FAQs


Q. What is El Paso Giving Day?

El Paso Giving Day is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. El Paso Giving Day is an initiative of Paso del Norte Community Foundation.


Q. When is El Paso Giving Day?

El Paso Giving Day is on November 14th, 2019 from midnight to 11:59 p.m.. The early giving period begins at 12:01 a.m. on November 7th.


Q. Which organizations can participate?

Organizations that are verified 501( c )(3) charitable nonprofits that are headquartered or provide services in El Paso.


Q. Who can donate?

Anyone may donate. Donations through the El Paso Giving Day 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.


Q. What are the rules for matching funds for El Paso Giving Day?

Walmart will match up to a maximum of $1 million of the monetary donations made to qualifying nonprofit organizations from 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 7 through 11:59 pm. on Nov. 14. Contributions earmarked for activity outside of the U.S. will not be eligible for matching funds.


Q. Is there a cap on how much a non-profit can receive in matching funds for El Paso Giving Day?

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation reserves the right to cap matching funds for qualifying non-profits at $50,000 per organization should the campaign exceed $1 million in monetary donations.


Q. How will donations be distributed?

Each donation made to a participating nonprofit will be disbursed via direct deposit as soon as possible after El Paso Giving Day to include any available incentive prizes or matching funds.


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

GiveGab retains a 3% campaign management fee from all donations. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 for all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). 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. 


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.


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. How can I or an organization make an offline donation?

Organizations MAY NOT record their own offline donations.  All offline donations (check or cash) must be brought to the Paso del Norte Community Foundation office located on the 19th floor of the Wells Fargo Building, downtown El Paso, beginning at 8 a.m. Nov. 7 through 5 p.m. Nov. 14.  All checks must be made out to the Paso del Norte Community Foundation with the nonprofit organization written in the memo line.  All checks must be dated between November 7th through November 14th.  All offline donations will be recorded and added manually to the organization's page in order to receive the Walmart matching donation by EPGD staff.  All offline donations will be matched until the $1 million is met.   


Q. Can I make donations via a mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit https://donate.elpasogivingday.org on your mobile device.


Q. Can I pre-schedule a donation for El Paso Giving Day?

You cannot pre-schedule your El Paso Giving Day gift, but you may make a donation to a participating nonprofit before or after the El Paso Giving Day. In order for your donation to be counted towards prize incentives awarded on El Paso Giving Day it must be made between midnight at 11:59 p.m. on November 14th, 2019.


Q. What if my preferred organization is not listed?

Please send an email to esalas@pdnfoundation.org to request that we contact your organization of choice.


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:


Q. How can I ensure my organization receives its donations?

In order to receive your donations via ACH transfer, GiveGab requires a checking account eligible to receive ACH transfers and withdrawals. Your donations will be deposited after 5 business day after the first transfer is successful, which can take up to 7 business days.

If your organization supplies the wrong type of bank account (such as a savings account), or the wrong account numbers, GiveGab will be in touch! After 30 days, if GiveGab hasn't heard from your organization, they will refund your gifts back to your donors.


Terms of Service

Partner Eligibility Requirements

To be a partner of El Paso Giving Day 2019, your organization must comply with the following from the date it signs this form through December 31, 2019: 

  • Be headquartered or provide services in El Paso County.
  • Be in good standing in its state of the organization and in each state where it operates.
  • Be a publicly supported charitable organization or Type I supporting organization or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of public charity described in sections 170(b)(l)(A)(vi), 501(c)(3), and 509(a)(l), 509(a)(2) or 509(a)(3) or a of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended
  • Be current in the filing of its state and federal tax returns
  • Private foundations, places of worship and individuals are not eligible.

Partnership Terms

Understand and agree as follows:
  • Each gift processed through El Paso Giving Day must be 100% tax deductible; consequently, no goods or services may be exchanged for the gift. Neither your organization nor any person raising funds for your organization can offer any kind of incentive (time, product or consideration) in exchange for donations made through El Paso Giving Day. 
  • Your organization is solely responsible for cultivating each donor. El Paso Giving Day is only responsible for providing a tax receipt, which will be sent immediately after a gift is received. 
  • El Paso Giving Day is a vehicle that allows individuals to donate to nonprofit organizations on their own initiative and that it is not intended as a vehicle to facilitate gifts that you have solicited through other means, such as payment for event sponsorships, meals or banquets, pledge payments, purchase raffle tickets or payment of membership dues or fees. 
  • Each gift processed through El Paso Giving Day must be used exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. 
  • Your organization must actively publicize your partnership with El Paso Giving Day in a responsible and appropriate way in your print, electronic and social media, including in your annual report, website, newsletters, press releases, email communications, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Tumbler, using the El Paso Giving Day logo and trademarks when doing so. El Paso Giving Day grants you a revocable, royalty-free and non-exclusive license to use its logo and trademarks solely for such purpose. 
  • El Paso Giving Day may remove your profile from www.ElPasoGivingDay.org in its sole discretion at any time. 
  • All information entered into your El Paso Giving Day profile must accurate and correct. 
  • El Paso Giving Day will not share or sell donor information to any other organization or entity, but El Paso Giving Day does reserve the right to communicate with donors for the purpose of user surveys, newsletters and general education about philanthropy. 
  • Your organization must immediately notify El Paso Giving Day if there is a change in your organization’s partnership eligibility requirements on or before December 31, 2019. 
  • El Paso Giving Day is a program of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation (PdNCF) and all donations are subject to the ultimate control of the PdNCF and its board.
  • Walmart will match up to a maximum of $1 million of the monetary donations made to qualifying non-profits from 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 7 through 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 14 ONLINE.  
  • Organizations MAY NOT record their own offline donations.  All offline donations (check or cash) must be brought to the Paso del Norte Community Foundation office located on the 19th floor of the Wells Fargo Building, downtown El Paso, beginning at 8 a.m. Nov. 7 through 5 p.m. Nov. 14.  All checks must be made out to the Paso del Norte Community Foundation with the nonprofit organization written in the memo line.  All checks must be dated between November 7th through November 14th.  All offline donations will be recorded and added manually to the organization's page in order to receive the Walmart matching donation by EPGD staff.  All offline donations will be matched until the $1 million is met.   
  • Contributions earmarked for activity outside of the U.S. will not be eligible for matching funds.
  • The Paso del Norte Community Foundation reserves the right to cap matching funds for qualifying non-profits at $50,000 per organization should the campaign exceed $1 million in monetary donations.

Fees

GiveGab retains a 3% campaign management fee from all donations. This fee covers credit card processing and the Giving Day technology and website platform infrastructure.  Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 for all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). Donors are given the option to cover the fees.  In those cases, 100% of your online charitable gift will go to the receiving organization. 

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation does not make any money for coordinating El Paso Giving Day and does not charge a fee for participation. The PdNCF invests more than $35,000 in-kind to cover coordinating, accounting, and administrative support for El Paso Giving Day. 

El Paso Giving Day reserves the right to amend, modify, or waive any of the foregoing terms and conditions without your consent and to interpret and construe these terms and conditions in its sole discretion.