FAQ

Nonprofit FAQ

Q. What is Missoula Gives?

Missoula Gives is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Missoula Gives is an initiative of Missoula Community Foundation.


Q. When is Missoula Gives?

Missoula Gives is from May 2 at 5 PM through May 3 at 8 PM.


Q. Which organizations can participate?

Organizations that are verified 501( c )(3) charitable nonprofits or qualified fiscally-sponsored organizations that are headquartered or provide services in Missoula and Ravalli Counties.


Q. Who can donate?

Anyone may donate. Donations through the Missoula Gives online portal to charitable nonprofit organizations are tax-deductible and cannot be refunded. Contributions may be made via credit, debit card and ACH bank payments only. ACH bank payment method is available to donors who wish to give $100 or more. Cash and checks will be accepted at any of the in-person events during Missoula Gives or at the nonprofit of your choice. Donations will be received and receipted by GiveGab.


Q. What is GiveGab?

GiveGab is a nonprofit giving platform that helps nonprofits to raise money, engage donors and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. GiveGab offers a full portfolio of simple and easy to use products that allows organizations to function in a more streamlined manner.


Q. How will donations be distributed?

Each donation made to a participating nonprofit will be disbursed directly from GiveGab via direct deposit to the nonprofit's bank account within 24-48 hours.


Q. How much of each donation goes to the nonprofit?

Of each donation, only 4.2% + $0.30 will be retained by the credit card companies and GiveGab. The complete breakdown is as follows: 2% service charge from GiveGab for building and maintaining the hosting site, as well as live event customer service and donation processing. 2.2% + $0.30 is charged on all credit card transactions. These are standard charges from each credit card company for donations made online. If a donor making a gift of $100 or more decides to utilize the ACH payment option instead of a credit card, a $3 per transaction fee will apply (and replace the typical credit card fee). Total fees in this instance would be 2% Platform Fee (capped at $20) + $3 per gift.


Q. Will my donors get a receipt for their donation and where will it come from?

Yes, your tax receipt is emailed to you immediately upon processing your donation. To claim a donation as a deduction on U.S. taxes, you should retain the donation receipt as an official record. If you do not receive this receipt you can contact GiveGab customer service at info@missoulagives.org.


Q. Can donations be made via mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit https://www.missoulagives.org on your mobile device.


Q. How can I ensure that I have a seamless experience when visiting the Missoula Gives site?

While Missoula Gives' website will perform optimally with most browsers, we always recommend visitors use the most updated version of your browser for a better and faster user experience for both you and your donors. Of these, our recommended browser is Google Chrome. That's because Chrome undergoes regularly-scheduled updates, and tends to be more reliable due to its adaptability to a wide range of features and functionality. Should you or your donors run into any challenges using the Missoula Gives site, please write in to the little blue chat bubble on the website for immediate assistance!


Q. Can donations be pre-scheduled for Missoula Gives?

You cannot pre-schedule your Missoula Gives gift, but you may make a donation to a participating nonprofit before or after the Missoula Gives event. Donations open at 12 AM on April 24 and close on May 10 at 8 PM. In order for your donation to be counted towards prize incentives awarded on Missoula Gives it must be made between 5 PM on May 2nd and 8 PM on May 3rd.


Q. Are there any other new features this year?

  1. Peer-to-Peer Campaigns: Donors will be able to create their own profiles and run their own fundraisers in support of their charity of choice through the Peer-to-Peer Fundraising feature. All of the funds raised through these pages will go directly to the agency the donor chooses and the dollars and donations will count towards Missoula Gives prizes. This means that donors can now challenge their friends to see who can raise the most for the causes that matter to them. We like to think of it as the best kind of peer-to- peer fundraising!
  2. Give Again: Unlike previous years, giving doesn't have to stop after Missoula Gives ends! Nonprofit pages will be live year round which means you can come back and support the causes you care about throughout the year!
  3. New this year! Donors can 'shop' around the Missoula Gives site and add gifts to their basket while they browse. When they're ready to complete their gifts, the donor can customize their gift to each organization, add/edit/remove gifts from their basket, and will only check out once.
  4. New this year! Want to catch those donors that are giving to your organization's website instead of your Missoula Gives profile and make sure those totals are reflected in Missoula Gives? You can now customize and add a donate button to your organization's website that will mimic the same donation flow that a donor experiences on Missoula Gives without navigating the donor away from your site. While this doesn't replace your profile on Missoula Gives, it ensures that you're reaching all possible donors for the giving day!
  5. New this year! Not only can your organization create a 1:1 Match on your profile, but now you can create a Donor or Dollar Challenge that will release a dollar amount into your totals when a certain goal or threshold is reached. This allows you more creative ways to engage your donors and gamify the day. It also gives your organization some flexibility to work towards other internal goals and market that to donors!

Q. What portion of a donation made on GiveGab is tax deductible?

Tax deductibility for a donor is based on giving to a nonprofit; it's not dependent upon how that nonprofit uses the funds. On GiveGab, the nonprofit pays for the fees, regardless if the donor elects to cover. GiveGab gives donors the option to increase their donation by an amount equal to the fees the nonprofit will pay so that the nonprofit realizes the full amount of the intended donation after payment of the fees. Just because the donor is given this option does not make the additional amount non-deductible.

Outside of using GiveGab, nonprofits do not provide their donors a breakdown of what portion of their donation is deductible (unless the donor receives something of value in return as a dinner, etc). That's because deductibility is based on giving to the nonprofit, not how the nonprofit chooses to use the funds. You could almost consider when the donor elects to cover the fees, that portion of the donation is a restricted gift that will be used to pay for the expenses incurred to receive the gift. Restricted gifts are tax deductible, because it's based on who is receiving the gift (nonprofit) not what the gift is used for.

Ultimately, whether a donor decides to deduct the fees as a donation on their tax returns is their option, and we do not provide tax advice. If they want to be ultra-conservative they can choose to not take a deduction for the fees when they file. Who receives the donation is what determines tax deductibility, not how the donation is used. If it were the opposite, nonprofits would have to provide a full accounting to each and every donor how every penny of each donation was used - that is obviously impractical and would increase nonprofit administrative expenses exponentially. GiveGab does not provide tax advice. Please consult your local tax professional about what portion of the full donation amount can be claimed as a charitable contribution.


Q. What is state charitable solicitation registration?

Nonprofits are held to a high standard of government regulation and public scrutiny. And that is with good reason! Eligible 501(c) nonprofits are exempt from federal corporate taxes and have access to public funding. These benefits are not typically available to for-profit businesses, so laws are in place to protect the public and ensure nonprofits do not abuse their financial advantages. The IRS and states all have requirements for nonprofits.

GiveGab prides itself on providing a platform that donors feel safe using. As such, GiveGab ensures that each organization is legally eligible to collect tax-deductible donations in accordance with federal and state-level laws.


Q. What if my preferred organization is not listed?

Please send an email to Nikki@MissoulaCommunityFoundation.org to request that we contact your organization of choice.


Q. What is state charitable solicitation registration?

Nonprofits are held to a high standard of government regulation and public scrutiny. And that is with good reason! Eligible 501(c) nonprofits are exempt from federal corporate taxes and have access to public funding. These benefits are not typically available to for-profit businesses, so laws are in place to protect the public and ensure nonprofits do not abuse their financial advantages. The IRS and states all have requirements for nonprofits.

GiveGab prides itself on providing a platform that donors feel safe using. As such, GiveGab ensures that each organization is legally eligible to collect tax-deductible donations in accordance with federal and state-level laws.

Q. Why is state charitable solicitation registration compliance important?

While 501(c) nonprofits receive key financial benefits, the penalties for noncompliance can be serious. The IRS can revoke a nonprofit’s tax exemption and impose fines that can accrue daily. The states can administratively dissolve a nonprofit corporation and levy steep financial penalties. Perhaps worst of all, an organization can lose out on a grant or large donation because it has not kept itself in good standing.

Taking a proactive approach to compliance helps ensure the sustained success of the organization. The cost of staying compliant is small in comparison to the much larger costs of noncompliance. The saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could not be more true in this context.


Q. What are the key aspects of state charitable solicitation registration compliance?

The IRS provides tax exemptions to eligible nonprofits under IRC 501(c). Public charities and private foundations receive 501(c)(3) tax exemption. The IRS scrutinizes organizations when they apply for 501(c)(3) but also ensures that those organizations meet the ongoing obligations to remain eligible. Nonprofits must file a 990 tax form each year with the IRS to disclose their financial data for the year.

Each state has their own set of requirements. Nonprofits are typically incorporated in a given state as a nonprofit corporation. The state in which the nonprofit has incorporated will impose requirements on the nonprofit, and those responsibilities typically span across multiple state agencies. Usually nonprofits must submit an annual filing to the corporations division of the secretary of state, maintain its license to fundraise (charitable solicitation registration), file for a state business license, and maintain state-level tax exemption with the revenue department. As nonprofits expand outside of the state or operate nationwide, they must comply with the same items in each other state as well.

In addition to IRS and state filing requirements, nonprofits must keep adequate records. Keeping accurate and complete records is critical in the event that an organization is audited. It is also common that board members or donors request information from the organization. Finally, records are necessary for submitting applications and renewal filings with various government agencies.


Q. When I check the box on GiveGab to declare state charitable solicitation registration compliance, what am I attesting to?

When you check the box you are attesting (defined as "declaring that something exists or is the case") that your organization is compliant with applicable state fundraising requirements in the states in which you may solicit donors using the GiveGab platform.

In the state of Montana, you must submit a 990 tax form to be in full compliance in the state of Montana. If you solicit donations outside of Montana you will need to be compliant in those states.


Q. Do you have additional resources to reference about state charitable solicitation registration?

Yes! Here are a few more resources from Harbor Compliance to help you. Harbor Compliance is a Nonprofit Compliance expert, that will be able to break down all details on all nonprofit laws and requirements:

Q. When will prizes winnings be distributed?

If your organization wins a prize, it will be mailed to you from the Missoula Community Foundation within a month after the prize has been announced.


Q. Where will the finale celebration be held?

We will be participating in First Friday again! Nonprofits are encouraged to find local businesses to partner with on Friday, May 3rd. Contact Nikki at Missoula Community Foundation for more information. Stay tuned!


Donor FAQ

Q. Who can donate?

Anyone may donate. Donations through the Missoula Gives online portal to charitable nonprofit organizations are tax-deductible and cannot be refunded. Contributions may be made via credit, debit card and ACH bank payments only. ACH bank payment method is available to donors who wish to give $100 or more. Cash and checks will be accepted at any of the in-person events during Missoula Gives or at the nonprofit of your choice. Donations will be received and receipted by GiveGab.


Q. Where can I donate?

Missoula Gives is an online and in-person giving day. You can give online at MissoulaGives.org, or donate in person with a check or cash (even change) at one of our convenient and fun donor lounges on the day of giving. Locations to be determined! Stay tuned.


Q. How much of my donation goes to each nonprofit?

Of each donation, only 4.2% + $0.30 will be retained by the credit card companies and GiveGab. The complete breakdown is as follows: 2% service charge from GiveGab for building and maintaining the hosting site, as well as live event customer service and donation processing. 2.2% is charged on all transactions made with Visa or Mastercard and 3.5% by American Express + $0.30 per transaction. These are standard charges from each credit card company for donations made online.


Q. Will I get a receipt for my donation and where it will come from?

Yes, your tax receipt is emailed to you immediately upon processing your donation. To claim a donation as a deduction on U.S. taxes, you should retain the donation receipt as an official record.


Q. Do I need to create an account with GiveGab?

No. You do not need to create an account to make a donation. The benefits of creating an account include having your tax receipts collected in one location, being able to track your donations, follow the charities you support, and engage in future volunteering and donations.


Q. Why should I give through Missoula Gives as opposed to giving directly to my favorite organizations?

Great question! The Missoula Gives team always supports giving directly to the nonprofits of your choice and that's why we've designed a platform this year that will allow you to do just that, all throughout the year by enabling you to both come back and give again. While we encourage year-round and annual giving, here are the 5 main reasons to give through Missoula Gives as well:

  1. Year after year, Missoula Gives helps raise awareness for the sector. By coming together one day, we are able to leverage all of our resources to promote all of the good work charities are doing in our community!
  2. Missoula Gives exists to support, equip, and serve the local nonprofit community through free workshops and tools and templates that can be used to fundraise year-round. We hope to provide each and every nonprofit with the tools they need to thrive!
  3. By providing access to year-round online fundraising pages, Missoula Gives provides many small agencies with the opportunity to engage with donors in new and fun ways while promoting social sharing!
  4. Last year, Missoula Gives provided over $28,000 in Incentive Funds to agencies that participated in the event. This money was spread out among the participants and enabled nonprofits to maximize their efforts!
  5. Giving is contagious and by creating an entire event dedicated to giving, we can come together as a community and encourage our friends and family to give to the causes we love the most. With so many new nonprofits to discover, there's something for everyone!

Q. Who will receive my contact information?

The organization(s) you choose to support will have access to your name, address, phone number and email address. This information is used solely to send thank you messages, provide the option to receive future notifications, and to inform you of future activities. Nobody else will retain your contact information. If you choose to give anonymously, the nonprofits to which you donate will not receive your contact information.


Q. Can I make donations via mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit missoulagives.org on your mobile device.


Q. Can I donate early to my charities of choice?

Yes! Donors will be able to give in advance of Missoula Gives, starting April 24 at 12AM. By donating early, you won't have to worry about missing the big day. All early gifts will count towards nonprofit totals for Missoula Gives but they will not apply to hourly prizes on the day of giving.


Q. What is the Gift Basket and how do I use it?

We thought you'd never ask! The Gift Basket on Missoula Gives is your very own 'shopping cart' - this allows you the opportunity to browse around the site and add gifts to your basket without needing to check out immediately. Then when you're ready to check out, you'll just enter your bank account information once and confirm your gifts.

You can add gifts to your basket in two ways:

  1. Head to your chosen organization's profile page and click on their basket icon (It's right next to their "Donate" button!). You'll see the gift added to your basket at the top, then continue browsing to another profile page to add an additional gift, or click the Gift Basket at the top to check out!
  2. Open the Gift Basket in the top navigation bar of Missoula Gifts, and search and add gifts to one or more organizations right within the basket feature. No need to search for their profile, if you already know who you want to give to!

Q. What if my preferred organization is not listed?

Please send an email to Nikki@MissoulaCommunityFoundation.org and we will contact the organization to let them know that some of their supporters have voiced an interest in donating to them through Missoula Gives! Please note that registration closes midnight on April 22nd so your favorite charity just might not have registered yet!