Q. What is the Family Promise Week campaign?
Over the past eight years, Affiliates across the country have set aside a week in October to celebrate the work we all do every day – preventing families from becoming homeless, sheltering those in crisis, and stabilizing families so they are no longer at risk. This national event increases awareness of the issue of family homelessness and is an opportunity to engage and thank volunteers, donors, supporters, and community leaders. It is also an opportunity for supporters to make donations to support the critical programs and services provided by Family Promise.
Q. When is it?
This campaign will take place on October 18th-25th
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. Who can donate?
Anyone with a credit card and access to the internet.
Q. What incentives are being offered to participating Affiliates?
Family Promise National is working with our corporate partners to see if they can make matching grants to participating affiliates.
Q. What forms of donations are accepted?
MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express donations received through the website on the giving day will be matched from the bonus pool on a prorated basis. No donations via check, cash or stock will be accepted.
Q. Are the donations tax-deductible?
When donations are received through the website, a receipt is automatically generated for the gross amount of the gift and emailed to the address provided by the donor. Donors should consult their tax professional on the tax deductibility of the donation.
Q. Will donors receive a receipt for tax purposes?
Yes. Donors will automatically receive an emailed receipt acknowledging their gifts.
Q. Is there a minimum gift?
There is a $5 minimum donation.
Q. How much of the donation will go to the Affiliate?
All donations will be paid to the chosen Family Promise affiliate net of credit card transaction and a portion of the processing fees paid to vendors - (a total of 5.5% plus a $.30 transaction fee).
Q. Is there any portion coming to FP National?
Only gifts given directly to the FP National page will come to FP National. All of the Affiliate-raised funds will go straight to their bank accounts.
Q. What Affiliates are eligible for Family Promise Week?
All Family Promise Affiliates with current 501(c)(3) status, and who provide direct services may participate in this campaign, and who are in compliance with the Family Promise Standards of Affiliation (completed Census, paid Affiliate fees and submitted contact lists) may participate. Affiliates engaged in this campaign shall adhere to the new branding standards launched in April 2019.
Q. When does Affiliate registration close?
Affiliate registration closes on October 17, 2020.
Q. How will donations be distributed?
Each donation made to a participating Affiliates will be disbursed directly from GiveGab via direct deposit after 5 business days.
Q. Can supporters make donations via a mobile device?
Yes! Simply visit fpgives.org.
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.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:
- Guide and Overview of Many Nonprofit State by State Compliance Requirements
- Guide and Overview Specific to Fundraising Compliance
- National Council of Nonprofits and Harbor Compliance have partnered to create a white paper explaining the state charitable solicitation registration requirements.
- A Quick Summary of Charitable Solicitation in Graphic Form
- Executive Brief: Charitable Solicitation Registration (great for driving awareness and support with leadership and the board)
- State by State Links to the State Organizations that Regulate Charities, Solicitation, and Registrations
Q. I received a media request from a local news organization about Family Promise Week campaign. How should I respond?
That’s great! Feel free to answer the request, but please be aware that your response will reflect on the campaign and all participating affiliates. If you need help preparing for an interview, please contact Katie at Family Promise National by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also recognize that not all affiliates may want to or feel comfortable communicating with the media. If you do not wish to respond to the request yourself, we ask that you direct the reporter to contact Family Promise National by emailing email@example.com.