The OceanFirst Charity Challenge is a fundraising competition where organizations in our community compete to raise the most money with the top 3 teams receiving grants from OceanFirst Foundation.
Everything launches on Thursday, April 16th at 12:00pm ET and runs through Friday, May 15th at 1:59:59pm ET.
- The team that raises the most during the Challenge wins a $15,000 grant for their charity from OceanFirst Foundation
- Second place gets $5,000
- Third gets $2,000
There will be Bonus Challenges each week where the charities can win extra Good Neighbor Grants as well as other amazing prizes.
And, the best part of the Challenge is that even if you don't win any of the grand prize money, you get to keep the money you raise during the campaign. So, so great.
*This Challenge is only open to organizations that provide a significant level of service within the OceanFirst market (Ocean and Monmouth Counties and Monroe Township in Middlesex County) that are approved by OceanFirst Foundation. For information on how to apply for the Challenge, please Email Us and we'll get back to you fast.
Throughout the OceanFirst Charity Challenge, there will be weekly Bonus Challenges where the charities involved will have a chance to compete to win additional Good Neighbor Grants and other amazing prizes.
Here's a list of all of the Bonus Challenges & additional incentives...
OceanFirst Foundation is Sponsoring two new Video Contests in this year's Charity Challenge. Your charity has an opportunity to win up to $6,000. Amazing, right.
Both Contests start on March 26th at 9:00am ET and run through the end of the Challenge on May 15th at 1:59:59pm ET.
Here's a list of requirements for your video for both contests but please read all the Official Rules below…
• Your video needs to be a YouTube video
• YouTube Videos must include audio and/or on screen text that states exactly “(Insert Org Name) is participating in the OceanFirst Charity Challenge on CrowdRise”
• Videos must include audio and/or screen text with hashtag “#OceanFirstChallenge”
• Videos may not exceed 3 minutes
• Only one video per organization can be posted
• The OceanFirst Foundation and CrowdRise Logos are available in the Challenge Toolkit and upon request by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org - they are not required
• All videos must be created specifically for the OceanFirst Charity Challenge
• OceanFirst Foundation strongly discourages the use of paid professionals to create Charity Challenge videos
• OceanFirst Foundation reserves the right to discontinue this contest or deem an organization ineligible for violations of the rules. Sorry so mean about it
Creativity is a must
Click Here for the “Best OceanFirst Charity Challenge Promotional Video” Contest Rules and learn how your charity can win $1,000 for your cause
Click Here for the "Most Views" Video Contest Rules and learn how your charity can win up to $5,000 for your cause
Best Video Winner: Brookdale Community College Foundation Trust Most Views Winner: Manna House
Day 1 Contest - April 16th
Every charity that raises at least $250 today will get entered for a chance to win a $1,000 Good Neighbor Grant from OceanFirst Foundation and a staff recognition day with complimentary breakfast or lunch for 15 courtesy of New Jersey Natural Gas.
Starts: 12pm ET (When the Challenge starts)
Ends: 11:59:59pm ET Rules Winner: Collier Youth Services
Bonus Challenge #1: April 21st - April 28th
The charity that raises the most this week will win a $500 Good Neighbor Grant from OceanFirst Foundation and get to host an employee/volunteer recognition day at the ballpark with box seats for 15 at a Lakewood BlueClaws game courtesy of New Jersey Natural Gas.
Starts: 2pm ET
Ends: 11:59:59am ET Rules Winner: Strand Ventures
Bonus Challenge #2: April 28th - May 5th
Every charity that raises at least $250 this week will get entered to win a staff/volunteer lunch for 15 courtesy of Surf Taco and every charity that raises at least $500 will get entered to win a $500 Good Neighbor Grant from OceanFirst Foundation and luxury box seats to a Monmouth University basketball game with refreshments for 12 courtesy of OceanFirst Bank.
Starts: 2pm ET
Ends: 11:59:59am ET Rules Winner #1: Monmouth Council (Surf Taco lunch) Winner #2: Ronald McDonald House of Central & Northern NJ ($500 Good Neighbor Grant and box seats to the game)
Bonus Challenge #3: May 5th - May 12th
Every charity that gets at least 10 donations this week will get entered for a chance to play a Rock Paper Scissors. The winner gets a $500 Good Neighbor Grant from OceanFirst Foundation and 15 tickets to a Lakewood BlueClaws game courtesy of the Lakewood BlueClaws. The loser gets lunch for 10 courtesy of Cuisine on the Green.
Starts: 2pm ET
Ends: 11:59:59am ET Rules Winner #1: Axelrod Performing Arts Center ($500 Good Neighbor Grant + 15 tickets to a Lakewood BlueClaws game) Winner #2: Project Stepping Stone (Lunch for 10 courtesy of Cuisine on the Green)
Bonus Challenge #4: May 12th - May 15th
The charity that gets the greatest number of donations gets a $500 Good Neighbor Grant and a staff recognition day with complimentary breakfast or lunch for 15 courtesy of Atlanta Bread, Toms River.
Starts: 2pm ET
Ends: 1:59:59PM when the Challenge is over Rules Winner: Seer Farms
The winners of the Bonus Challenges will get notified by email or phone from OceanFirst Foundation after each weekly Bonus Challenge ends. In addition, OceanFirst Foundation will be posting the winners on their Facebook page Here. You can also Email Us for a list of winners. We'll also be posting the winners in this tab so check back weekly after the Bonus Challenges are over.
Good Neighbor Grant and Prize Distribution
The grants will be delivered by OceanFirst Foundation within approximately seventy five (75) days after the end of the Challenge. If you won a Bonus Challenge that includes an additional prize such as a lunch or ballpark experience, a representative from OceanFirst Foundation will be contacting you after the end of the Challenge to get you all the information you need.
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