Frequently Asked Questions
The Give Initiative was created to make it easy for people to give to those in need. Whether it be one person giving anonymously to a neighbor in need, lots of people giving to a family after a tragedy, or giving to an established charity.
Paypal charges 2.2% + $0.30 for every online transaction (whether you use a credit card or Paypal account, all online Gives are processed through Paypal). And since The Give Initiative is run solely by volunteers, we also charge a small fee of 0.8% + $3.70 to help run this nonprofit (our costs include the website domain and hosting, the website developer, the accountant, our monthly bank fees, checkbooks, mailing supplies, and nonprofit renewal status fees).
So for a $50 gift, the fee is $5.50, broken down like this: $1.40 to Paypal and $4.10 to keep The Give Initiative running.
It all depends on two things: 1)The mailing service you select (e.g., regular, overnight) and 2) How fast Paypal can transfer the money into our bank account (usually 3-4 business days). Because we are a not-for-profit organization and we make nothing, we don't have a cash reserve on hand. We must wait for the money to transfer from Paypal into our bank account and then we will send the check at that point based on the mailing service selected. Simply put, if you select "overnight" the check will be sent overnight 3-4 business days after you submit the "give."
You want to talk to us? Great! Head over to the contact page here.
You simply tell us how much money you would like to send and where you would like to send it. First time givers: Please mail your gift via a check made payable to The Give Initiative, at 9160 S. 300 W. Suite 7, Sandy, UT 84070 and please include 1) Your info (name, address, phone number, email); 2) The recipient's info (name, address, phone number, email); 3) A note of encouragement (optional) with $5.00 added to your gift amount for shipping and handling. If you have given through us before, you're welcome to use this form online and Give electronically, whether by credit card or Paypal.
Anyone with a real need. We reserve the right to restrict the use of this site if we feel it is being abused for any use other than what it was designed for.
After you send the money, we will notify you that the gift has been mailed to the recipient. By request, we will email you a scan of the cashed check, front and back, so you can see the recipient's signature on the back of the check.
A "give" would be eligible for a tax deduction only if you simply donated to The Give Initiative or one of the charities we have sponsored. The anonymous gives to a friend down the street or to one of the "jars" is not eligible because you, the giver, decide how the money will be used.
However, is it really about the tax write-off, or is it about helping someone out? We thought so.
If you provide some way for us to contact the recipient of your give (phone/e-mail), we will make every attempt to give them a heads-up that it is coming. We will also issue another check if that is needed. If we are still unsuccessful, we will return the amount of the gift minus all processing charges and stop pay bank fee (usually $45.00).
Of course! Contact us and we can discuss ways we can collaborate.
If an email is provided for the recipient they will get both an email and letter along with their anonymous check. The content of the letter will be the following:
[Recipient Name Here],
One or more of your friends or neighbors are aware of some trials you’ve recently been going through, or needs you have and have decided to help out by sending along this gift.
They only ask that you use this generous gift in a responsible way. This money is meant to help relieve some of your temporary financial needs and to help you get back to where you need to be.
The Give Initiative was created to allow individuals with a desire to give anonymously to do just that. Through this charitable organization, anyone can easily be a part of making someone’s day better, and can do it in the best way possible— anonymously. Whether it is sending an anonymous check, helping out a child with a life-threatening illness, or giving to a reputable charity, The Give Initiative has been created to aid in this process.
Below you will find a web address and a unique code for this “give” (#00000555). We encourage you to thank this kind “giver” by going to this web address and entering the unique code. By doing this you may leave a confidential message for the “giver” that we are certain will be read with a joyful heart.
Web Address: http://thegiveinitiative.org/confirm/XXX
Unique Code: XXXXXX
Here is their personal message to you:
“[Personal Message Here]”
Please remember, as time goes on, you will most likely find yourself in a situation where you have the opportunity to give, to reach out a helping hand. Take that opportunity to pass on the kindness you have received. We are certain it will be a rewarding experience.
*These numbers, while considered reasonable, are for illustration purposes only. You will see the actual when we process your gift.