“A-thon” or Pledge events allow you to raise money via per-X (per lap, per book, etc) and/or flat rate donations. Use the Fundraising Campaign feature to create your pledge event.
Creating individual donation pages for each participant is not currently supported, but creating separate fundraising campaigns for each grade level or classroom allows unique messaging/pledge options AND the "after-event" payment calculation and processing to be shared among a larger team.
Best Practices and Tips
Make your campaign as visually appealing as possible, so that people will want to share it with their friends and family. Embed a video story about how the funds will be used, and/or a tug-at-the-heartstrings ask by a beloved community member.
Using the Crowdfund template allows you to post an update to recap the event and to let supporters know when pledges will be calculated and processed and that receipts will be emailed. All donors that have opted in to receive updates will be emailed an alert and link to the update.
Encourage your supporters to Share your pledge event with their friends and family.
Set up custom fields to collect information necessary for your event (student name, grade level, teacher name, etc.)
If you’re running a per-X (per lap, per book, etc) pledge event, edit your campaign donation confirmation email to include information about when pledges will be processed.
Before inviting your community to participate, create a test order to ensure that the page works as intended and that all instructions and email messages are accurate and easy to understand.
Things to Consider or Avoid
While you can host up to 20 fundraising campaigns (or pledge events) on a site, remember that donations to multiple campaigns create multiple shopping carts and multiple check-out points for the same donor. Consider combining campaigns when possible.