General Frequently Asked Questions
What is Thirty-One Gives and why was it created?
In February 2012, Thirty-One Gives launched to help Thirty-One Gifts pay back the many blessings we’ve received as a company. We are dedicated to three key pieces of our heart - girls, women and families. Since 2012, Gives has donated $80 million in cash and product and touched 8.5 million lives.
We’re proud partners with several nonprofit organizations that align with our mission, and we offer our support in a number of ways, including product donations, Consultant giving, Home Office community partnerships and the Thirty-One Gives Fund. All of this woven together is the fabric that makes us who we are - and it’s our collective efforts that will change the world for HER.
In September 2013, Thirty-One Gives launched in Canada. Our Canadian Customers can Round Up! their orders to support our mission and shop Gives in the Canadian Catalogue through the U R U Collection, Ronald McDonald House Charities® exclusive product, or Thirty-One Gives Care Ribbons.
What is the mission of Thirty-One Gives?
We have a passion for serving and supporting girls, women and families. We believe strong, confident girls will grow up to become strong, compassionate women, who will be the driving force behind strong, healthy families and communities. Our mission is to celebrate others for who they are, giving them the support and self-esteem needed to lead a purposeful, thriving life. When we all work together and give a little piece of our heart, we can make a huge difference.
What is the Thirty-One Gives U R U Collection?
The U R U Collection is synonymous with the Gives mission to celebrate others for who they are, giving them the support and self-esteem needed to lead a purposeful, thriving life. Each product is personalized with an inspiring message on the inside, symbolizing internal beauty - U R Strong, U R Bold, U R True, U R U - encouraging all of us to be strong enough to be bold and bold enough to be our True Selves. With every purchase from the U R U Collection, 31 cents will be donated to nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving and supporting girls or women. Since February 2012, over $550,000 has been raised through the U R U Collection. The U R U Collection is also available in Canada!
When a Customer purchases a U R U product, is it considered tax-deductible?
Customers are not entitled to a tax deduction for purchasing a U R U product because they are purchasing the item from the corporation in support of the charitable cause. In addition, Customers are receiving something in return for this purchase, so it is not tax-deductible.
Is there a limit on the number of U R U products I can purchase?
No. There is no limit, and for each purchase made, 31 cents will be donated to nonprofit organizations whose missions are dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women.
Can every product from the U R U Collection be personalized?
All products from the U R U Collection can be personalized following the same criteria as their partner product in the core line. U R U products can now be personalized with the Thirty-One Gives logo!
What is Gives Round Up!?
Gives Round Up! is a simple program that gives Thirty-One Customers the chance to help in our mission, too. Customers will have the option on their order form to donate a little change by rounding up their purchase to the nearest dollar (after tax and shipping). A little change might not seem like much, but when we band together in a sisterhood of giving and give a little piece of our heart, we can make a huge difference in the lives of girls, women, and families in the U.S. and Canada. It ALL makes a difference. Since May 2012, over $1,500,000 has been raised through Gives Round Up! Gives Round Up! is also available in Canada.
Does Thirty-One Gives make cash contributions?
At this time, Thirty-One Gives is not accepting grant requests. We do accept partnership proposals from registered nonprofit organizations requesting support in our Home Office communities (Columbus, OH, Springfield, OH and Johnstown, OH) through thirtyonegives.org.
Frequently Asked Questions (US Only)
How are Thirty-One Gives' nonprofit partners chosen?
Nonprofit partners are chosen based on their ability to serve and support girls, women and families, giving them the support and self-esteem needed to lead a purposeful, thriving life.The Thirty-One Gives Care Council (made up of 15 Thirty-One Consultants, representing each region of the U.S.) offers guidance in the selection of our U.S. national nonprofit partners and determines how contributions from U R U Collection sales and Gives Round Up! are allocated to our national nonprofit partners.
Thirty-One Gives has two national mission partners, selected by the Gives Care Council – Girl Talk, Inc. and Ronald McDonald House Charities®. In February 2013, Girl Talk, Inc. was selected as a national mission partner to support our mission to empower girls. Girl Talk, Inc. is a peer-to-peer mentoring program for high school girls to mentor middle school girls to help them deal with the challenges of the early teenage years. In July 2013, Ronald McDonald House Charities was selected as a national mission partner. Through its core program, the Ronald McDonald House®, the charity helps families stay close together by providing a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.
In the majority of cases, the Thirty-One Gives Care Council selects U.S. national partners based on the organization’s ability to:
- Creatively address and advocate for issues that build strong, confident girls, strong, compassionate women, and strong, healthy families
- Provide a national platform to engage the sales field in the Thirty-One Gives mission
- Distribute funds to states across the country where our Consultants live and work
- Meet basic needs and improve the quality of life in our Home Office communities and give our Consultants and employees opportunities to volunteer their time.
- For a listing of Thirty-One Gives U.S. nonprofit partners, please visit thirtyonegives.org.
Where will Thirty-One Gives geographically focus its giving?
Thirty-One Gives and the U.S. Thirty-One Gives Care Council will establish national partnerships with nonprofit organizations with affiliates throughout the United States. Thirty-One Gives will also partner with nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life within our Home Office communities (Columbus, OH, Springfield, OH and Johnstown, OH).
Are Gives Round Up! contributions tax-deductible?
These gifts are not tax-deductible because Customers are purchasing the item from Thirty-One Gifts. The Round Up! program was created to invite Customers to share in the collective power of giving. We believe that even the smallest amounts can create big change.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible cash contribution, follow the instructions below for "How can I make a tax-deductible cash contribution to Thirty-One Gives (U.S.)?".
How can nonprofit organizations apply for a product donation?
All product donations are managed through Thirty-One Gifts and are reserved for Thirty-One sponsored events and for nonprofit organizations that align with the Gives mission in our Home Office communities (Columbus, OH, Springfield, OH and Johnstown, OH).
For our U.S. Home Office communities, Thirty-One donates a Gives Kit representing our seasonal product offering to registered nonprofit organizations that are aligned with our mission. U.S. Nonprofit organizations in our Home Office communities must apply for a Gives Kit by completing the electronic application here. Please note, Thirty-One Gifts does not support the following:
- Organizations that are not tax-exempt under paragraph 501(c) (3) of the U.S. IRS Code
- Individuals for any purpose
- Athletic events or teams, bands and choirs (including equipment and uniforms)
- Debt-reduction or retirement campaigns
- Public or private primary or secondary schools
- Requests to support travel
- Groups or organizations that will re-grant Thirty-One Gives' gifts to other organizations or individuals
- Lobbying activities
How can I make a tax-deductible cash contribution to Thirty-One Gives (U.S.)?
Our Thirty-One Gives Fund* is a component fund of The Columbus Foundation; therefore, all donations to Thirty-One Gives will be processed and appear on your billing statement under The Columbus Foundation name. A receipt will be mailed to you for tax purposes.
Cash contributions can be made as follows:
Checks made payable to Thirty-One Gives Mailed to:
The Columbus Foundation
Attn: Thirty-One Gives Fund
1234 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43205
All cash contributions to the Thirty-One Gives Fund are 100% tax-deductible.
*Thirty-One Gives decides where and when the money in the Fund is spent. Although the Fund is administered locally, the money can be distributed to nonprofit organizations worldwide that align with the Gives Mission.
If you have questions about your contribution, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions (Canada Only)
How can I make a tax-deductible cash contribution to Thirty-One Gives (Canada)?
Our Thirty-One Gives Canada Fund is managed by the Community Foundation of Ottawa. Although the Fund is administered in Ottawa, disbursements can be made to any charitable organization considered a qualified donnee by the Canada Revenue Agency. Based on alignment with our mission, Thirty-One Gives designates the actual organizations and informs the Community Foundation. To make your 100% tax-deductible donation of $20 or more, click here for the Community Foundation of Ottawa’s secure site.
If you would prefer to make your donation by mail, please send a cheque payable to the Community Foundation of Ottawa, specifying the Thirty-One Gives Canada Fund in the memo field, to:
Community Foundation of Ottawa
301-75 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5E7
For more information about making a gift to the Thirty-One Gives Canada Fund, please contact the Community Foundation of Ottawa at 613-236-1616 / email@example.com.
Are Gives Round Up! contributions tax-deductible?
These gifts are not tax-deductible because Customers are purchasing the item from Thirty-One Gifts. The Gives Round Up! program was created to invite Customers to share in the collective power of giving. We believe that even the smallest amounts can create big change.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible cash contribution, follow the instructions above for "How can I make a tax-deductible cash contribution to Thirty-One Gives (Canada)?".