Aidtree is an online platform where coupons are available for purchase at discounted prices. 75% of the money spent on each coupon is given to a cause that the buyer supports.
How Does Aidtree Work?
After you create an account, you decide which cause or causes you’d like to support. Then, you can view the listed businesses offering coupons for sale under your cause of choice. After buying a coupon online, go to the business and use the discount. Once your purchase is made, the majority of the funds are sent to your cause. You save money and donate to a good cause at the same time.
You can save additional funds by purchasing a $5 monthly subscription. This subscription allows you to use all coupons with a purchase price of $5 or less. For coupons worth more than $5 just make-up the difference.
how do i start raising money for my non-profit or school organization.
Causes can raise money by registering on the Aidtree platform. The Cause gateway is automatically populated with businesses that donate. Supporters then sign up and purchase discount coupons to local businesses, which then provides the funds to be sent to causes. In order to raise more money for your organization, you can share Aidtree on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter after signing up.
How do i know if my local businesses are on aidtree?
You can check if businesses near you are listed on Aidtree using your ZIP code. Aidtree currently has a focus on Northern Orange County, California for the causes and businesses in the surrounding area. Aidtree is a new start-up and doesn’t yet have widespread geographic presence. However, as Aidtree expands, more coupons for local businesses will become available and there will be a greater number of causes to support.
How do the businesses appear on aidtree?
Aidtree reaches out to businesses and registers those that would like to support causes. In addition, businesses can register themselves on Aidtree by following provided instructions.
are coupons only for brick and mortar businesses?
Aidtree coupons are currently only available for brick-and-mortar businesses. Aidtree plans to expand to e-commerce businesses in the future.
how does the coupon purchase become funding for my cause
The funds are dispensed once the coupon is used. 75% of the actual purchase is given to the cause. Aidtree covers all transaction costs and fees with the difference.
how much can this translate into donations for my cause.
Aidtree sends a monthly email to the supporters of a cause asking them to purchase at least 2 coupons per month. Using the Subscription method as a example each user donates $3.75 for per month. The following is a sample of fundraising amounts, assuming all supporters purchase one coupon per month: # of Cause Supporters$ Raised per Month 20 $ 75 100 $ 375 500 $1875
do i also save money on aidtree?
Yes! Aidtree users automatically save money through the the use of their coupons. All prices are 50% of a coupon’s face value. For example, the following coupon shows that a supporter can receive a coupon worth $10 by paying only $5.
what is the processing system for aidtree and is it secure?
Yes. This gives businesses incentive to help both the causes and give discounts to their customers. Aidtree uses the payment system called Braintree, a PayPal subsidiary. It is the same system that companies such as Uber and AirBnB use, ensuring security. In these platforms money is deposited directly in the driver’s/host’s account, much like being deposited directly into a cause’s bank account.
HOw is the money deposited in the Bank?
For causes that have their own bank account it is simple. Just register on our platform using the routing number and bank account number. It is secure as the payment system is managed by Paypal. If your cause is batched with other organizations let us know. We have an institutional platform that allows the funds to be sent to the batched account and a spreadsheet to define which organization gets the amount of funds.
is there an app for aidtree?
There will be in the future but for now the website is responsive and will shrink to fit your mobile device.
If I own a business how can my store participate?
An authorized store employee first needs to sign-up a individual account. They then can create a new business listing. They can start the processhere.
How soon does my cause get the money?
The the website is programmed so money goes directly to the cause once the coupon is used.
can I print my coupons to redeem them?
No, coupons can only be redeemed off of mobile devices. This is our method to conserve paper and simplify redemption.
what if i don't use my coupon? how do i get my money back?
If the coupon/sub-coupons are not used within 30 days the money is refunded back to the supporter minus credit card transaction fees. Supporters can also request a refund on the coupon. Once the coupon or a sub-coupon is used the funds are swept to the cause.
what is a multi-coupon
Some businesses sell items with low price points, such as drinks or sandwiches. These businesses can create a coupon book, which allows for multiple discounts on these lower priced items
where do i find a full list of the causes i can support on aidtree?
You can search for causes based on your ZIP code or by entering your city and state. Note that currently Aidtree is only operating in the city of Fullerton and the surrounding area.
can i donate to more than one cause?
Yes! You can support as many causes as you’d like. You can decide which cause to support with each individual coupon purchase. As of now it is not possible to split the funds from the purchase of a coupon to more than one cause at a time.
How do i spread the word about aidtree?
You can spread the news of Aidtree by telling your friends, family, coworkers and peers about the site. You can also share our content on your social network platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
what types of causes are eligible to participate?
Non-profit organizations as well as school-sponsored clubs and related causes can register to receive donations via Aidtree.
What if I just want to send money?
If you just want to send money go to the top of the gateway for your cause. There you will see the Donate Direct section. Pick the amount of money you wish to give and send it directly. The fee structure is the same as if you purchased a coupon.
how do i know if the cause is a valid one?
Aidtree will do its’ best to validate each cause listed on the platform. Unreal and illegally created causes are immediately removed from Aidtree. A good rule of thumb for ensuring your funds are going to a cause you truly support is to donate to organizations that are led by people that you know and trust.
Hate groups and groups Aidtree deems as not socially constructive will be removed.
how do i add a cause to your list?
How is the money sent to my cause?
The money is sent automatically to the cause’s bank account once the coupon is used. The payment is managed Braintree, a subsidiary of PayPal. They process for Aidtree the same as Uber and AirBnB.
How Do i add a logo to my organization's profile?
There is an “edit” link where your avatar would be. There you can add an image or logo for your organization. The size of the Avatar is 65X65 pixels and the Wallpaper is 65X200.