frequently (and occasionally) asked questions
ABOUT still kickin
Is Still Kickin a "cancer org"?
Nope! We're a "whatever crappy thing is happening to you" org. Yes, we've given financial grants to people dealing with cancer, but we've also given money to people dealing with lots of other awful things, like mental illness, homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault, sudden illness or injury... you get the idea.
So... is Still Kickin a nonprofit organization, a clothing brand, an event company, a fitness group, or…
All of the above!
First and foremost, we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Each month, we give a no-strings-attached financial grant to a different person or family going through something difficult. You can meet our current Still Kickin Hero here.
We fundraise for our monthly Heroes in many different ways, including:
Donations. We’re always accepting those. Duh. We’re a nonprofit! You can make a one-time donation or become a monthly sustainer (aka a Still Kickin "Sidekick" -- get it?! Heroes... Sidekicks?!) on our GiveMN page.
Merchandise sales. Check out our online shop! We’re always coming up with new ways for our supporters to show their Still Kickin spirit, whether it’s on a t-shirt, tote bag or water bottle. And when you shop Still Kickin, you #HelpAHumanOut. So everyone wins.
Charity workouts. We partner with some great gyms in the Twin Cities area and around the country. We do yoga. We cycle. We run. We circuit train. (Not all at once, don't worry.) When you purchase entry to one of our workouts, the money helps support our organization and our Heroes.
Other events and programming. These gatherings are an exercise-free zone. Some events we organize ourselves, such our Still Kickin IRL weekend retreat and FeMNist Day Night Market. Some are put on by our friends in the community ,and a portion of their sales come back to Still Kickin.
How did Still Kickin start?
It started with a t-shirt — or, more specifically, with the owner of that t-shirt: an awesome guy named Aaron Purmort. Learn more about Aaron, his legacy (he would probably kill us if he knew we were using the word “legacy”) and Still Kickin's origin here.
Who runs Still Kickin?
We currently have JUST ONE full-time staff member (the incredible Lindsay Wenner), a working board of directors, and a few part-time and contract staffers (who, let's be honest, we wish we could pay more). PLUS, a bunch of wonderful volunteers who give us their precious time to keep this organization running.
We'd love to have, like, a full staff of multiple full-time employees who can focus on Still Kickin and only Still Kickin, because that's the only way we'll be able to grow as an organization and help more humans. But paying people for their works costs money. So if you're reading this and happen to be super rich, call us maybe? (Wink wink.)
Where is Aaron’s original Still Kickin t-shirt now?
It’s currently locked in a high-security vault at an undisclosed location. Just kidding. It’s in Nora’s closet.
I think I’ve heard of Nora. Didn’t she write a book... or start a podcast... or something?
She sure did! Nora is the author of three books -- IT'S OKAY TO LAUGH (CRYING IS COOL, TOO); NO HAPPY ENDINGS; and THE HOT YOUNG WIDOWS CLUB. She's also the host of the hit APM podcast TERRIBLE, THANKS FOR ASKING. You can learn more about our founder here. We think she's pretty dang awesome.
Do proceeds from Nora's book sales and podcast events help Still Kickin?
No. Those proceeds help Nora pay her bills. (Her writing/podcasting is How She Makes Money. All of her work with Still Kickin is volunteer.)
Is she really that tall?
Yup. And she gives great hugs.
How can I meet her?
Come to one of our events!
ABOUT OUR HEROES
How do you pick the monthly Heroes?
Ooof, it's a tough task. We have a special Hero Committee made up of volunteers who review and discuss each application. We don't like to share the specific details of precisely how we go about deciding, because that feels kind of icky (we're talking about real humans with real lives, after all). But trust us when we say it's a very thorough and thoughtful process and we take it super seriously.
Can I nominate myself or someone I know to become a Still Kickin Hero?
You sure can! Just fill out this form. Your application will be sent to our Hero Committee for review. We receive dozens of nominations each month, and unfortunately we can’t choose everyone (but OH MAN, we wish we could). Rest assured we read every submission.
Nora's husband had brain cancer. Do I (or my loved one) need to have brain cancer to apply to be a Still Kickin Hero?
Do I (or my loved one) need to have some kind of cancer to apply to be a Still Kickin Hero?
ABOUT OUR MERCHANDISE
Buying clothes online makes me nervous. Can you tell me what the sizing is like?
We totally get it. For each item, we do our best to link to the clothing company’s sizing chart, but here are a few (hopefully) helpful tips:
- Some designs are available in a unisex fit and a women's fit. The women’s fit tends to run smaller and slimmer through the torso (shocking, we know), so most folks opt to size up a size or two in these.
- Our unisex shirts and sweatshirts are more true to size, but we still recommend checking out the sizing charts just to be safe.
- If you're really online-shopping averse, come to one of our pop-up shops! Then you can try things on! And say hi to us! We give hugs! We post about these kinds of events on our Facebook page.
How does shipping work for pre-orders vs. regular items?
When we do pre-orders, we typically announce on the 1st of the month and close on the 15th of the month. At that point, the order is put into production and takes about two weeks. You then get your pre-orders the beginning of the following month.
Basically, if you buy a pre-order item, you are buying an item that isn’t actually printed yet. It’s like ordering merchandise FROM THE FUTURE.
Can I make sure the money from my merch purchase goes to a specific Hero?
No. But if you'd like to donate to a particular Hero, email us at email@example.com. Sometimes our Heroes have their own GoFundMe pages set up that we can share with you.
What if I need to exchange something?
Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help facilitate.
I want Nora/Still Kickin to bring an event to my city. Will you?
We'd love to! But we probably can't. You know, budgets and all. Once we hit it rich, then we'll talk.
My loved one is going through [insert crappy thing here]. I'd love to get some custom Still Kickin merch made to help fundraise for them. Can I?
Probably! We'd love to help if we can. Email us at email@example.com.
I messaged you on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter but didn't hear back. What gives?
Because our staff is very limited, we're unable to handle customer service-related issues via our social media platforms. For help, please reach out to our customer service email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I get a refund?
We're a nonprofit, and the dollars from every item you buy are immediately put to work so we can keep helping our monthly Heroes. So asking for a refund is kind of like asking for your donation back, and we avoid that whenever possible. But we're happy to help facilitate exchanges if a merch item isn't working for you.
Just make sure you send it back from whence it came:
79 13th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
I'm based in the Twin Cities. Can I come pick up my merch purchase instead of paying to have it shipped?
If you order from our online shop, your item will be shipped to you. But if you'd like to shop in person, we encourage you to come to one of our regular pop-up shops! Watch our Facebook page for updates.
What is the Still Kickin Run Club? How do I join?
We’re a group that meets every third Saturday of the month for an easy run in downtown Minneapolis. And joining is super easy: Just show up. No cost. No commitment. Come when you can and don’t come when you can’t. It’s about as low-key as you can get. Join us on Facebook or check out our monthly events.
Do you ever need volunteers?
WE ALWAYS NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS. Sign up for the mailing list here, and we'll keep you posted as opportunities arise.