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 learn more about organizations that help our community.


Q. When is The Big Share?

The Big Share kicks off on Monday, March 2nd at 6 pm and continues through Tuesday, March 3rd.


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 Araceli Esparza at aesparza@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. For The Big Share, GiveGab is retaining a set platform fee of 3% for those participating in the day for the period of February 1 through March 13, 2020. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 per transaction. 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 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 The Big Share?

The deadline to register and have guaranteed inclusion in The Big Share is February 28, 2020. 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. However, GiveGab is lowering their fee to 3% per donation for The Big Share participants, for all donations during the period February 1 through March 13, 2020. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 per transaction. 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.


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 Araceli Esparza at aesparza@communityshares.com with questions.


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.


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. 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:




Donor FAQ


Q. What is The Big Share?

The Big Share is a fun, easy, and flexible way to donate to and learn more about organizations that help our community. The Big Share is hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin to support 70 local nonprofits dedicated to building an equitable and just community and protecting our environment. 

Together we 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.


Q. When is The 2020 Big Share?

The Big Share kicks off on Monday, March 2nd at 6 pm and continues through Tuesday, March 3rd.


Q. Who hosts The Big Share?

The Big Share is proudly hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin on behalf of its 70 Wisconsin-based member nonprofits. For nearly 50 years Community Shares of Wisconsin has funded and built support for social and environmental justice in Wisconsin. 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.