FAQ

FAQs FOR STARTING A CAMPAIGN

How does it work?
The International Arts Fund (IAF) makes it incredibly easy to raise money online for art campaigns. In just a few minutes, you'll be able to personalize your fundraising campaign and share it with your community and the people in your life. In fact, many artists and community arts projects have benefited from funding through IAF campaigns.

With IAF, the majority of the money you raise goes directly to you. There are no deadlines or limits - each donation you receive is yours to keep. Raising money for a community arts project or arts related cause has never been easier. Plus, we're here to help. IAF will respond to your emails within hours during the day. 

What can I raise money for?
Most people use IAF to raise money for specific arts projects, community arts programs and events. This includes things like non-profit arts causes, arts events, school supplies, restoration of historic sites, art outreach to underserved communities, etc.… 

That said, we're always amazed at all of the unique ways people use IAF to raise money online. The possibilities are endless!

Is it safe?
Your IAF campaign features the very best in secure payment encryption technology. Not only are your donors' online payments safe, your money is stored securely until you're ready to request a withdrawal via electronic bank transfer. 

How do I get my money?
Once your fundraising campaign begins receiving online donations, you can easily request a withdrawal at any time. Don't worry, withdrawing money does not affect the progress meter that's displayed on your IAF campaign. Simply click the 'Withdraw' button inside your IAF account and follow the on-screen instructions. You can withdraw your balance directly to your bank account. US users may also request a check.

How long does the withdrawal take?
Most withdrawals take between 5 and 7 business days. You can choose between an electronic bank transfer or paper check delivery during the withdrawal process.

Does it cost anything?
While it's free to create and share your online fundraising campaign, IAF will deduct a 5% fee from each donation that you receive. Since our fee is deducted automatically, you'll never need to worry about being billed or owing us any money. A small processing fee of about 3% will also be deducted from each donation. Please see Pricing & Fees for more info.

Do my donors get charged?
No, never. Other sites might charge your donors without you knowing it, but we would never do that. Donors are charged only the amount they choose to donate to you and that's it.

Are there any time limits?
Nope. With IAF there are no deadlines or time-limits. Your campaign will remain live until you choose to stop donations or remove the campaign altogether. Most users leave their campaigns live indefinitely as a lasting memory of all the wonderful comments and support they received. 

Note: If you would like to set a deadline, simply choose our 'All-or-Nothing' campaign option during Sign-Up.

What if I don’t reach my goal?
No problem. With IAF, you keep each and every donation you receive. Reaching your goal is not required.

How will I know if someone donates?
You'll receive an email notification each time a donation is made to your IAF campaign.

Do I use my real name?
Yes. IAF is a site that rewards authenticity and transparency. However, you may choose to hide your campaign from being listed on IAF during the Sign-Up process.

Can I keep my campaign private?
While you can choose to hide your campaign from appearing in IAF's Public Search Directory, anyone who has your IAF campaign link will be able to access your campaign. There's no way to keep your campaign 100% private.

Who will donate to my campaign?
Your campaign will be supported by the people in your life and your community. This includes friends, family members, loved ones, coworkers, classmates and people in the community who believe in your cause. Only after your campaign receives the support of the people you personally know can it begin to attract the support of others.

What if I’m not comfortable sharing this with friends and family?
Sharing your campaign with friends and family is a part of what makes IAF work so well. Not only will the people in your life support your campaign, but they will also help spread the word to their friends as well. IAF users should not expect to receive support from strangers.

Do I use my Facebook account?
Although optional, connecting your account to Facebook is highly recommended and makes sharing your campaign with others incredibly easy. A valid Facebook account is required for all campaigns that wish to appear within IAF's Public Search Directory. Don't worry, we'll never post anything to your Facebook account unless you say so.

GETTING DONATIONS

Is my country supported?
Supported countries and currencies include: United States of America ($USD), United Kingdom (£GBP), Canada ($CAD), Australia ($AUD), and some European Union countries that use the Euro as their official currency (€EUR).

Can donors in other countries support my campaign?
Yes, your IAF campaign is able to accept donations from around the world.

Will donors get charged any fees?
No, never. Other sites might charge your donors without you knowing it, but we would never do that. Donors are charged only the amount they choose to donate to you and that's it.

Can donors donate from their phones?
You bet. The mobile version of your IAF campaign will load for those visiting your campaign from their phones. Your campaign still looks great and it's very easy for donors to complete their donations from their mobile device. 

We raised money offline, can it be listed on our campaign?
Yes, for Personal campaigns only. Simply select 'Add Offline Donation' inside of your IAF Dashboard to add money you received offline to your campaign total. No payment is actually made, and the donation will be marked as an 'Offline Donation' on your campaign.

Can donors give privately?
Of course. Donors can simply check a box to keep their donations hidden from public view. However, the Campaign Organizer will always know who the donor is

How can I withdraw the money?
Once your fundraising campaign begins receiving online donations, you can easily request a withdrawal at any time. Don't worry, withdrawing money does not affect the progress meter that's displayed on your IAF campaign. Simply click the 'Withdraw' button inside your IAF Dashboard and follow the on-screen instructions. You can choose to withdraw your balance directly to your bank account. Campaigns in the US may also request a check.

Can people give on a monthly basis?
Absolutely. The option to give on a monthly basis is available for all US-based campaigns. Monthly donations are also available for those donating to IAF's Certified Charity campaigns.

What about taxes and stuff?
Unfortunately, we're unable to provide specific tax advice since everyone's situation is different. While this is by no means a guarantee, most donations on IAF are simply considered to be 'personal gifts' which are not taxed as income in the US. Additionally, only donations made to a legally registered non-profit or charity may be considered eligible for donors to claim as a tax deduction. Again, every situation is different so please consult with a tax professional in your area.
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