FAQ


Q. What is #GiveBigDFW?

#GiveBigDFW is the local response to the global movement, #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving..


Q. When is #GiveBigDFW?

#GiveBigDFW launches on November 27, 2018. The portal will remain open for donations through December 31, 2018 to allow all participating organizations to utilize #GiveBigDFW as a vehicle for end-of-year giving campaigns.


Q. Which organizations can participate?

Organizations that are verified 501( c )(3) charitable nonprofits that are headquartered or provide services in Dallas Forth Worth and surrounding areas are encouraged to participate.


Q. Who can donate?

Anyone may donate. Donations through the #GiveBigDFW 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 United Way’s role? Does United Way get any of the money?

No, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is not a financial partner in #GiveBigDFW. They are happy to serve as the convening partner and power the giving platform with GiveGab, but all donations made to your organization go directly to you. United Way will have its own giving page on the site (just like everyone else) and will only get donations from donors that specifically click to donate to United Way.


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 3% campaign management fee from all donations, capped at $20 per donation. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 for all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). 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. Can participating nonprofits collect offline donations?

#GiveBigDFW is a celebration of all philanthropy in the Dallas Fort Worth community! We encourage nonprofits to include their offline donations and volunteer hours through the GiveGab platform to reflect their year round philanthropy and donor engagement!

Offline donations will not be eligible for prizes, but they will be reflected in the leaderboards.


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://givegab-dog-staging.herokuapp.com on your mobile device.


Q. Can I pre-schedule a donation for #GiveBigDFW?

You cannot pre-schedule your #GiveBigDFW gift, but you may make a donation to a participating nonprofit before or after the #GiveBigDFW. In order for your donation to be counted towards prize incentives awarded on #GiveBigDFW it must be made between midnight at 11:59 p.m. on November 27th, 2018.


Q. What if my preferred organization is not listed?

Please send an email to info@GiveBigDFW.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.

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.


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. How can I ensure my organization receives it's donations?

In order to receive your donations via ACH transfer, GiveGab requires a checking account eligible to receive ACH transfers and withdrawals. Your donations will be deposited within 24-48 hours after the first transfer is successful, which can take up to 7 business days.

If your organization supplies the wrong type of bank account (such as a savings account), or the wrong account numbers, GiveGab will be in touch! After 30 days, if GiveGab hasn't heard from your organization, they will refund your gifts back to your donors.