Q. What is Giving is Gorges?

Giving is Gorges was established by a collaborative group to celebrate the spirit of philanthropy in Tompkins County and surrounding areas. The purpose of this powerful giving experience is to unite our community members around causes in which they truly believe and help support local nonprofit organizations. On June 12, we all will collectively embrace new tools and strategies that generate excitement and multiply resources for organizations doing great work all over Tompkins County. This is a unique opportunity to highlight how we can work together to share commitments and build a stronger sense of community.

Q. When is Giving is Gorges?

Giving is Gorges 2019 will be on June 12, 2019 from midnight to 11:59 PM.

Q. Which organizations can participate?

Organizations that are verified 501( c )(3) charitable nonprofits (eligible to receive tax deductible donations) that are headquartered or provide services in Tompkins County or surrounding areas.

Q. Which organizations are eligible for prize incentives?

All of them! Every verified organization that signs up for Giving is Gorges and collects their donations through givingisgorges.org is automatically eligible to win prizes during Giving is Gorges 2019. With thousands of dollars in prizes in store for 2019, every organization will have the opportunity to make a greater impact on their mission. More details to come soon!

Q. How can my business get involved in Giving is Gorges?

Giving is Gorges wouldn't be possible without the generous support of our thriving local business community! Your business can get involved by becoming a sponsor, or checking out our Business Toolkit for other ways your business can make an exponential impact on our nonprofit community.

Q. Who can donate?

Anyone can be a part of the philanthropic fun during Giving is Gorges! Donations through the Giving is Gorges online portal to charitable nonprofit organizations are tax-deductible and cannot be refunded. All major credit cards are accepted through givingisgorges.org and donations will be received and receipted by GiveGab.

Q. Why participate in Giving is Gorges?

Giving is Gorges is an excellent opportunity and a unique way to give back to a local nonprofit in the area. Our financial sponsor Visions Federal Credit Union will be covering all processing fees to ensure that nonprofits receive 100% of donations.

Q. When will donations open for Giving is Gorges?

While the real fun happens on Wednesday, June 12, organizations can begin accepting donations through their Giving is Gorges profile beginning on Saturday, June 1st through Friday, June 14.

Only donations made online on June 12th from 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM will count towards day-of prize incentives for Giving is Gorges; see official prize page for rules and details. Also, when you donate on June 12, our Financial Sponsor Visions Federal Credit Union will be covering all GiveGab and credit card processing fees so your charity can get the most out of your donation!

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 1-2 business days.

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

GiveGab retains a 5% 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, however Visions Federal Credit Union will cover these costs as our Financial Sponsor so more of your money goes to your charity of choice. That means 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. As a donor, you have the flexibility to choose how you would like your donation to be publicly displayed through givingisgorges.org.

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! The Giving is Gorges site is completely mobile responsive, so all you have to do is visit www.givingisgorges.org on your mobile device to make a gift to your favorite organizations.

Q. Can I pre-schedule a donation for Giving is Gorges?

While you cannot pre-schedule your Giving is Gorges gift, you may make a donation to a participating nonprofit before or after the Giving is Gorges. In order for your donation to be counted towards prize incentives awarded on Giving is Gorges it must be made between 12 am and 11:59 p.m. on June 12, 2019.

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: