FAQ Non-Profits

Can I use your site if I am not affiliated with a Non-Profit, School or Church?

Unfortunately not, our site is specifically for registered Non-Profits, Schools or Churches.

What makes Influence the Cause different from other sites?

Influence the Cause is your marketing partner. We only work with approved Non-Profits, Schools and Churches.

Not only will we give you a full website landing page but we will create a detailed marketing program to spread the word about your Cause.

Our marketing system is built so you can manage your Organizations activity and give you the tools you need to run a successful campaign all year long.

How does my Non-Profit get started?

Go through the sign up process in our website

Influence the Cause will verify your legal status through Guidestar and/or IRS Master File (24 hour approval process)

As we approve your Non-Profit out team will create your detailed marketing program.

Once approved you are ready to launch.

What if my Non-profit is not listed on Guidestar/IRS Master File?

Unfortunately, there is a process to list your Non-Profit Organization and we want to be as diligent as we can for you and your donors. You may want to check Guidestar or the IRS Master file to see if your Organization is listed and if not the following will be needed.

You will need to send your letter of determination as issued by the IRS to info@influencethecause.com

We will cross reference your Non-Profit with the IRS Master File

If you represent a local affiliate of a central organization that holds a group exemption, please send us via email info@influencethecause.comn the following items:

  1. The central organization’s current letter of determination from the IRS,
  2. Its most recent filing with the IRS listing your local organization as covered by its group exemption.

If you represent an organization that is a religious or faith-based organization not required to file with the IRS, please send us via email info@influencethecause.com the following items:

  1. An official denominational listing clearly identifying this church or house of worship e.g. state letter for churches, Lutheran Directory, etc.,
  2. EIN Issuance Letter from the IRS
  3. Request on official letterhead from the senior pastor or other head of the organization requesting approval in the confirming that the organization is duly constituted as a church or other religious organization, year and jurisdiction of creation, and has been in continuous operation as such for at least the last ten years. Please also include your contact information: name, title, phone #, email address, and organization website.

If you represent a small organization that has annual gross receipts of less than $5,000 and is organized as a nonprofit charity, but does not appear in the database, please send us via email info@influencethecause.com the following items:

  1. A request on official letterhead from the head of the organization requesting approval confirming that the organization is duly constituted as a nonprofit, charitable organization, year and jurisdiction of creation, and has been in continuous operation as such for at least the last ten years;
  2. A copy of the entity’s organizational documents (normally this would be the Articles and Bylaws);
  3. An EIN Issuance Letter from the IRS, if there is one
  4. A statement on official letterhead from the head of another community organization affirming the requesting charity’s bona fides and good standing in the community.

How do I get started if I am a local chapter as part of a national foundation and do not have an EIN number?

If your local chapter does not have its own EIN but you are aligned with a national organization, you can create a page on behalf of the national foundation.

In the sign-up process you can specify the name of your local chapter so that funds raised through the fundraising page will be designated for your local organization.

If you collect funds directly we will need proof from the Organization of your affiliation with them.

If funds are directed to the National Foundation we will then need the Foundations Pay Pal account entered in the sign up process.

If you represent a local affiliate of a central organization which holds a group exemption

Send the following via email info@influencethecause.com

  1. The central organization’s current letter of determination from the IRS, and
  2. Its most recent filing with the IRS listing your local organization as covered by its group exemption.
  3. If allowed to collect funds directly a letter from the Organization stating so

Can we register and display our Organization if we are not registered in the United States?

No, unfortunately we do not accept Organizations registered outside the U.S.

Can I manage my landing page at any time?

Yes, once you sign up and create a log in and password you can log in at any time to make changes or updates.

How many emails can we send out per month?

There is no limit to email campaigns when using our email service.

Do I have to upload my database?

No, you can still use all the email and newsletter templates in the system and send them out directly through your email service.

Because of the complexity of different email server's content sent directly by you may not be displayed correctly to all who receive it.

By using our service we can ensure a higher display rate to all who receive the content.

How long can I be listed on Influence the Cause and how much can I raise?

There is no time limit to list your Organizations fund raising effort. It can be ongoing and when you want to stop your campaign, go into the dashboard and cancel it and as long as you’re Non-Profit status is current.

There is no limit to the amount of money you can raise. We encourage you to keep your site active.

We are here to be your long term partner and want your donors to help you as long as they can.

Our site will automatically re-activate your site on January 1 of every year for reporting purposes.

Can I display an Event in my landing page?

Yes you can display your event using your log-in and password and go into your management account and click on “Events” and place all the information about the event.

We will display your Event within your landing page.

You will not offer "tickets" or "participation in the event" or "raffle" for a certain dollar amount. ALL funds received will be in the form of a Donation and you agree to hold Influence the Cause harmless in the case of any refunds that may arise, for any reason, from your information as displayed in your landing page.

Remember all funds received are donations. You can offer Tickets, raffles or participation but they must be displayed as a donation and that there are no refunds.

What if I do not reach my goal, do I keep what has been raised?

There are no goals to be reached. We are here to help you in any way possible in helping your cause all year round.

How do we receive the donations?

All donations received are set up through PayPal and linked to your direct account. So you will have to set up a Pay Pal account if you do not already have one.

FAQ Donors

What does your site do?

Influence the Cause is a website that allows Non-Profit Organizations a platform to display their cause to reach donors and influencers.

Influence the Cause is much more than just a crowdfunding site.

We provide a platform for any non-profit, Church or School to display what needs influencing and giving them the tools to make a difference in society.

What if I cannot afford to donate?

The causes or organizations displayed are not just looking for donations. There are many ways you can make a difference.

Forwarding information you see within the site to your personal contacts and ask them to possibly help out financially and/or to forward to their personal contacts is just as rewarding as giving.

So we ask to please help out in any way you can and Pushing-it-forward can be just as helpful and rewarding as a donation.

Where does my donation go?

Each donation is directed through each Organization’s Pay Pal account. Influence the Cause does not take donations directly we charge a fee to the Organization to host their site.

It is the donor’s responsibility to ensure they are donating to a rightful legal organization.

What if I change my mind after I make a donation?

We encourage you to check out every organization displayed credentials before making a donation.

Once a donation is made there are NO REFUNDS what-so-ever and Influence the Cause does not certify that any of the information displayed on the website is accurate or reliable.

Is my donations tax deductible?

Please consult your tax advisor about deductibility

If there are any questions regarding a displayed organizations causes and what they stand for please call the organization directly.

If there are any content questions or concerns to anything displayed on the website please direct those to Influence the Cause at info@influencethecause.com