Many honest and hardworking charitable organizations simply take a small percentage of the money donated to keep their engines running. That's perfectly legitimate, and most of them (usually) keep it to a reasonable amount. However, we all decided very early on that 100% of the money donated to us for our interventions and projects will go directly to running and funding programs that are helping the people we reach out to around the world—and none of it toward our own salaries. Seriously, every thin dime.
We have the option of PayPal for collecting one-time donations as well as recurring donations. We're working on adding services like Dwolla and we'll include more options as they become available, as well.
To achieve that 100% donation model, Sum1 pays all processing and transaction fees for electronic donations out of pocket so that everything you give will go toward interventions and making a difference. We're that committed—and we really feel it's just the right way to do this kind of thing.
|Recurring donations help us in the long run more than one-time donations, and we have several options: Pick2Give2 lets you choose us and one more local charity and give each of us $2 each month; or you can choose to give your 1% each month through Paypal, or select one of these other amounts each month:|
|$10 each month Total: $120 per year||$20 each month Total: $240 per year|
|$50 each month Total: $600 per year||$100 each month Total: $1200 per year|
|Better Yet, Give Your 1% each month!|
( read about the 1% Pledge here on our blog )
|Of course, even if you can only give a few dollars one time, we're grateful for any aid you can give, and will put every penny to good use:|
When you donate with one of these buttons, you'll get a heartfelt "Thank you!" from us and an email from PayPal that you can print as your receipt for taxes. When you give again at a later date, you'll get another thank you. What you won't get is us emailing again and again, every week, asking you for more than you can give. We don't like it when other charities to that to us, and we know you don't either. When you make a donation, we're not going to keep hassling you for money every couple of weeks. We all know how annoying that becomes, so giving us $3 isn't going to add you to some list where we'll keep asking you for more for the rest of your life. Give what you can, when you can. That's all we ask of anyone. We also promise that we'll never, ever sell your information to anyone else.
If you give a larger amount through recurring donations, you'll get a short email reminder of your donation every month just so you don't forget about it. But come the end of the 12 months we won't automatically keep it going or automatically ask you for more.If you prefer to mail checks when you make donations rather than use electronic payment systems, you can make that payable to Sum1 and mail it to:
333 North 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
If you're the sort who likes to get something tangible when you donate, that's cool, too!
We're enrolled with the Amazon Smile Program – use that link to add us as your supported charity when you shop on Amazon. If you're not familiar with the program, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. You're not paying any more that you would have to purchase the item — Amazon is just making a donation to us from the money they collected from your purchase. It's not only super-simple for you to help us that way when you shop on Amazon, it's also the ultimate "Win-Win-Win" for all involved!
You can also buy Sum1 branded custom merch from SSA Custom Clothing and a portion of your purchase comes back to us:
If you can't give much money but you still want to help out, there's still so much you can do through social activism. Volunteer your time. Tell your friends, parents, and family members. Like uson Facebook or write a post about us on your personal blog. Check out the plus1ndia blog and follow it to get regular updates about our work. Tweet about us to your friends and send everyone you know to www.sum1.org and get the word out about what we're doing to fix the sanitation problem.
We'd also like to mention briefly that we here at "SUM1 Mission Control" have been donating our own time, money, and personal resources to making this happen—and we haven't been getting paid for it. We still need a major source of funding for our basic administrative costs like advertising, office supplies, web hosting, professional fees for lawyers and accountants... and eventually some reasonable salaries. But we've decided to follow in the footsteps of other transparent charities and find that revenue from other sources like grants and private funding.
We need experienced grantwriters and fundraisers to help us find the money to change the world, as well as professionals like lawyers and accountants. We're committed to doing those things before we even start taking any salaries ourselves. We have a vital need for major donations, corporate sponsorships, and grants in order to pay for all this stuff. If you are able and willing to help with funding that or even just donating time if you're experienced with writing grants, please please do drop us a line and let us know how you can help in that regard as well.