FAQ

General FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about Changing The Present. If you have a question that is not covered by this FAQ, please contact us. 

 

ChangingThePresent.org and ImportantGifts, Inc.

ChangingThePresent.org is the website of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Important Gifts. Our EIN is 38 3729086. Our tax letter is here. You can find more information on the About page of this website.

 

Donations

Yes, all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Please check with your tax professional for details. We email receipts for all orders, and you can also print out a receipt during checkout. If you sign up for a free username and password, then you can also view your order history and print receipts at any time.

Visitors to ChangingThePresent.org make donations to ImportantGifts, Inc., a nonprofit organization qualified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity. Donors may recommend that ImportantGifts grant that money to a specific nonprofit organization listed on the website and can specify the nonprofit should use the funds.

ChangingThePresent.org passes 100% of the donation directly to the nonprofits. There is just a standard credit card transaction fee of 3% and 30 cents. This is the same fee nonprofits pay when you make a donation directly on their website.

We distribute grants at the end of the month following the month of donation. This distribution is subject to delays for such reasons as bank errors and credit card company holds or charge-backs.

ChangingThePresent.org makes it easy to keep track of your donations. We will email you a receipt for your donation and a separate detailed breakdown of all the details of your donations and card purchases. If you join and create a username and password, then you can also print your order history and receipts at any time.

All nonprofits displaying charitable gifts on ChangingThePresent must agree to the following:

1. All donation gifts must be goods or services or costs that are currently part of the nonprofit’s programs, and that it intends to continue.
2. If a nonprofit ceases to provide the goods or services or otherwise knows that it cannot spend in that way at least as much as it raises from the web site, it must deactivate the item.
3. The description and photo must accurately reflect what the nonprofit is currently doing.
4. The price must reflect the cost of providing that good or service, including the Transaction Fee of three percent (3%) of the amount of the donation, plus thirty cents (30¢), but not unallocated general overhead.
5. Participating nonprofits will endeavor to use donations they receive from ImportantGifts/ChangingThePresent.org in accordance with the directions of the donors. They may use those website donations to provide additional goods and services. Since we do not seek to control how they spend other funds, they may shift that amount of other funds from these uses to others. For instance, if a nonprofit planned on spending $100,000 for books for children and raises $10,000 through this website for that purpose, it may elect to spend $110,000 for books or shift up to $10,000 of funds that it would have used for that purpose to other uses. We want to avoid a situation wherein nonprofits spend less in total for a good or service than they raise for that purpose through the website. Of course, we recognize that needs change, so if, for instance, polio is eliminated, we do not insist that a nonprofit spends the money on vaccines that are no longer required. We also realize that there is sometimes a lag between the time of donations and the time the money can be spent.

Gift Cards

Yes, we do. Gift cards are tax-deductible, and they let the recipient choose their own charitable gift(s).

 

If you would like to buy gift certificates in bulk (they make a great corporate gift), please contact us.

Greeting Cards

When you make a donation in a friend's name, you can order a beautiful, personalized paper greeting card to make it feel like a truly memorable gift.

 

The cards are 5 x 7 inches and cost $2.95. Postage is 49 cents.

 

 

For the cover of the card, you may select a photograph and write a caption. The inside of the card will display a photograph and description of the charitable gift and your personal message. Greeting cards do not state the amount of the donation.

 

The card comes in a quality envelope, with your name and address, and that of the recipient, printed on the front (no impersonal mailing labels). The envelope will have a first class stamp (no impersonal postage meters).

 

We can send greeting cards directly to the person's in whose name you donated, or you can opt to have the card sent to your own address, to pass along to your friend or loved one.

Yes. Our greeting cards and envelopes contain at least 30% post-consumer recycled fibers. They are completely biodegradable and recyclable, and they are elemental chlorine-free guaranteed.

Your donation is tax-deductible, but the cards are a purchase, and so they are not deductible.

Greeting cards ordered by 5pm Tuesday are mailed out on the following Friday. Please allow additional time for delivery by the U.S. Postal Service. We will soon increase the frequency of printing.

No, Just like with any other gift, we remove the price tag.

Membership and Profile

A Charitable Wedding Registry is similar to a traditional gift registry, except that the couple asks guests to fund specific nonprofits and donation gifts instead of (or in addition to) purchasing towels, china, toasters, or other conventional gifts.

Yes! It's free! Click "join" at the top right of any page, sign up, and then you will be able to create a profile page, wish lists, registries, fundraising drives, and keep track of your order history and receipts.

Nonprofits

We and our Board of Advisors went through a lengthy nomination, review and selection process to find outstanding nonprofits in each cause category.

Nonprofits were chosen based on the following criteria:

-A clear mission, vision, and sustainability strategy;

- A replicable model that could effect systemic change;

- Measurable goals and outcomes consistent with their mission;

- Transparency and a commitment to accountability to stakeholders;

- 501(c)(3) status (or equivalent, for international organizations);

- A mix of international institutions or programs, along with U.S.-based ones;

- A mix of large and well known organizations with others that are smaller or less well known; and

- A balanced approach to issues, geographical ranges, and goods or services provided.

 

We then heard from many nonprofits, asking to be added, and from many donors, who said they wanted to support their favorite nonprofits. We are therefore inviting all 501(c)(3) nonprofits. For information, please see www.ChangingThePresent-NGO.org

To sign up as a nonprofit, please visit www.ChangingThePresent-NGO.org

Please see www.ChangingThePresent-NGO.org

Privacy and Security

Recognition for Donors

Each member has an Honor Roll on their profile page that shows which gifts they have given on ChangingThePresent.org. You can choose whether or not to display your Honor Roll by editing your profile.

Shopping Cart and Checkout

If you receive an error during checkout, please make sure that the address, security code, name, and credit card number are typed correctly.  

Yes, we send email receipts for all donations and greeting card orders. If you do not receive email confirmation soon after placing your order, please check your email's spam (junk mail) folder. To prevent receipts from ChangingThePresent.org appearing in your spam folder, please add changingthepresent.org to your list of safe email addresses.

 

If you receive an error after submitting your order, and you do not receive an email receipt soon after you placed the order, please contact us to confirm that we received your order.

Wedding Registry FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about Wedding Registries at Changing The Present.  

A Charitable Wedding Registry is similar to a traditional gift registry, except that the couple asks guests to fund specific nonprofits and donation gifts instead of (or in addition to) purchasing towels, china, toasters, or other conventional gifts.

You can browse gifts by cause or price range or search for specific nonprofits using the search box in the upper right hand corner of each page. When you reach a page with a donation gift or nonprofit that you would like to add to your registry, click on [Add to Wishlist / Registry] to add it to your wedding registry.

Yes. There is no charge for creating a Charitable Wedding Registry on ChangingThePresent.org.

Yes. Each individual who purchases a donation gift will receive an email confirmation as proof of donation for tax purposes. However, greeting cards ordered to announce a donation gift are not tax-deductible.