Please take note of changes in response to COVID-19 marked with an asterisk.
- Why am I not listed as a participating charity?
- When will I know how much my charity receives?
- When will my charity receive the donations?
- Will I know who made a gift to my charity?
- How does the prorating bonus work?
- Is there a minimum donation?
- Is there a maximum donation?
- Is it possible for donors to pay with a check?*
- May our charity collect check contributions at our location?*
- May donors make a WCCF Gives contribution via charitable IRA transfer?
- Is it possible for donors to pay with cash?
- May donors make online contributions in advance for WCCF Gives?
- Is my charity permitted to make a gift to itself on Gives Day?
- May my charity use WCCF Gives as an opportunity to collect payments for sponsorships or event registrations?
- May my charity utilize raffles and other games of chance to encourage contributions through WCCF Gives?
- May my charity use WCCF Gives as an opportunity to collect membership dues?
- May my charity use WCCF Gives as an opportunity to collect contributions for a specific program?
- Our donor wants to make a gift of $100. I understand each online transaction will be subject to a 3% credit card processing fee. How may our donor ensure that our charity receives the full $100 contribution?
- What is the Community Foundation’s fee for administering WCCF Gives?
- Other community foundations have announced that they will no longer facilitate a day of giving for the charities in their community. What is the future of WCCF Gives?
- How will contributions be acknowledged?
- Will WCCF Gives become a 24-hour event?
- When will charities receive the Gives Day postcards that WCCF has handed out in the past?*
- My charity had to cancel/postpone all our other fundraising activities for 2020, so WCCF Gives will be really important this year. How can my charity mitigate some of the loss from the other cancellations?*
- Is the Day of Giving website capable of handling an influx of online donations this year?*
- Will WCCF still be issuing grant checks?
- I still need help!
Why am I not listed as a participating charity?
To participate in WCCF Gives, a charity must complete and submit an application by the annual registration deadline. The deadline is June 1. Participating charities must have a physical presence in Washington County and have a designated email address to accept electronic communications. Also, a charity must warrant and represent that it:
- Is exempt from federal income tax as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is not a “private foundation” as defined in section 509(a) of the Code, and files the Federal Form 990 annually.
- Will immediately notify the WCCF regarding any changes to the Agency’s tax-exempt status.
- Is in compliance with the Pennsylvania Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act.
- Is in compliance with all federal, state, county, and municipal requirements, pertaining to the Agency.
- Is in compliance with the USA Patriot Act and other counterterrorism laws, statutes, and executive orders.
- Will use all funds received via WCCF Gives exclusively for charitable purposes in Washington County.
- Will actively promote WCCF Gives to its sphere of constituents.
- Will not provide goods or services to donors in exchange for their gifts.
- Will not alter the official WCCF Gives Check Contribution Form and will not utilize custom, agency-specific check contribution forms when soliciting WCCF Gives check contributions. Check gifts that are accompanied by any form other than the official WCCF Gives Check Contribution Form will not be eligible for the WCCF Gives bonus pool.
When will I know how much my charity receives?
On WCCF Gives day, we will post updates on this website, Facebook, and Twitter as gifts are received. We encourage everyone to regularly check these pages throughout the day. But please understand that all of this information is preliminary. It is our objective to verify the contribution totals as soon as possible.
When will my charity receive the donations?
The WCCF will host various WCCF Gives Gatherings, our grant presentation events, in October. At that time, each charity will receive a check for its total contributions and its portion of the bonus pool, as well as its list of contributors and their donation amounts. Additional details about the events will be provided after WCCF Gives day.
Will I know who made a gift to my charity?
Yes. All donor contact and gift information received during WCCF Gives will be sent to the respective organizations unless the donor requests anonymity.
How does the prorating bonus work?
During this one-day event running from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the WCCF will enhance contributions made to participating charities, via www.wccfgives.org or by check, by a bonus pool anticipated to be at least $100,000.
To maximize the growth potential of the event, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees has voted to distribute 50% of the bonus pool by the number of donors, and 50% by the total dollar amount. A donor is defined as an individual, group of individuals, or corporation/business contributing a gift of $25 or more either by credit card or check/cash.
Donors are welcome to give as much as they would like during the event, but $10,000 per donor per charity is the maximum amount eligible for the bonus pool. For example, if a donor makes a $25,000 contribution ($10,000 for your charity, $10,000 for Charity B, and $5,000 for Charity C), all $25,000 would be eligible for the bonus.
Donors choosing to contribute to a charity via multiple giving methods (any combination of credit card, check, or cash transactions) will only be counted once toward that charity’s donor total.
Is there a minimum donation?
Yes. The minimum gift is $25 per charity.
Is there a maximum donation?
No. Since there is no limit to what each charity can receive, your charity’s efforts in promoting this opportunity will directly impact your total contributions for the day.
Is it possible for donors to pay with a check?
Yes. However, due to COVID-19, we are encouraging credit card contributions made via wccfgives.org on September 10 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Donors still wishing to give by check are asked to mail those checks directly to the WCCF. Participating charities are asked to encourage their donors to give by credit card and to refrain from encouraging donors to send check contributions to the charity.We will accept checks that are postmarked by September 10, 2020.
Each check must be made payable to “WCCF” and be accompanied by an official WCCF Gives Check Contribution Form once it is available on this site. Gifts made to multiple charities should be made with a single check. Check contributions received after the September 10 deadline are not eligible for the bonus pool.
May our charity collect check contributions at our location?
Due to COVID-19, participating charities are asked to encourage their donors to give by credit card and to refrain from encouraging donors to send check contributions to the charity.
May donors make a WCCF Gives contribution via an IRA charitable transfer?
Yes. This is an excellent giving vehicle for donors. We know from experience that IRA charitable transfers can take several weeks to process and so as an additional service to donors and charities, we are willing to accept IRA charitable transfer checks earlier than September 1.
Is it possible for donors to pay with cash?
No, cash contributions will not be accepted.
May donors make online contributions in advance for WCCF Gives?
No. The online donation portal via www.wccfgives.org will be open from 8 a.m. through 8 p.m. on September 10. Online contributions to participating charities received at any other time will not be eligible for the bonus pool.
Is my charity permitted to make a gift to itself on Gives Day?
No. Neither charities, nor supporting organizations created specifically to fundraise for the benefit of a single charity, are eligible to make contributions to itself.
May my charity use WCCF Gives as an opportunity to collect payments for sponsorships or event registrations?
No. Donors will receive a receipt confirming their gift is fully tax-deductible so we cannot accept quid pro quo contributions (meaning a payment is made partly as a contribution and partly in consideration for goods or services provided to the payor by the donee organization). A few examples of a quid pro quo arrangement include payment to attend a program activity or sponsoring a table at a fundraising dinner.
May my charity utilize raffles and other games of chance to encourage contributions through WCCF Gives?
NO. IRS rules stipulate that raffles and other games of chance are not eligible for tax deductions.
May my charity use WCCF Gives as an opportunity to collect membership dues?
YES, as long as the donor will not receive any goods or services in exchange for the gift. The contribution must be considered fully tax-deductible. An example of this would be the WCCF’s Family of Founders. Donors do not expect to receive any benefits by belonging to this donor recognition society.
May my charity use WCCF Gives as an opportunity to collect contributions for a specific program?
Each participating charity will receive its WCCF Gives contributions and portion of the bonus pools as a single unrestricted grant. If you arrange for any special use of a contribution (such as support of a particular program, etc.), that use must be coordinated directly between your charity and your donor(s).
Our donor wants to make a gift of $100. I understand each online transaction will be subject to a 3% credit card processing fee. How may our donor ensure that our charity receives the full $100 contribution?*
Your donor will have the option to “add” 3% to his or her contribution total by checking the appropriate box during checkout. The donor will be eligible for a tax deduction for $103, and your charity will receive the $100 contribution. Your donor could also choose to make the gift by check.*
What is the Community Foundation’s fee for administering WCCF Gives?
ZERO. While many community foundations across the country assess fees to participating charities to cover the administrative costs associated with the Day of Giving including the development and maintenance of websites, staff time, etc., the WCCF does not charge any fees to donors or participating charities. Additionally, the WCCF covers the transaction fees (not the credit card fees) incurred for the Day of Giving which over the past five years are in excess of $30,000.
Other community foundations have announced that they will no longer facilitate a day of giving for the charities in their community. What is the future of WCCF Gives?
At the WCCF, we understand how valuable this fundraising opportunity is for our participating charities, and so despite the high cost to facilitate the day, we fully expect that WCCF Gives will continue.
How will contributions be acknowledged?
All donors will receive a tax receipt from the WCCF in appreciation of their gifts. Online donors will receive the receipt via email shortly after completing their transactions. Check-writing donors who provide an email address will also receive their receipts via email. And, check-writing donors without an email address will receive a hard copy of their receipt to their mailing address. You can help to minimize costs for the Day of Giving by encouraging donors to provide their email addresses to the WCCF.
Will WCCF Gives become a 24-hour event?
For now, WCCF Gives will remain a 12-hour event, as we don’t anticipate seeing the kind of giving activity overnight as we do during the current time it runs.
When will charities receive the Gives Day postcards that WCCF has handed out in the past?
This year, we will be uploading the postcard onto the Charity Bulletin Board and charities can print out and have as many copies as they need to distribute.
My charity had to cancel/postpone all our other fundraising activities for 2020, so WCCF Gives will be really important this year. How can my charity mitigate some of the loss from the other cancellations?
If you have sponsors associated with an event that has been cancelled or postponed, ask them to make a direct contribution to the Day of Giving. Please remember that this cannot be an actual sponsorship or involve any quid pro quo benefit.
Is the Day of Giving website capable of handling an influx of online donations this year?
The WCCF has partnered with a great company that worked on Erie’s Day of Giving website, which handles many more online donations than we currently have. We’ve planned for the anticipated surge of activity this year, primed the servers, and taken what steps we can with the website provider to make sure we’re ready for the increased volume of traffic.
Will WCCF still be issuing grant checks?
No. From now on, all grants will be distributed via direct deposit to your charity’s bank account.
I still need help!
Reach out! Join our Charity Matters Facebook page which is open to any staff or volunteers with local charities, and feel free to contact us directly with any questions or concerns.
* For WCCF Gives 2020, the WCCF will be covering up to $50,000 in fees specifically related to credit card contributions, in addition to continuing to cover all other transactional fees. In doing so, the Foundation hopes that donors who can, will give more.