Brain Paver FAQ

1. Can you provide a few ideas to help me start my FUNraiser? 
2. Does the American Brain Foundation have guidelines or an agreement for Brain Paver FUNraisers?
3. Can the American Brain Foundation assist in covering any costs associated with my FUNraiser or reimburse me for my fundraising expenses, such as equipment costs?
4. How do I receive sponsorship or donations from businesses for my Brain Paver FUNraiser? 
5. Will an American Brain Foundation representative attend my Brain Paver FUNraiser? 
6. Can the American Brain Foundation provide materials such as brochures, donation forms and signage for my FUNraiser? 
7. Can I use the American Brain Foundation logo in any promotion for my FUNraiser? 
8. Can I sell items with the American Brain Foundation logo? 
9. Can I use the American Brain Foundation tax-exempt status when purchasing materials? 
10. Does the American Brain Foundation offer tax advice regarding donations?  
11. Is my information secure?
12. What is a matching gift and how can it help my fundraising efforts? Does the American Brain Foundation match gifts?
13. Are donations to the American Brain Foundation tax-deductible? Will my donors receive a tax receipt from the American Brain Foundation?
14. How can I see who has donated to me? If my participants donate directly to the American Brain Foundation, can staff provide me with their names and amounts donated? 
15. Will donors who support my fundraising efforts be contacted by the American Brain Foundation?
16. What should I do with cash donations?
17. What if a check is made out to me, not to the American Brain Foundation? Can I accept contributions and write a check to the American Brain Foundation from my personal account? Will I be given a receipt to give to those who give me cash donations?
18. I forgot my Username and/or Password.
19. Can I personalize the URL to my Brain Paver page?
20. What is the difference between making my Personal FUNraising Page private or public?
21. How do I change my team goal?
22. How can I get offline (i.e. cash/check) donations to show up in my Personal Progress?

Event Ideas

1. Can you provide a few ideas to help me start my FUNraiser?

Absolutley! Almost anything can be turned into a FUNraiser for the American Brain Foundation. Here are a few ideas: Anniversary, Arts & Crafts Fair, Auction, Bake Sale, Bike Race, Birthday, Car Wash, Concert, Cook-off, Game Night, Garage, Golf Tournament, Holiday Gift Wrap, Run/Walk/Hike, Talent Show and more!

Event Resources

2. Does the American Brain Foundation have guidelines or an agreement for Brain Paver FUNraisers?

In order to host a Brain Paver FUNraiser benefiting the American Brain Foundation you must comply with the Brain Paver Guidelines and sign the Independent Third-Party Fundraisers Agreement.

3. Can the American Brain Foundation assist in covering any costs associated with my FUNraiser or reimburse me for my FUNraising expenses, such as equipment costs?

The American Brain Foundation will not pay any costs associated with Brain Paver FUNraisers.

4. How do I receive sponsorship or donations from businesses for my Brain Paver FUNraiser?

The American Brain Foundation encourages you to reach out to companies and businesses in your area for support. You can often receive support from companies in exchange for advertising on your flyers, brochures, letters, t-shirts, and other event materials.

5. Will an American Brain Foundation representative attend my Brain Paver FUNraiser?

The American Brain Foundation relies heavily on Brain Pavers to achieve our mission to Cure Brain Disease. We often have Brain Pavers represent us in the community. If you would like another Brain Paver to represent the American Brain Foundation at your FUNraiser, we will make our best effort to find a Brain Paver or staff person to accept a check and/or to address the attendees. Because of the large number of events and the limited number of staff, staff members are generally unable to attend Brain Paver FUNraisers.

6. Can the American Brain Foundation provide materials such as brochures, donation forms and signage for my FUNraiser?

Yes, the American Brain Foundation can provide available support material.  Please request at least 3 weeks prior to your event. 

7. Can I use the American Brain Foundation logo in any promotion for my FUNraiser?

You are prohibited from using any trademark, service mark, logo or copyrighted materials of the American Brain Foundation for your FUNraiser, without the written consent of the foundation. Invites, press releases, website postings, brochures, paraphernalia (t-shirts, etc.) and all other communication and materials must be approved in writing by the American Brain Foundation in advance.

8. Can I sell items with the American Brain Foundation logo?

No, the logo may not be used on any item that is to be sold. 

9. Can I use the American Brain Foundation tax-exempt status when purchasing materials?

No, you may not use the American Brain Foundation’s tax exemption status in conjunction with your FUNraiser. However, American Brain Foundation staff can provide a verification letter confirming the organizer’s intent to raise funds for the American Brain Foundation. 

10. Does the American Brain Foundation offer tax advice regarding donations? 

No. You and your supporters are encouraged to seek tax advice from a professional tax advisor. 

11. Is my information secure?

The American Brain Foundation has made every effort to protect your information. We use industry-standard SSL encryption techniques and have contracted with a third party vendor to ensure PCI compliance for donations made via credit card on the American Brain Foundation’s website.

12. What is a matching gift and how can it help my FUNraising efforts? Does the American Brain Foundation match gifts?

Many companies offer employees a matching gift benefit that doubles (or in some cases, triples) the impact of their gift. By participating in these programs, you and your supporters can significantly increase the impact of your contribution in the fight to cure brain disease.Contact your company’s Human Resources or Finance department to see if your company has a matching gift program (and encourage your donors to do the same), taking note of any possible restrictions. Fill out the proper forms, and send your paperwork with donations to the American Brain Foundation. Remind your donors that their companies may have matching gift programs too.Thanks to a generous grant, donations received through June 30, 2015, will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $3 million (subject to match funds remaining at time of donation)!

13. Are donations to the American Brain Foundation tax-deductible? Will my donors receive a tax receipt from the American Brain Foundation?

Yes, donations to the American Brain Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Your donors will be issued a tax receipt for their donation, provided we have their contact information. 

14. How can I see who has donated to me? If my participants donate directly to the American Brain Foundation, can staff provide me with their names and amounts donated? 

To see who has donated to you, login to your Personal Page and click the “Progress” tab. On this page you will be able to turn on gift notifications, as well as view who has donated to your Brain Paver FUNraiser. The American Brain Foundation respects the confidentiality of its donors and will not release contact information without the donor’s written consent. 

15. Will donors who support my FUNraising efforts be contacted by the American Brain Foundation?

Yes, unless requested otherwise, the American Brain Foundation will include your donors in future communications.  

16. What should I do with cash donations?

The American Brain Foundation strongly discourages mailing cash donations. Encourage cash donors to make their donation online with a credit card or have them download and complete the printable donation form, transfer their cash into a personal or cashier’s check, and mail in the completed form and check to the American Brain Foundation, 201 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55415.

17. What if a check is made out to me, not to the American Brain Foundation? Can I accept contributions and write a check to the American Brain Foundation from my personal account? Will I be given a receipt to give to those who give me cash donations?

If a supporter makes the check payable to you, simply endorse the check with your signature, write “Payable to the American Brain Foundation”, and submit it with a donation form. We don’t recommend accepting contributions and writing checks from your personal account. If you deposit donations into your personal account, the IRS will likely consider that deposit personal income to you and you may be taxed accordingly. Also, because the check is from your account, we will not be able to issue your donors tax receipts for their gifts.

18. I forgot my Username and/or Password.

On the Brain Paver homepage, click here or on the “Forgot Username/Password?” link next to the Brain Paver login button. Enter your email address and then your username/password will be emailed to you. 

19. Can I personalize the URL to my Brain Paver page?

Yes, you should see a box at the top of your Personal FUNraising Page edit screen. It says “Personal Page URL” and there is a link called “URL Settings”. Click that link to update and customize, set as public or private, and save.

20. What is the difference between making my Personal FUNraising Page private or public?

By default, a Personal FUNraising Page is Public, meaning your name will appear in the participant search list. Anyone accessing the site will be able to support your Brain Paver FUNraiser. Setting your Personal Page to Private means your name will not appear in the participant search list. Only people you personally invite (know your personal page URL) will be able to donate to your FUNraiser. 

21. How do I change my team goal?

On your Personal FUNraising Page, click on the “Progress” tab. Click the “change” link next to “My Goal”, enter your new goal, and then click “Submit”. 


22. How can I get offline (i.e. cash/check) donations to show up in my Personal Progress?

On the “Home” tab of your Personal FUNraising Page, click on the “Enter new gift” button in the right hand column. Enter details about the donor and their gift, then click “Save and Add Another”. 

If you have checks, mail them to the address below. If you have cash donations, follow the instructions in question 16. Once the American Brain Foundation has received the offline donations, we will confirm the donations and it will update in your Personal Progress. To download the offline donation form click here. 

American Brain Foundation
201 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415