Frequently Asked Questions

CWF’s Walk for Wildlife

 GENERAL INFORMATION

Q. What is the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Walk for Wildlife?
A. Walk for Wildlife is a national campaign that encourages all Canadians to get outside and experience the wildlife and natural spaces that define Canada. 

Q. What do the funds raised for Walk for Wildlife actually support?
A. Money raised for Walk for Wildlife will go towards endangered species research and programs.

Q. Where should I go on my Walk for Wildlife journey?
A. Everyone can participate in Walk for Wildlife, in any community, anywhere in the world. You don’t need to join an official walk to participate. All you need to do is register with our Walk for Wildlife registration page, enjoy your own outdoor adventure and share with us where you walked. Whether you’re in an urban or rural environment, we encourage you to get outside and connect with your natural surroundings.

Q. Are there any official 2017 Walk for Wildlife locations?
A. There is no one “official” CWF Walk for Wildlife event in 2017. Instead, we encourage individuals and organizations to host your own Walk for Wildlife activity. Plan your walk, register your event and invite people to participate using our Walk in a Box Guidelines. Or simply enjoy your own personal “Walk for Wildlife.” To get started, register here to let us know you are walking this year.

Q. Does the Walk for Wildlife need to be completed within a certain time?
A. When you go outside and walk, the length of time your walk takes does not matter. Just submit details about your walk during National Wildlife Week April 9th - 15th, 2017.

Q. Who organizes the Walk for Wildlife?
A.  The Walk for Wildlife is organized and executed by staff and volunteers of the Canadian Wildlife Federation.  Outdoor clubs, organizations, friends and families organize numerous walks across Canada on their own.  You can too!  

Q. Are there age categories for Walk for Wildlife?
A. Everyone can participate, no matter your age.

Q. I am unable to physically walk but would still like to participate. How can I get involved?
A. Everyone can get involved, no matter what your age, location or ability. By registering to Walk for Wildlife you are showing your support of critical wildlife research and spreading a positive message of the importance in nature. Here are some other things you can do to get involved:
•    Spend time outside and appreciate the beauty of spring
•    Share Walk for Wildlife with family, friends, coworkers and get others involved
•    Organize a walk in your community   
•    Connect with CWF on social media to share photos
•    Send CWF an email or suggestion on how you would like to be involved in the program
•    Donate to Walk for Wildlife online once registered or send a cheque to the Canadian Wildlife Federation
 
Q. Can I be involved if I want to run, ride a bike, inline skate, skate board, push a stroller, walk my dog etc.?
A. If you are planning your own Walk for Wildlife any of these activities are a great option if they get you outdoors and exploring. If you are planning on joining an organized walk, please check with the facility to ensure on-site regulations permit pets, skates, bikes etc.

Q. Is the Canadian Wildlife Federation a registered charity?
A. Yes.  CWF’s charitable number is 106868755RR0001.When you donate $15 or more to the Canadian Wildlife Federation, you will automatically receive a tax receipt.
Q. How do I learn more about becoming a supporter of the Canadian Wildlife Federation?
A. For more information about how you can support CWF through our monthly giving plan, one-time donations, or other gifts to the Federation, please call 1-800-563-9453 or email info@cwf-fcf.org

Q. What is your canvassing policy?
A. The Canadian Wildlife Federation does not canvass door-to-door, nor does it encourage participants to solicit funds by door-to-door canvassing.

Q.  Are residents of Quebec able to participate in CWF’s Walk for Wildlife?
A.  Quebec residents are able to walk for wildlife and fundraise for CWF.  Unfortunately, Quebec residents are unable to qualify for the Fundraising Loyalty Program or the Team and Corporate Fundraising Challenge.

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 LOYALTY PROGRAMS

Q. What is the Loyalty Rewards Program?
A. The Fundraising Loyalty Program is free for Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who register online at WalkforWildlife.ca.  This year, we invite you to participate in our Fundraising Loyalty Program, your chance to achieve milestone rewards for participating in the walk.  The Fundraising Loyalty Program is available for individuals only. Teams are not eligible to participate, but individuals who achieve the milestones will qualify. 

Q. Is there a specific date fundraising donations must be received by?
A. Yes.  Participants have until 11:59pm ET on April 30th, 2017 to submit their fundraising (offline and online) to be eligible for the program. 

Q. How does the Fundraising Loyalty Program work?
A.  It’s easy to participate in the Loyalty Program. Your goal in 2017 is to raise $200 and become a WILD Champion. All WILD Champions will receive a free CWF T-shirt, a complimentary one-year subscription to CW magazine, a certificate from CWF and a numbered print from Canadian artist Pierre Francis Surtes called Artic Springtime – Polar Bear.  The WILD Champion who raises the highest total fundraising amount for the 2017 Walk for Wildlife is instantly eligible to win our grand prize.

Q.  What are the Fundraising Loyalty Program Reward levels?
A.  If you raise $100 you receive a free year-long subscription to Canadian Wildlife magazine. If you raise $150 or more, you are awarded a CWF T-shirt custom designedto celebrate Canada's 150th. If you raise $200 or more, you become a WILD Champion, and will receive a certificate of acknowledgement and a numbered print from Canadian artist Pierre Francis Surtes called Artic Springtime – Polar Bear.  The WILD Champion who raises the highest total fundraising amount for the 2017 Walk for Wildlife is instantly eligible to win our grand prize.  

Q.  What is the Team Fundraising Challenge?
A.  Teams are encouraged to organize their own walks or participate in an existing walk. Teams then have until 11:59pm ET on April 30th, 2017 to submit their fundraising (offline and online) to be eligible for the program.  The top fundraising team will be featured as CWF’s Walk for Wildlife team of the year and will win great prizes! 

Q.  How does the Team Fundraising Challenge work?
A. Start by going online and use the team page to share your team’s walk information and fundraising goal with a click of a button.  All registered teams are automatically entered for a chance to become the top fundraising team. 

Q.  What are the prizes for TOP FUNDRAISING TEAM and TOP FUNDRAISING SCHOOL?
A.  The team that fundraises the most for CWF’s Walk for Wildlife will:

  • Be featured in an upcoming issue of Canadian Wildlife Magazine with their team photo as the CWF’s Walk for Wildlife “Team of the Year”
  • Receive a catered lunch party at your office or for participating team members (catering details for this prize are of a $200 value to a local food service provider or to 'Subway' restaurants) 
  • Be featured on CWF Walk for Wildlife Website, Facebook and Twitter as “Team of the Year”
  • A one-year free subscription to Canadian Wildlife Magazine for your office or organization

B: The school that fundraises the most for CWF’s Walk for Wildlife will:

  • Be featured in an upcoming issue of Canadian Wildlife Magazine with their team photo as the CWF’s Walk for Wildlife “School of the Year”
  • Receive a collection of Medallion Pollinator Plants you can use to enhance or plant your own pollinator garden
  • Be featured on the CWF Walk for Wildlife Website, Facebook and Twitter as “School of the Year”
  • Receive a one-year free subscription to CW and WILD magazine


Q.  Why should my team or corporation join the Walk for Wildlife?
A.  Being part of a national conservation organization that has been helping Canadian wildlife and the habitat in which they live for over 50 years enhances your corporation’s brand.  It can also help attract new employees and act as a team building experience.  Also, by registering your brand, your organization’s logo will automatically appear on the Walk for Wildlife homepage – great exposure for your organization!

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 REGISTRATION

Q. Can I register for CWF’s Walk for Wildlife offline?
A.  You cannot register for the walk offline but can support the walk by sending a donation with a completed pledge form to:

Canadian Wildlife Federation
c/o Walk for Wildlife Coordinator
350 Michael Cowpland Drive
Kanata, Ontario K2M 2W1

Q. May I fax my pledge form?
A. No, unfortunately we are not able to accept faxed pledge forms.

Q. Is there a participation fee?
A. There is no registration fee.  Participation is FREE.  

Q. I registered as an individual, but now want to participate on an existing team or form my own team. How can I do this?
A. You can easily join a team once registered as a participant.  Log in to your participant centre and search teams to join.

Q. Will the Walk for Wildlife become a big event in major cities similar to other walks or runs I’ve heard of?
A. We are working to develop the Walk for Wildlife in exciting ways!    If you have additional questions or ideas, feel free to email us at info@walkforwildlife.ca.

Q. Are there awards available to registrants?
A. Yes! Check out our Loyalty Rewards program for all the exciting details.

Q. Can I still participate in Walk for Wildlife if I don’t register?
A. No. To participate in Walk for Wildlife and potentially be eligible to win prizes,  you must register on WalkforWildlife.ca.

Q. What is my participant centre page?
A.  This is your personal page where you can customize content, images and videos to share with others why you are walking. You can use the tools in your Participant Centre to ask others to join, share your story or fundraise. 

Q. If I import my donor information online, will the Canadian Wildlife Federation be able to contact these people?
A. Your privacy is important to CWF. CWF will not contact any persons who do not request to be contacted.  CWF will only use personal information to automatically issue a tax receipt, if the amount is $15 or more. 

Q. How do I register a team?
A. Register your team online at WalkforWildlife.ca, click ‘Register’ and then ‘Team’.  Follow the steps and your team will be created in no time!

Q. Can I join a team?
A.  You can join a team by registering and selecting your preferred team from the search option.

Q. Is there a limit to how many people are on a team?
A. A team requires a minimum of two persons to qualify.  There is no limit to how many team members join your team.

Q. Does my team fundraising total count towards my individual fundraising goal?
A. No. Your team’s total will only count towards the Team Fundraising Challenge.  However, your individual fundraising efforts will count towards the individual Fundraising Loyalty Program and towards your team’s total score.

For more questions and answers pertaining towards registration and your participant centre, click here »

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 DONATIONS

Q: Where can I find an offline donation/pledge form?
A: Log in to your Participant Centre and you will locate the pledge form in PDF format for download. 

Q. How do my offline donations count towards my online fundraising goal?
A.  Your offline donations can be added to your online donations.  You must include the cash or cheque with a completed pledge form and submit to CWF no later than April 30, 2017  Any donations received after April 30, 2017 will still be accepted, but unfortunately cannot count towards your goal.   

Q. Am I responsible to collect all my donations?
A.  Yes.  You are responsible to collect all your offline donations.  The easiest way for peers to support you is by donating directly to your fundraising page.  Make sure you register to get started.

Q: When can I expect to receive my tax receipt?
A. If you or your peers donate online, you will be emailed a tax receipt.  If you submit your donation offline, a tax receipt for donations of $15 or more will be automatically mailed to you no later than June 30, 2017.  Please note: to qualify for a tax receipt, you must complete the pledge form. If a completed pledge form is not received, we unfortunately will not be able to issue a tax receipt.

Q: May I make a donation if I’m not participating in the Walk for Wildlife?
A: Yes. Donate online at WalkforWildlife.ca or send a cheque to:

Canadian Wildlife Federation
c/o Walk for Wildlife Coordinator
350 Michael Cowpland Drive
Kanata, Ontario
K2M 2W1

Q. Can I receive corporate matching donations?
A. Yes. For more information, please visit our Fundraising Tools

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 SHIPPING

Q.  When will I receive my free t-shirt?
A.  If you fundraise $100 or more, prizing will be sent to the address provided at registration by June 30, 2017.  Since offline donations are collected towards your total, CWF must wait until after April 30, 2017, to review all donations before sending the shirts.

Q.  Can you ship to a P.O. Box?
A.  No. The address provided during registration is the address CWF will ship the t-shirt to.  Please make sure you are able to receive a package between 9am and 5pm.  We will not be able to ship to a P.O. Box. 

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 PRIVACY

Q. What assurance do I have that my information is secure?
A. The Canadian Wildlife Federation respects your privacy and adheres to strict guidelines that have been defined by the Government of Canada through the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA). To read our entire privacy policy, click here »

Still have more questions?  Contact CWF Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm ET at:

E: info@walkforwildlife.ca
T: 1-877-599-5777 x273

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