Frequently Asked Questions
No need to contact the owner. If the property / vacation is displaying on your site (or featured at your event) then the owner has elected to let the RENTER decide where some or all of the donation goes so you know that you will get the donation. No more need to contact owners and try to round up vacations (but you can still do that to add to the vacations on your OneSpareWeek website and for your charity events).
Also, please note that you can print (or email to donors) PDF flyers that promote your entire OneSpareWeek site and you can print (or email) flyers to promote a specific vacation. Give it a try.
Good news! OneSpareWeek takes very little time to manage. Here's why:
- We have already gathered $Millions in vacations that can help your non profit.
- We help you with easy ways to promote your OneSpareWeek website including predesigned promotional flyers
- You don't have to do any regular maintenance on your website
- We continually roll out innovative promotional tools.
...so we estimate that this program will take no more than 1 hour / month (primarily just promoting your OneSpareWeek website).
Where else can you build a private label fundraising site in as little as 15 minutes?
All you need to do is enter information for your non-profit including photos, links, your logo, etc. Start by entering the name and location and click the "Get Started" button. Within 48 hours (typically), we'll send you a welcome email with your URL and details.
We do all the work gathering vacations for you, building your site and ensuring that you receive your donations (thanks to our partner JustGive.org). You simply promote your private label site. Simple as that. Your OneSpareWeek website will become your most efficient fundraiser.
Log into the non-profit administator area and you can view/ edit your non-profit details and make any changes to your photos, links, description, video, partners, etc. When we create your account, we'll make you an administrator so you'll have full access to (almost) everything.
There are many things you can do to increase the effectiveness of your website. We have summarized some of these best practices for you in our "Still Have Questions" area of OneSpareWeek.
Essentially, if you can get the word out to your donors, you should do very well with a OneSpareWeek website.
Suggestions for promotion include:
- Like our facebook page and post on your wall about your OneSpareWeek site and specific properties
- Print or email a promotional flyer (automatically generated for you) and distribute it
- Include OneSpareWeek mentions e-mails to donors, newsletters
- Tweet about your OneSpareWeek fundraiser
- Ask your donors for additional donations (optional)
Shortly after the renters' vacation(s), you'll receive a check in the mail for the amount that is due to you.
Automated payments to non-profits go out shortly after the vacation and will sent by a donor directed third party (JustGive.org). We will also provide you with detailed reports showing the name of the renter, the owner, etc.
Note: You will not be required to send out any gift letters.
We have a simple one page agreement that provides details for you on all of the tools and vacation inventory that we deliver and also confirms that you agree to promote your private label OneSpareWeek website. We'll build your fully functional website for free and you promote it.
You should follow the instructions listed by your email provider for "whitelisting" Geronimo (our national brand). This will ensure that emails are not blocked or re-routed to your junk folder. You can see all of the instructions for whitelisting our domain and for whitelisting specific geronimo or onespareweek email addresses here
Yes, in fact, if they list on YOUR OneSpareWeek site, there is no way for them to specify any charity but yours.. 100% of the donatable amount will go to your charity. We wouldn't want one of your donors posting and benefiting another charity, so we set that in stone. Our advice is to send owners to your site to post their properties, then promote the properties to your donors (along with all the other vacations that we already have out there for you!
However, If an owner lists his/her property on Geronimo.com, then they can specify that the renter can choose the charity, and set other options.
Geronimo.com features properties that have been posted and vacations posted to support many non-profits. In fact many owners allow the RENTER to decide where the donation goes. This is GREAT for you as a renter.
In contrast, a private label OneSpareWeek website supports a single non-profit. These custom private label websites feature the non-profits color and logo as well as videos, links, photos and more. You will see many of the same properties featured on Geronimo and on OneSpareWeek sites since many properties can benefit any non-profit (owner allows renter to choose). Properties posted on a OneSpareWeek site can ONLY benfit the non-profit that owns the OneSpareWeek site and will only appear to renters trying to help that one non-profit.
OneSpareWeek and Geronimo.com are both provided by Charity Helpers, LLC.
With the goal of simply covering our costs (merchant fees, website design, hosting, marketing and promotion, and staff) we deduct a percentage of the donatable amount. Since the donation is taken out after the management company and owner receive their payment in most cases, the actual fee varies (from a low of 6% to a high of 18%) of the total rent paid by renter. This is based on the donation preferences that are set by the property owner. We are very proud to be one of the most efficient fund raising solutions for non-profits.
Yes and we make it easy.
When you log in, you'll see an easy option to add and promote business partners and to promote special incentives for owners and renters.
For example, if a local restaurant gives you ten free dinners for two, log in and post an offer - "free dinner for two to all vacationers that book a property (while supplies last)". Your local business partner will be automatically promoted (their logo and information and their special offer) to all of your supporters and they will be quite pleased with the exposure.