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 on May 4th-5th, 6pm-6pm, 2017.


Q. Which organizations can participate?

Organizations that are verified 501( c )(3) charitable nonprofits that are headquartered or provide services in Missoula.


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 and debit card only. 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 within 24-48 hours.


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

GiveGab retains a 2% campaign management fee from all donations, capped at $20 per donation. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) or 3.5% (American Express) + $0.30. You are given the option to cover the fees and if you choose this option, 100% of your online charitable gift will go to the receiving organization. All donations are final and cannot be refunded.


Q. Who will receive my contact information?

The organization(s) you choose to support will have access to your name and email address. This information is used solely to send thank you messages, provide the option to receive future notifications, and to notify you of future activities.


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. Your tax receipt is emailed 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. Can I make donations via a mobile device?

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


Q. Can I pre-schedule a donation 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. In order for your donation to be counted towards prize incentives awarded on Missoula Gives it must be made between midnight at 11:59 p.m. on May 4th-5th, 6pm-6pm, 2017.


Q. What if my preferred organization is not listed?

Please send an email to info@missoulagives.com to request that we contact your organization of choice.


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.


Donor FAQ

Q. Who can donate?

Everyone is encouraged to donate to the charities of their choice through Missoula Gives! All donations made through Missoula Gives are tax deductible and contributions can be made via credit and debit card or through cash and check at our donor lounges during Missoula Gives. Donations will be processed 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 online or with a check or cash (even change) at one of our convenient and fun donor lounges:

May 4th, 5-7pm: Kickoff Party at Plonk Wine- 322 N. Higgins
May 5th, 8am-5pm: Missoula Gives HQ in the Florence Lobby-111 N. Higgins
May 5th, 5-7pm: Finale Celebration at Missoula Federal Credit Union’s Southside Branch- 3600 Brooks Street

Q. How will donations be distributed?

Each donation made to a participating nonprofit will be disbursed directly from GiveGab via direct deposit 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% 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. How are incentive funds distributed?

Missoula Community Foundation is raising funds for prizes and to seed each participating organization’s matching fund. Throughout the 24-hour giving day, we will be offering prizes that nonprofits can compete for. Our matching fund will be equally divided among all of the participating organizations. We encourage nonprofits to raise additional matching funds from current supporters. Visit a nonprofit’s profile page to see how much is in their matching fund and donate to help them reach their match.

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 and/or schedule a recurring gift.

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 way and fun ways while promoting social sharing!

4.) Last year, Missoula Gives provided over $30,000 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 a mobile device?

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

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

Yes! For the first time this year, donors will be able to give in advance of Missoula Gives, starting on April 1 st (no fooling!) 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.

Q. Are there any other new features this year?

We thought you'd never ask! This year, in addition to early giving, donors will also be able to make recurring gifts, run their own fundraiser for the charity of their choice, and give throughout the year!

A. Recurring donations: If you choose, you will now be able to use the Missoula Gives platform to give to your favorite causes monthly. By selecting this option, your initial gift during the 24 hours of Missoula Gives will count towards the event but your additional gifts throughout the year will not.
GiveGab offers a special rate of 2% on their service charge during April and May in support of our giving day. During the rest of the year, their service charge is 5%. This is in addition to the credit card fees, as follows: 2.2% is charged on all transactions made with Visa or Mastercard and 3.5% by American Express + $0.30 per transaction.

B. Campaigns: This year, donors will be able to create their own profiles and run their own fundraisers in support of their charity of choice. All of the funds raised through these campaigns 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!

C. 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!

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 at 5PM on April 7th so your favorite charity just might not have registered yet!