So, you've found your way to The FNDN and still are kind of skeptical about us. No worries! Let's get some quick-hit frequent questions out of the way, and then we'll break down our module for you. We're all about transparency, so if you still have questions, tweet us, or fill out the contact form!
Is this an actual charity? Or is this one of those... "charities"?
It's a valid question, indeed. We've had our fair share of doubters, but the people who follow us know that we're legit. To answer this question, we're a legitimate nonprofit organization, officially recognized as such in the great state of New York. As of now, we are working on gathering some key documents that will allow us to be officially recognized as a charity in New York State, as well as working on becoming tax exempt (which means that donations will be tax-deductable). The reason why we aren't yet is because these things cost money, and CEO Matt has been paying for these things, including this website, out of pocket. We're real; we don't mess with people's money, and we don't mess with people's time. We actually want to make a difference to the wrestling world as fans, and as humans, we want to make a difference to those who need it most.
You say that the funds you raise go to the wrestlers. How do you know it goes there?
We're lucky enough to live in a world where ProWrestlingTees.com is thriving; a website that was founded by wrestlers, for wrestlers. With ProWrestlingTees, we know that a significant sum of money goes back to the wrestlers, so we work with them. For CEO Matt's favorite wrestlers in the whole wide world, the Young Bucks, they've created their own store in which the money goes directly to them. We will only work with stores and outlets, when it comes to apparel, that we can trust gives a significant sum back to the wrestlers. We aren't interested in working with promotions who finagle wrestlers' merchandise, so we've invested a great deal of research into who we work with. The worst case scenario is just us directly giving these wrestlers the funds.
How do you determine which wrestlers to give back to?
This is something that is still in the works, but it's very easy to serve wrestlers that are on board with our cause, and it's easy to identify wrestlers who need it. We can't do it alone: all of our board members have full-time jobs, and our CEO is currently studying for a Master's degree to allow him to better lead the Board and to better the FNDN. There is not a comprehensive plan yet, and admittedly, since we started as a Young Bucks-exclusive cause, a bias does exist. But we will not hesitate to look into independent wrestlers who need and can benefit from our help; whether it's donating funds, promoting their causes, or just making ourselves assessable for them. Together; meaning us, wrestlers, and you, the #SuperkickSoldiers/#FNDNation, we'll make a difference in a big way.
Does anyone on the Board get paid?
Absolutely not, because we're doing this for professional wrestling, and for the needy. That isn't just a talking point, it's legit. Our CEO has probably, personally, put in more money into this foundation than the sum of any donation we've ever received. The only time that we see money is when it's temporary deposited into our account, which is immediately followed by purchasing the materials for our cause. Our constitution and by-laws specifically states that nobody on the Board gets paid, and we really don't want to. It's not about us.
You guys give away free stuff. Is that just an attempt to entice us to donate?
Look at it this way--some of our biggest supporters are people who haven't donated to our causes, because we both recognize that a donation isn't the only way to make a difference. When we say that we're not an "average" charity, it's because we aren't. We're all about giving back, and we believe that when people do good deeds, they deserve to be rewarded. A follow on Twitter is a form of making a difference; it's a form of solidarity that cannot be adequately put into words. Retweets are even more golden, as it shows interest. So we like to reward our followers for being by our side and continuing to believe in us. We'll run promotions during campaigns to keep things fresh and, sure, to promote more donations, but good people will donate regardless, and wrestling fans are good hearted people. We like to engage with our supporters, we like to talk to them, we like to get to know them because at the end of the day, we're wrestling fans, too!
Have we explained ourselves clearly? If not, please tweet us @SuperkickFNDN, or see the "contact us" page!