FAQ


Q. What is Giving is Gorges?

Giving is Gorges is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Giving is Gorges is an initiative of GiveGab, The Community Foundation of Tompkins County, The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, and the AFP Finger Lakes Chapter.


Q. When is Giving is Gorges?

Giving is Gorges is on May 9 - May 10, 2017 from 6PM to 6PM.


Q. Which organizations can participate?

Organizations that are IRS recognized nonprofits that are headquartered or provide services in Tompkins County.


Q. Who can donate?

Anyone! Contributions may be made via credit and debit card only. GiveGab, the online portal provider for Giving is Gorges, will automatically provide an immediate on-screen acknowledgement of the donation and will email a receipt to the donor that has the necessary documentation for income tax purposes. Don’t worry, any receipt can easily be retrieved after the day in case it gets misplaced!


Q. What is GiveGab?

GiveGab is a local company here in Ithaca, NY, that has developed an online giving platform to help nonprofits raise money, engage donors and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. The GiveGab platform offers a full portfolio of simple and easy-to-use features that allows nonprofit organizations to leverage modern technology to function in a more streamlined manner. This results in more resources (time and money) available to nonprofits to fulfill their mission of making the world a better place! Check out www.givegab.com for more info.


Q. How will donations be distributed?

Each donation will be disbursed automatically to the nonprofit donated to by GiveGab’s credit card partner, Stripe, via a direct deposit to the nonprofit’s bank account within three (3) days. GiveGab never has access to the donated funds, the donor’s credit card or the nonprofit’s bank account. Stripe is an industry leader in securely processing online payments, and has the highest level of PCI compliance. GiveGab performs rigorous checks to ensure that the nonprofits participating in Giving is Gorges are verified IRS recognized nonprofits, and Stripe ensures they meet US Patriot Act requirements.


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

The vast majority! Unfortunately, as we all know, nothing in life is free. And to safely and efficiently process online donations, some fees are necessary, by GiveGab for providing an amazing platform and the credit card company for processing the payments. Each donation made through Giving is Gorges will be charged a 5% platform fee (capped at $20 per transaction) as well as a 2.2% + $0.30 credit card processing fee for all major credit cards except American Express which will be charged a 3.5% + $0.30 processing fee. However on Giving is Gorges donors have the option to give back just a little more by covering all fees on behalf of the nonprofit they are donating to, and typically more than 70% of donors do!


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. Information will not be shared amongst nonprofits or anyone else, and GiveGab and Stripe will never reach out to you directly.


Q. Do I need to create an account with GiveGab?

No. You do not need to create an account to make a donation. The are many benefits of creating an account on GiveGab, some of which include having a central donation receipt repository accessible from anywhere at any time (making tax time easy!), the ability to track your donations, follow the charities you support, engage in future volunteering and even fundraise for your favorite nonprofits. Your donation 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 givingisgorges.org on your mobile device.


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

Sorry, unfortunately you cannot pre-schedule your Giving is Gorges gift, but you may make a donation to a participating nonprofit before or after the Giving is Gorges. Donations for Giving is Gorges will be accepted from May 1 - May 31st, however in order for your donation to be counted towards prize incentives awarded on Giving is Gorges it must be made online between 6pm EST on May 9 - 6pm EST on May 10.


Q. What if my preferred organization is not listed?

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