March to the madness challenge
hosted by Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation

 

March to the Madness is your chance to be a part of something big.

SAEs across the globe will join together to rise to the challenge—across the realm. Join for the fun, stay for the excitement, and watch as you and your brothers from across the realm let everyone see the strong bonds of brotherhood.

March to the Madness Giving Challenge is an exciting and interactive multi-day campaign (February 18 – March 11, 2019) of all the things that make Sigma Alpha Epsilon and our 163rd Founders’ Day so special. We need YOU to show your support by reaching out to your peers and spreading the word about March to the Madness by asking everyone to "Give. Share. Rise." You can do this by emailing, posting, tweeting, using #risetothechallenge #SAE163 and giving. This page will provide you with information, samples and tips on how to successfully spread the word to fellow brothers, family and friends.

THE CHALLENGE

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation invites Chapters and Colonies to participate in the ΣAE 2019 Founders’ Day Giving Challenge: March to the Madness – a multi-day fundraiser to see who can raise the most dollars and bring in the most donors. Can YOU rise to the challenge? Can YOUR CHAPTER rise to the challenge? Make some noise and let us know who the most loyal ΣAE chapter is in the Realm.

HOW TO PLAY

Chapters and colonies are invited to join the March to the Madness Challenge in honor of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s 163rd Founders’ Day. Click here to start a team for your chapter. You must provide your chapter, team captain (must be an alumnus), contact information (name and number of captain), and an image (optional png. or jpeg. 640X320px) to display on your fundraising page. Team sign up ends February 11 (1:00 pm CST). The challenge officially kicks off on February 18 (9:00 a.m. CST). The first-round winners (64) will be determined by the most donors from those chapters and will enter the March to the Madness tournament. Each subsequent round will be chapter against chapter for most dollars raised.

CHALLENGES

163 Donor Challenge
$1,000 - Annual Fund
Between February 18-19 - in honor of SAEs 163rd Founders’ Day - make a gift to the March to the Madness giving challenge and an anonymous donor will match $1,000 to the 163 donors chapter of their choice.

1856 Donor Challenge
$2,000 – Annual Fund
Between February 21 to March 11 - when 1856 donors - in honor of the year our Fraternity was founded - make a gift to the March to the Madness giving challenge and an anonymous donor will match $2,000 to the 1856 donors chapter of their choice.

Share your Loyalty Challenge
Help us get the word out about March to the Madness Giving Day by sharing the marked post on the official Sigma Alpha Epsilon Facebook page. If this post gets 100 shares, $500 will be matched by an anonymous donor to a chapter selected at random. It’s that simple!

Love to LMT Challenge
You might not realize it but March to the Madness supports the places that you made some of your best SAE memories. Use the official Sigma Alpha Epsilon Facebook post to tag your brothers that you made a memory with at Levere Memorial Temple. If 250 people are tagged in this post, $250 will be matched by an anonymous donor to a chapter selected at random.

#RisetotheChallenge Instagram Challenge
Show your SAE spirit! The biggest, purple and gold Instagram post with #Risetothechallenge hashtag will win an additional $250 towards their chapters total giving amount. Your profile must be public for us to find you!

9:00 AM: First Gift
Set your alarm for 9:00 AM (CST) and get your credit card ready! Whoever makes the first gift after 9:00 AM on February 18, 21, 25, and March 4 wins this challenge and a SAE SWAG PACK!

9:00 PM: Last Gift
At 8:59 PM on February 19, 22, 26, and March 5 its your last chance to give! Whoever makes this gift wins a SAE SWAG PACK!

Founders’ Day MVP
On March 9th only, setup a 12 month recurring gift of $25 or more confirming you want to support Sigma Alpha Epsilon and receive two pairs of SAE Socks! You can set up your recurring gift by selecting the box on the giving page when you make your gift online.

MARCH TO THE MADNESS CHALLENGE ROUNDS

Round One – February 18 (9:00 AM CST) – February 19 (9:00 PM CST)
TOP 64 [Round Two] – February 21 (9:00 AM CST) – February 22 (9:00 PM CST)
TOP 32 [Round Three] – February 25 (9:00 AM CST) – February 26 (9:00 PM CST)
SWEET SIXTEEN – February 28 (9:00 AM CST) – March 1 (9:00 PM CST)
ELITE EIGHT – March 4 (9:00 AM CST) – March 5 (9:00 PM CST)
FINAL FOUR – March 7 (9:00 AM CST) – March 8 (9:00 PM CST)
CHAMPIONSHIP – March 9 (9:00 AM CST) March 10 (9:00 AM CST)

HOW TO WIN

Three ways to win big:
1. Your chapter wins the Championship Round of the challenge with the most dollars raised that round.
2. Your chapter can have the greatest number of donors during the entire challenge from February 18 – March 11 (even if you have been eliminated from the bracket).
3. Your chapter can raise the most money overall from February 18 – March 11 (even if you have been eliminated from the bracket). Everyone's a winner – all funds go back to the Foundation to support the next generation of True Gentlemen through leader development, educational programming, and scholarships.

PRIZES

A Big trophy and bragging rights. Trophies will be awarded to the three winning teams (see How to Win for details). The teams who win Top 64 (round two) will be awarded 10% of money raised back into their Chapter Education Fund (CEF), with each round awarding a larger percentage back to the chapter CEF. All team goals will reset to $0 for each round they compete. The team that wins the championship will receive up to a $5,000 match prize back to their CEF. Click here for a list of all prizes and CEF percentage tiers.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS MARCH TO THE MADNESS?

March to the Madness is a multi-day fundraising event in support of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and our 163rd Founders’ Day. Funds raised during the challenge go to support leader development, educational opportunities, scholarships and awards at a national and chapter level.

WHEN IS MARCH TO THE MADNESS?

February 18, 2019 – March 11, 2019

HOW DO I MAKE A GIFT DURING MARCH TO THE MADNESS?

To make a gift during March to the Madness: donate online with a credit card. Visit saefoundation.crowdchange.co to find the current round and donate to your chapter’s team during that round’s timeframe. Teams that have been eliminated from the bracket can still give to their team under the First-Round page for a chance to win two other prizes (see How to Win for details).

CAN I MAKE A GIFT BEFORE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019?

No. Gifts intended for March to the Madness can only be made during challenge days and times by visiting our online giving page. Gifts made outside of this giving page will not count towards your chapters overall dollars raised or number of donors who have donated.

IS MY CONTRIBUTION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

Yes. Your gift is irrevocable and tax-deductible as prescribed by law. You will receive an email confirmation that will serve as your receipt for tax purposes.

ARE THERE OTHER WAYS I CAN HELP?

Yes! Help us spread the word on social media by becoming an Ambassador. Ambassadors are a group of individuals who share their ΣAE pride by sharing posts and news about the Giving Challenge on social media. When you sign up to become an Ambassador, check the box to become a March to the Madness volunteer.

 
 

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