Hip Hound Partner Program FAQ
1. What types of groups are eligible to apply for this program?
Any animal centric organization that benefits animals in need directly (rescues, shelters, foster homes, vet clinics doing pro bono work, etc.) or that benefits programs that work with animals to help humans (for example therapy animals, Seeing Eye dogs, etc.) are more than welcome to apply to become a Hip Hound Partner.
2. What are the goals of the Partner program?
Hip Hound realizes that a huge need for animal centric organizations is the ability to bring in enough donations to support their cause. Cash is needed to keep the lights on, feed and provide veterinary care for the animals, market the cause so more needy animals can be served, etc. Hip Hound’s main goal is to become an easy and effective fundraising vehicle for animal related charities and groups.
3. Why is Hip Hound rolling out this program?
We believe that each and every one of us can make a distinct difference to a cause related organization simply by where we choose to spend our money on items we need to buy anyway. Hip Hound wants to fill that niche and provide people that care about their animals and want to support their favorite animal related cause a shopping portal that will allow them to buy needed items AND generate a donation to their cause at the same time.
We believe that every person can make a difference. Hip Hound wants to provide a destination where people can get their needs met while at the same time meeting the fundraising needs of your worthy cause.
4. How do I sign up?
A potential Hip Hound Partner can apply online by filling out our short Partner Application form. Applying Partners must include a Tax ID and/or non-profit number. There is NO cost for this application process nor any ongoing fees.
Once the application is approved, a unique web URL will be created for the Partner so that they may begin driving traffic to the site and raising money for their cause immediately. Hip Hound will provide marketing materials to aid the Partner in marketing their new fundraising destination. Marketing material may consist of email templates, banner images, flyers/postcards in digital format, etc.
5. How are donations generated?
Each partner will have a unique link to the Hip Hound website (for example http://hiphound.com/animalorganization). When orders initiate from this link the order total will count toward the Partner’s monthly total. A percentage of the sales generated on the Partner’s Hip Hound site will be sent to the Partner in the form of a donation to their cause. The current payout schedule is as follows:
- 13% commission >= $500.00 in sales for the calendar month
- 10% < $500.00 but >= $100.00 in sales for the calendar month
- 7% < $100.00 in sales for the calendar month
The monthly sales totals will not include tax or shipping and handling. Payments will be made by the 15th of the following month via PayPal for instant payment or by physical check sent through the mail (Partner’s choice). Payments will only be cut for $10 or more. If the donation balance is less than $10 at the end of the calendar month the balance will be rolled over to the following month.
6. Is there Partner support if I have a question or need help?
Each Partner will have access to an online Partner Portal set up for there cause. This online tool updates in real time and is available 24/7/365. At any time the Partner has visibility in how many orders their group has generated, what items were purchased, how much commissions are owed, access to creative assets to be used in marketing campaigns, etc.
In addition, Partners can receive support via email and phone.