Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more information on registration, fundraising, donations and event day details here! Still have questions? Call us at 312-527-3743 or email chicagopolarplunge@sochicago.org.

Plunge

 What time is the Chicago Polar Plunge? 

  • Registration is open from 8:00-10:30 AM on Sunday, March 6. The speaking program begins at 9:45 AM and the first wave of plungers begins at 10:00 AM.  Please arrive at the plunge at least 30 minutes before your scheduled wave time. 

    Pre Registration will be open on Friday, March 4 from 3-6 PM and Saturday, March 5 from 10-2 PM. We encourage you to pick up your wristband and t-shirt at pre-registration to skip the line on Sunday, March 6!

    *Teams of 20 or more plungers must pick-up their wristbands and t-shirts during pre-registration

     

What is the minimum amount I need to fundraise to participate?

  • Plunger – A $50 registration fee and $50 donation are required.  Start fundraising the additional $100 to hit the $200 fundraising goal!
  • High School Student Plunger - This category is for high school students, ages 14 -18, who would like to plunge, under the accompaniment of an adult.  A $50 registration donation is required. 
  • Child Plunger – FREE!  This category is for children 13 and under who would like to plunge, under the accompaniment of an adult.
  • ComEd/Exelon Employees Only
    • Matching Gift Plunger- Select this category and pay the mandatory Plunger registration fee and donation in one click. Submit your matching gift to the Exelon matching gift program on the Powering Communities site to quickly meet your fundraising goal!  Log into Powering Communities and submit your match to Special Children’s Charities (Tax ID #237026774).

Website

  • Can I join a team after I register?

If you’d like to move your individual fundraising page to a team, reach out to us and we can move your registration for you!

  • How do I customize my individual fundraising page?

Login to your account. In the upper right-hand corner, click on the "My Fundraising Tools" dropdown menu. Select "Edit My Page" and begin making changes to your individual fundraising page. You can also click on the "Edit My Page" button in the lower left hand corner. 

  • What link should I share?

We encourage all participants to share their individual fundraising page URL, regardless of team membership. All donations made to an individual fundraisers page transfer up to the team page and overall fundraising total. 

  • Can I invite friends, family and supporters to join me at the Plunge via QGiv?

If you want friends, family and supporters to join your team and participate in the 2022 Chicago Polar Plunge presented by Jackson, share your team fundraising link with them! They can "Join Your Team" directly from the page and be guided to register under your campaign.  

  • How do I promote my campaign on social networks?

Utilize the resources within your QGiv account! QGiv makes it easy to share your fundraiser on Facebook & Twitter, as well as send a fundraising email to potential team members and donors.

  • Can I access reports with my donor’s information to thank them?

Login in to your account. In the upper right hand corner, click on the "My Fundraising Tools" dropdown menu. Click on "Donation Center" to view all of your donors, their donation amount will show and you will have the option to contact them. 

 

Donations

  • What do I do with cash and check donations?

 Please, get cash and checks in early!

To make an offline donation by mail, please clearly print your information on THIS FORM and send it to:

Special Olympics Chicago
2 E 8 Street
Suite 2M
Chicago, IL 60605

  • Who should checks be made out to?

Checks should be made out to Special Children's Charities. Use our offline donation form, which includes the name of the Individual Plunger or Team so we can log the donation to the correct page. 

  • Does Special Olympics Chicago issue refunds?

Charitable contributions are non-refundable. Even in the case of a no-show Plunger, all donations are considered charitable contributions, therefore, are also non-refundable.

  • How do I set up a match donation?

Check to see if your company matches gifts to Special Olympics Chicago by reaching out to your Human Resources department. Donate online, by check, or cash and be sure to get a tax-deductible receipt as proof of your donation. Obtain a matching gift form from your company’s Human Resources office. Complete the donor and gift information portion of the matching gift form and send it to:

Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities
2 E 8 Street
Suite 2M
Chicago, IL 60605

EIN: 23-7026774 OR email scc@sochicago.org

General

  • Can I cancel my registration for the Chicago Polar Plunge?

Once you have signed up for the Chicago Polar Plunge, you are unable to cancel your registration. We encourage you to continue fundraising for our superstar, Special Olympics Chicago athletes.

  • How do I change my t-shirt size, wave time, and any additional information in my account?

You cannot change your t-shirt size, wave time, team membership, etc. from within your personal account. However, our team is happy to help! Email us at polarplunge@sochicago.org and we can edit the information for you. 

  • How can my friends, family and coworkers support the Chicago Polar Plunge?

There are many different ways to support the Chicago Polar Plunge, benefiting the athletes of Special Olympics Chicago. Create a team, be a corporate sponsor, volunteer and/or promote the Plunge!