DONATION or GIFT ACCEPTANCE
Alpha Ministries will accept gifts in the form of cash and cheques regardless of amount, unless: (a) a question exists as to whether the donor has legal title to the asset; or (b) a question exists as to the legal capacity of the donor to transfer funds. Alpha Ministries shall execute no planned giving agreement without the advice of legal counsel. Prospective donors shall be strongly encouraged to seek their own legal and/or tax counsel in matters relating to their charitable gifts, taxes, and estate plans. The goal of this policy is to encourage giving to the Alpha Ministries without encumbering the Alpha Ministries with gifts that cost more rather than benefit Alpha Ministries. The goal is also to avoid gifts that the donor restricts in a manner inconsistent with the goals of Alpha Ministries. To facilitate the receipts of gifts and bequests, Alpha Ministries must be capable of responding quickly and in the affirmative where possible to all gifts offered by prospective donors. Unless stated otherwise, the Board of Directors intends that these policies apply to all gifts.
Alpha Ministries shall actively encourage gifts through Wills and Living Trusts. In the event of inquiry by a prospective donor, representations as to the acceptability of a bequest to the Alpha Ministries shall be made in accordance with this Gift Acceptance Policy only. Alpha Ministries shall at all times retain the right to refuse a gift from an individual or from an estate when it is not in the best interest of Alpha Ministries to accept the gift. When Alpha Ministries is the recipient of a gift from a will or trust, the Board of Directors shall review the restrictions upon the gift and determine if it is in the best interests of Alpha Ministries to accept the gift. The Board of Directors may appoint a person or persons to review the restrictions and report their findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors for their decision. This report may be given in person, on the phone or over email. Alpha Ministries will not accept a gift that might result in conflict within the organization or confusion as to the utilization of the gift or that might create an undue financial burden upon the organization.
There are three ways we collect information from perspective donors and supporters:
1. From donations or purchases made through the mail
2. From online donations or purchases made through our website
3. From people requesting information or materials from Alpha Ministries
The information we obtain is voluntarily provided by you when choosing to support a project, sponsor a child, or request to receive information from Alpha Ministries. The information you will provide includes name, address, city, state, zip code, telephone number, and email address. If you use your credit card the number with expiration date will also be collected. With this personal information we are able to update you on ministry projects, complete a transaction, and issue a tax receipt for donations. Your credit card information is used solely to complete the transaction and is not retained for any other purposes. Our accounting office has access to these details so they can process the credit card information. Our accounting office consists of reliable, trustworthy staff that has been trained to handle this sensitive information.
This Refund Policy applies to anyone who makes a donation to Alpha Ministries. Occasionally, givers request a refund of a charitable gift and contributions. A donation to a charitable organization is an irrevocable gift, and even if the donor changes his or her mind about the gift, they cannot be returned or refunded the donation.
Donations, whether made online or by mail, are non-refundable.
Recurring donors may cancel future donations by sending an email to [email protected]. Payments will stop the month after donations are cancelled. For example, if you withdraw in April, your credit card will be charged in April, but not May.
If you have any questions you may contact us using the information below:
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Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it. In some instances, accepting a cookie is not optional. If you choose not to accept the cookie, you may not be able to participate in the related action.
SECURING PERSONAL INFORMATION
When collecting and transferring sensitive data of donors or supporters including personal information and credit card details, Alpha Ministries wants to ensure the security of this information. Appropriate procedures have been established to prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure proper use of the information. We utilize Internet encryption technology, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Protocol, which encrypts your information as it is entered on our website from your computer. The encrypted information is then sent over the Internet and decrypted on a computer in our office. Once the information reaches our office, only a few trusted staff members have access to it.
SHARING PERSONAL INFORMATION WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
We want to assure you that all information you provide us is kept confidential. All Alpha Ministries donors’ and supporters’ personal information is never sold, rented, leased, or exchanged with other organizations. The information is restricted to use by Alpha Ministries internal staff.
Our Web servers automatically log the IP/Internet address of your computer, the browser type, and browser version you are using. Forms you submit to us may also automatically log this information as well as the date and time the form was submitted. Under no circumstances does this information identify you personally. You remain anonymous unless you have otherwise provided this website with personal information.
PRIVACY QUESTIONS AND FUTURE COMMUNICATION
If you do not wish to receive future email communication from Alpha Ministries, you have the opportunity to remove your email address from the list. Our emails will have a link to start the unsubscription process.
Modifying your information
If you would like to update your personal information, or set your communication preference, you may do so by any of the following methods:
1. Send an email to [email protected] with your request to update your personal information.
2. Send the request by mail to Alpha Ministries, P.O. Box 444, Madison Heights, VA 24572.
3. Call our toll free number 434-929-2500.
Thanks for your support of Alpha Ministries.
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