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Species Step Challenge FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

About WWF's Species Step Challenge

This step challenge is a virtual event where people commit to taking either 5,000 or 10,000 steps a day for the whole month of October. You can get competitive with friends, family members, or coworkers and see who ends up with the most amount of steps by the end of the month!

The location of your choice! The Species Step Challenge is a virtual challenge, which means that you can choose how and when to take your steps. We'll let you know when to download the app that will track your steps, move you through a map of different ecosystems, and compete with our leaderboard that will update in real time.

Between October 1, 2020 and October 31, challenge yourself to take on 5,000 or 10,000 steps a day. Register on our website and you’ll receive your very own Panda Nation page that you can personalize this page with photos and text. Then, when you’re ready, post it on social media to let everyone know that you are committing to taking steps toward a more balanced world for people and nature and fundraising to support WWF’s conservation efforts. Two weeks before the event starts, we'll send you a link to download the MoveSpring app!

Sign up today! The event starts on October 1st and goes through the entire month.

How does the Species Step Challenge really work?

To participate in WWF's first-ever Species Step Challenge, register on our Species Step Challenge website, update your fundraising page, and then take steps between October 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020. Challenge yourself to taking on 5,000 or 10,000 steps a day for 31 day straight! But if you skip a day, no worries. Get right back to it the next day. You won't be penalized for taking a rest day.

Fundraising is not required for to participate in WWF's Species Step Challenge. However, you will receive a fundraising page upon registration and we encourage you to fundraise for wildlife and nature. When you fundraise for World Wildlife Fund, not only are you raising crucial funds to support our global conservation efforts, but you are also spreading awareness of WWF's mission. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to protect the future of nature. There is no fundraising minimum, but a gift in any amount is much appreciated and goes a long way.

There is no set location or specific time for the Species Step Challenge. It's an ongoing challenge throughout the month of October to log 5,000 or 10,000 steps a day! You can complete your 5,000 or 10,000 steps a day in your own community at the location of your choice and time of your choice.

That's okay! Things change, we understand. You may not make it through the whole journey on the MoveSpring app, but even in signing up for this event you took one huge step forward for species everywhere. You can continue fundraising to take further steps toward a more balanced world for people and nature. And try to get outside whenever you can to get some steps in.

You can register for the Species Step Challenge on our website.

For questions about registration and fundraising, email us at pandanation@wwfus.org.

Registration Questions

A personal fundraising page is generated for you during registration. You will use this page to fundraise for WWF and get a tally of all the funds you personally raise. The money you raise can qualify you to earn some exciting thank you gifts!

For those of you participating on a team, each person on your team will have their own fundraising page to collect donations, and you'll also have a team page where the totals of everyone is added together. Donors may choose to donate to your personal page or to donate on behalf of the team.

During registration, you will be asked if you would like to create a team, join a team or participate on your own. Click “Join a Team.” followed by the “Next Step” button. You will then be prompted to input the Team Name and click “Search”. Your friend’s team name should appear, and you can click “Join”. If your friend created a Team Password during registration you will be prompted to input that information on the next screen. Follow the rest of the registration steps and you will be all set!

If you've already created your Species Step Challenge page and want to join a team, send us an email at pandanation@wwfus.org and we can help you!

There is no fundraising minimum for the Species Step Challenge, but if you fundraise $100 or more, you'll receive an exclusive Species Step Challenge t-shirt made with organic cotton and organic bamboo.

There is no fundraising minimum for this virtual event! No one is obligated to fundraise, but fundraisers will receive a Species Step Challenge t-shirt when they raise $100 or more. If each team member wants a t-shirt, they will each have to fundraise $100 or more!

Customizing Your Species Step Challenge Page

Log in to your Panda Nation Center to access tools to change and edit your page in the Personal Page section. To get to your Panda Nation Center, log in at the top of this page, and then click on the “My Panda Nation Center”. After you make your changes, be sure to hit save before moving on.

Your Species Step Challenge fundraising page will help inspire people to donate to your fundraising efforts, so take a moment to share your own passion for conservation and why you’ve decided to take steps toward a more balanced world for people and nature by participating in WWF's first-ever Species Step Challenge. By updating your page and sharing in your own words will make your page feel more authentic and make people excited to support you!

Some style hints:
• Try not to type your story in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. This makes the page difficult to read and is the web equivalent of SHOUTING.
• Make sure to spell check your page before publishing.
• Start a new paragraph after every few sentences. Your page will be much easier to read and your donors will thank you!

You can update the name and description by logging in to your Panda Nation Center.

Yes, please do! This page should reflect you and your personality as much as possible. Your page can display two photos and one video. To update these, go to your Panda Nation Center.

Go to your Panda Nation Center. You can click “change” right underneath your thermometer at the top of the page. Type in the monetary amount that you're wanting to raise. Make sure to click the update goal button before exiting the page.

After you finish creating your Species Step Challenge fundraising page, share it! Go to your Panda Nation Center and send a message to your family members and friends inviting them to visit your page, learn about the conservation causes you believe in, leave comments on your social commenting wall, and make donations to WWF.

If you checked the box next to “Private Fund” in your page settings section of the Panda Nation Center, your page will not show up in the search or be viewable to the public. If you wish to make your page searchable, go to your Panda Nation Center, select “Page Settings” in the Personal Page section, and click the “Public” button.

Go to your Panda Nation Center, select “Page Settings” in the Personal Page section and check the “private” button.

Go to your Panda Nation Center, select “Page Settings” in the Personal Page section and fill in the URL provided. Keep in mind that your web address can only contain letters, numbers, periods, dashes, and underscore symbols.

Promoting Your Species Step Challenge Page

Your Species Step Challenge page features a standard donation tool, which enables you to raise funds to support WWF’s conservation work. Making a gift—and a difference—is as easy as clicking a button.

Once you’ve registered and set up your Species Step Challenge page or team page, set an amount that you’d like as your fundraising goal. You’ll automatically receive an email that you can forward to your friends and family. You can also go to your Panda Nation Center, click on the email section at the top of the page, and then choose a standard form message to send or create your own message. When people visit your page, they will be able to click on the donate button to make a gift of any amount through a secure form. Once their donation is complete, it is counted toward your fundraising goal!

Yes, donating to your own page is a simple, fast way to generate momentum toward your fundraising goal. You don’t have to give big—just give something. Whether it’s $5 or $50, your donation sets an example for the friends and family you’ll be asking for donations.

Go to your Panda Nation Center. Click on the email section at the top of the page. You will be taken to the suggested messages page, where you can click on versions for a standard form message. You may want to personalize your message and tell your friends more about your page. To create your own message, click on Blank Message and type in the text box.

You can also share a link to your personal page on your favorite social media networks.

Go to your Panda Nation Center. Click on the “Add Contacts” section at the top of the page. You will be taken to the Address Book, where you can view, manage, and upload friends email addresses from your different email accounts.

Go to your Panda Nation Center. Click on the Progress Section at the top of the page. This page will provide you with a list of donors and their donation amounts.

Donating to a Panda Nation Page

Once you find someone's page you would like to make a gift to, click on the donate button to make a gift of any amount through a secure form. Once your donation is complete, it is counted toward that person’s fundraising goal.

Once you find someone's page you would like to make a gift to, click on the donate button. You will be asked to fill out a form with your donation amount and information. In this section you can check the box that reads, “Please don’t include my name in the public donor roster.” Please note the person who you donate to will be notified that you gave a donation, your name just won't appear in any public recognitions of your gift. If you would like a different name to show up when you make a donation, you can enter it into the field that reads, “How would you like your name to appear in the donor roster?”



Find someone's page you would like to make a gift to. Under the “Donate Now” button, there is a smaller link that reads, “Or, download this form to mail in a donation.” Please print and fill out the form that generates. Then send it to the address listed at the top of the form and when we receive your check, we will know where to credit your donation.

Species Step Challenge Impact

The funds you raise through your Species Step Challenge fundraising page go toward supporting WWF’s global conservation efforts, including protecting endangered species, preserving threatened species, and addressing global threats such as deforestation. Thanks to the donations made through your Panda Nation page, WWF is also working to empower people to conserve resources, while improving their livelihoods.

All of the funds raised through your fundraising page will support our global conservation efforts—we are not able to direct the donations toward a specific species. The donations received through your fundraising page will allow us to help protect species around the world as well as reduce threats that many habitats face to allow species and communities to thrive.

Your Panda Nation Account

No worries! All you need is the email address that you used to register. Go to the Forgotten Password page. Enter your email address and we will email you your account login information to that address.

If you wish to deactivate your fundraising page, please email us at pandanation@wwfus.org. Be sure to include the name of your Panda Nation page as well as the page creator’s name and email address.