General Questions

Q: What is Philanthropreneurship?

Philanthropreneurship goes beyond the former model of philanthropy where donors would take a passive role in their contribution to social causes by combining generosity with innovation, risk, collaboration, and sustainability. PIA actively invests in organizations and projects that are seeking to transform communities through sustainable practices that grow the economy through low interest loans, project management, and business development skills.

Q: What is sustainable development?

Sustainable development is a complex concept that encompasses environmental, ecological and economic sustainability. The UN World Commission on Environment and Development defines sustainable development as: “…development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” PIA desires to equip communities to be sustainable through partnership and collaboration with the goal of the community ultimately taking ownership of their transformational development.


Donor Questions:

Q: When do I receive my tax receipt?

If the donation is made online, you will receive a tax receipt confirmation of the donation by email immediately. If you mail a check, they are not tax receipted until the end of the calendar year, unless a receipt is specifically requested. Annual lump sum tax receipts are mailed in January for the previous calendar year.

Q: How do I send my donation to a specific ministry partner through PIA?

On PIA’s website you can look at our different ministry-partners and choose to donate your chosen amount to that ministry-partner. Donors can also mail a check to PIA specifying the ministry-partner you are donating to and the amount. PIA will process the donation, disburse the amount to the ministry-partners, and give you a tax receipt.

Q: How do I receive an Arizona State Tax Credit?

To receive an Arizona State Tax Credit, donations need to be made to Resiliency Matters for support of the Glendale Youth Center. An individual may donate up to $400. A couple may donate up to $800.


Ministry Partner Questions

Q: What is a Ministry Partner (Subordinate Partner)?

Partners in Action is a 501c3 organization that can grant 501c3 status to partner organizations (subordinates). To apply for this status the partner must be organized and operated for purposes defined in Code 501(c)3 which are consistent with Partners in Action’s purposes or operations and must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN). To maintain subordinate status you will be subject to Partners in Action’s general supervision and oversight, including timely filing of IRS 990 forms and submission to PIA of an annual operating budget and quarterly reporting.

Q: Will I receive a notification when I have received a donation?

If someone donates online and includes a note, “in memory, or in honor of” or for a specific purpose, or it’s a new monthly donor I will typically forward a copy of the email receipt for you to track. If someone pays by check, unless they include a letter or note specific to their gift you will not receive notification outside of the monthly report sent to you.

Q: What should I do with checks or cash that is given directly to me?

If your donor wants to be tax receipted, checks and cash must be forwarded to process through PIA. If they do not want a tax receipt you do not need to forward to PIA.

Q: When are donations sent to me?

Donations are disbursed the month following their receipt, as early as we can get the month-end reconciled and closed for all ministries. Online transactions at the end of the month take a few days to “push” into our donor system before we can reconcile. Weekends and holidays impact processing as well.

Q: How will I receive my disbursement?

Checks are sent to US ministries. Wires are sent to international ministries. Checks are processed first to get them in the mail as quickly as possible.

Q: When will I receive my monthly donation report?

Our priority is getting the funds out. Within a few days of the disbursements you will receive an email report showing donor names and donation amounts.

Q: If I have an emergency can I request my donations prior to the month end?

We are flexible. Call Heather to discuss. 480.882.0800

Q: When is my donor’s tax receipted?

If the donation is made online, your donor will receive a tax receipt confirmation of the donation by email immediately. If someone mails a check, they are not tax receipted until the end of the calendar year, unless a receipt is specifically requested. Annual lump sum tax receipts are mailed in January for the previous calendar year.

Q: How do I submit my monthly reports?

Use the following link and password.

  • partnersinaction.org/report
  • Password: PIA

Q: What is the process for year-end tax filings with the IRS?

The majority of our subordinates receive annual donations of $50,000 or less. If that is the case you can do a 990-N (e-Postcard) filing. Filings are due no later than May 15th for a year end of December 31st. Heather will email you during the month of April to assist you with the process and answer any questions. If your gross receipts are more than $50,000 you can choose to file your own 990 or 990EZ. A copy of the completed return should be provided for our file.