Frequently Asked Questions

Trying Alpha

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Typically run over eleven weeks, each session looks at a different question around faith, and the talks are designed to create conversation in small groups afterwards. It’s totally free, it’s run all over the globe, and everyone’s welcome. Find out more about Alpha.

What We Do

Alpha helps create a space for honest conversation around some of life’s biggest questions. It is designed to provide guests an opportunity to connect with one another while providing the opportunity to share thoughts, ideas, and opinions in a safe and caring environment. Alpha helps bring people together while providing the chance to encounter Jesus.

What happens at Alpha?

Every Alpha is different, but generally they have three things in common: food, a talk and conversation.

Food – Most sessions start with food, because it’s a great way to connect and get to know everyone there.

Talk – The talks explore the basics of the Christian faith and are designed to inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long, they can be given as a live talk or played as an episode. Watch a talk

Conversation – There is a discussion after the talk where you can share your thoughts and ideas on the session’s topic. You can say anything.

How can I find an Alpha near me?

Just head to Try Alpha and type in your city or address to find an Alpha near you – then you can contact the team running it to let them know you’re interested in coming, and they can answer any questions you might have about that course.

I’ve entered my location but I can’t see an Alpha near me?

New Alphas are being registered daily, please try again soon. Typically, Alphas run starting in the fall (September), winter (January) and spring (after Easter). You are always welcome to contact us at questions@alphausa.org

How much does it cost?

Alpha is completely free.

How do I sign up?

Just head to Try Alpha and type in your location to find an Alpha where you are – then you can get in touch with an Alpha near you, and let them know you’re interested in coming.

How can I get in touch with someone about Alpha?

Find an Alpha near you at Try Alpha and get in touch with Alpha’s near you – or contact us to find out more about Alpha. To find Alphas around the globe, find your country here.

Running Alpha

How can I register my course?

Register your course on alphausa.org/run by clicking ‘Sign Up.’

How do I promote my Alpha on alphausa.org/try?

Register your course on alphausa.org/run and choose to ‘Publish to Alpha’ in the final step of the registration process.

Where can I find digital materials for the Alpha invitation?

You can download promotional materials from the “Promote” tab within your registered Alpha in MyAlpha.

Where can I buy materials for the Alpha invitation?

You can download free promotional materials for your Alpha from a registered course in MyAlpha.  To buy/purchase promotional materials, go to our Printshop.

Can I personalize the invitation?

Yes, you can personalize the Alpha invitation materials. Alpha details such as name, website and address can be added on the promotional downloads in your Alpha registration or you can order personalized material from our Printshop.

How can I train my team?

Free training downloads are found in your registered Alpha at alphausa.org/run you can also go to https://alphausa.org/events to register for an in person or online Run Alpha training.

My question isn’t here. Who can I get in touch with?

Please contact us at questions@alphausa.org if you have any further questions. Or if you’re not in the U.S., connect with Alpha where you are.

Name Alpha USA in your Will

If you are writing your will for the first time, revising your existing plans, or own investment or retirement accounts or life insurance policies, please consider including Alpha USA among your charitable beneficiaries. In your will, you can name Alpha USA the beneficiary of a set amount, a percentage of your estate, or a percentage of your residual estate after you have taken care of your loved ones. If you have already written your will, it is usually very easy to create a codicil, or amendment, to your will. A codicil with specific changes, witnessed and notarized, is typically accepted into probate with the original will. If you need specific language to include in your will, contact the Vice President of Development at 1-800-362-5742 or kylewallace@alphausa.org.

Annuities and Other Life Income Gifts

Alpha USA can help you establish a charitable gift annuity that will pay you or a loved one an annual income for life. The remainder of the investment, when you no longer need it, goes to Alpha USA.

If you are a younger donor, a deferred gift annuity can help you plan for your retirement. By investing now and deferring the start of income payments until you reach retirement age, your initial investment has more time to grow.

In either case, the donor receives a tax deduction for part of the initial investment, plus a guaranteed revenue stream that is partially tax-free. Alpha USA receives the remainder. Each charitable gift annuity is unique to the circumstances of the donor. To learn more, discuss your options, or receive a customized annuity illustration, please contact the Vice President of Development at 1-800-362-5742 or kylewallace@alphausa.org.

IRA and Stock Gifts

Owners of Individual Retirement Accounts must begin taking Required Minimum Distributions at age 70 1⁄2. After that, a permanent tax provision allows you to make gifts to Alpha USA and other qualified charities directly from your IRA. These gifts are subtracted from your Required Minimum Distributions and do not count as revenue on your taxes. Because this type of gift actually reduces your income, it offers tax benefits even if you do not itemize your deductions.

Giving stock directly to Alpha USA may allow you to increase your gift and your tax deduction. When you give stock shares, you generally take a tax deduction for the full fair market value, which may be more than your original investment. Giving stock may offer significant advantage over giving cash, or selling your appreciated securities and contributing the after-tax proceeds.

Please contact Finance at 1-800-362-5742 and let us know the type of stock and the number of shares you plan to donate. This will allow us to properly track your donation and ensure that it is transferred correctly and that you are properly credited and acknowledged.

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