You may see Amnesty International fundraisers in your neighborhood to talk to you about becoming a monthly supporter. Please consider joining us today – Your support will help continue the fight for human rights!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY DOES THE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL DO FACE-TO-FACE FUNDRAISING?
Face-to-Face fundraising is one of the most effective and personal ways we can reach out to donors. Amnesty International believes all people have fundamental human rights, but those rights are abused or denied every single day. With a monthly donation, Amnesty International is able to consistently continue our research and document human rights abuses and mobilize millions of supporters to campaign for change.
HOW DOES MONTHLY SUPPORT HELP AMNESTY? WHY HAVE YOU RESUMED FACE-TO-FACE FUNDRAISING?
Our Monthly Donor program is a vital part of Amnesty International’s ability to continue to defend human rights around the world. When we relaunched face-to-face fundraising at AIUSA, our top concern was/continues to be the safety and wellbeing of our team and the public.
As a monthly donor your contribution allows for AIUSA to plan and budget for our ongoing human rights work without having to shift resources when crisis arises. Additionally, Amnesty’s administrative costs are greatly reduced, which means more funds go directly to research, programs, and campaigns.
You can spread your donation out over the year, so that you hardly notice the regular deductions – MONTHLY DONATIONS ARE CONVENIENT, AUTOMATIC, AND EFFECTIVE.
HOW DO I KNOW IF A FUNDRAISER IS FROM AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA?
In addition to the “Amnesty Yellow” vests/shirts, all Amnesty International fundraisers have identification badges and name tags. Additionally, Amnesty Representatives do not accept cash gifts! This helps protect both the donor and fundraiser.
IS IT SAFE TO GIVE PERSONAL AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO THE FUNDRAISERS?
YES. Our tablets use encrypted software to collect payment information in a secure way. All the data we collect is immediately uploaded to our remote servers, processed and then completely removed from the tablet. Once processed, your financial data is further encrypted according to Payment Compliance Industry (PCI) Standards.
WHAT % OF THE MONEY RAISED IS SPENT ON PROGRAMS?
In 2020, over 73% of AIUSA’s spending went directly toward advancing our programmatic goals, including freeing prisoners of conscience, fighting discrimination, and pushing for public policies that respect the human rights of people around the world.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DONATING/CONVERTING TO A MONTHLY GIFT USING EFT OR AMERICAN EXPRESS?
Account information for AMEX/EFT, unless specifically requested by the cardholder, will not expire, or terminate. Therefore, you will be able to continue to give without worry of outdated information!
Additionally, less administrative costs from Credit Card institutions means more of your donation will go directly to Amnesty International USA to continue the fight for human rights!
I HAVE SIGNED UP, BUT HOW DO I KNOW I AM A MONTHLY DONOR?
First — THANK YOU for joining us as a monthly donor!
To confirm your donation, you should receive an email confirmation immediately, but If you haven’t received any of the above please call us at 1-800-AMNESTY or email at [email protected] to do so/if they have not received any of the mentioned above correspondences.
WHAT IF I WANT TO CANCEL OR CHANGE MY GIVING? OR RECEIVE TOO MANY CALLS/TOO MUCH MAIL?
Donors may cancel, reduce/increase the donation amount, change payment method, and/or update gift schedule and/or account preferences any time by calling 1-800-AMNESTY or email at [email protected].
IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
YES. Amnesty International USA is classified as a public charity and is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) if the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, contributions to Amnesty are fully deductible under section 170 of the code.
WHEN AND HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY TAX RECEIPT?
You will receive a consolidated tax-receipt for all your donations in a specific year at the beginning of the following year, usually in February, to the email address that you have provided to the fundraiser.
WHERE CAN I VIEW AMNESTY’S FINANCIAL STATEMENTS?
You may view our Financial Statements and Form 990 on our website (www.amnestyusa.org).
DOES AMNESTY ACCEPT FUNDING FROM BUSINESSES OR CORPORATIONS?
Amnesty International’s sole objective is the impartial protection and advancement of human rights. This means that, unlike some other human rights organizations, we accept NO government funding to conduct our research or carry out our campaigns. Additionally, to ensure we maintain our objectivity and impartiality, we accept only extremely limited corporate support – The majority of our income is derived from members and donors who give modest amounts.
I RECEIVE TOO MUCH MAIL/TOO MANY CALLS, HOW CAN I BE REMOVED FROM YOUR LIST?
Please contact member services at 1800-AMNESTY or email [email protected] to update your account preferences.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE RESPONSE TO SEEING FUNDRAISERS BACK IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD?
Overall, the public is finding us to be conducting our work in a very safe way. Additionally, we are pleased that we are able to provide jobs for our fundraising teams during this time and that they are all receiving a fair wage and health benefits. They teams continue to express gratitude that Amnesty is taking their own personal safety and welfare so seriously as we continue to monitor this very critical situation throughout the country and the world.
MANDATORY FUNDRAISER SAFETY PROTOCOLS
All agencies will continue to follow health and safety standards set by CDC/State/local regulation until the COVID-19 pandemic has been resolved.
- All fundraisers will continue to adhere to best practices and social distancing guidelines.
- All fundraisers are equipped with hand sanitizer/sanitizing wipes to be used regularly throughout the shift and following each interaction with an individual; All supplies cleaned before/after each shift.
- Time indoors/offices will be limited to conduct trainings but will be conducted outdoors when feasible.
- Limited use of public transportation will be strongly encouraged to get to/from turf.
MEMBER SERVICES CONTACT INFORMATION
Email: [email protected]