How do I register and receive donations for my charitable organization?
Registering your organization is easy. In order to register and receive donations, you must be an official representative of an eligible organization, and then follow these easy steps:
Click on this link to get registered: https://admin.bypasslines.com/join-onboard.
- Select “Organization/Non-profit”
- Accept the Bypasslines Merchant Agreement on behalf of your organization.
- Have your business EIN number.
- Make sure an organization administrator is registering your organization.
- Verify your email address (we recommend that you use an email address that is associated with your charitable organization).
- Submit your organization’s bank account information.
7. Once you are registered and “Listed” you can start creating your Funding Network with Bypasslines – see What is a Funding Network? You can start by identifying businesses in your local community you would like to support and get them registered for free with Bypasslines, directing them to admin.bypasslines.com/join-onboard.
Here are an example local businesses you can consider supporting: Restaurants, restaurant franchises, grocery stores, pharmacies, or supply stores. Each business has to be a legally registered in the US.
8. You can also start announcing to your students, staff, members and supporters to start shopping/ordering at bypasslines.com with the existing merchants on the platform. They would have the ability to add your organization to receive donations when they checkout when making purchases on bypasslines.com.
What is a Funding Network?
A funding network is when an organization chooses local businesses in their community they would like to support. The organization will specifically target each business and add them to their network by getting them registered with Bypasslines. Once, the businesses are registered with Bypasslines, organizations can announce to their students, staff, members, or supporters to go shopping through bypasslines.com. Each business has to be a legally registered business in the US. Each business will be onboarded to BypassLines for free and will have to be approved and verified as a BypassLines merchant.
Once a businesses is inside your network, when a supporter makes an order they will choose you from the list of organizations and once the purchase has been made, BypassLines will send your donation.
How many businesses can I add to my Funding Network?
We don’t place a limit on how many businesses you can get registered to BypassLines. However, once you reach 4 or more businesses, BypassLines will provide these organizations with a dedicated customized web ordering landing page with only their supported businesses. Their supporters will not have to go directly to bypasslines.com to order. With 4 or more supported businesses each organization will receive a link to their customized web page to be placed on their website, all social medias, newsletters and other announcements for exposure.
What is an organization administrator?
An organization administrator is an official representative of an organization that has authority to access and manage Bypasslines program information on behalf of their charitable organization.
Why do you need an email address for my charitable organization?
We require a valid email address so that we can communicate important program information to each registered organization. From time to time, we will send emails with information about your organization’s donation amounts and information about Bypasslines program promotions.
Can you mail our organization a donation check instead of sending an electronic funds transfer?
We do not mail donation checks due to the expense of check processing and fulfillment. We distribute donations using electronic transfer to reduce operational expenses so we can donate 100% of the funds to eligible charitable organizations.
Will customers still be able to select my charitable organization if I don’t register?
Yes. As long as your organization is listed. To get listed you will have to send an email to email@example.com and request to be listed and you will have to meet our eligibility criteria, customers will be able to select your organization. However, no donations will be made to your organization until you complete your free registration. See “What happens if we do not register …” under Receive Donations for more information on how donations are processed for organizations that do not register and provide bank account information.
What happens if another person has already registered my charitable organization and they were not authorized to do so?
If your organization has been registered by an unauthorized person, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What is BypassLines Cares?
BypassLines Cares is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. BypassLines Cares is available at bypasslines.com or can be available via a link on the organization’s website. In addition, customers can shop using the BypassLines Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop BypassLines.com, you’ll find local merchants with vast selections and convenient online shopping experience, with the added benefit that BypassLines will donate up to 10% of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
What are the eligibility requirements for charitable organizations to participate?
Organizations must be registered and in good standing with the IRS. Non-profits must be registered and in good standing with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) to be eligible to participate. Organizations must be public charitable organizations (not private foundations) and may not be supporting organizations, unless identified specifically as a Type I, Type II, or functionally integrated Type III supporting organization. Eligible charitable organizations must also be located in one of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Organizations must submit bank account information online to receive donation payments. Organizations that engage in, support, encourage, or promote intolerance, hate, terrorism, violence, money laundering, or other illegal activities are not eligible to participate. BypassLines relies on the US Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Southern Poverty Law Center to determine which registered charities fall into these groups. Charitable organizations must also adhere to the BypassLines Merchant Agreement to maintain eligibility. Charitable organizations may choose not to participate in Bypasslines program at any time. Although we aim to include only charitable organizations that are in good standing and do not engage in any of the activities described above, we cannot guarantee the good standing and/or conduct of any charitable organization. For complete details, see the BypassLines Merchant Agreement.
How does BypassLines Cares work?
When customers are checking out at participating merchants on the Bypasslines network, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization they would like to support. In addition, if a customer creates a profile, they can add a charitable organization to their profile. For eligible purchases through BypassLines, the Bypasslines Cares will donate up to 10% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.
Is there any cost to charitable organizations or to customers?
No. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to BypassLines customers. The shopping experience is identical to Bypasslines.com or mobile app with the added benefit that the BypassLines Cares will donate to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
Do you charge any administrative fees or take any deduction from the donation amount?
No. Charities must register to receive donations and have a valid bank account to which we can route donations, but there is no charge to participate and we do not deduct any fees from the donation amount.
Can charitable organizations outside the U.S. participate?
No. Eligible charitable organizations must be a qualified under Section 501(c)(3) and located in one of the 50 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
What are spotlight charities?
From time to time we may highlight one or more charitable organizations from the total list of eligible organizations. We do this to make it easier for customers to choose an organization to support from the over one million available, but we do not endorse any particular organization or the causes they support. To apply for consideration as a spotlight charity, please submit a spotlight charity application. Note that you must first register your charitable organization at https://admin.bypasslines.com/join-onboard.
Go to Bypasslines.com, then click the Help link at the top of the page, then under General Program Information, select the Spotlight Charities link to access the application form.
What is the BypassLines Cares Program?
The BypassLines Cares program is created by BypassLines. All donation amounts generated by the BypassLines Cares program are remitted by a subsidiary of BypassLines, LLC. In turn, BypassLines donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. BypassLines pays all expenses of the BypassLines Cares program; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on Bypasslines.com.
May customers make direct donations to charitable organizations through the BypassLines program?
Customers can make direct donations by shopping at the registered merchants on the bypasslines.com website or BypassLines Shopping app. Customers who support their selected charitable organization is by shopping Bypasslines.com do not make direct donations.
Does BypassLines Cares take any portion of donations to fund its operations?
No. BypassLines donate a percentage of the purchases made with merchants on bypasslines.com.
How do I contact BypassLines Cares?
To submit a question to email@example.com support team.
If I do not want my organization to participate in the BypassLines Cares program, what do I do?
If you do not want your organization to participate in the BypassLines Cares program please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request that your organization be removed from the program.
Where did you get my organization’s information?
BypassLines directly partners with each Organization or Non-profit. Organizations and non-profits onboard with Bypasslines Cares through the registration link here: https://admin.bypasslines.com/join-onboard, to be processed and become eligible to receive donations. However, they will not receive any donations until they officially complete the free registration. We will also use GuideStar as the authoritative source for publicly available charitable organization data. To modify your organization’s information or update your Profile; please send an email at email@example.com to request an update to your organization’s information.
How can we change the BypassLines Cares organization administrator to another person?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request a new administrator. We will have to verify the new administrator’s identity in order to be added, which includes providing a valid driver’s license and other requested information.
If your administrator is no longer with the company or you believe your account was claimed by someone outside your organization, please send an email to email@example.com and include a request in your message to remove the current administrator. Also please provide contact information for the new organization administrator.
How do I change my account information such as email address and password?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request to change your email address and password. We will have to verify your identity.
How do I update the bank account information for our electronic transfer?
Send an email to email@example.com and request to change your email address and password. We will have to verify your identity.
How can I update my organization’s name, address, or mission statement?
To modify your organization’s address or you will have to resubmit another application to create a merchant account at https://admin.bypasslines.com/join-onboard.
What do I do if my organization’s administrator is no longer with our nonprofit and we need to change the administrator?
If your BypassLines Cares account is registered to an administrator who is no longer with your organization, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and include a request in your message to remove the current administrator. Also please provide contact information for the new organization administrator. We will have to verify their identity.
How does my charity receive the donations?
Each month, BypassLines Cares makes donations to eligible charitable organizations by electronic funds transfer. Donations will be transferred approximately 30 to 35 days after the end of each calendar month. To account for product returns, a portion of the monthly donations will be withheld until the next donation cycle, subject to any reduction due to returns from prior months.
What happens if we do not register our charitable organization and provide a bank account for an electronic transfer?
If you have not registered and have donations allocated to your organization, we will attempt to contact you with instructions on how to register. If you do not register your charitable organization, including providing accurate bank account information for an electronic transfer, BypassLines Cares will still track and store donations earned in each calendar month. Once you’ve registered your charitable organization, your organization will be eligible to receive in the next donation cycle only funds collected during the registered month. There will be no retro payment for funds collected if organization is not properly registered. All donation amounts that were previously allocated to your organization and were not subject to reallocation under the Participation Agreement. Please note that donations that have been allocated to an unregistered charitable organization from customers that made their first supporting purchase more than eight full quarters ago and have not been distributed will be reallocated to other registered charitable organizations.
How much of the customers’ purchase price does Bypasslines donate?
BypassLines Cares will donate up to 10% of the purchase price from customers’ eligible purchases from BypassLines registered merchants to the charitable organizations they select. The purchase price for each item is the sale price, excluding shipping, handling, and gift-wrapping fees, taxes, and service charges, and less any rebates, returns, and bad debt. Certain items are not eligible for and will not result in donations.
What purchases are eligible for donations?
All merchants registered only through Bypasslines.com are considered eligible purchases for donations. You will also see QR code ordering posted by organizations on their website that are directed to eligible merchants for purchases.
In order to receive a donation disbursement, what is the minimum amount my organization needs to have accrued from customer purchases?
The minimum amount a charitable organization must accrue to receive a monthly donation is $5.00. If the total donation amounts due to your organization, based on the purchases by all customers who selected your charitable organization, is less than $5.00 as of the end of a given calendar month, your amount will be accrued to the next month and released once the $5.00 threshold is reached. If you have an accrued donation that remains below $5.00 for four consecutive months, the BypassLines Cares will disburse accrued donation amounts to you in the donation cycle following the fourth quarter, even if the donation amount is less than $5.00.
Can I view the amount of donations my charitable organization has received?
We currently do not provide reports that enable viewing of donations received.
I registered but didn’t receive a donation. What happened?
If you registered, but did not receive a donation disbursement, please ensure that you have added the correct bank account information for your organization to your Org Central account. Also, you will not receive a donation disbursement if your organization’s earnings are below the minimum donation amount of $5.00. Note that donations accrued during each calendar month are disbursed approximately 30 to 35 days after the end of that calendar month. if your organization does not accrue at least $5.00 in donations, BypassLines Cares will make send whatever accrued totals below the $5.00 at the end of the year. If you have questions, please contact us.
Spread the Word
How do we spread the word about BypassLines Cares to our supporters?
Check the “Welcome Aboard” email you received once you successfully registered. Locate the following:
- Link to the bypasslines.com store show cases the merchant you are supporting.
- If you have 4 or more businesses you are supporting, a link to a customized landing page with only your merchants will be provided.
- The link to this customized landing page can be used in email newsletters, on your website, or on all your social media platforms.
- QR code for ordering can be provided upon request to email@example.com.
Are there any restrictions regarding the promotion of the BypassLines Cares program by charitable organizations?
Organizations may spread the word to supporters using email, web-site banners, links, widgets, social media posts, direct mail, print collateral, and signage in accordance with our BypassLines Merchant Agreement.
Will you share my email address or account information?
No. We do not share or sell account information or email addresses in any form. Please see the BypassLines Privacy Notice for more information.
Will you share information about the amount of money BypassLines donates to my organization?
We may occasionally publicly disclose the amount of donations to all charitable organizations or particular organizations resulting from the BypassLines Cares program; however, we will never disclose information that ties donations made to individual customers.
Will you share with my organization information about the BypassLines Customers who have selected to support my organization?
No. BypassLines will not share individual customer information with you regarding customers who have selected to support your organization. Please see the BypassLines Privacy Notice for more information.