- You must be 18 years of age or older.
- You must be able to show a true need not a want.
- You may only submit an application one time per 30 days.
- You must submit a completed application.
- You must complete the entire application process.
- You may only receive an award one time per house-hold.
- You may only submit your request based on the instructions on the request assistance page.
Not A "True Need" According To Our Policy
(Example): I really have been wanting to get a house of my own for years but can not afford one. Can you please buy me a house? I also need about $100,000 to pay off my bills because I lost my job.Our comment about this request: Many people want a house but can not afford one. This is a want, a desire not a need. You would want us to pay $100,000 in debt for you? Why should we, where is the need demonstrated? Many people get themselves into debt but we are not here to pay for debt you built up, just because.
Here is a good way to determine if you have a "true need", put yourself in the shoes of the philanthropist. The philanthropist does not know you but willing to help a person in need if there is a real need. If you had a $10,000,000 budget for the giving project, would you award the request above? Probably not - we wouldn't.
A "True Need" According To Our Policy
(Example): I am making a request for help with buying my 2 children some clothes for this coming school year. We were in a fire and lost everything. People have been helping us a great deal and we are thankful. I am not sure how much to request but I have a 10 year old daughter and a 7 year old son.
Our comment about this request: This request demonstrated a need not a want. Again, put yourself in the shoes of the philanthropist. Would you award this request? Probably so, we would think.
We would contact this person to confirm and verify the validity of the fire. We would then discuss their children's' needs and send gift cards to perhaps Target or Wal-Mart, etc... where they could purchase clothes for the children.
The application process is as follows:
- You will have to complete a questionnaire about
your need. During the process you will have to provide your contact
information (Name, email address, phone, amount you are requesting,
- Refer 3 family or friends to the website (This is not
required but encouraged)
- Click link to process your request.
30 Days Request Reward Cycles
Learning from the past, we have decided to run all requests in 30 day cycles. Here is how it will work. Example: If you make a request June 1 to June 30, requests will be reviewed, and those that are going to be awarded will receive their award July 1 to July 31.
Maximum Number of Awards Per Month
Because the philanthropist does not have an endless amount of resources, they have decided to award a maximum of 125 requests per month. Even the later Percy Ross who requested thousands of letters in the mail everyday could not award every request. Don't feel discouraged into thinking that your requests will never be awarded. We a working hard to have solutions to help you even if your request is not awarded by us.
Because we have the 30 day request reward cycle, you may now make a request once every 30 days only if your request was not awarded. You may not make more than one request in a 30 day cycle or all your requests will be automatically deleted by our system.