We want SoKind to be accessible to everyone, regardless of financial circumstance. We are a project of the nonprofit New Dream, whose mission is to empower individuals and organizations to challenge their consumption habits to improve well-being for people and the planet. SoKind serves as a key tool to help people reduce needless consumption, and, in keeping with our values, we have opted to run a site that is free from paid advertising.
That’s why SoKind uses a “Pay What You Can” system.
This works exactly like it sounds. You choose the amount you want to pay to use our registry service. Simple. This allows you to chip in to help us host the site, create cool and useful tools, and share inspiring stories—and it enables us to keep the site accessible to anyone who wants to use it.
If you’re able to contribute, know that you’re paying it forward to someone or some organization that may not have the ability to pay for their own registry. In addition to being a popular service for weddings and baby showers, SoKind is helping nonprofits, neighborhoods, teachers, caregivers, and more to share resources and create community connections—one registry at a time.
On your registry, simply describe what you would like (examples: 10 homemade meals, 20 hours of landscaping help, wedding photographer, etc.). For each gift, include as much helpful information as possible for your family and friends. You can upload an image and link to the website where it can be found. If you are registering for home-cooked foods, include any dietary restrictions or allergy information.
You will also have access to a calendar that allows you to specify the dates and times you wish to have the gift delivered or performed. Your gift givers will then select the date that works for them, and a reminder email will be sent to ensure delivery of the gift.
You may either ask gift givers to give/mail you a check directly, or you can create a personal fundraising campaign on a separate website and include a link to it on your SoKind registry. Either way, we recommend that you include instructions in your gift description so that your guests know how to get the money to you. No monetary transactions are conducted directly through SoKind.
You can also choose to have your PayPal account integrated into your registry. Please note that, while SoKind does not take any percentage of any donations made to charitable organizations or of any monetary gifts, PayPal does charge its own fees. For more information on PayPal’s fees, please see the PayPal website.
You should include instructions with that gift item, usually a link to an online seller where the gift may be purchased, or the address or contact information of a bricks and mortar store. For a charitable donation, include a link to the charity’s donation page. Remember, SoKind is not involved in the purchasing of the gift or the transferring of funds to outside organizations or businesses! So, it’s always a good idea to include clear guidance on where the gift can be purchased or donated. Again, check out our Sample Registries for examples.
The registrant should include special instructions on how they wish to receive the funds. They will either direct you to mail a check or there will be a link to a PayPal account or separate fundraising service where you can contribute money directly. If the instructions are unclear, be sure to contact the registrant. Please be sure to complete the giving process just like any other gift, and note how much money you wish to contribute so that’s it’s recorded on the registry.