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Frequently Asked Questions About Charity by Design®

In order to comply with our core values, we may not support or engage with certain organizations for the following reasons:

  • -Political Parties, Associations & Representatives of Advocacy Groups
  • -Organizations that Discriminate by Race, Creed, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Age, Religion or National Origin, Disability or Veteran Status
  • -Religious Organizations, Churches and Programs that are Purely Denominational in Purpose
  • -Research Projects

 

Charmed by Charity™ In-Store Events
Q: What is a Charmed by Charity™ Event?
A:  Alex and Ani's Charity by Design team has created a unique way to support the community by bringing people together to shop, socialize, and give back so they can truly be Charmed by Charity™.  We donate 15% of total sales from a Charmed by Charity™ (CBC) event directly to the hosting non-profit organization.  CBC events are held Monday-Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. or 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Alex and Ani retail locations nationwide, based on availability.

Q: Who can host one?
A: Charmed by Charity™ events can be hosted by individuals that want to support a cause they are passionate about or by volunteers, staff, and committee members representing a local or national non-profit organization.  Students, parents, and faculty may also hold an event for their school, college, or university. (*The non-profit’s state tax exemption form and/or 501(c)3 must be provided.)

Q: What happens at a Charmed by Charity™ event?
A: The host and their guests enjoy the Alex and Ani (+) energy shopping experience accompanied by lite bites and our signature (+) energy punch while gathering for a cause and supporting the evening’s featured charity.

Q: When and where can I host a Charmed by Charity™?
A: CBC events are held Monday-Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. or
7:00-9:00 p.m. at Alex and Ani retail locations nationwide.

Q: How much money can I raise? 
A: Alex and Ani will donate 15% of total sales from your Charmed by Charity™ event directly to the non-profit organization hosting.  There is no limit on how much can be raised and will increase with RSVP’s and promotion.

Q: What are the responsibilities of a host?
A:The non-profit should treat a CBC as their event. They are able to bring any marketing materials to make this event truly memorable. A state tax exemption form and/or a 501(c)3 must be provided along with the completed and signed event agreement.

Q: What does Charity by Design provide for the event?
A: An electronic event invitation will be sent to the organization that can be shared via social media and email.  Also provided are lite bites and Alex and Ani’s signature (+) energy punch for guests.

Q: How long do organizations have to wait to receive their donation?
A: The donation checks are sent directly to the non-profit organization and are sent out within 30-45 business days from the date of the event.

Q: How do I book a CBC event?
A: Please contact our team at Charitybydesign@alexandani.com by sending all the information about the Charmed by Charity™ request.  A member of the Charity by Design events team will contact you via email within the 30-35 business days.

 

Donation Items
Q: How do I request for a silent auction/ raffle item?
A. Please direct requests to Charitybydesign@alexandani.com  and someone from our team will contact you within 30-35 business days if you have been approved. We do require 10-12 weeks’ notice for all events in order to provide ample time to respond to each of the many requests we receive daily.

Q. What will be provided?
A. A unique Alex and Ani item is provided based on the information provided in the initial request. Also, an explanation card detailing the item(s) and the value.

 

Charity By Design Bangle Bars
Q: What is a Charity By Design Bangle Bar event?
A: Charity By Design Bangle Bars enable CBD to bring Alex and Ani’s (+) energy shopping experience to an event and empower individuals to give back to a non-profit through their purchases.

Q: Can a retail location plan a Charity By Design Bangle Bar?
A: A Charity By Design Bangle Bar request can be submitted to the events team and will be reviewed.  Due to the staffing needed for each Bangle Bar, the process for approval remains very selective. 

Q: Who can host one?
A: Charity By Design Bangle Bars can be hosted by local or national non-profit organizations.  (*The nonprofit’s state tax exemption form and/or 501(c)3 must be provided.)

Q: Where can they be hosted?
A: Charity By Design Bangle Bars have been hosted in gala settings, on college campuses, in hospitals, and large corporations who wish to use our unique vendor experience to benefit their non-profit partners.  These events are generally held in venues that are within 45 miles from our closest Alex and Ani store location.

Q: How far in advance should I book an event?
A: Bangle Bars should be booked at least 10-12 weeks in advance. The events are available on a first come, first-served basis.

Q: How much money can be raised?
A: Alex and Ani will donate 15% of total sales from a Charity by Design mobile event directly to the non-profit organization hosting the event. 

Q: How long after the event will the non-profit receive their donation?
A: The donation checks are sent directly to the non-profit organization and are sent out within 30-45 business days from the date of the event.

Q: When/how will an organization be notified if their request is approved or denied?
A: A member of the Charity by Design events team will contact the non-profit or hosting organization via email within 30-35business days.

Q: What do I need to provide to have a Bangle Bar?
A: The non-profit’s state tax exemption form and/or 501(c)3 must be provided.  In addition, you must provide access to Wi-Fi, Two 6 or 8 foot tables, and access to an electrical outlet. Also, the events team will require advance access to the event space to set up. An hour or more may be needed.

 

Employee Engagement
Q. What is Employee Engagement?
A. Employee Engagement in Alex and Ani’s Employee Volunteer Program. We believe that companies and individuals each have a role to play in making our communities great places to live and work. By encouraging employee engagement, we provide a valuable outlet for employees to express their passions and help those around them in meaningful ways. Through our Employee Engagement program and team “(+) Impact,” we create a workplace environment where involvement and improvement is encouraged and ingrained in the culture of the Alex and Ani family, while serving as messengers of service to the world around us. Examples of activities and events we have taken part in include classroom projects, community walks, committee membership, and collection drives.

Q. How can I request EE?
A.  Please contact our team via email at CBDEngagement@alexandani.com and we will review and begin the process! Someone will be in touch with you 14 business days after you have submitted the request. Please be sure to give as much information as you can about volunteer opportunities so we can determine the best fit.

 

Event Sponsorship
Q. What type of events does CBD sponsor?
A. Alex and Ani has sponsored galas, educational summits, polo, and large-scale charity events.

Q. How can I request to have my event sponsored?
A. Please complete a donation request form on our Alex and Ani website which can be found on the contact us section and we will begin the process! Someone will be in touch with you 14 business days after you have submitted the form.

Q. What if my event does not benefit a 501(c)3 organization?
A. If your event does not benefit a 501(c)3, we would greatly appreciate it if you could reach out to our marketing team at events@alexandani.com.

Q. When/how will I be notified if my request is approved or denied?
A. A member of the Charity by Design team will reach out to you to advise you of the status of your request. Although we cannot sponsor all events that come our way, we are always searching for new and exciting opportunities to support the events of our non-profit supporters.

 

Charm Design
Q. How do you decide which organizations you partner with to create Charity by Design bangles?
A. Charity by Design is the philanthropic leg of Alex and Ani and the passion of our Founder and creative Director, Designer Carolyn Rafaelian. We have carefully chosen organizations to partner with whose mission aligns with our own. Each organization that we partner with is selected because it is a natural and purposeful fit for the direction of our brand and how it aligns with our three points of outreach; Education, Conservation and Environmental, and Health and Wellness.  This is a carefully thought out process that is a collaboration between Carolyn Rafaelian and Nicki Maher, our Vice President of Charity by Design.

Q. How can an organization be considered for partnership and charm design with Charity by Design?
A. While we are always open to hearing from non-profit organizations about the wonderful work they are doing in the community, we have a directed plan for the future that includes organizations whose missions align with ours. While we do not anticipate a shift in our plan, we are always open to the possibility of an organization or cause that strikes a strong chord with us.
We are open to hearing from an organization and exploring the other options to work together that Charity by Design has to offer. We review each request and make sure that we find a fit for supporting the non-profit organization reaching out.

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