Nonprofit FAQ


Q. What is Give Great Falls?

Give Great Falls is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Give Great Falls is hosted by the Great Falls Area Community Foundation, Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Alliance, and United Way. It is a is a 24+ hour “Crowdfunding” event that embraces new technologies to provide a quick, easy, and fun way for the public to support non-profits while also tracking donations online creating a sense of friendly competition!

This is the first year of a community wide "Giving Day" event, and we are excited to see how generous the Great Falls community is in supporting the programs and nonprofits that matter.

Q. When is Give Great Falls?

Give Great Falls is on May 2, 12:00 p.m. to May 3, 6:00 p.m.


Q. Is my organization eligible to participate?

All registered 501(c)3 organizations located in the Great Falls area are eligible to participate. Schools and churches that have the proper IRS documentation are also eligible to participate. We verify that each and every participating organization is legally able to collect donations, so you can feel confident that your contribution is going to a legitimate and reputable organization!


Q. Why should my organization participate?

Give Great Falls is a way to boost your organization’s fundraising efforts! Give Great Falls allows eligible nonprofits the opportunity to reach potential new donors and provides the type of visibility that only a community wide effort of this type can generate!

To make the most of these efforts your organization should ensure that your profile is up-to-date on the site well ahead of the Give Great Falls Day and is custom-branded to tell your organization’s story, engage donors, and inform the community of your mission. Learn more about using these tools HERE.


Q. How can my nonprofit participate?

Search for your organization by name or EIN here. If you do not see your organization listed, you will have the opportunity to create your organization’s profile. You can check out the support articles which walk you through the process HERE.


Q. How much does it cost?

There is $50 participation upfront fee for each nonprofit to cover third party expenses for marketing and promotional materials associated with the Give Great Falls event.


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 the deadline to ensure my participation in Give Great Falls?

The deadline to register and have guaranteed inclusion in Give Great Falls 2019 is April 26, 2019. Your profile on GiveGab is available 365 days a year for fundraising and volunteer management.


Q. Can more than one person claim admin access on our organization’s page?

Yes, pending approval from existing administrators. All administrators will need to create profiles on GiveGab. Every person who has administrative access will receive emails about updates to their page.


Q. How much of my donation goes to our organization?

GiveGab retains a 2.75% campaign management fee from all donations. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 for all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). Donors are given the option to cover the fees and the majority of them do! If they cover the processing fees, 100% of their online charitable gift will go to your organization. All donations are final and cannot be refunded.

100% of all donations are tax-deductible for the donor and all donations will be officially receipted for tax purposes automatically through GiveGab under the name of the nonprofit receiving the funds.

GiveGab’s management fee is 7% on all donations outside the dates of our Give Great Falls campaign.


Q. When will we receive the donated funds?

Organizations will receive all donations, within 3 business days via direct deposit as long as bank routing and account information has been verified. GiveGab uses a PCI Level I compliant payment service to ensure that all financial data is secure.


Q. How does an organization know who has donated and how much? Can I download a donations report?

All organizations that participate in Give Great Falls will be able to access and download a .CSV file of their donations via their administrative dashboard on GiveGab. The report is updated in real-time and will include the donation payout date for bank account reconciliation, donation information (including a breakdown of the fees), and the donor's name and contact information. Click here to download a sample donation report.


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.


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. 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. 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. 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 our organization be most successful with the Give Great Falls event?

Check out our tips in the Nonprofit Toolkit or attend a webinar or workshop.


Donor FAQ


Q. Where can I give in-person?

Please check out the schedule of events page to see where you can give in-person and support and discover local nonprofits! Can't make it to an event? Search for an organization and give through our online giving platform!


Q. What is Give Great Falls?

Give Great Falls is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Give Great Falls is hosted by the Great Falls Area Community Foundation, Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Alliance, and United Way. It is a is a 24+ hour “Crowdfunding” event that embraces new technologies to provide a quick, easy, and fun way for the public to support non-profits while also tracking donations online creating a sense of friendly competition!

This is the first year of a community wide "Giving Day" event, and we are excited to see the community rally to support participating nonprofits and supporting their missions and programming in the Great Falls area.

Q. When is Give Great Falls?

Give Great Falls is on May 2, 12:00 p.m. to May 3, 6:00 p.m.


Q. Who can donate?

Anyone may donate! It doesn’t matter where you live or how much you give! Collectively we can all make a significant impact for organizations in our community!

Anyone with a credit card or debit card may donate via GiveGreatFalls.org and cash or check donations will be accepted at event locations.

Donations through the Give Great Falls online portal to charitable nonprofit organizations are tax-deductible and cannot be refunded. Contributions may be made via credit and debit card only.


Q. Where can I donate?

Give Great Falls is an online and in-person giving day. You can give online at GiveGreatFalls.org or donate in person, online or with a check or cash (even change!) at one of our convenient and fun live events! Please see our schedule of events page for details!


Q. How can I become a Sponsor to help make Give Great Falls a success?

In order to make an amplified impact on the fundraising effort of nonprofits participating in Give Great Falls, we encourage local businesses and individuals to become "Event Sponsors" and "Prize Sponsors".

Sponsoring Give Great Falls means that your business supports this initiative, while simultaneously gaining positive exposure throughout the day of events, media opportunities and high volume website traffic.

To find out more about becoming a Sponsor, please contact Lori Eckhardt at lorie@familyconnectionsmt.org.


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 our organization?

GiveGab retains a 2.75% campaign management fee from all donations. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 for all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). Donors are given the option to cover the fees and the majority of them do! If they cover the processing fees, 100% of their online charitable gift will go to your organization. All donations are final and cannot be refunded.

100% of all donations are tax-deductible for the donor and all donations will be officially receipted for tax purposes automatically through GiveGab under the name of the nonprofit receiving the funds.

GiveGab’s management fee is 7% on all donations outside the dates of our Give Great Falls campaign.

Q. Who will receive my contact information?

The Great Falls Area Community Foundation, United Way, and the Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Alliance and 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.

You have the option to make your donation anonymous. Anonymous donations will be displayed as "Anonymous." on the organization's page. Organizations will still have access to your name and email address.


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 GiveGreatFalls.org on your mobile device.


Q. Can I pre-schedule a donation for Give Great Falls 2019?

You cannot pre-schedule your Give Great Falls gift, but you may make a donation to a participating nonprofit before or after Give Great Falls. In order for your donation to be counted towards prize incentives awarded for Give Great Falls it must be made between May 2 to May 6, 2019.