Mission: Solve Hunger

As the race has grown, so has the impact. CHIditarodders pack some serious potential — check out the history of our food and fundraising in our charity statistics page.


Food: Greater Chicago Food Depository

We are teaming up with our friends at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) once again for all non-perishable food donations. You can help!


Funds: CHIditarod Foundation

Our very own CHIditarod Foundation 501(c)(3) is the beneficiary of your fundraising efforts. In 2014 the Foundation gave out $25,000 in grants to Chicago-area nonprofits combatting hunger and food scarcity. In 2013, we gave out $20,000. To learn what this is all about, and why it rocks, check out the CHIditarod Foundation page.

Team Fundraising: How do I get Started?

This year we’re using the Razoo social fundraising platform. Everyone can set up a fundraising page — team, volunteer, checkpoint squadron, etc. There’s a lot of cool bonuses for raising money,  check out all the bonus levels.  There’s a lot of cool CHIditarod swag to collect, so go check it out!

We understand teams have set up fundraising pages on different websites in the past, but through Razoo, we can do all of those great things on one site! Razoo has great features like allowing for matching grants, showing your fundraising total against other teams, having your entire team fundraise together with just one page, and personalizing your team page with photos, videos, and updates.  There’s a leaderboard for bragging rights and totals. If your group will be doing fundraising (and you should, ’cause fundraising is rad), please set up a Razoo fundraising page under the CHIditarod RodX 2016 Fundraising Team Page, using the instructions below.

This year each CHIditarod racing team will have one joint page on Razoo – you can upload photos or videos, keep your donors up to date on the status of your cart, and more. Please make sure that your team name on Razoo matches the team name in Dogtag.

How to Set Up a Fundraising Page

Here’s the step-by-step process. If you have any questions please email us at fundraising@chiditarod.org. MUSH!

  1. Determine one person on your team to set up your team fundraising page, there’s no need for multiple pages this year!
  2. Head over to http://www.razoo.com
  3. Sign up for a Razoo account in whichever way you’d like (through Google+, Facebook, or by email), or log in to a previously made account. The link is in the upper right hand corner.
  4. Search for “CHiditarod” in the upper left hand search that’s called “Find your cause”
  5. Click on the “CHIditarod RodX: 2016 Fundraising” page or navigate to here: https://www.razoo.com/team/Chiditarod-Xi-Fundraising-2016
  6. That one person on your team should join that Team Page as a Team Member by clicking on the “Fundraise” button below “Join This Team” on the right hand side of the page.
  7. Razoo will ask you for your fundraiser name, you MUST use your CHIditarod Team name that you registered with in order to be eligible for incentive prizes.
  8. Once created, you’re left with a bare bones fundraiser site. At the top, click on “Manage Page”
  9. Fill in “Summary” with a quick sentence mentioning your team name and CHIditarod.
  10. Fill in “Tell Your Story” with the following, but feel free to add in team anecdotes and history with the race:
    1. We’re raising money for the CHIditarod – a crazy, epic, urban food-drive, shopping cart race, fundraiser, and more, all rolled into one!  This is a crazy event with a very serious cause — feeding the hungry. We are asking for your support to help us raise our fundraising goal.

      The CHIditarod Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to solving Chicago’s hunger challenges. The Foundation will provide funds raised during the CHIditarod to vetted 501(c)3 organizations throughout the city of Chicago who are solving hunger in innovative ways. The CHIditarod Foundation seeks to solve the root causes of hunger through creativity, engagement and direct action.  Food and food security is an essential and necessary ingredient in life. We believe in Chicago and that none of our neighbors should go hungry.

      Your generous donation supports grassroots, hunger-fighting initiatives. Organizations like food banks, urban farms, educational programs for children in Chicago Public Schools, mobile farmers markets, and more!  Thank you so much for your generous contribution, it makes a difference.

  11. Feel free to add in a goal for your team and suggested donation amounts. Keep in mind: all the money raised will go to the CHIditarod Foundation that gives out micro-grants to other nonprofits.
  12. If your employer and/or your teammates’ employers would be interested in setting up matching grants, email us asap at fundraising@chiditarod.org so we can get everything set up!
  13. Do a happy dance for you have set up your fundraising page! Fun things to do now: edit your team page, upload photos and videos, etc.

We have created a “team” on Razoo to fundraise for this year’s CHIditarod XI –  your team will sign up via this page for fundraising – your teams can fundraise for this team, don’t worry about the terminology.  There’s also some helpful tutorials regarding what is a team on Razoo and how to join a team. If you have any other questions, please contact us at fundraising@chiditarod.org and we’ll be happy to help!