit pickup locations (see FAQs below for pickup locations). 
  • Once you raise $40 (or $25, if you’re a student), you’re eligible for a free Shuffle kit and a chance to win prizes!

If you're having trouble registering online, contact us at shuffle@concordia.ca or call us at (514) 848-2424, ext. 3884.

I want to raise as much money as I can. Any tips or tricks?

Yes! Here are some handy fundraising tips to follow:

    1. Lead by example: Make the first gift to your page yourself. Your gift of any size shows potential donors you’re serious about the cause and encourages others.
    2. Personalize your profile: Remember that people give to people. Potential donors are interested in the cause, yet they are primarily interested in you.

      • Add a photo.

      • Set a goal. Once you raise $40, you qualify for a Shuffle kit. Why not aim higher and set a more ambitious goal so you can help even more students?

      • Tell your story. Let potential donors know why you’re passionate about supporting students, or choose a pre-written story that resonates with you.

      • Motivate with a promise. Tell donors if you reach your goal, you'll bake cupcakes, shave your head, or wear a cape emblazoned with your donors’ names — anything that reflects your personality.
    3. Invite people to donate: Start with three people who are close to you, then move outwards. Personalize an email or social media post by using our handy templates, write your own message or reach out by phone. If you feel nervous about asking for money, remember that people are rarely offended by an invitation to support a cause. Reduce the pressure by adding: “If it’s not a great time for a financial donation, I also accept support in the form of well-wishes or virtual high-fives.”
    4. Harness social media: Expand your reach and tap into your networks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

      • Ask for donations to your Shuffle page. You may be surprised who gives to your cause.

      • Thank your donors publicly. When you tag them in your posts, it shows up in their activity feeds and spreads your message further.

      • Show your personality. Share your Shuffle memories or photos of yourself at past Shuffles.

      • Build momentum with mini-goals. Break down your fundraising goal. Rally your networks to help

      you reach your first $100, then post again asking for donations to reach $200, $500 and so on.

      • Use #CUshuffle and like us at facebook.com/concordiashuffle.
    5. Form or join a team: Join forces with colleagues or friends to create a team page. Teams build spirit and boost overall funds raised. Consider setting a team goal of $2,500, which provides one student with a Shuffle award.
    6. Follow up: People can easily miss or skip over your initial outreach, so don’t be shy to send a few reminder emails. Reach out with progress updates, a countdown to Shuffle or inspiring story.

Fundraising takes creativity and persistence — your efforts will make a big difference in the lives of our students. Thank you!

What are Shuffle teams? Can my team raise funds for a special scholarship or bursary?

Teams help build spirit and boost overall funds raised — helping even more of our students.

To create a team, you must first register as an individual Shuffler. Then, once you're logged into your Shuffle account, click "Create a team" from the top menu and follow the instructions. (Teams may only be created online.)

Once you create a team and select a team name, you become captain and can invite any number of colleagues, family members and friends to join. Sponsors can donate to you individually or to the team. When a sponsor donates to you individually, your team’s fundraising thermometer also rises.

Creating named scholarships and bursaries through Shuffle teams

You and your Shuffle team can capitalize on the Shuffle’s momentum and visibility to call attention to issues close to your heart and make a concrete impact at Concordia.

You can get specific with your support by using your Shuffle team to raise funds for a special scholarship or bursary. Everything you need to build your team, communicate your message, and raise funds is ready at your fingertips on the Shuffle website.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • You and your team can create a new named undergraduate or graduate Adopt-a- Student award. In consultation with us, you can design your award criteria to focus on specific student demographics or areas of study. Once it is created, you can continue to fundraise at future Shuffles, as well as all year long through our Community Campaign.

 

  • To create a new Adopt-a-Student award for undergraduate students, your team must raise a minimum of $3,000, which creates a $1,000 award for three years. For graduate awards, the minimum is $15,000, which provides a $5,000 award for three years.  

 

  • If you don’t reach the minimum, your team’s donations will be added to the funds raised for general Shuffle scholarships and bursaries. If you surpass the minimum, you can increase the amount awarded annually, or extend the award past 3 years depending on the amount raised. Note that the general Shuffle awards range in size from $1,000 to $2,500 a year.

 

  • Start by sharing your idea with us. We’ll make sure the general criteria are feasible, and then give you the green light to get started.

After the Shuffle, we will finalize the criteria together and draft an award agreement.

Something else you should know:

You and your team can also support an already-existing award. To do so, your team must raise the minimum award value for at least one year.

Get started by calling us at ext. 5427, or emailing us at shuffle@concordia.ca.

How can I join a Shuffle team?

First register as an individual Shuffler. Then click “Join a team” from the top menu. Select a team and the team captain will be notified of your request.

How do I get a Shuffle kit?

  1. Once you raise $40 (or $25, if you’re a student) on your own personal thermometer, you’re eligible for a free Shuffle kit available at our Shuffle pickup locations. Remember you can also sponsor yourself. Sponsorship of other Shufflers or teams (or general donations to the Shuffle) do not contribute to your personal fundraising total.
  2. Visit one of three Shuffle kit pickup locations:
    1. If you registered online, our staff will have a record of your online fundraising. 
    2. If you're registering in person, bring your pledge form and donations — cash, cheques and credit card information. We’ll complete your registration on the spot.

Shuffle kit pickup locations:

September 20, 21, 24, 25, 26 and 27:

  • Sir George Williams Campus: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Atrium of the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (EV), 1515 Ste. Catherine St. W.
  • Loyola Campus: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lobby of the Administration Building (AD), 7141 Sherbrooke St. W.

On Shuffle Day, Friday, September 28, 2018:

Sir George Williams Campus only: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Atrium of the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (EV), 1515 Ste. Catherine St. W.

 

How can I let potential sponsors know I've registered online, so they can sponsor me (or my team) online?

When registering online, you'll have the option to share your personal Shuffle page on social media. You can also email the link to your profile so you can inform colleagues, family and friends that you'll be Shuffling. You may also choose to let them know by phone or in person that you'll be taking part in a fundraising event to benefit deserving students.

 

How do I sponsor a Shuffler who's registered online?

Click "Give now" then "Sponsor a Shuffler" and enter the Shuffler's first or last name.

 

How do I sponsor a team that’s registered online?

Click "Give now" then "Sponsor a team" and select the team. (Team sponsorship is only available online.)

 

When and where can I return my paper pledge form and donations?

Return your pledge forms (with credit card details, cheques and cash donations) to complete in-person registration at one of three Shuffle kit pickup locations:

September 20, 21, 24, 25, 26 and 27:

  • Sir George Williams Campus: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Atrium of the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (EV), 1515 Ste. Catherine St. W.
  • Loyola Campus: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lobby of the Administration Building (AD), 7141 Sherbrooke St. W.

On Shuffle Day, Friday, September 28, 2018:

Sir George Williams Campus only: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Atrium of the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (EV), 1515 Ste. Catherine St. W.

 

 

What if I registered online but a sponsor gives me cash or a cheque?

  1. Complete a Shuffle pledge form, available at FB 520 (SGW) and AD-202 (Loyola).
  2. Bring the form with the cash, cheque or credit card details to a Shuffle kit pickup location (see above for locations).

 

How many pledges do I have to collect?

There is no minimum to participate. The more money you collect, the more scholarships and bursaries we can award to students.

To receive a Shuffle kit, to receive lunch at the President's picnic and be eligible for the prize draws, you must raise the minimum amount of $40 (or $25 if you are a student) towards your own personal thermometer.

Please note that challenge gifts are NOT included when calculating eligibility to receive a Shuffle kit or be entered in our prize draw. 

 

Do I have to collect payment for all my pledges before Shuffle day?

No, but you can save time by collecting payment when asking for pledges. Ask your sponsors to write a cheque to Concordia University on the spot or, if they prefer to use their credit card, ask them to complete the credit card section of the pledge form. Your sponsors can also give cash. It's even easier for them to give online!

 

Why do my sponsors have to provide their full name and address?

Revenue Canada requires that a sponsor's name and address appear on the tax receipt. If your sponsor wishes to receive a receipt, it's important they provide all required information.

 

Will I get a tax receipt?

Tax receipts will be issued for all online donations and donations made through paper pledge forms — but only if the sponsor's full name and address are provided.

 

How will I know when someone sponsors me or my team online?

After a sponsor completes the online transaction, you'll receive an email indicating who sponsored you and for what amount. Your personal Shuffle page will also be updated automatically. If you are a team captain, you’ll receive an email indicating who sponsored your team and for what amount and your team page will be updated automatically.

Can I rollerblade or bike?

Yes, you can skate, cycle, run or walk. Some participants even push their kids in strollers!

Can I bring a friend?

Yes! While it's not required, encourage your friends to collect their own pledges so that they can receive a Shuffle kit, enjoy a delicious lunch and be eligible to win great prizes.

 

Can I bring my pet with me?

While your pet is welcome to join the Shuffle, it must be on a leash while on university grounds and is not permitted in buildings.

 

Will extra shuttle buses be running on Shuffle day?

Yes, there will be extra buses to help Shufflers get downtown in time for the kick-off and to return downtown after the President’s Picnic.

 

My children are Shuffling with me. Can they take shuttle bus, too?

Yes, children will be allowed on the shuttle bus on Shuffle day only.

 

Will free parking be available at Loyola on Shuffle day?

Yes, Shufflers can park at the Terrebonne, Jesuit Residence and Athletics Complex parking lots at no charge.

 

What if my question about the Shuffle is not answered here?

Email shuffle@concordia.ca or call 514-848-2424, ext. 3884.

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