Can’t Find Time to Ring the Bell this Year?
You can be a bell ringer for The Salvation Army without physically ringing the bell, thanks to the Online Red Kettle program.
Don’t Carry Cash?
Want a Receipt for Your Red Kettle Contributions?
No problem. You can donate to the Online Red Kettle without having to search deep in your pockets, and everyone who donates online receives an email acknowledgement that can be printed for tax purposes.
Want to Contribute in a More Personal Way?
The Online Red Kettle program allows individuals, groups, and companies to involve their contacts to “crowdraise” and increase their contributions, expanding the circle of people able to be part of Doing the Most Good!
From the Online Red Kettle FAQs
What is the Online Red Kettle campaign?
The Salvation Army Red Kettles have been an American tradition since 1891, helping raise financial support for critical Salvation Army programs and services year round. This campaign allows you to host your own Red Kettle – online. You become a vital part of our Christmas efforts when you help those in need by hosting an Online Red Kettle and filling it with donations from family, friends and colleagues.
What type of Online Red Kettles are available?
Individual Kettle – An Individual Kettle is your own personal online kettle where you can invite others to donate.
Team Kettle – A Team Kettle consists of multiple Individual Kettles. Funds raised by each Individual Kettle within the Team Kettle are combined and reflected on the Team Kettle page.
Company Kettle – A Company Kettle consists of multiple Team Kettles. Funds raised by each Team within the Company Kettle are combined and reflected on the Company Kettle page. Individual Kettles can also directly join and fundraise for a Company Kettle without being a part of a Team.
Is there a registration fee to participate?
No. We are truly grateful for those who decide to host their own Online Red Kettle and raise funds on our behalf.
Is it difficult to raise money online?
No, not at all. By using the tools provided in your Online Red Kettle Headquarters, as well as tips sent to you by The Salvation Army, you will be well-equipped to make the most out of your kettle.
How do I send out messages?
Log in to your kettle. At the top of the page click on “My Messages” and then select “New Message.” You can then select the type of message you want to send. For emails, you even have the option to choose from several pre-written sample messages.
Can I import my address book when sending messages?
Absolutely. Log in to your kettle, click on “My Messages” at the top of the page, and select “Address Book.” Then select the “Contact” button that appears near the middle of the screen and click on “Import contacts.”
Can I use my own email account to send messages? (i.e., Yahoo!, Gmail, Lotus Notes or Outlook)
Yes, you can use an existing email account to email others. Log in to your kettle and send yourself an email using the steps provided in “How do I send out messages.” You can then forward this message to others through your existing email account.
Should I send out a thank you email whenever someone donates to my kettle?
Everyone who donates to an Online Red Kettle receives an email acknowledgement for their donation. However, if you would like to send a personalized thank you, please feel free to do so. There’s even a pre-written sample e-mail in your “My Messages” page.
Can I customize my own Online Red Kettle Page?
You are able to customize your own Red Kettle page, but it is optional. Customizing your personal page allows you to share why you are raising funds on behalf of The Salvation Army, and making the extra effort to personalize things has been shown to boost fundraising results.