Mid-Atlantic Nonprofits Can Cash In on the Popularity of Verizon's Products

WASHINGTON - Local parent-teacher associations, chambers of commerce, athletic boosters, libraries and other nonprofit organizations in three mid-Atlantic states and the nation's capital now have a simple way to earn money for their organizations.  And Verizon, in turn, gains about 100,000 potential new marketers for its industry-leading communications, broadband and entertainment services.

Verizon's Velocity Program offers nonprofits in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia the ability to earn donations when their members or supporters purchase certain Verizon products including High Speed Internet, FiOS Internet, FiOS TV, Freedom Calling, Long Distance, and DIRECTV.  For instance, organizations can earn up to $65 for a single purchase of FiOS Triple Play with Long Distance. 

To qualify, orders must consist of new sales that remain in the billing system at least 30 days from the date of purchase.  Changes or upgrades within product categories do not constitute a new sale. 

"Verizon Velocity is a simple and convenient way for people to earn donations for their nonprofit organizations without direct selling, inventory or paperwork," said Mary Ellen Payne, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Verizon's Potomac region.  "It's the gift that keeps giving.  Nonprofits get direct financial support, and their members or supporters get the best communications, broadband and entertainment services."

Verizon recently established a quick and easy online enrollment process that involves only minimal effort on an organization's part.  Once verified as a valid nonprofit, the organization will receive an electronic marketing flyer that includes the group's fundraising mission, a special Verizon Velocity Program toll-free number, and a unique tracking code. All the organization must do is e-mail the flyer or tell its members about the program.  The more an organization promotes its mission through Velocity, the more donations the organization can earn.

ILDA Community Pool in Annandale, Va., has been a Velocity participant since late 2007.  "The monetary gain from the Velocity program has jump-started our outreach and shown members that the ILDA Community Pool is the central hub of the community," said ILDA President Tim Poole, adding that ILDA already received more than $1,800 and plans to encourage more members to sign up for Verizon service.

"Velocity is a win-win.  Our members get great Verizon service and ILDA gets some much-needed funding," Poole said.

Interested nonprofits can enroll in, or get more information about, Verizon's Velocity fundraising program at www.verizon.com/velocity.

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