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Non-Profit FAQ

What is CommonKindness?

What's in it for my organization?

What is the CommonKindness online non-profit toolkit?

How does CommonKindness work?

What percentage of CommonKindness funds go to the charities and causes?

How much money can my organization generate through CommonKindness?

How is the Business Outreach Kit used to generate funds for my organization?

How do I use the Business Outreach Kit to generate funds for my organization?

When does my organization receive funds?

What does my organization have to do to participate?

What if my organization is not yet included on CommonKindness?

­­­­­­­­Does it cost anything to activate my organization's profile or for our members to use CommonKindness?

How does my non-profit organization activate its profile on CommonKindness?

Why do you ask for my organization's EIN?

Is my non--profit organization's information private?

How can my organization use CommonKindness to maximize its online visibility?

What's in it for my supporters?

How can I determine which supporters are using CommonKindness to generate funds?

­­­­­­­­How can I promote CommonKindness to my supporters?

How can my organization ensure it can continue to generate funds through CommonKindness?

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What is CommonKindness?

At CommonKindness you can get hundreds of valuable, free coupons, product samples and other money-saving discounts. You can also access all of the non-profit services available in your local community by choosing from about a million non-profits listed on CommonKindness. But what makes CommonKindness truly unique is that each time a person clips coupons with CommonKindness they generate funds to support their favorite non-profit organizations. CommonKindness shares 20% - 66% of funds received with the non-profit organizations participating on the site.

In addition, CommonKindness provides an innovative new online platform your non-profit can use for free to generate sustainable funding and increase visibility to the public, potential funders and the media.  CommonKindness also provides a creative way for your members to support your organization's mission while they save money. CommonKindness is completely free of charge to both non-profits and the public.

What's in it for my organization?

CommonKindness allows your organization to maximize its online presence:

  • Generate sustainable income
  • Increase visibility for your organization's mission, events and the services you offer
  • Use the CommonKindness online non-profit toolkit to:
    • Increase awareness to the general public, funders and the media
    • Engage your supporters online through free email, eNewsletters  and more
    • Send press releases to your local media

What is the CommonKindness online non-profit toolkit?

Our research shows that only about the top 5% of non-profits have the resources to create the robust, interactive online capabilities that would allow them to manage their supporters online, regularly update their websites, etc. In addition, the majority of non-profits in the US are relatively small and may find it challenging to create marketing campaigns that would raise national awareness about their organization.

CommonKindness offers all non-profit organizations the opportunity to generate national visibility and to create a robust online presence entirely for free. As such, CommonKindness offers non-profit organizations use of an interactive online toolkit:

  • Create a web page that includes a description of your organization, including logo, mission statement, calendar of events, services you offer to the public, etc.
  • Upload your entire email database. CommonKindness will not access it, but provides an online platform that your organization can use to engage your supporters by:
    • Creating an online newsletter to email your supporters
    • Sending your supporters email blasts
    • Engage your local media. CommonKindness provides press release templates you can send your local media to generate news stories in your local area.

CommonKindness will be adding innovative toolkit items for your use as time progresses.

How does CommonKindness work?

In addition to a smile, a kind word or action that helps make the world a better place, CommonKindness is a website that works like this: individuals can sign in to choose their favorite non-profits. Every time they clip coupons or click discounts, CommonKindness provides funds to the non-profits they selected!

Best of all, CommonKindness doesn't ask your supporters for anything - they save money by clipping coupons and at the same time generate funds for your organization.

Each time a person clips coupons or clicks discounts with CommonKindness they generate advertising revenues for CommonKindness from the companies that post their coupons, product samples, sponsorships and other advertisements on the site. CommonKindness shares 20% - 66% of funds received with the non-profits participating on the site.

What percentage of CommonKindness funds go to the charities and causes?

CommonKindness shares 20% of funds received with the nonprofits participating on its site.

How much money can my organization generate through CommonKindness?

It is really up to you! CommonKindness shares 20% of funds received with the charities participating on the site.  

Each coupon clipper supporting your organization has the potential to generate an average of $10 to $12 a year for your organization. So, if 100 people supporting your organization clip coupons each week with CommonKindness, your organization could generate $1,200 per year. If those 100 people each tell 3 friends, your organization could generate $3,600 per year. If 1,000 people supporting your organization clip coupons each week, you could generate $12,000, and so forth. There is no limit to the amount of funds we will direct to your organization.

Best of all, CommonKindness provides your organization with many tools and ideas to create your own outreach programs to maximize the number of your supporters clipping coupons with CommonKindness, including the ability to create and send eNewsletters and email to your supporters right from the CommonKindness site - for free!

Another great opportunity for generating funds is to engage local businesses to offer free coupons on CommonKindness using your CommonKindness Business Outreach Kit.

How is the Business Outreach Kit used to generate funds for my organization?

Help your organization generate sustainable funding by asking businesses you know to load their coupons to CommonKindness. Then your supporters have even more coupons to clip and support your organization with.

The CommonKindness Business Outreach Kit provides all of the tools, information and handouts you will need to engage your local businesses.

­­­­­­­When does my organization receive funds?

CommonKindness happily sends checks to non-profits on a quarterly basis. Here's the process:

  1. A person selects to support your non-profit and clips coupons with CommonKindness
  2. Funds accrue in your organization's account with CommonKindness
  3. CommonKindness shares funds quarterly with each organization that has accrued a minimum of $100.
  4. Any organization with a balance below $100 will have the balance carried forward quarterly until $100 accrues.  

What does my organization have to do to participate?

Quite likely your organization is already included in the directory of about a million non-profits on CommonKindness. Use the simple search tool on CommonKindness to find your organization's profile and follow the simple steps to activate it. Your organization's membership on CommonKindness is completely free.

What if my organization is not yet included on CommonKindness?

If your organization is not already included in our directory of non-profits, please click here to add your organizations. 

­­­­­­­­Does it cost anything to activate my organization's profile or for our members to use CommonKindness?

No. Membership on CommonKindness and access to its resources are absolutely free!  In addition, your organization earns money every time someone clips coupons and designates your organization as their choice to receive CommonKindness donations, and your supporters save money!

How does my non-profit organization activate its profile on CommonKindness?

It's so easy! Simply search for your organization on the CommonKindness homepage or using the Charities and Causes tab. Once you locate it, click through to your organization's profile page and then click the "Activate This Organization" tab.  Follow the instructions and fill out the required information. 

Once you have activated your organization's profile, you can use CommonKindness to:

  • Generate sustainable income
  • Increase visibility for your organization's mission, events and the services you offer
  • Use the CommonKindness online toolkit to:
    • Increase awareness to the general public, funders and the media
    • Engage your supporters online through free email, eNewsletters and more
    • Send press releases to your local media

Why do you ask for my organization's EIN?

CommonKindness uses your organization's Employer Identification Number to verify that it is a non-profit.

Is my non-profit organization's information private?

Absolutely. CommonKindness secures your organization's information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure, and does not share your information. CommonKindness is a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.

How can my organization use CommonKindness to maximize its online visibility?

CommonKindness provides several fun and easy ways for even the smallest non-profit organization to increase its visibility to the public, potential funders and the media.

Once you activate your organization's profile, you can submit content that will feature your organization on the CommonKindness home page. Each submission is attributed to your organization with a link to its CommonKindness profile page, providing prominent visibility to everyone viewing the site. Options to raise awareness for your organization include:

  • CommonKindness Tip and Thought of the Day

    This is a great opportunity to feature a free service your organization offers or to share inspiration. An example of a Tip might be: "Did you know most public libraries also loan free videos?
    Or, submit an inspiring quote or saying that people can carry with them throughout their day.

  • Featured Charity

    People often become most engaged around a charity or a cause when they feel an emotional connection. Submit a personal story describing the impact your organization has made in a person's life, in a community, for an animal or other cause. You may also submit an accompanying photo to draw more attention.

  • Most Active Charities of the Day

    CommonKindness measures the number of people supporting each charity that visit the site each day. The top three most supported charities are featured the following day on the CommonKindness home page. Creating a campaign to drive a high volume of traffic to CommonKindness in a given day is a fun way to engage your supporters and increase your organization's visibility on the site. We make it easy - simply use your CommonKindness toolkit to send enewsletters, emails and more!

  • Create online campaigns using the CommonKindness online toolkit.

What's in it for my supporters?

Money saving coupons! Free product samples! Free community services! Tips and inspiration!

CommonKindness offers your supporters fun and effortless ways to save money and engage in their local communities. Best of all, each time they clip coupons or click through to discount pages they help generate funds for your non-profit organization - at no cost to them!

In these challenging times, we can all use a little CommonKindness!

How can I promote CommonKindness to my supporters?

Simply use the tools provided in your organization's CommonKindness online toolkit, which is located in your organization's administration profile. If you have not yet activated your organization's profile on CommonKindness, you will be asked to take this step first.

How can my organization ensure it can continue to generate funds through CommonKindness?

CommonKindness does not spend much on advertising and other big budget items many other businesses face so that we can share 20% of funds received with organizations like yours. Your organization can help maintain this balance and spread the word by telling your supporters, friends and family about CommonKindness!

 

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