FAQs – Causes
Remember that before starting to upload one or more social causes, you must take into account the documents you must submit to receive a donation. Here we leave some answers that can serve you.
What type of document does my organization need to present to receive a donation?
In order for a person or company to transfer money to your organization, you need to be able to issue a valid receipt, document, invoice or donation certificate according to the donation laws currently in your country.
This transaction can be a donation or service provision that your organization can provide. In both cases, we need a photo of the certificate or service receipt.
How to obtain a donation certificate? (Chile)
The laws in Chile have to do with the regulation of social donations. Enter the following link and we will help you to know how they are and how to obtain a certificate.
What is a cause?
It is a project driven by one (or more) non-profit organization (NGO) that must fulfill 4 essential characteristics:
1. Generate positive social impact.
2. Have a start and end date.
3. Able to measure the impact caused.
4. Amount of financing determined.
What are the key elements to take into consideration of my cause?
– Photo: Visual communication is key. The photo that represents your social cause will serve to identify your project in different instances and platforms, so it is crucial that it be of good resolution and be able to express the essence of your social cause. Tip: People tend to empathize more with photos of individuals than of groups.
– Title of your Cause: Choose a title that attracts attention.
– Description: Provides all the relevant information about your cause. To who? Describe the population you plan to help. How? what will you do and how will you benefit? When? dates of important milestones. Tip: to present information, the most effective is to tell a story.
– Place of execution: Select the commune, city or country that contemplates the execution of your cause.
– Currency: clyc.me is an international platform. For reasons of exchange rate and remittances it is important to show the currency in which payments to suppliers and internal expenses will be made.
– Start Date: Start of the execution of your social cause. IMPORTANT! If it is not possible to reach the minimum amount of financing for this date, you will not be able to execute the social cause that you raise. If this happens, within a period of 10 days you will have to create a new social cause that matches the collection amount reached and report to your donors about this new project.
– End Date: end of your social cause. Both the execution and the reporting of results with direct impact end this date. After this period, you can only report those results with indirect impact, given its long-term nature. Direct and indirect impacts are included in the next step.
What is the social impact?
The social impact is the change in well-being perceived by a population.
How to quantify the social impact?
In order to measure the effectiveness of the initiatives proposed, it is necessary to quantify this impact through 3 elements:
– Main Impact: It is the one that is selected first. It will be the social impact that everyone will see, along with the total amount of money they need. For example: “we need 1,000 dollars to help 300 elderly people”.
– Direct Social Impact: Any impact that the start-up of your social cause generates immediately after its execution and you are able to measure it, report it and be able to observe it in the short term.
– Indirect Social Impact: All that social impact that is not immediately the result of the execution of your social cause. It is complex to measure and report and tends to manifest itself in the medium to long term.
How to really know if the impact is direct or indirect?
The definition of direct and indirect social impact is relative. We recommend that you understand the population you will be helping and define that impact as direct or indirect according to its measurement facility. Here we give you some examples to understand it better:
Example 1: cause to give math and biology classes to girls in vulnerable situations. The direct impact would be educated girls. An indirect impact would be the increase of women in scientific careers.
Example 2: cause for the construction of emergency homes, but not the management of locating people in said homes. The direct impact would be the number of households that would be built, and the indirect impact would be the number of people who could be helped with those households.
Example 3: cause for research on public policies of labor reintegration. In practice the results of this cause are documents. As the positive impact of public policy research is difficult to measure, it would be mainly indirect: number of people who were inserted as an indirect consequence of this investigation.
When I finish the deadline for my case, can I continue reporting?
It is important to bear in mind that when a cause ends (reaching the date defined as final), the results linked to direct impact can not continue to be reported. Only results linked to indirect impact can be reported. For this reason, we recommend you incorporate indirect impacts in your cause.
What are the qualities of social impact?
The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) plus the demographic characteristics make the qualitative definition of the social impact of your cause.
This will help us identify which donors have more affinity with your cause to make the financing more effective for you and the donor.
What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
In 2015, the 193 members of the United Nations defined the SDGs, an agenda with 17 goals and 169 goals, to end poverty by 2030. If you want to know more about the SDGs, go to https://bit.ly/2NdMAih .
What are the demographic characteristics?
There are certain elements of the beneficiary population that you can highlight. We include discriminated minority groups and characteristics characteristic of the execution of the cause such as proximity and level of urgency. There are features that are automatically defined by the selected impact unit.
What is a stage?
It corresponds to a period of execution of your social cause and is composed of different activities that can be executed in parallel. The total cost of the stage is given by the sum of its activities. The stage will have different values depending on the financing case.
What is an activity?
This is the basic unit of reportability. Each time you report on your work you will do it on one of the activities you choose. The activities can be of two types: expenses and results. Expenses are necessary activities to generate a result and your unit of reportability is the currency you choose in the step Creation of New Cause. The results are the product of the expenditure activities and its reportability unit corresponds to one of the social impact units that you select in the step Quantification of the Social Impact.
What is the case of minimum financing?
It corresponds to the minimum amount with which you could carry out your project. This amount is calculated from the sum of all expenditure activities for the case of minimum financing.
What is the expected financing case?
This is the amount you should aim for with your cause. It is calculated from the sum of all expenditure activities for the expected financing case.
What is the case of maximum financing?
After reaching this sum, the financing of your cause ends. This amount represents the maximum costs necessary to finalize your project, that is, the greatest impact you can achieve given the capabilities of your organization for this cause. It is calculated from the sum of all expenditure activities for the expected financing case.
What happens if my cause does not reach the minimum financing?
If it is not possible to reach the minimum amount of financing for the start date of the project, you will not be able to execute the social cause that you pose. If this happens, within a period of two weeks you will have to create a new social cause that matches the collection amount reached and report to your donors about this new project.
Can there be minimal, expected and maximum impact?
The cases of Impact have a structure similar to the cases of financing. They can be Minimum, Expected and Maximum Impact. It is calculated from the sum of the social impact of the results activities.
Do all the activities have the same value?
The activities have different values depending on the case of financing. To calculate these values, we recommend you:
1. Be clear about the social impact according to each financing case
2. Project the necessary activities for each financing case
3. Value each activity with point 1 in mind.
For example, if in the case of minimum financing we seek to create 10 emergency homes, the activities to carry out this result would be: labor and materials.
Each household would require 1,000 USD of labor and 1,000 USD of materials. All these activities would be included in the construction phase of homes, giving a total of 2,000 USD for the case of minimum financing in the construction phase of homes.
This same calculation must be made for the case of expected financing, which seeks to create 50 emergency homes, and the case of maximum financing, which seeks to create 100 emergency homes.