Frequently Asked Questions

Although we are not able to offer a searchable FAQ site at this time, we did want to post the answers to at least the most frequently asked questions.  Please check back often as new questions will be posted and updates will be made!

If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact us at neparkinsonsride@gmail.com.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to grow!

Fundraising

How do I access my Fundraising Dashboard?

You will use your Fundraising Dashboard through the Michael J Fox Foundation to make changes to your personal page, email donors, track fundraising, etc.

Simply use the red FUNDRAISING DASHBOARD button on the top right of our Home Page.  You will be linked directly to the Team Fox page where you will login with the user name and password that you used to register for the Ride. If you have any trouble, please email our friends at teamfox@michaeljfox.org.

Is there a minimum fundraising requirement?

Since the sole purpose of doing this ride is to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease, all adult cyclists are normally required to raise a minimum of $150 for The Michael J. Fox Foundation. This year we are waiving that minimum with the hope that it will inspire even more people to join us as we Cycle in Sync.  We also recognize that many people have had a financial impact due to the coronavirus and that fundraising will be more of a challenge this year. We ask only that you do your best, knowing that research will not move forward without us. Parkinson’s isn’t taking the year off and neither can we!

How can I send a link to my Personal Page in emails or FaceBook?

You were given an opportunity to create your own url when you first registered to ride. If you do not have that, go to our Home Page and click on the FUNDRAISING DASHBOARD login button at the top right. Login to your Team Fox fundraising page with the email and password you used to register. Follow the links to “create your personal url”. You can simply copy and paste that into emails and Facebook posts or create a hyperlink and rename it “My Personal Page” or whatever you like.  If you need help, please contact our friends at Team Fox directly at teamfox@michaeljfox.org.

Whatever you do, please DO NOT create a “fundraising event” on your Facebook Page. This will not allow friends and family to make donations directly to your personal fundraising page and there is no way for us to credit the funds to a particular rider.  We get one check several times a year with zero donor information.

You may also send donors directly to our website where they can simply search for a cyclist by clicking on the DONATE button on the top right hand side. From there they can “search for a cyclist” by putting in just a few letters of your name and making the appropriate selection in the drop down box.

How do I fundraise as part of a Team?

It is important that each cyclist supports the cause by doing their own fundraising. Rest assured however that if you are a member of a Team, your fundraising total will also show up as part of the Team Total. With well over 1000 cyclists riding toward the cure, Individual Fundraising is the only way that we can track things like VIP status and invitations to MVP events.

Receiving Donations

What should I do if a donor would prefer to write a check rather than donating online?

In order to make sure that the funds are credited to you and the ride, the check should be made out to The Michael J Fox Foundation (or MJFF) and given or mailed to you. If you receive a check for $100 or less made out to the New England Parkinson’s Ride, simply write “Payable to MJFF” on the back.*

When you are ready to send in your checks, you will need to complete the MJFF Tracking Sheet (available under the Forms section of our website) and mail everything in to the address listed on the form. Please make absolutely sure that your name is large and legible at the top of the form so that you receive credit for the donations. Please note, the Michael J Fox Foundation cannot accept cash.

*If you receive a check made out to the New England Parkinson’s Ride for more than $100, please add a note indicating the name of the cyclist it should be credited to and mail to: New England Parkinson’s Ride, PO Box 1124, Merrimack, NH 03054. We will deposit the check and make an online donation in the name of the cyclist. If you have additional questions please contact us at neparkinsonsride@gmail.com or 603-609-0515.

My company has a Matching Funds Program, how do I handle that?

Because Team Fox deals with thousands of events and participants, it is difficult for them to appropriately credit matching funds to a specific cyclist, especially when they are mailed directly to The Michael J Fox Foundation.  Although the funds still go to research, which is our ultimate goal, they may not reflect in the totals raised by the cyclist or the New England Parkinson’s Ride.

Since we are a 501c3 Charitable Organization, with our own Tax ID# it is much cleaner if these funds are directed to us where we can record them to your Team Fox account and forward on to the Michael J Fox Foundation.  Rest assured, 100% of the funds raised by cyclists will be forwarded directly to MJFF.

If you or one of your donors work for a company that has a Matching Funds policy, please make absolutely sure that your name is shown as the cyclist and list the recipient as:

The New England Parkinson’s Ride
PO Box 1124
Merrimack, NH  03054

Our Tax ID# is 45-2326338.  If they need a document from the IRS showing our status, or you have further question, please contact neparkinsonsride@gmail.com

Note: If the employer requires that the check is written out directly to MJFF, please still have it mailed to the ride at the above address and make sure your name is indicated in the memo section.  The Tax ID for The Michael J Fox Foundation is #13-4141945.

How do I access a list of my donors from this year and/or last year?

To get a list of your Donors: (Note: This only works while the donation site is live. Once it shuts down at the end of the year, you won’t be able to access your Fundraising HQ until Registration opens again. If you need a list of your donors before registration is live again, please email teamfox@michaeljfox.org.)

  • Log in to your fundraising dashboard by clicking on the red FUNDRAISING DASHBOARD on the top right of any page on our website.
  • Click “Donation Reports” on the left sidebar
  • This year’s donations will be listed first.
  • If you are looking for a list of those who donated last year, just scroll down until you see “Donations made toward your goal (2019)”
  • If you would like to download the list, simply click “Download as CSV” option on the right.

You can then save as an Excel spreadsheet if you prefer that over a csv.

If you have any trouble, please contact our friends at teamfox@michaeljfox.org.

Can I thank donors directly from my Fundraising Dashboard?

To easily send thank-you emails to donors, follow these steps:

  • Log in to your fundraiser dashboard by clicking the FUNDRAISING DASHBOARD link in the top right
  • Click “Donation Reports” in the left sidebar
  • Locate the donor/donation you’d like to thank, and click “Send Email”
    (If the donor didn’t submit their email address, this option is unavailable.)
  • Type the message in the pop-up window, and click “Send Email”

Or if you would like to download a list of your donors and their email addresses to send through your personal email click on the “Download as CSV” option on the right.

If you have any trouble please contact our friends at teamfox@michaeljfox.org.

Ride Day

What time will the Synchronized Ride start?

The time for the LIVE START will be announced as we get closer to Ride Day. Our hope is that most cyclists will join us at that time, however we will record the festivities for those who can’t join us live and will ride on their own time.

Do I have to ride on September 12th in order to participate?

No. Although we will be doing a LIVE START on Saturday, September 12th, we will record the festivities for those who can’t join us live. Whenever and wherever you ride, the important thing to remember is the reason you are riding.

Do I need to ride a specific distance?

NO! This year is different and we all just need some fun in our lives. Whether you ride alone or get together with a group (safely and in compliance with local ordinances), pick a distance that is comfortable for you to ride without the support of SAG vehicles and Rest Stops.  The important thing is to remember what we are riding for!

I am not part of a Team, how can I find others who are riding for NEPR in my area?

This is a very unusual year and we are learning as we go. Our hope is that we will be able to make connections via email if we know of groups riding in your area. Cyclists and groups in each area must make sure they are compliant with local ordinances regarding the size of gatherings allowed, at the time of the ride.

Please reach out to Jen@neparkinsonsride.org if you are riding solo or as a couple and hope to connect to a larger group.

Can you recommend any routes in my area?

Because we will have cyclists riding all over the country as part of our Synchronized Ride, we cannot make recommendations on specific routes. However, please consider that this is not a supported ride and pick a place where you will have access to things you may need, especially for longer rides; bathrooms, water, food. Many of our cyclists have chosen to do shorter rides on existing bike trails. Others will select routes that cyclists may have posted on MapMyRide or Strava.

Am I required to wear a helmet?

Absolutely!  Even though we aren’t riding together, all registered cyclists (or parents of cyclists under age 18) agreed to the abide by the Rules of the Road. Please do the right thing and be safe!

What happens in case of inclement weather?

Because our Synchronized Ride will include cyclists from all around the country, decisions will have to be made by each participant/group. If inclement weather requires a change to the date or time of our LIVE START, we will notify cyclists via newsletter and Facebook.

Registration

Is there a Fee to register for the ride?

Since 100% of the funds raised by cyclists goes directly to The Michael J Fox Foundation to be used for research toward a cure, a Registration Fee is necessary to cover operational expenses of the New England Parkinson’s Ride that occur all year long. The standard Adult Registration Fee for our Synchronized Ride is $30. Teen Registration Fee (ages 13-17) is $25.  There is no fee for youth riders under the age of 13, but all youth and teen riders must ride with an adult.  All participants who register by July 15th will receive a t-shirt and special gift in advance of the ride. 

For more details click here.

What if I paid the Full Registration Fee before the Synchronized Ride was announced?

Although Registration Fees are not refundable, the additional $30 that you paid will be converted to a donation to The Michael J Fox Foundation to be used for research toward a cure. Unfortunately we do not have a way to attribute that $30 to a specific cyclist but will hold it in the General Ride account to be used along with some of the Sponsor funds in running fundraising challenges.

The standard Adult Registration Fee for our Synchronized Ride is $30. All participants who register by August 1st will receive a t-shirt and special gift in advance of the ride. 

For more details click here.

How do I register a child or teen?

In order to fundraise and receive the 2020 t-shirt and gift, every child must be registered for the Synchronized Ride. The registration system requires that each be registered separately with the the use of a unique email address. (For children you can quickly create one for this purpose in gmail or yahoo.) There is no charge for children under the age of 13, as of Ride Day. Teen Registration Fee (ages 13-17 as of ride day) is $25.

For more details click here.

How do I register as part of a Team?

If you are bringing back or creating a Team, the Team Captain must be the first to register. Once the Team Captain has set up the Team, all other members will use the same registration process and use the drop down box on that page to select the team they would like to join.

For more information on registering as a team, click here.

Pre-Ride Dinner

Will there still be a Pre-Ride Dinner?

One of our all time favorite parts of the Ride is the special time we get to spend together at the Pre-Ride Dinner on Friday night. Obviously that too will change in light of the current restrictions for social gatherings but our hope is to host our ride family via video conferencing platform so we can all see each other eating lobster rolls, (or whatever else you like) as we get ready to RIDE!

See details here.