Frequently Asked Questions
This page provides answers to the most common questions about AIDS Walk New York.
Yes! AIDS Walk New York will take place in Central Park in 2023—rain or shine—for an in-person event.
Yes! We will closely monitor CDC, state and local guidelines to ensure AIDS Walk adheres to recommendations and is safe for attendees. Updates will be posted in the Day of Event section on our website and communications will be sent to registered participants.
The funds raised by AIDS Walk New York participants support much-needed HIV/AIDS services provided by GMHC and other HIV/AIDS service, social justice, and public health organizations in the Tri-state area. These groups provide food, linkages to safe housing, counseling, access to medical care, and much more for thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in New York’s hardest hit communities, as well as critical prevention work to stop new infections.
With more than 300 that sign up each year, forming or joining a team is one of the most popular and engaging ways to have a memorable AIDS Walk experience! A team is simply any group that registers to raise funds and walk together. They include companies, schools, religious institutions, or other organizations in the Tri-State area. Many friends and family teams also participate, some of whom walk in memory of those they have lost, or to support friends and family living with HIV/AIDS. Teams can range in size from two to more than 1,000 walkers. Each team will be guided in their fundraising by the Teams Department, who will keep in touch with tips, tools, and information about incentives and special events leading up to the Walk.
We do not require walkers to raise a minimum amount of money. However, we encourage everyone to set a fundraising goal and do their best to achieve it. Additionally, fundraising walkers for AIDS Walk New York are eligible for Fundraising Awards. Those who raise $1,000 or more become one of our elite Star Walkers™, receiving additional awards and other special perks!
Virtual Event Information
This year, AIDS Walk New York will be a live, in-person event in Central Park with a streaming element. Check back for more details as May 21 draws near.
Please make checks payable to “AIDS Walk New York” or “AWNY.”
If a donation check has been written out to you personally, you may endorse the back of the check and mail it in with a completed donation form to AIDS Walk New York
A Tax ID number identifies GMHC as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Many donors will request this number to validate their donation as tax-deductible. The GMHC ID number is 13-3130146.
Anyone who donates online, regardless of the amount, will receive a receipt via email. If someone donates via cash or check, they can request a receipt by calling the AIDS Walk New York office: 212.807.9255 (WALK). They can also email firstname.lastname@example.org including the donor name, donation amount, and donation date.
No. We strongly discourage our participants from collecting donations in public spaces such as street corners, public transportation, street festivals, and door-to-door from businesses. We advise you not to give donations (cash, checks, or credit card information) to someone you do not know who is soliciting donations in these settings. Please contact the AIDS Walk New York office for more information, or if you feel someone is collecting funds in an unsafe or unendorsed manner.
Click “Register” at the top of this page. You will be guided through the registration process. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email. If you register by phone or email and provide us with an email address, you will receive the same confirmation email with a temporary password if you have not selected one for yourself. Log in so you can update your profile information and personalize your page.
All walkers should register using their complete home address. If you must use your office address, make sure you include your company name and any other information needed for mail to be delivered to your place of employment.
The Star Walkers Club is made up of walkers who set a goal of raising $1,000 or more for AIDS New York. Those who achieve this goal will receive additional awards, recognition, and special Star Walker treatment on the day of the Walk.
We offer a few simple suggestions to get started with your fundraising below. Contact the AIDS Walk New York office at 212.807.9255 (WALK) for more assistance from our Fundraising Department.
- Set up your team or individual fundraising web page. Then send out an email to friends, family members, and co-workers. Include a link to your fundraising page to have donors sponsor you online with a credit card.
- Matching gift programs. Many companies have programs that match the contributions their employees give to a charitable organization. By utilizing the matching gift programs of your employer or your family and friends’ employers, you can quickly double or triple your fundraising dollars.
- Host a fundraising party. Check out our Download Tools page for ideas!
- Awards, premiums, and incentives! Give your Team Members or donors an incentive. Ask a local merchant to contribute to your fundraising by providing an incentive award or two. Reward the person who raises or gives the most!
There are many opportunities to get involved in AIDS Walk New York, such as by becoming a corporate sponsor or making an in-kind donation. If you would like to find out more about any or all these options, please contact the AIDS Walk New York office at 212.807.9255 (WALK).
Website & Online Fundraising
Since we’re using a new fundraising platform, you’ll need to create a new profile for the 2023 Walk. If you like, you can create the profile using your 2022 username and password.
Your username is always the email address you used to register. If you forgot your password, click on the “Forgot Password?” link and enter your email address. You will receive an email with a link to reset your password. You will need to follow this link to update your password. Please email email@example.com for further assistance.
When you send an email to potential donors, include the link to your individual fundraising web page in your email. Also, friends and family can search for a participant to sponsor when making a donation.
Yes. We have made every effort to protect your information. We use industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the Internet.
With more than 300 that sign up each year, forming or joining a team is one of the most popular and engaging ways to have a memorable AIDS Walk experience! A team is simply any group that registers to raise funds and walk together. They include companies, schools, religious institutions, or other organizations in the Tri-State area. Many friends and family teams also participate, some of whom walk in memory of those they have lost, or to support friends and family living with HIV/AIDS. Teams can range in size from two to more than 1,000 walkers. Each team is assigned an AIDS Walk Fundraising Specialist from our staff to guide its fundraising and keep in touch with tips, tools, and information about incentives and special events leading up to the Walk.
A Team Leader’s role is to recruit, inspire, and motivate people to register as well as raise funds for their team. To promote team participation, a Team Leader’s first task is to get the word out to all potential walkers as quickly as possible. After walkers begin to register, following up on fundraising progress is the key to success.
Gold Teams are the top 20 fundraising teams from the previous year’s AIDS Walk. In recognition of their outstanding efforts, Gold Teams enjoy several exclusive perks.
- Download and print additional tools.
- Set up your team web page and send an email to recruit Team Members. Anyone can join your team.
- Ask family and friends, or invite vendors, clients, and customers to raise money and walk with your team.
- Request promotional materials for your team. Put up our posters (provided by AIDS Walk New York) in break rooms, near elevators, on community bulletin boards, and anywhere else you can with high foot traffic/visibility.
- Form an AIDS Walk New York committee. Encourage a co-worker or two to become Co-Leaders. Ask senior management to write an appeal to all employees urging them to register.
Already registered walkers can still be part of your team. Simply call the AIDS Walk office at 212.807.9255 (WALK) with the walker’s name, address, phone number, and email address (if available) and ask to have them transferred onto your team.
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