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A: power2give is an online arts and culture marketplace hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. It matches donors with projects for which local nonprofits are seeking funding. It allows donors to breathe life into the arts and culture local community — project by project. It stretches donors’ dollars by letting community sponsors offer matching dollars to boost support for these important projects.
Q: Who created power2give?
A: power2give.org is a project of the Arts & Science Council--Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc. (ASC). ASC, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a non-profit whose mission is to build appreciation, participation and support for the arts, science, history and heritage in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Q: What’s the power2give history?
A: The Arts Council of Indianapolis launched power2give in December 2012, and since then has raised over $230,000 for local arts & cultural projects. The program is part of a national network created by the Arts & Science Council (ASC) in Charlotte, NC as a way to expand the support of the local cultural sector.
Q: What is Crowdfunding?
A: The practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people.
Q: What do you mean by the term ‘Fundraiser’?
A: This term refers to the 501(c)3 organization that has created a power2give campaign. The Fundraiser receives the donations following the end of a campaign.
Q: Who is the power2give ‘Curator’?
A: Each power2give site is hosted by a local Curator, the chief advocate for the arts in their region. The Arts Council of Indianapolis serves as the Curator for all central Indiana power2give projects. The Curator is responsible for championing the site and managing the execution of power2give.org locally. Curators must approve campaigns submitted by fundraisers before they go live on power2give.org.
Q: Who usually donates to power2give campaigns?
A: Fueled by the desire to give to the specific and worthy causes in the cultural sector, donors can support their passions and share the projects they support with friends, family, and co-workers. Social networking features make both contributing to and promoting the projects they love exciting and easy.
Q: What’s the typical timeline for a power2give project?
· Successful campaigns are generally launched on a Monday or Tuesday.
· On average, it takes 30-45 days to prepare your campaign.
· Campaigns can last no more than 90 days.
· The Curator mails the check to the fundraiser following the campaign’s conclusion. (Please note that there is a 12% administrative fee for each donation a fundraiser receives. Donors may elect to cover the administrative fee at the time of payment.)
Q: What does a power2give campaign include?
· Basic Campaign Info (i.e. organization name, campaign title, posting date, end date, funding goal, etc.)
· Campaign Images
· Pitch Video (approximately 1-3 minutes long)
· Project Narrative (approximately 200-300 words)
· Donor Benefits (i.e. thank you letter, photo with the artist, etc.)
Q: What happens if the campaign I fund isn't fully funded by the end of its posting period?
A: power2give.org intends to provide the donations to the campaign poster and host organization even if the campaign is not fully funded. In that case, the campaign poster and host organization will notify you as to how they plan to adapt their campaign.
Q: I just made a donation to a project. Can my gift(s) be refunded?
A: No, power2give doe not have the capacity to provide refunds for gifts at this time. However, if you have questions or concerns as to how your gift is being used, please contact the power2give team.
Q: What payment options are available on power2give?
A: At this time, you can give to campaigns on power2give.org via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) or power2give gift card.
Q: Is my gift tax deductible?
A: Yes. All donations made on power2give.org are made to a 501(c)(3) organization. Therefore, your donation is tax deductible. Please check with your accountant to discuss the tax implications of any donor benefits you received in exchange for your contribution.
Q: How am I acknowledged for my gift?
A: You will receive an automatic e-mail receipt from power2give for your records. You will also receive additional communications from the organization(s) you supported.
Q: What are the donor benefits?
A: Donor benefits are incentives provided by the campaign poster to give back to the donor in small ways that make them feel even more connected to a particular campaign.
Q: How do I redeem my donor benefits?
A: The campaign fundraiser will contact you shortly after the campaign has been fully funded or expired to distribute donor benefits.
Q: Is my online donation secure?
A: Yes. power2give.org has a valid SSL security certificate and works with responsible and verified vendors to ensure your information is safe and secure.
Q: When will my credit card be charged if I use a card to make a donation?
A: Your credit card will be processed and charged immediately upon payment.
Q: What are the ways I can get involved with a project aside from donating?
A: You can help promote projects through email and social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and blogging.
Q: I have other questions that haven’t been answered. Who should I contact?
A: Contact Taylor Fengya, the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Primary Curator for power2give. You can reach her by email at email@example.com or by phone at 317-631-3301 ext. 219.