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77 Society Recurring Gift Program FAQ

Q: What does it mean to be a 77 Society member?

A: The Ability Experience’s 77 Society is a group of individuals dedicated to supporting the mission and vision of The Ability Experience through enrolling in a recurring donation. Recurring donations are a wonderful way to provide support to The Ability Experience throughout the calendar year.

It is called the ‘77 Society’ because The Ability Experience was established in 1977 by Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, in an effort to mobilize its members in support of people with disabilities.

Becoming a recurring gift donor means that you have chosen to donate to The Ability Experience’s Annual Fund on a regular basis; providing a steady and cost-effective source of income. And because your recurring donation is processed automatically, you help us reduce our costs - which allow us to fund more programs that Pi Kappa Phi brothers can experience, and grow the number of people with disabilities, and the organizations that work with them, that we are able to serve across the country.

Q: If I want to set-up a recurring gift, what are my options for frequency of my gift?

A: For recurring gifts, you have the option of giving once a month or quarterly (4 times per year).

As a monthly donor, you will be registering to make a credit card donation every month. After you make your initial donation, future donations will be charged every month to your credit card. For example, if you choose to make a monthly donation of $50 today, your next donation of $50 will be automatically charged to your account in exactly one month to the day, and each subsequent month thereafter.

As a quarterly donor, you will be registering to make a credit card donation every quarter (every 3 months). After you make your initial donation, future donations will be charged every third month to your credit card. For example, if you choose to make a quarterly donation of $50 today, your next donation of $50 will be automatically charged to your account in exactly two months to the day, and each subsequent quarter thereafter.

Q: Will I receive a receipt that I can use for tax purposes when my credit card is charged each month?

A: When you sign up to support The Ability Experience through the 77 Society you will be charged for your first contribution and receive a receipt at that time. Throughout the year you will not receive additional receipts, however, you will receive an annual statement by mail with all your payment details in the first quarter (January-March) of every year.

If you require any further documentation you may request it by contacting our Development Office at (704) 504-2400.

Q: Are there any benefits to joining the 77 Society?

A: Yes. All donors who enroll in the 77 Society are given the ability to potentially give more by spacing their pledge out over smaller payments. Best of all, recurring donations are automated and hassle-free, providing you with automated confirmation receipts for each transaction, and expired credit card notices from us that will keep you informed about the status of your recurring gift. In addition, all 77 Society members that contribute $250 and above annually will be listed in The Ability Experience's Annual Report.

Q: Is the 77 Society only for members of Pi Kappa Phi?

A: No. Members and non-members are welcome to become 77 Society members. A Pi Alpha created the 77 Society several years ago as a way to continue to support the organization that has done for much for him in his personal development and growth as a young Pi Kapp. That being said, membership in the 77 Society is open to ALL individuals that believe in The Ability Experience’s mission and vision.

Q: How can I create my recurring gift and join the 77 Society?

A: You may create your gift in the following ways:

Online:  Click here to make be directed to our online 77 Society donation form.

By Phone: Call Chris Shade, Associate Director of Development at (980) 318-5383 to process your recurring gift over the phone.

By Mail: Click here to download our 77 Society pledge card. This will give you the option of having your recurring gift charged to your credit card or taken out of your bank account through an ACH.

Checking Account: If you choose to pay via ACH, you authorize The Ability Experience to automatically debit your checking account per your preferred payment schedule. This authorization is to remain in full force and effect until written notification is given to The Ability Experience of its termination.

Credit Card: Payments will be charged to your preferred credit card account on the same day each month/quarter. Please maintain a sufficient credit limit on your credit card on the payment date. If we are unable to process your gift you will be notified. The amount and date of your recurring gift will appear on your credit card statement. To ensure timely payments, notify our Development team of any credit card updates or address changes by phone or email (see below).

Q: Can I make a one-time contribution?

A: Yes. You have the option of either making a one-time gift or setting up a recurring gift. For a one-time gift, you can designate that the gift be made immediately or, for both one-time and recurring gifts, you can schedule the gift to be charged to your credit card on the date(s) specified by you.

Q: How will I know if I set up my recurring gift correctly?

A: Immediately after submitting your donation, you will receive an email verifying your on-going contribution to The Ability Experience. Within 48 hours you will also receive written confirmation of your enrollment in the 77 Society.

Q: How do I make changes to my gift, payment or personal information?

A: To make changes to your gift status or to update your payment information, please call Chris Shade, Associate Director of Development at (980) 318-5383 or email development@abilityexperience.org.

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