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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon or the TiViTz online games? Below you'll find helpful answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. If you don't find the information you're looking for, please contact us for assistance.
 

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About the TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon

What is the TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon?

The TiViTz College Savings Game-a-thon is a fully automated, easy to use fundraising tool. The Game-a-thon is similar to a Walk-a-thon, in that kids seek pledges from friends and family, but instead of walking, they play the online educational math game TiViTz to trigger their pledges.

When pledge sponsors make their pledges, they base them on achievement in the educational math game TiViTz. Linking pledges to learning is what makes the College Savings Game-a-thon unique. Kids can earn money for college and learn math at the same time. Pledge sponsors can feel good about giving funds to a child who is serious about school now and in the future.

Who can use the TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon?

The Game-a-thon is for anyone who is saving money for a college education! Most participants are students ages 6-18 who have registered with the permission and assistance of their parents.

When can I use the TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon?

Registration begins November 1st for the Game-a-thon that begins December 15th, 2015.

You may Send Pledge Requests and play TiViTz games to trigger pledges until 12 p.m. EST March 31, 2016. All Pledges must be triggered by then. Your friends and family will have until April 15, 2016 to pay their Pledges. Transfers to your college savings account will be made by May 1st.

Why is the Game-a-thon only available certain times of the year?

Studies show that fundraising efforts are more successful when there is a set start and end date, creating a sense of urgency for the participants and the pledge sponsors. We believe you will be most successful with your efforts to raise funds for college if this offer is centered around the holiday time period, when family and friends gather and are already accustomed to gift giving.

I already have a prepaid college plan for my child. Why do I need to participate in the Game-a-thon?

Even if your child's tuition costs have been covered, he/she might use funds raised in the TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon for books, housing, transportation, meals and other costs of living.

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Creating and Managing My Account

How do I sign up?

Getting started is easy! Just visit the Registration page. If you already have a TiViTz online games account, you can use your existing username and password to log in and create your Game-a-thon profile. If you're new to TiViTz, you can create a brand new user profile in just a few short steps. If you're under 18, you'll need the permission and assistance of your parent, guardian or adult mentor to help you register.

What if I already have a TiViTz online games account?

If you already have a TiViTz online games account, you can use the same username and password for the TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon.

What forms of payment does the TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon accept?

Pledges may be paid via debit card, Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover.

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Seeking Pledges from Friends and Family

How do I solicit pledges?

Using our simple online system, you can quickly create a personalized pledge request page and send pledge requests with a link to that page via email, text message or social media. You can upload email addresses of friends and family by importing addresses from your email account or by adding them manually. We also have a collection form and flyer you can print off to collect pledges offline. It's simple and fun!

What is the least amount someone can pledge?

The minimum pledge for the Game-a-thon is $10.

How many games do I have to play to trigger my pledges?

Each game played triggers $2 of pledges, with a maximum of 16 games required to trigger all pledges larger than $30.

Note: Five TiViTz games played will trigger ALL $10 pledges. For example, if a student has eleven $10 pledges, five TiViTz games will trigger all eleven pledges.

What happens if I don't play all my games?

If you do not play the games required to trigger your pledges, your pledge sponsors will not receive an invoice and will not be obligated to pay the pledge.

What if I don't have an email address for someone I want to ask for a pledge?

Simply download and print a customized pledge collection sheet to keep track of your manual pledges. You can also download and print a color flyer to help you share information about the TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon.

Why is it necessary to collect email addresses for people who give a pledge in person?

It's important to enter all pledges collected offline so that email invoices will be sent to your pledge sponsors once you've played the required number of games. Only pledges earned and collected online will count toward any matches you may want to earn.

Helpful Hints for Soliciting Pledges

  • Set up a complete Personalized Pledge Page to help engage your sponsors.
  • Reach your sponsors with their most used method of communication (text, email, social media or in person).
  • Not sure what to say or how to ask? Try this introduction and feel free to customize it until you are comfortable: Although college is still a few years away, I am eager to start earning and saving money for my higher education! The TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon empowers me to earn my own money to help meet the rising costs of a college education. And, it helps me improve my math skills and have fun at the same time! Just as in a walk-a-thon, I am asking for pledges of $10 to $50 or any other amount you may want to pledge for me to play TiViTz online math games. Would you consider a pledge?
  • Invite friends and family to play a game of TiViTz with you so they can see how great it is! If they are visiting, you can now play an opponent on the same device!
  • Have your family members share your pledge page on their social media pages.
  • Print off the pledge collection form and bring it to local businesses your family frequents.
  • Bring your pledge collection form to family gatherings and holiday parties.
  • Ask your parents and older siblings to bring your pledge collection form to work, if allowed.
  • Never solicit pledges by yourself. Always bring a parent, guardian, mentor or other responsible adult!
  • Sometimes friends and family receive large volumes of email and texts. Send reminders to sponsors who have yet to pledge or need to pay an invoice. Consider a phone call to confirm they received the email and if not, to please check their SPAM box!

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Tracking My Performance

How do I track my progress?

You can track your Game-a-thon progress on your dashboard. Simply log in to your Game-a-thon account to get an instant update on college funds collected to date, pledges received, triggered pledges, matches earned, game performance stats and more! For more detail, go to the Pledge Management tab located on the left of the Game-a-thon dashboard.

How does the Game-a-thon track how many games I've played?

The TiViTz online game and TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon are linked so that all games played are recorded and updated nightly. As long as you use the same username and password to log in to play and to log in to manage your Game-a-thon, the games, grade levels and scores will be updated each night.

How do my pledge sponsors know I've played the required number of games?

Once you have played the required number of games to trigger a pledge, the system will automatically email the pledge sponsor with a link to your proof-of-play report and a request for the pledge sponsor to pay the pledge. The email invoice links to a payment page on the Game-a-thon site.

What is the proof of play report?

The proof of play report shows your pledge sponsors that you have completed the games required to trigger their pledge. It details the scores and game level at which you completed your games.

How can I see how I measure up against other players?

You can track your performance in terms of dollars raised as well as game statistics under the Achievement tab on the left of the Game-a-thon dashboard.

How do I earn matches for my pledges?

Several generous companies and organizations have agreed to match your pledge dollars provided that you meet their pre-established requirements. For example, you may receive additional funds for playing games at or above your game/grade level, for belonging to various community organizations or for simply visiting local businesses and scanning a QR code. The degree of matching varies per offer and all requirements must be met in order for you to earn matches. See Matches Available/Earned under the Achievement on the left of the Game-a-thon dashboard.

When do I receive payment for my matches?

A deposit into your secure savings or trust account for pledges and matches earned will be made at the close of the Game-a-thon. The Game-a-thon ends March 31st. You then have two weeks (Until April 15) to collect all unpaid pledges. After that date, we will begin transfers into designated savings accounts. All transfers will be made by May 1.

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My College Savings Account

Do I keep 100% of the money I raise?

Unlike most fundraisers, which allow you to typically keep anywhere from 30 to 50% of the money you raise, the TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon allows you to keep 95% of the money you raise through pledges and matches earned. The 5% balance covers server and hosting fees, tracking and accounting fees, websites maintenance fees, online games maintenance, and game updates and upgrades.

Where does the money go?

You'll need a savings or trust account to safeguard the money you earn. Your pledges may be deposited into any existing savings account, college savings account, such as a 529 College Savings Plan, Education Savings Account (ESA), UTMA Custodial Account or other savings account. If you don't have an existing account, you can begin your Game-a-thon now and update your profile with any new account before March 31st.

The funds you raise will be held in an escrow account at Bank of America®. At the end of the Game-a-thon, 95% of all the pledges and matches you earn and collect will be deposited into your account.

What if I already have a college savings fund?

No problem. If you already have a secure college savings plan with a financial institution, you will be able to provide that information at registration or in your profile so that we can deposit your funds into your designated account at the end of the Game-a-thon.

Can I still make payments to my college savings plan outside the TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon?

Yes! It is not an exclusive relationship, and does not prevent you from making deposits in any other way.

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Privacy and Security

Will my email or my friends and families' emails be used or sold for marketing purposes?

We respect the privacy of your family. We do not retain any credit card or payment information ever. Not from you nor any of your Pledge Sponsors. We won't spam, sell or rent any information your friends and family provide when they make a pledge payment to your child. All pledge payment information is private.

How do I know my information is secure?

We share your concerns about security. All transactions are encrypted to ensure safety and security when personal and payment data are transmitted. We use high-grade, 256-bit encryption. No credit card or payment information is ever saved on our site. Not from you nor any of your Pledge Sponsors.

How and where is my money is secured?

All money is held in an FDIC-insured escrow account until the end of the Game-a-thon when it is transferred to your designated savings or trust account. Neither TiViTz nor SAS Games has access to this account.

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