Field of Flags FAQ’s
How do I sign up to host a field of flags?
Is there a fundraising minimum to participate?
We ask that you raise a minimum of $100 for paper pinned indoor flags or $200 for planted hand held outdoor flags in order to mail your flag kit to your address of choice. We encourage you to reach out to family and friends and kindly ask them to support your fundraiser.
How much do the flags themselves cost for donors purchasing them?
Our suggestion is a minimum donation of $5 for a paper flag and $10 for a planted flag.
Generally, when during the year would this fundraiser take place?
The ideal time for promotion is October leading up to Veterans Day. The fundraiser culminates on Veterans Day with the hope the field is up in time for the community to see when they attend a Veterans Day program. What we have found is that this has become a great way to show visible love to our veterans, on a day America remembers their service and sacrifice.
What is the timeframe for how long you would want the fundraiser to last?
A month is ideal. The goal is to include the information in your existing communication channels, such as emails, newsletters, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Podcasts), and community attended activities.
Will DAV provide marketing materials to help me promote this to my community?
Yes! As a Field of Flags organizer, you will have access to a marketing digital toolkit online. Go to www.dav.org/flags and login. Click on the word “resources” in the navigation. Here you will find a social media toolkit, graphics, videos and other printable items to help you spread the word!
How do I share my Field of Flags donation page with my community?
Go to www.dav.org/flags and login. Once logged in, copy your fundraising page URL and paste it in an email, text, or your social media feeds. It’s that easy!
How big are the flags?
The indoor flags are 5 in. x 5 in.
The planted flags are 11 in. x 16 in. with a 31 in. pole.
How do I setup my field?
You can host your own “Field of Flags” anywhere this Veterans Day, from workplace green spaces, inside office buildings, school classrooms, your own front lawn, or athletic fields. Look for a location that is highly visible to not only your school or employees, but the community.
When do I setup my flags?
We suggest you plan to erect your field the week prior to Veterans Day. If your organization, school or business has an event to honor Veterans Day, this is a great way to further galvanize support on this special day.
How do I get my flags?
DAV will send you a Field of Flags kit at the end of October, which will include the flags you can plant in the ground or pin indoors on walls or windows. All flags that are purchased by the donations you collect online using DAV’s Field of Flags website by October 23, 2023 will be included in the kit. One paper flag for every $5 raised in a indoor campaign and one planted style flag for every $10 raised in an indoor campaign - will be added to the kit by total fundraising amount.
After we host our field, do I keep the flags?
Yes, you can keep the flags. Our hope is you save them, and reuse them for next year’s field to make it even bigger! You may also want to allow your flag donors to take their flag home with them and keep it as a momento.
We want to make sure we treat the flag with respect. Any tips on proper flag etiquette?
DAV has a guide to ensure your flag is looking shipshape wherever-and whenever- you choose to fly it. Visit our article here: A Brief guide to flag etiquette
Is there a fundraising deadline?
DAV will mail your field of flags kit at the end of October. All flags that are purchased by the donations you collect by October 23, 2023 will be included in the kit. Donors can still make donations online at anytime, we will do our best to accommodate any flags that are purchased after this deadline.
What should I do if someone gives me cash or check in person?
Please complete this form and mail donations to DAV National Headquarters at 860 Dolwick Drive, Erlanger, KY 41018, ATTN: Remittance Processing/DAV Field of Flags Fundraiser. Make checks payable to DAV (Disabled American Veterans). In order to ensure you receive credit for the donation, please note DAV Field of Flags Fundraiser and your fundraising page name in the memo field of the check. We will accept cash donations but we highly discourage sending cash in the mail.
How can I see who has donated to me?
Visit www.dav.org/flags and sign into your account. Click view donations received from the top right menu options and then the list of donations as well as contributor name will appear.
I mailed a donation but don’t see it on my donor list.
Please allow up to three weeks for donations to be processed.
How do I make a donation to a specific fundraiser?
Visit www.dav.org/flags and click on the red donate button. On the donation page, search for the name of the fundraiser. Click on the red donate button when prompted and complete the remaining steps to make your donation.
Where does the money go?
Funds raised through Field of Flags supports DAV’s (Disabled American Veterans) mission of fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. Just as America’s service members fought for us, DAV fights for them. DAV assists veterans by helping them gain access to the medical, financial and educational benefits they’ve earned along with connecting them to meaningful employment opportunities. All services are provided free of charge. Learn more about DAV’s programs and services at www.dav.org.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes! If you donate online, you will receive an automated receipt which will include the tax deductible language, after your donation is processed; please keep a copy for your records.
How do I get a copy of my donation receipt?
The DAV Donor Relations team will be happy to help you with your receipt request, please dial: 859-442-1340 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have more questions, who do I contact?
The DAV Donor Relations team will be happy to help you with your additional questions, please dial: 859-442-1340 or send an email to: email@example.com