Rounding up everyday transactions to fund political campaigns
The 2020 Election is in
Headquartered in Austin, TX, Change4Change’s mission is to democratize the political fundraising process by broadening the donor base, making fundraising more accessible to all, while combating the influence of big money in politics. For far too long, politicians have been beholden to special interests, corporations, and SuperPACs. It’s time to tip the balance of democracy back to YOU, the people. Now you can take your spare Change and use it to affect REAL Change.
Co-Founder and CEO
Nik Kulkarni is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on sales, marketing, and growth. As an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin, Nik has spent the last 16 years honing his sales and leadership skills for companies like Clear Channel Radio, Mr. Green Cleaning (Founded and Sold), Meta SaaS (employee #2 — acquired by Flexera Software), StitcherAds, and Marin Software. In his free time Nik enjoys debating politics, spending time on the lakes of Central Texas, and playing golf.
Co-Founder and COO
JC brings his extensive experience in sales, marketing and operations from his time with large corporations such as Dell and Wells Fargo and technology start-ups such as BestFit Mobile (acquired in 2015) and nDivision (went public in 2018). JC received his M.B.A. from Concordia University in Organizational Leadership and in his free time, is helping build a youth center in Nairobi’s largest slum.
Change4Change is a fundraising platform for Progressive candidates and causes. We do our best to ensure all Progressive candidates are listed on our app, but if you find one that we missed, please let us know by using the contact form on our site or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Change4Change collects a flat 10% platform and processing fee on each transaction to cover the cost to operate and maintain the app and interface, overhead, etc -- the rest of the money is donated in its entirety to the candidate or candidates you select. There are no additional fees of any kind, as we want to be 100% transparent with our users.
Political contributions are not tax deductible, unlike charitable contributions.
Use our Contact Us form or send an email to email@example.com and let us know the name, state, party, and office of a candidate we may have missed, and after confirming they are in fact running, we’ll do our best to get them added to Change4Change as soon as possible.
You may request a refund on a donation within 24 hours of your account being debited. After 24 hours, the contribution you made has left our hands and is on it’s way to the candidate or candidates that you’ve selected.
When you link your bank account or accounts, we use a 3rd-party partner, Plaid, to look at the dollar amounts of transactions linked to that account. We take each transaction and round it up to the nearest dollar, and use that change to help fund political change. For example, if you had three transactions of $3.41, $5.67, and $12.52 today, our round-up technology would apply $0.59, $0.33, and $0.48, respectively, resulting in a $1.40 contribution for the day.
No. We keep track of your daily round-up totals, and only debit your account when your collective round-ups total $5 or more. For some, this may happen in 1 day, for others, it may take a week to reach the $5 threshold. This keeps you from seeing numerous small transactions in your account, and helps us keep our overhead costs low.
When we make a contribution to a candidate or candidates that you’ve selected in the platform, we are required by FEC law to provide those candidates with specific information (name, email, occupation, & employer) when we pass the donation along. We do not share your data with any 3rd parties.
Yes, you pause round-up at any time but after 60 days, you will need to re-authenticate your bank information in order to reactivate round-ups.
Yes, you can select as many candidates as you want to divide your round-ups towards. Currently, when you select multiple candidates, your contribution will be divided evenly and distributed. In 2020, we plan to introduce the ability to use a sliding scale to set the percentage that each candidate receives each time your round-ups accumulate.