General Walk Questions
What is a NEDA Walk? A NEDA Walk is a non-competitive event that seeks to raise money and awareness for the mission of NEDA and for NEDA Network members who choose to coordinate a NEDA Walk with NEDA.
What is the purpose of a NEDA Walk? The express purpose of NEDA Walks is to support the mission of NEDA, through participant registrations and fundraising, to raise awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment.
Where does the money go? 100% of the money raised from a NEDA Walk goes to NEDA and NEDA Network Members, to help fund awareness, prevention, service and treatment programs.
How can I find a NEDA Walk to participate in? Please click here [hyperlink to list of walks] to see a list of NEDA Walks currently taking place.
How can I bring a NEDA Walk to my local community? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, expressing your interest in starting a NEDA Walk. NEDA will send you the NEDA Walk Preliminary Interest Packet, which will give you a brief overview of how to run a walk and what NEDA expects. Once you have decided that you are serious about organizing a NEDA Walk, send the required forms in the NEDA Walk Preliminary Interest Packet to the National Walk Manager. From there, you will be sent a NEDA Walk Manual that provides instructions, suggestions and resources to help you at every stage of the Walk planning and day of your Walk activities. The NEDA National Walk Manager who oversees all NEDA Walks will be there to help you with anything and everything! Get a few friends together to help out and have fun!
How long is the average NEDA Walk? The average NEDA Walk is one to three miles in length. However please note that these are non-competitive events and that you are not required to walk the whole distance (or at all).
How do I register for a NEDA Walk? To register for a NEDA Walk, please click here [hyperlink to list of walks]. Select the city you would like to walk in, and then click the Participate tab. Once under the Participate tab you will have the options to register as an individual, create a new team, or register as a member of a pre-existing team.
Is there a registration fee for participating in a NEDA Walk? Yes, there is a registration fee to participate in a NEDA Walk. The registration fees for adults are $25, students $15, and children (below the age of 12) $10.
Is there a minimum amount I must fundraise for the Walk? No, there is no minimum amount you must raise for the walk. You will have a fundraising goal, but it is not a required amount that you must fundraise. In fact, it’s always good to have a high fundraising goal, even if you know you won’t reach it, since it’s better to fall short of high expectations than low expectations!
What is a team? A team is a grouping of walkers led by a team captain. A team can have as many people as you want on it. There are many different reasons you may want to form a team, but some common examples include family teams, school organization teams, workplace teams, and friend’s teams.
Why should I form a team? Teams are a great way to participate in a NEDA Walk! After all, why walk alone? It’s much more fun to participate and fundraise for a walk with your family, friends, or colleagues! You can make it into a competition – which not only makes it fun, but also usually generates more money raised for the cause! It’s also a great inclusive way to introduce those who may not be as familiar with the cause. What if I registered as an individual, but want to join a team? Contact the National Walk Manager who will be able to help you join or form a team.
To whom should donation checks be made out? Please make all checks payable to “NEDA” or the “National Eating Disorders Association.” Where should I send donations received for my participation in the walk? Please send all donations to the NEDA National Office, attached to a completely filled out Offline Donation Form [hyperlink to offline donation form], to:
165 W 46th Street, Suite 402
New York, NY 10036.
How do I begin fundraising for a NEDA Walk? Consult your NEDA Walk Participant Packet [hyperlink to NEDA Walk Participant Packet] which has plenty of helpful fundraising tips, letters, and ideas. Also go check out our Fundraising Tips and Tools [hyperlink to Fundraising Tips and Tools section].
How else can I support a NEDA Walk? NEDA Walks are always in need of sponsors, whether it’s a small local business or a large Fortune 500 corporation. If you are in a position at your business or corporation to help secure a sponsorship for a NEDA Walk, please contact the National Walk Manager. NEDA Walks are also always in need of in-kind donations, such as tables, tents, and water for the walks.
What is a matching gift? Most companies have a matching gift program for their employees. When you, as an employee, makes a donation to a walk or walker, your donation can be matched by your company, sometimes at a ratio as high as 3:1! After making your donation, inquire within your company about what matching gift paperwork needs to be filled out and sent in to us.
Who can I ask for more information about fundraising? If you have any fundraising questions at all, please contact the National Walk Manager.