Question: How are alumni dues and additional donations used?
Answer: They primarily support AGO’s full-time staff. Staff aim to grow AGO in depth of impact and number of chapters by providing
- Additional resources for growth
- Deeper discipleship of the guys
- Better training for chapters and advisors
- Intentional relationships and the life change they produce
- A greater impact on guys’ faith across the country through AGO
In short, you will be helping AGO men be disciples and make disciples together!
Part of your financial gift also goes to AGO Ministries, which provides ministry grants to chapters for short-term mission trips, outreach events, evangelism training, and investments to grow AGO’s endowment for future outreach.
A small portion of the money collected also goes towards administrative and operational costs associated with maintaining the websites.
Question: Why should I give right now (in 2018)?
Answer: The single-staff model we have right now isn’t sustainable. We need to hire an additional staff member to take us to the next level of leveraging AGO to its fullest potential for God. And we need YOUR help.
Question: How much are alumni dues?
Answer: Baseline dues are $10 per month, or $120 per year. Many alumni contribute more.
Question: What are Dues, Blue, Gold, and Legacy status?
- Dues status is for those who donate $10 per month; these donations are 50% tax deductible
- Blue status is for those who donate $25 per month; 68% tax deductible
- Gold status is for those who donate $50 per month; 80% tax deductible
- Legacy status is for those who donate $100 per month; 88% tax deductible
Question: What’s the benefit of giving more than the standard dues?
Answer: “God loves a cheerful giver” (1 Cor. 9:7) and so do we! There’s the Scriptural benefit of storing up for yourself treasure in heaven (Matt. 6:19-21) and equipping AGO with the financial resources to more effectively Be Disciples and Make Disciples Together.
We also take these giving tiers into account when thanking the generous men and women who invest financially in what God is doing through AGO. Dues-paying alumni receive a discounted price for tickets at Founders Day and additional e-mail updates about how God is working through AGO. Those who give at the Blue status get free attendance at Founders Day. Gold and subsequent tiers receive free attendance for themselves and a spouse at Founders Day. Blue, Gold, and Legacy givers also receive additional free AGO gifts.
Question: Are alumni dues tax deductible?
Answer: 50% or more of your alumni dues and above-and-beyond gifts go to AGO Ministries, Inc. (AGOm), a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The other portion goes to Alpha Gamma Omega National Fraternity (AGOn), which is not a tax-exempt organization. 50-88% of your donations are tax deductible depending on your individual tax situation and giving amount (see explanation of Dues, Blue, Gold, and Legacy status above).
Question: Why aren’t the donations fully tax deductible?
Answer: AGOn and AGOm ultimately both want to see AGO used by God to grow men as disciples and make disciples together, but not all of the work to make that possible is viewed by the IRS as being ministry-related and tax-deductible.
AGO National Fraternity (AGOn) is a non-profit organization, but not a charity, which means donations to it aren’t tax deductible. AGO Ministries (AGOm), on the other hand, is a non-profit charitable organization. Donations to AGOm are 100% tax deductible.
When you give to AGO through dues or Blue, Gold, or Legacy status giving, you give to both AGOn and AGOm.
AGOm is able to cover many of the ministry and outreach-related expenditures of AGOn, but cannot fund everything that AGOn does. For example, AGOm can’t pay for the fraternity insurance policy, expansion, recruitment and advisor training/workshops, etc.
Question: Can I pay by check instead of paying online?
Answer: Yes! Please make checks out to “AGO Ministries” and mail the check to
Alpha Gamma Omega
3781 Evergreen Parkway,
Evergreen, CO 80439
Question: Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
Answer: E-mail the AGO national treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org