Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

YES! PWSA | USA is a nonprofit organization with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under section 501(c)3

Note: Payments made to the third-party fundraiser to cover expenses are not tax-deductible. Difficulty could arise if an independent, outside organization wishes to raise money for our organization. If the payments are made to this independent organization, and it is not a qualified organization, the payments will not be deductible for income tax purposes. If the payments are made directly to PWSA | USA, they qualify to the extent by law. Check with your tax advisor if you have any questions about tax deductions.

Yes! Donations can be made securely through our Hope United website!

Yes! Checks can be made out to: PWSA | USA and mailed to the address below. To be sure that the check is connected to your event, please download and print the donation form HERE, and mail to: PWSA | USA, 8588 Potter Park Dr. Suite #500 Sarasota, FL 34238

  • We reserve the right to decline association with any activities or third-party fundraisers if we believe the activity may have a negative effect on our community or organization.
  • All events must comply with federal, state and local laws, including fundraising rules and regulations.
  • The activity will be promoted and conducted in a manner to avoid the appearance of our organization endorsing any product, firm, organization, individual or service.
  • Our organization logo and name may not be used in conjunction with fundraisers hosted outside of this platform without written consent. Those with permission to utilize our logo can download it here https://www.pwsausa.org/our-logo/

Mail your donations within 30 days of your event to: PWSA | USA, 8588 Potter Park Dr. Suite #500 Sarasota, FL 34238 and be sure to note your name and your event name/date with the funds so we can credit them to your Hope United Event.

Go to the registration page to set up your Hope United event. You’ll receive access to your own Fundraiser Center, where you can personalize your page, upload a photo or video, send emails to your friends and family, share your campaign on social media and track your progress. Your campaign toolkit, which is loaded with goodies and tips to make fundraising easy, is also in your Fundraiser Center.

When you create your fundraiser, we’ll give you all the tools you need to spread the word. Everything from emails to your very own custom badge that you can share with friends and family on social media. Of course, selfies, tweets, posts and good old-fashioned word of mouth work as well.

It’s easy! Just search under the "Find a fundraiser." Then when you find what you’re looking for, click the “Join the Team” and follow the simple instructions provided.

All fundraising hosts will receive 2 complimentary t-shirts as our gift to you to recognize your important fundraising efforts. You can alert us to the size you need at the time you register your event. If you skipped this, please email hopeunited@pwsausa.org with your request.

If you plan to host an in-person event with 25 or more people, we would love to provide your attendees with complimentary shirts as well. In order to ensure that you will receive them in time, please fill out the form here 4 weeks prior to your event date. *Note, batches of shirts can only be shipped to the host location. Questions? Please contact hopeunited@pwsausa.org to discuss your need.

PWS connects us across the miles and with Hope United, there are so many ways to participate. If you don’t see an event near you, it’s a wonderful opportunity to make it happen. Create your own virtual or in-person fundraiser or reach out to PWSA at events@pwsausa.org to see if there’s anyone near you that might want to collaborate to host an event.

All that matters is that you try your best. Any amount of money that you raise doing what you love can help us support PWS families. Whether you raise $500 or $5,000, we are grateful!

Visit our home page and click Login on the upper right side, then click "Forgot password?" section. Enter the username that you used when registering, and your password will be emailed to you. If you have lost your username, select "Email me my username" and provide the email address that you used when registering. Your username will be sent to that email address.

You can send your contacts a direct link to your personal page from your Fundraising Center as well as share your campaign on social media. Friends can also find your fundraising page by using the "Find a Fundraiser" feature on the homepage. They can enter your first and last names and search for you there.

Each online donor will receive an emailed acknowledgment from PWSA | USA. This email serves as a receipt and can be used for tax purposes. You can also use the email and social media tools in the Fundraiser Center to thank your donors personally. Those who send in checks will receive a letter by mail after their donation is processed.

Please do not send cash donations through the mail. Ask your cash donors to convert their contributions to cashier's checks or personal checks, fill out a printed copy of this donation form and send it along with the check to: PWSA | USA, 8588 Potter Park Dr. Suite #500 Sarasota, FL 34238

Email it to hopeunited@pwsausa.org and we’ll be glad to respond.

If you cannot find your campaign, email hopeunited@pwsausa.org. Your campaign may be deactivated by PWSA, at its sole discretion, if the content contains any of the following elements: misinformation, spam, profanity, graphic imagery, personal attacks, promotion of violence, promotion of illegal or questionable activities.

We encourage you to check with your location contact (private, municipal, association, etc.) to inquire about the need for liability insurance for your particular event. Should you determine that liability insurance is required for your event, please reach out to us at hopeunited@pwsausa.org to discuss your needs no later than 60 days prior to your event.