1What is the 'Aristeas Initiative' and how does it work?
In a nutshell, Aristeas Initiative connects amazing charitable and humanitarian organizations with great corporations and provides beautiful artwork & incredible collectibles as simple mediums through which to facilitate donations.
2What is the cost to the charitable/humanitarian organization?
There is NO cost or risk to the charitable or humanitarian organization. Simply connect us to a point person within your organization who can supply us with your logo and receive the cheques! There are no increased internal responsibilities and no overhead when partnering with Aristeas Initiative.
3What is the corporate partner responsible for?
Our corporate partners and hosting establishments need only dedicate about four square feet of floor space and can then enjoy the added benefit of fresh new art in their space and the amazing awesome feelings they will get from giving back and being part of an incredible initiative.
4Who maintains the easel and changes the display?
Our Program Managers take care of absolutely everything. You do enough by giving our amazing nonprofit partners a little space to fundraise!
5What if someone damages or takes the art or collectible while it is on display?
All the artwork & collectibles are insured while on display and during transport to the successful offeror. Our corporate partners and host locations need not worry about possible damage or liability.
6Who collects the money from the successful bidders and arranges for deliveries?
Aristeas Initiative representatives look after every single last detail. We offer a full all included service.
7I just bid on a piece of art/collectable, what happens next?
Each piece is displayed for approximately 3 weeks. During this time anyone can make a bid. At the end of the display period, the bids are collected, the box is closed and the successful offers will be contacted with their good news.
8How will I know if I made the successful offer?
An Aristeas Initiative representative will contact you by telephone or email to congratulate you and make arrangements for payment and delivery.
9What if I didn't make a successful offer?
We sincerely wish that everyone could obtain the art or collectible that they desire. As a courtesy, Aristeas Initiative may communicate if and when multiple pieces are available.
10How am I able to pay you for the art or collectible?
We do our best to make it as easy and simple as possible. We accept Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Cheques.
11Do I receive the exact item that is displayed on the easel?
Typically, you will not receive the display piece but a copy of the item or one in a numbered series of a work. There may be small variations from piece to piece and prints are sometimes hand-embellished to provide visual texture. Copies may not be identical but they will be very similar to the display copy.
12Did I just bid on/win an original work of art?
In many cases, the art or collectibles featured are not original paintings or one-of-a-kinds, but prints or pieces in a numbered series of a work. We’d love to be able to offer original artwork with a minimum offer of $200 but we haven’t yet found an artist who wants to work at that rate. Jokes aside, we are currently working to create a special program that features original work by local American artists. Follow us on Facebook and we will let you know!
13How will I receive my artwork?
Shipment by courier is offered in about 97% of locations. In the remaining 3% of areas, special arrangements will be made.
1I’m the successful offeror, what if my new acquisition is damaged when I receive it?
All our artwork and collectables are insured while on display and during couriered transport to the successful bidder. If on the small chance that damage occurs, we will work with you to ensure a replacement as soon as possible.
2How much is the tax & delivery charge?
Our standard delivery charge is $25 for the piece to be hand delivered by a courier to your address. Special arrangements for particularly remote areas will be calculated on a situational basis. Taxes will be calculated accordingly.
3Should I plan to frame my artwork or collectible?
Your new acquisition will be wall or display ready. There is nothing you will need to do other than decide where to put it!
4What if I make an offer on a piece but it doesn't look good in my home or office... do I have to keep it?
An Aristeas Initiative representative will work with you to ensure that you are 1000% satisfied with your donor experience.
5Do I get a tax receipt?
Aristeas Initiative is not a registered charity and therefore cannot issue tax receipts. What you do get is a visual reminder from that day forward of how awesome you are.
6Wait, if this is for charity, what do you mean you don’t issue a tax receipt?
Fundraising Logistics (who created the Aristeas Initiative) is a for-profit company, so we cannot issue you a tax receipt. We are a business that provides innovative fundraising services to charitable and humanitarian organizations in Europe and America.
7How much money goes to the charity?
Aristeas Initiative is committed to putting our charitable and humanitarian partners first. We ensure that they always receive the biggest portion of the net proceeds that are generated by our programs. The participating charitable and community partners do not incur any direct expenses, risks or liabilities with Fundraising Logistics programs. This allows our charitable and humanitarian partners to use 100% of the funds we provide to be applied to their most urgent needs.
8So Aristeas Initiative is a business that basically makes money by providing fundraising services to charities?
Yes. One of the biggest challenges that a charity or humanitarian organization has is bringing in enough dollars to fund their mission and keep their doors open. Fundraising Logistics is proud of how we are able to support our partners by providing new and fresh ways to raise money. ‘Profit’ is not a dirty word around here. We are a business and we employ 20+ people across in the pursuit of our goals and vision.
9What do you mean by ‘high transparency’?
By 'high transparency’ we mean that we understand that it can be a confusing world and it can be tough to know whom to trust. We shares our results live on our website and on facebook. You can see how much money we have raised to-date for charity and you can see it broken down by our charitable partners. We offer all of our charitable partners, as well as any that are considering working with us, the opportunity to audit our books and take a close look at our business model.
10How can I be CERTAIN that you are actually giving money to the charities you say you are?
We are driven to create AMAZING programs that help our charitable partners fund their important missions. So quite simply, we ask our charitable and humanitarian partners, as well as our community partners, to talk about their experiences with us. We share both written and video testimonials on our facebook and website blog.
11I read on a message board that I can buy the same picture for *insert dollar amount* from *insert country or store*. Is that true?
Is it true that you can search the Internet and get a better deal on a similar piece? It may well be. We at Aristeas Initiative work hard to source beautiful and interesting pieces that we think people will really enjoy. The difference maker in this case, is that when you purchase a piece through our Initiative, more than 60% of the net proceeds from your purchase go directly to the charitable partner. The Initiative is designed to make giving easier. Instead of, for example, giving a cash donation, you are able to purchase a piece of art or a collectible that you like and that will benefit the charity that the purchase supports. You are always free to buy what you want and to choose where to buy it. We are truly grateful to the customers who choose to participate and thus support a worthwhile cause.
12Don’t you know that 'collectible’ is spelled ‘collectable’?
You are RIGHT! We appreciate your keen eye and want to thank you for bringing any spelling or grammatical errors that you find on our website to our attention. We are a team of mostly humans, not robots, and sometimes mistakes do slip by. In the instance of ‘collectable/collectible’ our research indicates that the two spellings are synonymous. We just happened to use ‘collectible’ most of the time.
13Can I get involved?
Thank you and yes you can! Get in touch with us, for finding locations, offering locations, partner with us as a charitable organization, etc We wanna hear from you!