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 3 at 5 PM through May 4 at 10 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 and debit card only. 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 within 24-48 hours.


Q. How much of each 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% + $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. 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.


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 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. 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 3-4, 2018.


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 info@missoulagives.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:

Q. When will prizes winnings be distributed?

If your organization wins a prize, it will be mailed to you from the Missoula Community Foundation 6-10 day business days after the prize has been announced.


Q. Where will the finale celebration be held?

This year's finale celebration will be held at the Public House in downtown Missoula at 130 E. Broadway from 8-10pm. Join us after First Friday to enjoy some light food, drinks, and music. We will display the leaderboard, highlight prize winners from the day, take last-minute donations, and more. Come on down with your staff, board, friends, and supporters!


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 with a check or cash (even change) at one of our convenient and fun donor lounges on the day of giving:

  • May 3rd, 5-8pm - At Plonk Kick-Off Party in downtown Missoula
  • May 4th, 10am-7:30pm - Outside of the Florence Building at 111 Higgins
  • May 4th, 11-2pm - Good Food Store in the produce section
  • May 4th, 8-10pm - The Public House Culminating Celebration 130 E. Broadway

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 $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 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 on April 16th. 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. Are there any other new features this year?

We thought you'd never ask! This year, in addition to early giving, run their own fundraiser for the charity of their choice, and give throughout the 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!

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!