Frequently Asked Questions

About Winning Prizes

How many NEXTBucks can I win each day?

You can win as many NEXTBucks as you choose. You are awarded NEXTBucks when you get LUCKY on an ad. You also get NEXTBucks for sharing your prizes on Facebook.  Though you are able to win as much as you want, our system will require you to spend some when you reach 2,500.

How do I help students by winning prizes?

For every ad you view while trying to win NEXTBucks, our ad partners invest $.25 cents into our Student Empowerment Fund to empower students stay in school and achieve in life.  Therefore, the time you spend trying to win generates real dollars to support local students. 

How many prizes can I purchase with my NEXTBucks?

Some prizes have limits and some don’t. Please note that you will receive a 1099 form to report your winnings on your tax return if your total prize claims equal a value of $600 or more within a calendar year. 

Do my NEXTBucks expire?

No. Your NEXTBucks stay on your account until you use them.

How often are NEXTStakes held?

NEXTStakes are held both weekly and monthly. All new NEXTStakes are launched on Mondays and winners are announced on Fridays.

How are prizes redeemed?

When you redeem your NEXTBucks for a prize you will receive an e-mail message letting you know that your prize will be delivered to you via e-mail or USPS mail 2-3 business days after your address is confirmed. You will receive an e-gift card, gift card, or Shop4Next prize card, which all can be redeemed immediately with the appropriate vendor. If you are the winner of the NEXTStakes you will receive your prize within 30 calendar days after you are verified as the official winner.

About The Student Empowerment Fund

How does the Student Empowerment Fund help students?

Communities In Schools of the Big Country uses the Student Empowerment Fund to provide clothing, food, school supplies, transportation, tutoring, mentoring, counseling, student incentives, and graduation supplies to students attending schools in Abilene Independent School District.  The funds are also used for NEXT University, a one-year career leadership development program that empowers students to be NEXT generation career leaders by exposing them to various career leadership opportunities, teaching them career leadership skills, guiding them through the college enrollment process, and paying them college money throughout the process.  The program begins the first week of June and extends through the following April.  Participating students are paid up to $1,000 in college money throughout the process of completing the program.

Which campuses do you serve in Abilene & Wylie ISD?

In Abilene ISD, we serve students attending Ortiz Elementary, Mann Middle School, Craig Middle School, Madison Middle School, Clack Middle School, Cooper High School, and Abilene High School. In Wylie ISD, we serve students attending Wylie Middle School, Wylie Junior High School, and Wylie High School.

How can my student benefit from the Student Empowerment Fund?

Your student must be attending one of the campuses we serve in Abilene Independent School District. If your student is attending one of these schools he/she should visit with one of our Campus Coordinators to enroll in our program.  If you would like to get the name of the Campus Coordinator for your school’s campus or to learn more about our programs and services please contact us at (325) 232-8712 or info@cisbigcountry.org.

About Being an Ad Partner

What is the cost for ad partnership?

Being an ad partner on Shop4Next gives you an opportunity to promote your business while empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life.  You get double the return on investment for your advertising dollars.  You get ad views, website views, and foot traffic from the people trying to win prizes from local businesses.  Your advertising dollars are invested into our Student Empowerment Fund to help students graduate from high school and prepare to be NEXT generation career leaders.  Please contact us at (325) 232-8712 or info@shop4next.com to schedule a visit to discuss our pricing model.

How do you generate traffic for my ad and website to be seen?

We partner closely with Abilene Independent School District and local colleges and universities to promote prizes from local businesses.  Our audience consists mainly of women (30 to 40 years of age), college students, and high school students.  We distribute weekly Prize Alerts via SMS Text, e-mail, and Facebook to keep optimal community engagement on our site. 

Can I put items from my business in the NEXTStore?

Yes, we would love for you to promote prizes from your business in our NEXTStore. Items submitted for the NEXTStore must also meet our criteria. Contact us at (325) 232-8712 or info@shop4next.com and we will work with you to get your prize promotions started.

How does my ad partnership empower students to stay in school and achieve in life?

You invest $.25 cents into our Student Empowerment Fund every time your ad or website is viewed while people are trying to win prizes.  The per view amount you invest is capped so your advertisement stays affordable.  Communities In Schools of the Big Country uses these funds to provide clothing, food, school supplies, transportation, tutoring, mentoring, counseling, student incentives, and graduation supplies to students attending schools in Abilene Independent School District.  The funds are also used for NEXT University, a one-year career leadership development program that empowers students to be NEXT generation career leaders by exposing them to various career leadership opportunities, teaching them career leadership skills, guiding them through the college enrollment process, and paying them college money throughout the process.  The program begins the first week of June and extends through the following April.  Participating students are paid up to $1,000 in college money throughout the process of completing the program.

Are there any tax benefits since you are a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization?

Tax benefits do not apply to investments received for ad and website views, but they do apply for items contributed to our NEXTStore.  We will provide you with a donation letter detailing the value of your prize promotion, which may be used for tax purposes. 

Support

We look forward to assisting you with any questions you may have regarding registration, technical problems, prize redemption, ad partnerships, student programs and services, or anything else!  For support, please contact us at (325) 232-8712 or info@shop4next.com.

 

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