FAQ


Nonprofit FAQ


Q. What is Vermont Gives?

Vermont Gives Day of Giving is an initiative of the Common Good Vermont designed to raise awareness about how essential nonprofits are to our quality of life. VT Gives is a 24­-hour online challenge to support our local nonprofits and to amplify the generosity of Vermont citizens. VT Gives provides participating nonprofits the tools and support to reach potential new donors and offers the visibility that only an effort of this type can generate. The promotional efforts surrounding VT Gives will engage donors from across Vermont and leverage additional funds from prizes awarded during the day.

Learn more at VermontGives.org.


Q. When is Vermont Gives?

Vermont Gives Day is on June 7 at 6:00PM to June 8 at 6:00PM.


Q. Is my organization eligible to participate?

Any 501(c)(3) organization headquartered or providing services in Vermont is eligible to participate.


Q. Why should my organization participate?

VT Gives is a great way to boost your organization’s fundraising efforts. VT Gives provides eligible nonprofits the opportunity to reach potential new donors and provides the type of visibility that only an effort of this type can generate. To make the most of these efforts your organization should ensure that your profile is on the site well ahead of VT Gives and is custom-branded to tell your story. Learn more about using the tools.


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 coordinator@commongoodvt.org for more information.


Q. How much does it cost?

It is FREE for organizations to participate in VT Gives and to maintain a profile on the GiveGab platform year round. GiveGab retains a 5% campaign management fee from all donations, capped at $20 per donation. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 for all major credit cards and 3.5% + $0.30 for American Express cards. 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 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 Vermont Gives?

The deadline to register and have guaranteed inclusion in VT Gives is May 31. Register today. 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 $20 per donation. 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.


Q. Can we be sure that the VermontGives.org platform will be reliable and not crash from the influx of traffic on one day?

Yes, the technology provider for Vermont Gives Day, GiveGab, has a track record of 100% uptime with no performance degradation for ALL of their giving days. GiveGab runs on highly-available, secure, scalable, market-best Cloud provider technologies. Their data and sites are fault-tolerant with numerous “real-time” backups. You can read a full article about how they have architected their system, here: Giving Day Platforms: Technology Choices with Major Impact


Q. When will we receive the donated funds?

Organizations will receive all donations, less any uncovered processing fees, within 3 business days via direct deposit as long as bank routing and account information has been verified. 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 VT Gives will be able to access and download a .CSV 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 Vermont Gives event?

Check out our tips in the Nonprofit Toolkit or attend a webinar or workshop.


Donor FAQ


Q. What is Vermont Gives?

Vermont Gives is an initiative of the Common Good Vermont designed to raise awareness about how essential nonprofits are to our quality of life. VT Gives is a 24­-hour online challenge to support our local nonprofits and to amplify the generosity of Vermont citizens. VT Gives provides participating nonprofits the tools and support to reach potential new donors and offers the visibility that only an effort of this type can generate. The promotional efforts surrounding VT Gives will engage donors from across Vermont and leverage additional funds from prizes awarded during the day.


Q. When is Vermont Gives?

Vermont Gives Day is on June 7 at 6:00PM to June 8 at 6:00PM.


Q. Which organizations can participate?

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


Q. Who can donate?

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

Donations through the Vermont Gives 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 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 directly from GiveGab via direct deposit within 24-48 hours.


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

GiveGab retains a 5% campaign management fee from all donations, capped at $20 per donation. 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 Vermontgives.org on your mobile device.


Q. Can I pre-schedule a donation for Vermont Gives Day?

While you can give to a nonprofit through the Vermont Gives portal before or after Vermont Gives Day, your donation must be made on June 7 starting at 6:00PM through June 8 at 6:00PM in order to count towards any potential prizes or incentives.


Q. What if my preferred organization is not listed?

You can directly contact the organization to make sure they are aware of Vermont Gives or you can send an email to info@vermontgives.org to request that we contact them.