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 and just community and protecting our environment. Together they envision a future where all voices are heard, where we all have clean water and air, where all neighbors have access to family-supporting jobs, and all communities in Wisconsin are safe and thriving.


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 2018 Big Share?

The Big Share takes place on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 12:00 a.m.-11:59 p.m.


Q. Is my organization eligible to participate?

Only Community Shares of Wisconsin member groups, and organizations featured by Community Shares of Wisconsin as Inspiring Voices organizations, 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 of Wisconsin 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 Bria at 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 platform fee of 2-7%, depending on the plan an organization is subscribed to (fees are always capped at $20 per donation). For The Big Share, GiveGab is retaining a set platform fee of 2% for those participating in the day for the period of February 1 through March 13, 2018. 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 February 28, 2018. 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?

Your organization will receive the donation minus GiveGab’s campaign management fee and credit card fees. GiveGab retains a platform fee of 2-7%, depending on the plan an organization is subscribed to (fees are always capped at $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 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.



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 and just community and protecting our environment. Together they envision a future where all voices are heard, where we all have clean water and air, where all neighbors have access to family-supporting jobs, and all communities in Wisconsin are safe and thriving.


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


Q. When is The 2018 Big Share?

The Big Share takes place on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 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 on behalf of its nearly 70 Wisconsin-based member nonprofits. Community Shares of Wisconsin advances local social justice and environmental protection work through fundraising, training, and community-building. Its member nonprofits are on the front lines throughout Wisconsin to protect civil rights and build a safe and sustainable future for all of us. Community Shares of Wisconsin’s cooperative structure provides voice to all of its member nonprofits to create a movement that is based on partnership, support, and collaboration between leaders in local grassroots organizations. It’s a model that shows there is strength in difference, but together we can transform the world. Learn more about Community Shares of Wisconsin at www.commmunityshares.com.


Q. Which organizations can participate?

Only Community Shares of Wisconsin member groups, and organizations featured by Community Shares of Wisconsin as Inspiring Voices organizations, are currently eligible to participate in The Big Share. To learn more about Community Shares of Wisconsin, visit www.communityshares.com.