Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pledgeling?
Pledgeling is the world's first charitable giving and impact platform that helps build stronger relationships between people and organizations.
What does Pledgeling do?
Pledgeling provides tools and expertise for organizations and individual people to collect charitable donations and demonstrate their impact.
Give & Grow for Shopify
What does it cost to use Give & Grow?
Pledgeling is offering a limited time, introductory offer to start using Give & Grow in any Shopify store for ZERO monthly usage fee, so there is no cost to install it! If you install Give & Grow during this free offer, then you will never be charged the monthly usage fee even after this offer ends. By using Give & Grow, you can allocate a portion of each transaction to a donation which are separate and not free. You will be billed for donations as described below.
How often am I billed for donations?
Donations accrue with every transaction, and are billed to your credit card every time they hit $50 or every 30 days, whichever comes first.
Are my company's donations tax-deductible?
Yes, donations are tax-deductible in the US to the full extent allowed by law. We provide donation receipts within your dashboard for your accounting purposes.
Can I donate to nonprofits or NGOs outside of the US?
Unfortunately we are only able to process donations to nonprofits based in the US at this time.
Can I donate to multiple nonprofits?
Yes! You can donate to up to 12 nonprofits at a time. The app will automatically split the donations evenly among the nonprofits that you choose, or you can allow your customers to choose to which nonprofit the donation from their purchase goes.
What is Customer's Choice?
This feature allows you to embed a dropdown of the nonprofits that you have chosen to support to your cart page so that your customer can choose to which nonprofit they want their donation to go. If the customer does not choose a nonprofit, the app automatically splits the donation equally amongst all of the nonprofits that were selected.
What are the specifics about splitting donations?
Normal rounding rules apply, which can change the donation amounts in some circumstances. For example, if you have elected to donate $.02 per transaction and chosen 4 nonprofits to support, when the donation is split to be one-half of a cent per nonprofit, the app automatically rounds that up to $.01 per nonprofit and you will be charged $.04 for that donation.
How do you determine the cost for each impact?
The cost of each unit of 'impact' is based on the average costs provided by our nonprofit partners who work on the ground fulfilling the impacts and report back to us about their programs. We ensure all nonprofit organizations supported with donations through Pledgeling's Give & Grow Impact Funds are registered as 501(c)(3) organizations and in good standing with the IRS. We also maintain relationships with our nonprofit partners to make sure they are able to accept and designate donations toward their programs to achieve the impacts you see listed in Give & Grow.
If I can't afford the full cost of an 'impact' for each product that I sell, can I contribute a fraction of the cost? Will Give & Grow calculate these fractions to display the sum total from purchases made on my site?
Absolutely! Give & Grow will track your donations down to the penny, so whether you donate a full unit of impact per product sold (i.e. each purchase provides a day of clean drinking water), or a smaller amount for each product sold (i.e. $0.10 of each purchase will help provide clean drinking water), it will track in real-time and update as the full cost of an impact is met.
Why can't I choose one nonprofit and one fund to support at the same time?
Each of our funds supports multiple nonprofits and has a quantified impact, thus the impact calculator displays the "number of meals provided" or "number of trees planted." With other nonprofits, we aren't able to quantify that impact, so we can not combine the two into one impact calculator. A better idea might be to fund a specific nonprofit that supports the cause issue you are passionate about.
Can I donate a percentage of each sale, instead of a dollar amount?
Sure! You can select to donate any percentage (i.e. 5% of each purchase) or monetary value (such as $0.60 from each purchase) per product sold. After you install Give & Grow, you can access these options in your dashboard and the app will automatically update based on the formula that you set for it.
Can I donate different amounts for different products?
Yes! You can specify the setting for each product in Settings > Products. Start by adding a product and then you will be given the option to customize the donation settings for just that product. You can return to change the settings as often as you would like.
Is it possible to allow my customers to add a donation at checkout?
Yes, just follow these simple steps to add this to your cart page.
What happens to the donation when a customer uses a discount code?
If you configured your donations to be a percentage of the product's cost, and a customer uses a discount code, then the donation amount is also discounted. This applies to donations that you, the merchant, have opted to make, as well as when the customer opts to add a donation at checkout. If you configured your donations to be a fixed amount per product or order, then discounts will not apply to the donation.
How much of my donation is received by nonprofit organizations?
The donation amounts sent to our nonprofit partners vary according to the costs of their impacts. Most of the time, at least 90% of the donation is received by the nonprofit. This varies with each cost based on a flat 10% overhead ratio that we maintain across all donations made through Give & Grow to cover our technical and administrative costs.
When do nonprofit organizations receive my company's donations?
We calculate donations made through Give & Grow after every calendar quarter, and send donations to our nonprofit partners within 45 days of the end of each calendar quarter.
How can I track my company's donations?
You can easily see all of your company's donations in the dashboard of Give & Grow.
I have a Shopify store and also a brick and mortar presence. Can you help me track the impact from purchases from both of my sales channels?
You bet! While Give & Grow is live on your ecommerce site, you can send an offline sales report to us and we will update your app to reflect the sum of your online & offline sales. To set-up an offline sales report schedule, email email@example.com with the subject line "Offline Sales."
Can I change my selected cause once it is live on my website?
Of course! You can keep the same cause or change it as often as you'd like in the Settings section of your dashboard. The app will automatically adjust to your selected cause.
Will I receive updates about the impact of my donations and how my donations are being used?
Yes! When it comes to supporting causes through the Give & Grow, we mean what we say and we promise to deliver the impacts you select. We work selectively with nonprofit organizations who have the ability to accept designated donations and track them through their programs. In some programs, the impact will be delivered immediately, while others take longer. We ask all nonprofits who receive donations through the Give & Grow to fulfill their impacts within 6 months of receiving donations from the Pledgeling Foundation. Then, they confirm the results and impact stories from their programs through Quarterly Distribution Reports with Pledgeling.
Help! I don't know how to install Give & Grow, embed an Impact Calculator or do anything technical. Can you please help me?
Yes, we're here to help. We know not everyone has a development team on hand to help with implementing a technical solution, so we are working on new tools to make working with Pledgeling as simple as possible. If you have questions or need assistance with integrating the Impact Calculator, simply email us firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: "Integration Help". Someone from our team of technical experts will reach out and guide you step-by-step to get things up and running!
Do I need to disclose how much I am donating to my customers?
Yes, and Give & Grow automatically displays how much is being donated and to whom on the back of the impact calculator. To see it, click the "i" button in the bottom right corner.
Do I need to disclose anything else?
Pledgeling's mission is to help every business be able to give back simply. Charity laws are always changing, however, so we recommend you speak with your lawyer to make sure you are in compliance.