FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


Regarding Involvement

I want to host presentations in schools in my city. How do I make that happen?

Don’t Be A Monster works with haunted attractions throughout the U.S. to bring presentations to schools. At this point, we are only working with haunted houses. We welcome applications from interested haunted attractions on the following page: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DBAMInvolvement. We accept applications from January – June, onboard markets in July, and execute the presentation that Fall. We are unable to bring on new markets after July and roll out the program the same year. For additional questions reach out to info@dontbeamonster.org

I am an individual and want to help out. What can I do?

Thank you for your interest! Individuals that are interested in our program can support us through organizing fundraisers (Facebook has an easy way to do that. Find out more here.

You can also purchase merchandise from our online store here.

Finally, spread the word about our program! Post on social media and tag us when you do.

I want to donate a product for you to auction at one of your charity auctions. Who do I contact?

Our program director, Erin, would be thrilled to help you! Her e-mail is Erin.Kelley@dontbeamonster.org.

Do you sell merchandise?

We sure do! Find our online store here.

I run a company and would like to donate a portion of my proceeds to your organization. How do I do that?

We would be honored! Reach out to us at info@dontbeamonster.org and we will provide you with a donor form as well as materials so you may promote your involvement with our organization. We would love to share your fundraiser on our social media pages!

I tried to look up your charity to verify its legitimacy, and I didn’t see an entry for Don’t Be A Monster. What gives?

Our official company name is Imagine Better, Inc. and our registered trade name is Don’t Be A Monster. When verifying our organization, please do so by either searching for “Imagine Better, Inc” or by EIN 46-3239540. You may also visit our GuideStar profile (national charity watchdog organization) here.  

How do I make a donation? What will my donation be used for?

Donations can be sent to our organization in a few different ways.

  1. Donate through PayPal. There is a link on the top righthand corner of every page of our website that says “Donate”
  2. Send us a check. We do not lose a % of the donation that way, and is our preferred way to receive donations if possible.. Checks should be sent to Don’t Be A Monster 3400 E 52nd Ave, Denver, CO 80216.  

The majority of our donations go towards covering costs associated with putting on presentations for school. This allows us to keep the presentations free for schools. The haunted attractions provide the presenters, Don’t Be A Monster handles logistics, follow-up, and presentation materials.


Regarding Presentations

How do I schedule a presentation?

Click here to schedule a presentation. 

Do you do presentations in ____ city?

Don’t Be A Monster is limited to doing presentations only in cities where we have existing markets. We are unable to do presentations outside of these cities. Currently, we offer presentations in Anderson, IN / Atlanta, GA / Austin, TX / Caldwell, ID / Chicago, IL / Cleveland, OH / Denver, CO / Detroit, MI / Kansas City, MO / Lake Charles, LA / Phoenix, AZ / Salt Lake City, UT / San Antonio, TX / St. Louis, MO / Seattle, WA / Ulster Park, NY / Waukesha, WI. If you are interested in bringing bullying prevention materials to your school, we suggest exploring StopBullying.Gov, Pacer Bullying Prevention, and the Olweus Bullying prevention program.

Are your presentations appropriate for students in KG – 3rd grade?

Don’t Be A Monster is a presentation geared for students in 4th-10th grade. Our mascot is a Frankenstein-inspired character named Frank. In the past, he has been frightening to students under 4th grade. He isn’t a scary or mean character in general, but he has a large presence that can startle younger kids. Additionally, each of our presentations are sponsored locally by haunted houses. The haunted house covers the costs of attending schools, so that is why it’s free to most schools. Due to the mention of the haunted attraction, most students get excited about visiting a haunted house and it creates a buzz in the school. Most 4th graders are a reasonable age to attend a haunted attraction. KG -3rd grade are a bit too young for that.
We do not encourage students younger than 4th grade attend the presentation.

Why are presentations $200 in San Antonio but free everywhere else?

We have been in the San Antonio market since 2013, and are fortunate to have our program very well received in the area. Because of that, we receive about 3 times the booking requests in San Antonio than we do in other markets. We have had to hire a larger crew in San Antonio so we are able to visit every school that would like us to present. The $200 fee does not begin to cover our costs associated with each school, but allows us to not have a wait list for presentations. We hope we are still able to visit you in that area!

 What is covered in your presentations?

The presentation changes each year. The 2017 presentation is as follows:

* Start with a short intro and make the connection between the haunted house and the program
* Define what bullying is vs. rude behavior
* Go over updated bullying statistics
* Talk about where bullying happens/why it happens/effects/why students are hesitant to report
* Provide 7 tips for being an Upstander (make new friends, not spreading rumors, offering a distraction if they see an incident in progress, respecting differences, etc)
* Finally, we finish with a slide with 3 resources for students that may be struggling. They are To Write Love on Her Arms (a self-harm organization), The Trevor Project (a LGBTQ organization), and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number.

I hear your wristbands have the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number on them this year. How did you come to that decision and can we opt out of receiving them?

In our experience, students who need serious help are less likely to reach out and ask for it. We wanted to provide help in the hands of each student we work with. The inside of the bracelet says “you matter” and provides the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number.
During our presentations in the past, we have had students as young as 4th graders approach us with some serious questions. We have to image there are some that don’t feel comfortable approaching someone. While we completely understand that this may be an uncomfortable topic for some, it is so very important that we are there for these kids that need help.  <3
You are more than welcome to opt out of receiving the wristbands. When you schedule your presentation, simply let us know your school is opting out and we will not bring them.

My students saw your presentation last year. Will they be seeing the same presentation twice if I book you again this year?

Absolutely not! While the themes of bullying prevention and our general “Halloween-themed presentation” remain constant, our content is completely new and our presentation is built from scratch each year. We include at least one new video, update statistics, and generate up-to-date and relevant information every year. Almost all schools we visit book us every year.

Can I volunteer at a presentation?

Unfortunately, we are rarely able to bring volunteers to presentations. Schools we visit often require background checks, and we prefer to have them run a batch at the beginning of September to keep things simple on all ends. We are unable to allow volunteers into schools for a one-time presentation. A volunteer must commit to work with us the beginning of September through November.

My kid attends a school where you are presenting. Can I come watch the presentation?

That is at the discretion of the school. We welcome parents to attend presentations.

If we didn’t answer your question here, e-mail us at info@dontbeamonster.org. Thank you!

 

Contact Info & Hours

1-720-417-9661
Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm MT

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