Q. What is The Great Give®?

The Great Give® is the ninth major community-wide giving event benefiting Greater New Haven's nonprofits and occurring over an intense 36 hours from 8:00 AM on May 1 to 8:00 PM on May 2, 2018. The Great Give® was created by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven through its online resource known as giveGreater.org® to strengthen nonprofits serving Greater New Haven by advancing knowledge about their work and increasing giving to their organizations. More than $6 Million has been raised since The Great Give® began.

Q. When is The Great Give®?

The Great Give® runs from May 1-May 2, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Q. Which organizations can participate?

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

Q. Who can donate?

Any individual with a valid credit card and access to the internet may donate; individuals must be responsible for the credit card used and authorized to use it.

Q. What forms of donations are accepted?

Contributions may be made via MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express credit and debit cards; credit and debit card gifts are eligible to receive matching funds (see Terms of Service for details). Checks can be accepted by participating nonprofits and can be listed as an offline gift, but will not be counted toward prize and match calculations. Exception: checks of $500 or greater received by a nonprofit and which are used as match incentives for the event may be counted toward match and prize calculations awarded by The Foundation if a copy of the "matching challenge check" is submitted to The Community Foundation by 5:00 p.m. April 30, 2018 (see Terms of Service for details).

Q. How will the donations be reported on my credit card statement?

All gifts made during The Great Give® 2018 are gifts to The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven that will be distributed to the organization you selected. Your credit card statement will reflect a gift to The Community Foundation as GreatGive2018 followed by The Community Foundation’s telephone number.

Q. Is there a minimum gift amount?

Yes, a minimum donation of $5 is required to be counted towards grant prize eligibility.

Q. Is there a fee charged for the online credit card gifts?

Credit card transaction and third-party processing fees will be deducted from each donation during The Great Give® 2018 as follows:
  • 4.2% plus $.30 on gifts up to $1,000
  • 2.2% plus $20.30 on gifts over $1,000

The Community Foundation does not receive any revenue from the transaction or processing fee and provides the online giving day platform and training to nonprofit organizations as a free service.

Q. Are donations tax-deductible?

Donations through the The Great Give® online portal for the benefit of charitable nonprofit organizations are tax-100% tax deductible and irrevocable and will be for the unrestricted use of your chosen charity. A donor cannot receive any goods or services in exchange for their gift. Donations will be received and receipted by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Q. Are there restrictions on the use of money raised for nonprofits as a result of The Great Give®?

The Great Give® 2018 gifts are considered unrestricted gifts; therefore, grants by The Foundation to participating nonprofits are for general operating support.

Q. How will donations be distributed?

Each donation made for the benefit of a participating nonprofit will be disbursed directly as a grant from The Community Foundation via direct deposit.

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

Credit card transaction and third-party processing fees will be deducted from each donation during The Great Give® 2018 as follows:
  • 4.2% plus $.30 on gifts up to $1,000
  • 2.2% plus $20.30 on gifts over $1,000

The Community Foundation does not receive any revenue from the transaction or processing fees and provides the online giving day platform and training to nonprofit organizations as a free service.

Q. Who will receive my contact information?

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven will have access to all of the contact information you provide when you make a donation. The organization(s) you choose to support will have access to your name, address and email address. This information is used to send thank you messages, provide the option to receive future notifications, and to notify you of future activities that may be of interest to you.

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 my donation over the phone?

Yes, if you have a smart phone that allows you to make a credit card donation online. Go to www.thegreatgive.org to donate from your smart phone during the 36 hour giving event which starts 8:00 AM on May 1.

Q. Can I pre-schedule a donation for The Great Give®?

Yes! Advance gifts can be scheduled for The Great Give® beginning April 23, 2018. Advanced gifts will count toward grand prize calculations, but will not be counted toward hourly prize incentives.

Q. What is an "individual" or "unique" donor?

For the purposes of awarding prizes, a unique donor is one individual or corporation/business. Multiple donations from one donor to the same nonprofit will count as one donor. Organizations cannot donate to themselves. Donors are encouraged to make gifts to multiple organizations.

Q. What if my preferred organization is not listed?

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

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. 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: