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Donations That Don't Cost You Anything

Posted On Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Donations That Don't Cost You Anything

Did you know that YOU can help The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation while you are shopping online and searching the web? It’s true! The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation receives a percentage of your total spending and a percentage when you search the web. Checks that come to the Foundation are all because YOU shopped online with Giving Assistant and Amazon Smile, applied for an Alpha Delta Kappa credit card, or, searched using Good Search, Good Shop and the Shopfunding campaign. Every little bit helps our organization! Look at the various ways below that YOU could be helping the Foundation without spending any additional monies. Thank you for helping support The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation with donations that don’t cost YOU anything! Happy shopping and searching! Get more details...

             
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Kids Against Hunger

Posted On Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Kids Against Hunger

Introducing the 2019 International Convention Altruistic project - Kids Against Hunger is a non-profit humanitarian organization with a mission to provide fully nutritious food to impoverished children and families around the world...and around the corner. The goal of the organization is for the meals to provide a stable nutritional base from which recipient families can move their families from starvation or food insecurity to self-sufficiency.  


 
Fulfilling Kids Against Hunger's mission requires a vast food packaging capacity to meet an endless demand for food. Kids Against Hunger believes that the best way to engage the largest number of people is through a decentralized, locally-based network of food packaging satellites that are active in their community. This model engages and empowers people to realize they can make a difference in solving the worldwide problem of starvation and establishes relationships with organizations such as Kiwanis and Rotary. This growth strategy also allows the organization to continuously expand its food packaging capacity and volunteer involvement. 
 
Since its launch, Kids Against Hunger has provided over 2 billion meals for children and their families in 70 countries through the efforts of hundreds of thousands of volunteers.


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Beware! Banking Fraud is on the Rise!

Posted On Tuesday, December 4, 2018

It has come to our attention that two of our regions and one of our S/P/Ns have recently been victims of fraud attempts.  There are myriad ways fraudsters can get information online.  (Per federal regulations, nonprofit information filed with the Internal Revenue Service is a matter of public record.)  How can you protect yourself and Alpha Delta Kappa?   



Alpha Delta Kappa International and the Foundation have trusted and used United Missouri Bank (UMB) for decades.  We asked Senior Advisor Anne Bowman for advice:

Check, ACH, and wire fraud continue to rise, and being alert to these fraudsters’ methods is important

In terms of best practices, I would emphasize a few things.  Your groups should not initiate any form of payment without verbally confirming the request is valid with an authorized person.  A quick phone call (making sure you have their correct phone number, and not just a number on the correspondence) can go a long way to avoiding malicious attempts on an account.

Always require dual control on any wire payment.  You should have an internal dual control policy, as well as dual control set up with the bank.  The safest strategy would be a policy of no wires. 

I would also suggest any changes relating to payments be verified.  Even if a vendor sends you a request to change a payment address, you should call the vendor to verify.

Another good practice is to review the email address on any request for payment.  It may look similar, but on closer inspection, you can see it does not match the actual address.

Finally, just be alert and be suspicious of everything.  If someone is pushing you to make a payment, don’t be rushed.  Take the time to verify anything that might not seem quite right. 

Certainly, fraud should be reported to the bank which initiated the payment.  You may also want to contact the police department and local FBI office. 

As it relates to retrieving the funds, you should be working with the sending bank.  Most times, with outgoing wires, when the money leaves the bank, you won’t see it again.  It’s often sent to another bank, and then immediately wired out of that bank to an overseas bank. 

Everyone should be reviewing their account daily online and be alert to any suspicious activity.

United Missouri Bank Security Resources:
https://www.umb.com/personal/aboutumb/resources/information-security?richstateremoved

NACHA (National Automated Clearing House Association) website—The governing body for the ACH system.
https://www.nacha.org/system/files/resources/701-18-1-Protecting-Against-Fraud-How-to-Spot-and-Prevent-Fraud-Schemes_0.pdf

**IRS Phishing scheme**
Furthermore, we have learned that there are 990-N e-Postcard phishing schemes out there, where chapters are getting emails disguised as if they are coming from Headquarters with a link to file the 990-N e-Postcard.  The link is to a false IRS site, and when they try to file it tells them they either owe money to the IRS or have to pay money to file.  It is a scheme to get credit card numbers.  We are income tax exempt and none of our chapters owe income taxes unless there are very special circumstances.  YOU SHOULD NEVER BE CHARGED TO FILE THE 990-N E-POSTCARD.  IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS (headquarters@alphadeltakappa.org or 800-247-2311).

The IRS has seen an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents.  The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.

The IRS also does not email 990-N e-Postcard confirmations any longer.


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Disaster Relief

Posted On Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Disaster Relief

At this time, we have heard of members suffering damage to property, but, thankfully, we have not heard of any members suffering personal injury. Our sisters have been, and are being, affected by natural disasters in multiple locations. Let us keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this time as they assess their damage and work to move forward. There are many agencies who are moving to get supplies and assistance to those in need according to news reports.  

Keeping up with the weather and disasters of this magnitude is difficult at times.  Please keep in touch and let us know if you have something to be shared or reported regarding our Alpha Delta Kappa family. Let us pull together and embrace our sisters with support, love and care who are in need at this time.  What can we do?   

The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation has a line item in its budget for disaster relief. Donations can be sent to the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation and you can indicate on the subject/memo line “disaster relief” or more specifically to an S/P/N (ex:  Louisiana flooding).  Online donations may also be made through the website. When it is specific to a S/P/N, those monies will be sent to the S/P/N treasurer and that S/P/N Disaster Relief Committee will decide how to distribute the funds to assist our members affected.  A donation with only “disaster relief” will go into the fund and be distributed as needed depending on the number of inquiries. Your donation is tax deductible and you will receive a donation statement for tax purposes in January. Thank you so much for your continued support! 

Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation
PO BOX 870567 
Kansas City MO 64187-0567
ONLY Foundation donations will be accepted at the above address. 

A note about membership badges lost in natural disasters:  If chapters have extra badges in their badge banks, please send them to with a personal note to a sister who may have lost hers in a disaster, and we will see that they are appropriately distributed.

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Podcasts from 2017-2019 International President Sue Pelchat

Posted On Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Podcasts from 2017-2019 International President Sue Pelchat

Listen to the Podcasts from 2017-2019 International President Susan Pelchat

December 2018-Tri-Fold Tool

More Podcasts


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Introducing the 2018-19 World Understanding Project: TEACH TOO

Posted On Thursday, November 29, 2018

Introducing the 2018-19 World Understanding Project: TEACH TOO

 As of November 29, 2018, $8,880.64 has been raised for Project TEACH TOO!




TEACH TOO requests grant funds to construct transitional housing for 48 older teens to enable them to finish their education and learn an occupation. According to Haitian law, children residing in licensed orphanages cannot remain after the age of 18. As a result, older students have had to leave the Imagine Missions orphanage without the skills or abilities required to be independent and successful. Transitional housing with occupancy limited to two years or less enables these students to finish their most important goal—completing their education. Imagine Missions will mentor these students and assist them throughout this process.  https://www.ImagineMissions.org

Funds will be donated to the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation this fall, winter and spring, and TEACH TOO will receive the funds at the 2019 International Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The target amount for the project is $50,000.

You may donate online (on the website under "Foundation/Donations") OR
Mail your donation to:
Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation
PO BOX 870567 
Kansas City MO 64187-0567


Please note "TEACH TOO" in the special instructions box on the online donation form or in the memo line of the check.  Thank you so much!

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