Frequently Asked Questions
About Panda Paddle
Panda Paddle is World Wildlife Fund’s stand-up paddleboard (SUP) competition where participants fundraise for WWF’s global conservation efforts.
There are two Panda Paddle events this year. There is a virtual event happening on August 24, 2019. For this event, find your favorite body of water and paddle with nature lovers all over teh country.
The San Diego Panda Paddle will take place at Bonita Cove, Mission Bay, San Diego on October 26, 2019. Use this map to get directions to the event.
We recommend paddling in anything you’d be comfortable running in; i.e. shorts, leggings, swim trunks, hat, etc.
• Reusable water bottle we will provide hydration stations for refills!
• A change of clothes (just in case)
• A paddleboard, paddle, & PFD if you have one, or you can rent these items on site
• Credit card or cash
• People! Bring family, friends, and co-workers to watch you paddle and participate in our post-race festival.
Yes! Safety is our main priority at this event. All participants will be required to wear a US Coast Guard certified Personal Flotation Device.
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!
There is no fundraising minimum for this year's races but the more you raise the more great thank you gifts you'll receive, starting with the official Panda Paddle 2019 shirt when you raise $100 or more.
Creating Your Panda Paddle Page
Log in to your Panda Paddle Center to access tools to change and edit your page in the Personal Page section. To get to your Panda Paddle Center, log in at the top of this page, and then click on the “My Panda Paddle Center”. After you make your changes, be sure to hit save before moving on.
Your Panda Paddle page will help inspire people to donate to your fundraising efforts, so it's good to take a moment to share your own passion for conservation and why you’ve decided to take a stand for nature. 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 Paddle 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 Paddle Center.
Go to your Panda Paddle 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 Panda Paddle page, share it! Go to your Panda Paddle 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 Paddle 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 Paddle Center, select “Page Settings” in the Personal Page section, and click the “Public” button.
Go to your Panda Paddle Center, select “Page Settings” in the Personal Page section and check the “private” button.
Go to your Panda Paddle 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 Panda Paddle Page
Your Panda Paddle 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 Panda Paddle 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 Paddle 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 $150 minimum. 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 Paddle 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 Paddle 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 Paddle 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 Paddle Page
Once you find a Panda Paddle member whose 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 a Panda Paddle member whose 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 the Panda Paddle member whose 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.
Panda Paddle Impact
The funds you raise through your Panda Paddle 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 Paddle page, WWF is also working to empower people to conserve resources, while improving their livelihoods.
All of the funds raised through Panda Paddle 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 Paddle 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 Panda Paddle page, you must email WWF at email@example.com. Be sure to include the name of your Panda Paddle page as well as the page creator’s name and email address.