Support Pony Club with the 2022 USPC Regional Challenge

Get ready for the 2022 USPC Regional Challenge, taking place September 1 – November 30. This fun challenge supports the USPC Annual Fund and offers the chance to earn money and prizes for your region while you support Pony Club. When you give a leg up, you get a leg up. The more you give, the more you get! Here’s how it works:

Overall goal: $100,000 to celebrate the more than 10,000 members of The United States Pony Clubs but we know we can raise more.

Region goal: The sky is the limit! We want each region to help us reach and surpass our goal of $100,000. We are Pony Club and working together we know we can do this. The more each region raises, the more they will receive back.

We Are Pony Club!

Who: All 41 Pony Club Regions plus friends, families, alumni, neighbors, businesses, and the larger equestrian community.

What: A challenge where each Pony Club Region will receive 10% back of the total amount raised for their region.  

Let’s see which region can raise the most money, secure the most donors and support the Annual Fund.

When: September 1 – November 30, 2022. This is the time when clubs and regions will be holding their required annual meetings. The USPC By-Laws 4.3(b)(vi) requires the Regional Council or Sponsors to discuss the value of the USPC national organization and appeal for donations to the USPC Annual Fund at their respective Annual Meetings.

Where: Online web address to be announced September 1, 2022.

Why: Because WE ARE PONY CLUB! We all love Pony Club and believe in the important lessons that the organization offers to our members and volunteers. There are so many reasons why we should all support the USPC Annual Fund. The Annual Fund closes the gap between what a member pays in dues and what it costs to serve that member. It also supports clubs, centers and regions with the educational foundation for all USPC members. It is vitally important to show our financial support of the Pony Club mission, and to share our love of Pony Club with others outside of the organization.

AND…….each Region will be part of the overall success of the Annual Fund Campaign!

What is the Regional Challenge?

It’s a friendly competition and a fun way to encourage everyone to support the USPC Annual Fund and their own regions. We are challenging each region to:

  1. Encourage 100% of your clubs and centers to make a donation;
  2. Encourage 100% of your members/families to make a donation;
  3. Encourage all friends, families, instructors, volunteers, grandparents, neighbors, sponsors and alumni to donate. This is an opportunity to bring in new donors who want to support the organization you are passionate about. Every dollar counts! Let them know why Pony Club is important to you and ask for their support.

Donors can make multiple donations to different regions. You’ll be able to watch your region’s total in real time and see who is in the lead. ANYONE can donate to the Regional Challenge and support Pony Club.

What’s in it for my Region?

MONEY, prizes and Pony Club Pride! Every region will receive 10% of the total amount they raise for their region during the Regional Challenge. The more you raise, the more you’ll receive. There will also be special prizes for the region raising the most money and more.

What are we asking you to do?

It’s easy! We will have the online campaign set-up and every Region will have their own page. We are asking you to have your region donate to the Annual Fund, and to encourage your clubs, centers, friends, families, instructors, and alumni to donate to the Annual Fund through the regional challenge website between September 1 and November 30.  We will support your efforts with social media, emails, and mailings to graduates, donors and friends.

You can share social media posts, create your own on your region’s social media, forward emails to your clubs and centers. We will provide a toolkit of social media templates for regions to use.

Make this a fun event and have a regional challenge Zoom party. Invite a USPC staff member or a Development Committee member to join and discuss the importance of supporting Pony Club.

Anyone can donate to the Regional Challenge.

How much does each Region need to raise?

As much as you can! The more you raise for your region, the more you will receive back through the revenue share. The overall goal is $100,000 and together we want to meet and surpass that goal for all of Pony Club. If each Region raises a minimum of $2,440, we would reach our $100,000 goal, but we know we can do more than that!

Can the region go in and make changes to their online pages?

Pony Club will maintain all the Region pages. We will use the Region’s logo and text from the region’s website. Some of the text on the pages will be consistent. If a region does not have a logo, we will use the USPC logo. Minor edits can be made once the campaign starts by contacting development@ponyclub.org

You will be able to watch on your page as your donations come in. You can see in real time how much your Region has raised and how much more you want to raise.

Where will the money go?

All donations made to the Regional Challenge go towards the 2022 USPC Annual Fund, which has a goal of $267,200. The Annual Fund is a vital piece of funding for the entire Pony Club organization. The Annual fund supports all areas of Pony Club from education, testing, training, special events, promotions, technology, communications and helps to keep member dues at a minimum.

The funds raised by The Regional Challenge are an important piece of the 2022 USPC Annual Fund.

Can a Region choose to donate their 10% back to the Annual Fund?

Yes. If a region would like, they can elect to leave their 10% portion in the USPC Annual Fund.

What if donors from our Region have already donated to the Annual Fund?

Any donations from individuals made prior to the Regional Challenge dates will count towards the overall Annual Fund goal of $267,200 but will not count towards the Regional Challenge. You can ask donors to make an additional gift during the Challenge dates.

Donations made through the Course Builders monthly giving program do not count towards the Regional Challenge. We ask that our Course Builder donors consider making an additional donation to their favorite region.

Donations made after November 30 will count toward the overall Annual Fund goal of $267,200, but cannot be counted towards the Regional Challenge.

What if a club, center or region has already made their annual donation to the Annual Fund?

Any donation by a club, center or region made prior to the Regional Challenge will count towards the 100% participation goal, and the dollar amount will be counted in the overall goal for the region.

What if a donor makes an Annual Fund donation using the membership renewal form and not the Regional Challenge website?

All donations made through membership renewal forms between Sept. 1 – Nov. 30 will count towards the Regional Challenge and will be credited to the member’s region of record.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to log in to make your donation. You can go directly to the DONATE button to contribute.

What if a donor doesn’t feel comfortable making an online donation?

They can simply mail in their donation to The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. Make sure they let us know which region they would like to support, and we will add their donation from the national office. All donations need to arrive no later than November 30to be counted in the Regional Challenge.

What can my Region win?

GRAND PRIZE – for the Region that raises the most money

An exclusive Regional Zoom party sponsored by RideiQ with several world-class coaches and riders. Hosted by RideiQ for the winning region, all members will have a chance to chat live with RideiQ coaches and other special guests. Visit ride-iq.com for more information.

Look for more details coming soon about the 2022 USPC Regional Challenge to support the USPC Annual Fund.

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