Frequently Asked Questions

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

You’ve got questions? We’ve got the answers. If we haven’t addressed whatever’s on your mind in the Q&A below, we encourage you to reach out and ask us about it . It can be a crazy, confusing world out there – with hidden agendas and unclear motives. We are passionate about, what we call, militant transparency.  Our business model is unique and our programs are innovative, so naturally, you may wonder how it all works. You can also check our our Results & Impact page for real-time reporting on what we’re doing and the impact we’re having.  

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What is 'The Easel Program' and how does it work?

In a nutshell, Funding Innovation connects heroic charitable and humanitarian organizations with great corporations and provides beautiful artwork & incredible collectibles as simple mediums through which to facilitate donations. For a more detailed explanation, please visit this page.

What is the cost to the charitable/humanitarian organization?

This is our favourite question to answer! There is ZERO 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 Funding Innovation.

What is the corporate partner responsible for?

Our corporate partners and hosting establishments need only dedicate about four square feet of floor space or a vertical location for a wall mount, and can then enjoy the added benefit of fresh new art in their space and the warm fuzzy feelings they will get from giving back and being part of a GAMECHANGING endeavour.

Who maintains the easel and changes the display?

Our Funding Innovation Program Managers take care of absolutely everything.

What if someone damages or takes the art or collectable while it is on display?

All the artwork & collectables are insured while on display and during transport to the successful bidder. Our corporate partners and host locations need not worry about possible damage or liability.

Who collects the money from the successful bidders and arranges for deliveries?

Funding Innovation representatives look after every single last detail. We offer a full turnkey service.

I just bid on a piece of art/collectable, what happens next?

Each easel piece is displayed for an approximately two-week span. During this time anyone can make a bid. At the end of the display period, the bids are collected, the auction is closed and the successful bidder will be contacted with their good news.

How will I know if I am the successful bidder?

A Funding Innovation representative will contact you by telephone or email to congratulate you and make arrangements for payment and delivery.

What if I’m not the successful bidder?

We sincerely wish that everyone could obtain the art or collectable that they desire. As a courtesy, Funding Innovation may communicate if and when multiple pieces are available.

How am I able to pay you for the art or collectable?

We do our best to make it as easy and simple as possible. We accept Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Interac e-Transfer.

Do I receive the exact item that is displayed on the easel?

Typically, you will not receive the display piece but an identical item or another of the same numbered series of a work. If the piece is hand embellished, they do vary slightly piece by piece. In this case, copies may not be identical but they will be very similar to the display copy. If the display picture is in less than perfect condition when it returns to our warehouse, you will receive a new, but identical, piece.

Did I just bid on/win an original work of art?

In many cases, the art or collectables 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 bid 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 Easel Program that features original work by Canadian artists.  Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on this and our other exciting endeavours.

How will I receive my artwork?

Shipment by courier is offered in about 95% of locations. In the remaining 5% of areas, special arrangements will be made.

I’m the successful bidder, 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.

How 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 are Provincial and will be calculated accordingly.

Should I plan to frame my artwork or collectable?

Your new acquisition will be wall or display ready. There is nothing you will need to do other than decide where to put it!

What if I bid on a piece but it doesn't look good in my home or office... do I have to keep it?

A Funding Innovation representative will work with you to ensure that you are 100% satisfied with your donor experience.

Do I get a tax receipt?

Funding Innovation 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. 

Wait, if this is for charity, what do you mean you don’t issue a tax receipt?

Funding Innovation 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.

How much money goes to the charity?

Funding Innovation 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. As a result, we donate a minimum of 65% of the net proceeds to our charitable and humanitarian partners.

The participating charitable and community partners do not incur any direct expenses, risks or liabilities with Funding Innovation programs. This allows our charitable and humanitarian partners to use 100% of the funds we provide to be applied to their most urgent needs.

So Funding Innovation 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.  Funding Innovation 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 40+ people across Canada in the pursuit of our goals and vision.

What do you mean by ‘militant transparency’?

By ‘militant transparency’ we mean that we understand that it can be a confusing world and it can be tough to know whom to trust. Funding Innovation shares our results live on our website.  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.

How can I be CERTAIN that you are actually giving money to the charities you say you are?

We can understand your scepticism. Our claims are indeed bold and our goals are even bolder. We are driven to create GAMECHANGING programs that help our charitable partners fund their heroic missions.  So quite simply, we ask our charitable and humanitarian partners, as well as our community partners, to talk about their experiences with Funding Innovation.  We created the GAMECHANGER Series to capture and share these stories.  We also share both written and video testimonials on our website.  Please take a look 

I 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.

The team at Funding Innovation works 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 Easel Program, 65% of the net proceeds from your purchase go directly to the charitable partner.  The Easel Program 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 collectable 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 in our Easel Program and thus support a worthwhile cause.

Don’t you know that 'collectable’ is spelled ‘collectible’?

We certainly 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 human beings, not robots, and sometimes *gasp* mistakes do slip by. In the instance of ‘collectable/collectible’ our research indicates that the two spellings are synonymous.  We just happened to use ‘collectable’.

http://grammarist.com/spelling/collectible-vs-collectable/

I really believe in what you’re doing, can I get involved further?

Well hey, GAMECHANGER! Click on over to our ‘Get Involved’ page and dive right in.

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