General questions

+ How do we join 1% for the Planet?

Joining is easy. When you are ready, you can fill out a quick membership questionnaire. Once we have your responses, an account manager will be in touch with next steps asap.

+ Are there membership dues?

Each year, 1% for the Planet members pay an annual membership fee, which can count toward their total 1% for the Planet giving commitment. This often represents a small portion of their total 1% giving. This money supports our work to provide value to you as a member, and to further grow the global movement.

+ How do we choose a nonprofit partner?

Our website features our comprehensive nonprofit network directory. While you are welcome to choose your own environmental nonprofit partner, as a member of 1% for the Planet you will have access to tailored recommendations provided by dedicated account managers based on your unique needs. Members can have one or multiple nonprofit partners, and they can change their partners as often as they need. Your business will remain in control of where your money goes and when donations are made. We’re here to support you in these efforts.

+ How do we vet your nonprofit partners?

Any environmental nonprofit who becomes a partner in our network must be referred by a 1% for the Planet member, or our staff. This referral is the first layer of our approval process. We then verify their necessary nonprofit registration, and confirm the organization has sound financials. We ensure the environment is the primary focus of all approved nonprofits by having them complete an application, which assesses mission, program/projects, areas of impact and other factors. A nonprofit is invited to join the network if it passes these initial checks.

+ How quickly can we join?

We are happy to work with your schedule at any time in your fiscal or the calendar year.

+ How can we connect with other businesses and or nonprofits in the 1% for the Planet network?

The 1% for the Planet network is all about creating partnerships. Whether it is connecting businesses with the best nonprofits or enabling members to work together, we are always at the ready to facilitate relationships. In addition to direct connections, we regularly host events that allow for face to face local networking as well as additional virtual opportunities by regional location and industry type.

+ How do you certify member giving?

Each fiscal year, our staff supports members in the annual certification of your 1% commitment. During the certification period, businesses confirm total annual sales and provide documentation of donations to approved nonprofit partners. Sales can be reported via tax documents or by providing signed documentation from a signed certified public accountant. Donations can be reported by providing copies of donation receipts and/or signed acknowledgement letters from nonprofit partners. Continued membership is contingent on completing this annual process and renewing for subsequent years of membership.

+ Is there an activation fee?

Yes, new members are responsible for a one-time $200 USD activation fee. This activation fee covers the costs of on-boarding including staff time, profile creation, and distribution of your 1% for the Planet logos and collateral. The activation fee counts as part of your total 1% giving commitment. It is not an additional cost.

+ Are donations tax deductible?

1% for the Planet donations go directly from businesses to nonprofits. To ensure that your donation is tax deductible, you will need to confirm with your nonprofit partner.

+ If I have a business member question, who should I contact?

Please send inquiries to membership@onepercentfortheplanet.org.

 

Certification questions

+ What is certification?

Certification is the annual process we go through with all members to confirm that they have met their 1% for the Planet commitment. Businesses are required to donate the equivalent of 1% of sales to approved nonprofits through a combination of monetary, in-kind, volunteer, and paid promotional support.

  • Each year, at least 1/2 of your commitment must be financial contributions to approved nonprofits
  • 1/4 of your commitment may come through volunteer time and/or in-kind donations (product and/or service)
  • 1/4 of your commitment may come through approved promotional expenses. These ads must feature your nonprofit partners and highlight that you are a 1% for the Planet member

+ How do I certify?

During the certification period, businesses confirm total annual sales and provide documentation of donations to approved nonprofit partners. Sales can be reported via tax documents or by providing signed documentation from a signed certified public accountant. Donations can be reported by providing copies of donation receipts and/or signed acknowledgement letters from nonprofit partners.

+ How do you value "in-kind" donations?

Non-monetary Donations based upon the following valuation criteria:

  • Inventory property will be valued at business member's cost or fair market value (FMV). Other property will generally be valued at Book Value (NBV) unless a member obtains a written third-party appraisal of the property's fair market value (FMV) in which case the property will be valued at fair market value.
  • Services provided to or on behalf of approved organizations will be valued at cost.

+ How do you calculate a value for volunteer time?

We ask business members to report the number of employees participating, the number of hours volunteered, and an average hourly salary for the employees. If the business member chooses not to provide an average salary, we will use the average value of $25/hr USD.

+ How do you report approved promotional support?

  • Ad must highlight an approved nonprofit partner(s).
  • Ad must include the 1% for the Planet logo and approved language. We have created assets that include both.
  • You must complete and submit an approval form, and receive approval from your Account Manager, before placing the ad.
  • After ad is created, you must submit proof of the ad and expense receipts associated with ad buy.

+ Are my donations tax deductible?

In most cases, if you are making donations to approved nonprofit partners in your country of residence, then they will be tax deductible; however, we recommend confirming this with potential nonprofit beneficiaries and/or your tax advisor prior to making a donation.

+ Are membership dues part of my 1% donations?

Membership dues can count toward your total 1% for the Planet giving commitment.

+ How much are membership dues?

See annual membership fee chart

+ Who can I give money to?

Donations are made to approved nonprofit organizations. If a desired beneficiary is not already part of our network, 1% for the Planet members have the ability to recommend them to join.

+ We're a very private company. Do I need to tell you how much money my company made?

To complete certification, we require that members provide proof of revenue as well as proof of donation(s). Our standard membership agreement includes confidentiality clauses and privacy protection.

 

Having trouble finding the answer to your question? Contact us. Please allow us 48 hours to follow up due to the high volume of inquiries we receive.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about 1% for the Planet. We can’t grow this global movement without you!