FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DONORS (INDIVIDUALS DONATING MONEY)
What is Linking Angels all about?
Linking Angels was founded in 2014 by, me, Michael Nessa. We can only do so much apart, but we can move mountains when we unite. Linking Angels takes your small donation and transforms it into something huge. You and I work together to choose the non-profit organization that we want to help. Then we join forces with 4,998 people just like us and we each donate $20. At the end, we present the select non-profit with a check for $100,000.
So what’s so cool about Linking Angels?
We all come together, unite, give a little, and make an enormous impact. How awesome is that?!
Where is my donation going?
Your donation is going to a non-profit organization in the United States that has received 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service. I carefully check out each and every organization along with verifying their non-profit status. I choose organizations that are fun, creative, that make a big positive impact in the world, and that have low administrative overhead.
Can I donate more than $20?
Yes. You can donate in increments of $20. Simply select a preset amount on the donation form (i.e. $20, $40, $60) or enter an amount on the form if you wish to donate more (ex. $100, $120, $140, etc). Again, the amount must be in increments of $20.
Can I donate less than $20?
No, I’m sorry. The minimum donation is $20. If you cannot afford the full $20 you could always try to have others chip in $5 or $10 to help build it up to the $20 donation.
What’s up with the voting?
Here’s how it works – I review hundreds of organizations and narrow it down to 20. I then create a voting page for each organization. The voting page talks about makes the organization awesome. You review the 20 organizations and vote for the organization that you want to be selected. You can vote every single day.
What does the organization with the most votes receive?
The organization with the most votes is our selected organization. This is the organization that all of our donations go to. Once the voting process is over and the organization has been selected then the donation process begins.
What are the timelines?
The voting begins on May 1st. The last day to vote is May 31st. The organization with the most votes will be announced on June 5th.
Donations will be accepted beginning on June 6th.
RECIPIENTS (ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVING DONATIONS)
I received an e-mail from someone named Michael Nessa asking if I wanted to participate. Who is Michael and what does he want?
Hi! I’m Michael. I founded Linking Angels. I love, love, love to give and help others, but, sadly, I am limited by financial constraints. I started Linking Angels as a way to allow people to be a part of something huge just by making a small donation. Each selected charity receives a $100,000 donation by having 5,000 people donate $20 each. I contacted you because someone told me that your organization rocked and did great work. I checked you out, agreed, and decided to send you an e-mail to see if you wanted to participate. The rest, as they say, is history.
Cool idea. So how does my organization participate?
If you don’t already know, you will soon find out that Michael likes to keep everything very simple. To be considered for participation, simply complete this form.
What are the eligibility requirements for my organization?
I want to give the $100,000 donations to organizations that will really notice it. Therefore, the focus is on small to medium size organizations. After much thought I have decided not to limit the size of the organization. I will determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis.
The only requirement that is written in stone is this: you must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You will be required to show proof of your 501(c)(3) status.
In determining whether your organization is selected for participation I will be looking at factors such as: how long has your organization been in existence, how much money do you take in and how much money goes out, what are your administrative fees, in what ways do you help others, do you have an Internet and social media presence, how creative and fun is your organization, along with other factors.
I’ve been selected to participate. Now what?
Michael will select 20 non-profit organizations to participate. There will be approximately a 31-day voting period. The organization with the most votes will become our selected organization that we raise money for. After the voting period is over we will begin accepting donations. We will not accept donations for organizations that do not receive the most votes. We will include a link on our site for people to donate directly to your organization.
What are the fees?
There are no fees to participate and there are no fees if you are selected as the charity that we raise money for. There is a 5% fee along with a 3% credit card processing fee once the money is collected and ready for donation. After the fees, you will receive a donation in the amount of $92,000. In the event that the full $100,000 is not raised you will receive the total amount of donations raised excluding the two fees. You do not pay anything up front. The fees are deducted from our donation to you.
This sounds so totally awesome. What can I do to help my organization be successful?
Develop a plan of action. During the voting process it is vitally important to get out and get votes. People can vote daily. Use social media, have your local newspaper write up a story, send out an e-mail, include a link in your newsletter. Do what you need to do in order to get people to vote. The organization with the most votes gets 100% of the attention on them. It’s invaluable!