Nonprofit FAQ


Q. What is The Big Share?

The Big Share is an online day of giving hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin for nearly 70 local nonprofits dedicated to building an equitable, just community and protecting our environment.

The Big Share is a fun, easy and flexible way to donate to and to learn more about organizations that help our community.


Q. When is The 2017 Big Share?

The Big Share takes place on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 12:00 a.m.-11:59 p.m.


Q. Is my organization eligible to participate?

Only Community Shares of Wisconsin member groups are currently eligible to participate in The Big Share. To learn more about Community Shares of Wisconsin, visit www.communityshares.com.


Q. Why should my organization participate?

The Big Share is a great way to boost your organization’s fundraising efforts and connect with new audiences. The Big Share provides Community Shares members 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 Big Share and is custom-branded to tell your story. Learn more by visiting The Big Share’s nonprofit toolkit.


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 to walk you through the process, or you can email bbrown@communityshares.com for more information.


Q. How much does it cost?

It is FREE for organizations to participate in The Big Share and to maintain a profile on the GiveGab platform year round. GiveGab retains a 5% campaign management fee from all donations, capped at a maximum of $20 per donation. However GiveGab is lowering their fee to 2% per donation for The Big Share participants, for all donations during the period February 13 through March 12, 2017. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 for standard credit cards and 3.5% + $0.30 for AMEX. Donors are given the option to cover the fees and a majority of them do. If they cover the processing fees, 100% of their online charitable gift will go to your organization.


Q. What is GiveGab?

GiveGab is an online giving platform that helps nonprofits raise money, engage donors, and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. GiveGab offers a full portfolio of simple and easy-to-use products that allow organizations to function in a more streamlined manner.


Q. What is the deadline to ensure my participation in The Big Share?

The deadline to register and have guaranteed inclusion in The Big Share is March 3, 2017. 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 the donation will go to our organization?

GiveGab retains a 5% campaign management fee from all donations, capped at a maximum of $20 per donation. However GiveGab is lowering their fee to 2% per donation for The Big Share participants, for all donations during the period February 20 through March 19, 2017. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 for standard credit cards and 3.5% + $0.30 for AMEX. 100% of all donations are tax-deductible for the donor. All donations will be officially receipted for tax purposes by GiveGab and distributed by Community Shares of Wisconsin.


Q. When will we receive the donated funds?

Funds will be processed by GiveGab and distributed by Community Shares of Wisconsin. Organizations will receive all donations, less any uncovered platform fees (see above for more information). 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 The Big Share 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 our organization be most successful with The Big Share?

Check out our tips in the Nonprofit Toolkit, attend a webinar or workshop, or reach out to Community Shares for strategy suggestions. Contact Bria Brown at bbrown@communityshares.com with questions.


Q. What portion of a donation made on GiveGab is tax deductible?

Tax deductibility for a donor is based on giving to a nonprofit; it's not dependent upon how that nonprofit uses the funds. On GiveGab, the nonprofit pays for the fees, regardless if the donor elects to cover. GiveGab gives donors the option to increase their donation by an amount equal to the fees the nonprofit will pay so that the nonprofit realizes the full amount of the intended donation after payment of the fees. Just because the donor is given this option does not make the additional amount non-deductible.

Outside of using GiveGab, nonprofits do not provide their donors a breakdown of what portion of their donation is deductible (unless the donor receives something of value in return as a dinner, etc). That's because deductibility is based on giving to the nonprofit, not how the nonprofit chooses to use the funds. You could almost consider when the donor elects to cover the fees, that portion of the donation is a restricted gift that will be used to pay for the expenses incurred to receive the gift. Restricted gifts are tax deductible, because it's based on who is receiving the gift (nonprofit) not what the gift is used for.

Ultimately, whether a donor decides to deduct the fees as a donation on their tax returns is their option, and we do not provide tax advice. If they want to be ultra-conservative they can choose to not take a deduction for the fees when they file. Who receives the donation is what determines tax deductibility, not how the donation is used. If it were the opposite, nonprofits would have to provide a full accounting to each and every donor how every penny of each donation was used - that is obviously impractical and would increase nonprofit administrative expenses exponentially.

GiveGab does not provide tax advise. Please consult your local tax professional about what portion of the full donation amount can be claimed as a charitable contribution.



Donor FAQ


Q. What is The Big Share?

The Big Share is an online day of giving hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin for nearly 70 local nonprofits dedicated to building an equitable, just community and protecting our environment.

The Big Share is a fun, easy and flexible way to donate to and to learn more about organizations that help our community.


Q. When is The 2017 Big Share?

The Big Share takes place on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 12:00 a.m.-11:59 p.m.


Q. Who hosts The Big Share?

The Big Share is proudly hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin (CSW) on behalf of its nearly 70 Wisconsin-based member nonprofits. For over 45 years, Community Shares of Wisconsin’s members have been on the forefront of social and environmental justice movement in our community, and as the oldest social justice fund in the country, CSW fuels their efforts through fundraising, training, and visibility. Learn more about Community Shares of Wisconsin at www.commmunityshares.com.


Q. Which organizations can participate?

Only Community Shares of Wisconsin member groups are currently eligible to participate in The Big Share. To learn more about Community Shares of Wisconsin and our member groups, visit www.communityshares.com.


Q. Who can donate?

Anyone with a credit card or debit card may donate via thebigshare.org.

Donations through the The Big Share online portal to charitable nonprofit organizations are tax-deductible and cannot be refunded. Contributions may be made via credit and debit card only. Donations will be received and receipted by GiveGab, the online giving platform for The Big share.


Q. What is GiveGab?

GiveGab is an online giving platform that helps nonprofits raise money, engage donors, and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. GiveGab offers a full portfolio of simple and easy-to-use products that allow organizations to function in a more streamlined manner.


Q. How will donations be distributed?

Each donation made to a participating nonprofit will be disbursed by Community Shares of Wisconsin to the nonprofit of your choice after The Big Share.


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

GiveGab retains a 5% campaign management fee from all donations, capped at a maximum of $20 per donation. However GiveGab is lowering their fee to 2% per donation for The Big Share participants, for all donations during the period February 20 through March 19, 2017. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 for standard credit cards and 3.5% + $0.30 for AMEX. You are given the option to cover the fees and if you choose this option, 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.

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.


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! Simply visit thebigshare.org on your mobile device.


Q. Can I pre-schedule a donation for The Big Share?

While you can give to a nonprofit through The Big Share portal before or after The Big Share, your donation must be made on January 1-March 7, 2017 in order to count towards any prizes or incentives.


Q. What portion of a donation made on GiveGab is tax deductible?

Tax deductibility for a donor is based on giving to a nonprofit; it's not dependent upon how that nonprofit uses the funds. On GiveGab, the nonprofit pays for the fees, regardless if the donor elects to cover. GiveGab gives donors the option to increase their donation by an amount equal to the fees the nonprofit will pay so that the nonprofit realizes the full amount of the intended donation after payment of the fees. Just because the donor is given this option does not make the additional amount non-deductible.

Outside of using GiveGab, nonprofits do not provide their donors a breakdown of what portion of their donation is deductible (unless the donor receives something of value in return as a dinner, etc). That's because deductibility is based on giving to the nonprofit, not how the nonprofit chooses to use the funds. You could almost consider when the donor elects to cover the fees, that portion of the donation is a restricted gift that will be used to pay for the expenses incurred to receive the gift. Restricted gifts are tax deductible, because it's based on who is receiving the gift (nonprofit) not what the gift is used for.

Ultimately, whether a donor decides to deduct the fees as a donation on their tax returns is their option, and we do not provide tax advice. If they want to be ultra-conservative they can choose to not take a deduction for the fees when they file. Who receives the donation is what determines tax deductibility, not how the donation is used. If it were the opposite, nonprofits would have to provide a full accounting to each and every donor how every penny of each donation was used - that is obviously impractical and would increase nonprofit administrative expenses exponentially.

GiveGab does not provide tax advise. Please consult your local tax professional about what portion of the full donation amount can be claimed as a charitable contribution.