Nonprofit FAQs

Q. What is #BrooklynGives?

#BrooklynGives is Brooklyn’s first and only boroughwide giving campaign, created by Brooklyn Community Foundation in 2016 to drive support for Brooklyn nonprofits and encourage local donors to "Give Where You Live!"

Q. What is Giving Tuesday?

#BrooklynGives 2019 officially kickoffs on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 and will culminate 3 weeks later on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019 with a 24-hour celebration from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm. Please note that organizations will have the option to keep their profile live after December 3, allowing them to use their #BrooklynGives profile for end-of-year fundraising through December 31, 2019.

Q. Can my organization use the #BrooklynGives platform after Giving Tuesday for our year-end fundraising?

#BrooklynGives 2019 runs from Tuesday, November 12, 2019 to December 3, 2019, but organization profiles will remain live and available to accept donations through December 31, 2019, allowing organizations to use the platform for their year-end campaigns.

Q. Is my organization eligible to participate?

Eligible organization are:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations headquartered or providing services in Brooklyn, New York
  • Registered with the New York Charities Bureau

Q. Why should my organization participate in #BrooklynGives?

#BrooklynGives is an exciting way to boost your nonprofit’s fundraising efforts and visibility in Brooklyn. #BrooklynGives provides eligible nonprofits the opportunity to reach potential new donors and provides the type of visibility that only a borough-wide effort of this type can generate--at a time of year that can enhance your overall year-end fundraising activities. To make the most of these efforts your organization should ensure that your profile is up-to-date on the site well ahead of #BrooklynGives and is custom-branded to tell your story.

Brooklyn Community Foundation also provides a $100,000 donation match for the 20 finalists of its Spark Prize, and works with sponsors to provide cash prizes open to all participating nonprofits throughout the 24-hour period on Giving Tuesday.

Q. How can my nonprofit register?

It is FREE for organizations to participate in #BrooklynGives and to maintain a profile on the GiveGab platform year round. GiveGab retains a 3% campaign management fee from all donations. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30. 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 Brooklyn Community Foundation?

Brooklyn Community Foundation is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn’s charitable community, working in partnership with generous donors and community leaders to bolster vital nonprofits, strengthen neighborhoods, and increase opportunities for youth. Since its founding in 2009, the Foundation and its donors have provided over $40 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits in Brooklyn and beyond. Learn more at www.BrooklynCommunityFoundation.com.

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 my deadline to ensure my participation in #BrooklynGives?

Registration for #BrooklynGives will open September 1, 2019 and close November 1, 2019.

Q. Can more than one person claim administrative access on our organization's page?

Yes, pending approval from existing administrators. All administrators will need to create a personal profile on GiveGab. Every person who has administrative access will receive emails about updates to their page. For more information, please check out our support article on how to add an administrator to your organization, chat with us using the little blue chat bubble on the bottom right hand corner of the page!

Q. How much of the donation will go to our organization?

GiveGab retains a 3% campaign management fee from all donations. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 for all credit cards. 100% of all donations are tax-deductible for the donor. All donations will be officially receipted for tax purposes by GiveGab.

Q. When will my organization 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.

Organizations eligible for matching funds will receive a check, less any uncovered processing fees, from Brooklyn Community Foundation by December 15, 2019.

Q. How does an organization know who donated and how much? Can I download a donations report?

All organizations that participate in #BrooklynGives 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 learn how to download your donation report and how to read your donation report.

Q. How can my organization be most successful on #BrooklynGives?

Check out our tips in the Nonprofit Toolkit and attend a webinar or workshop! Learn how to maximize your #BrooklynGives profile for Giving Tuesday and all the way through your year-end campaign.

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 FAQs

Q. What is #BrooklynGives?

#BrooklynGives is Brooklyn’s only boroughwide giving event, created by Brooklyn Community Foundation in 2016 to drive support for Brooklyn nonprofits and encourage local donors to "Give Where You Live!"

Q. When is #BrooklynGives?

#BrooklynGives 2019 officially kickoffs on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 and will culminate 3 weeks later on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019 with a 24-hour celebration from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm.

Q. Who can donate?

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

Donations through the #BrooklynGives 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. 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 . 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.

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 https://www.BrooklynGives.com on your mobile device.

Q. Can I make donations from a Donor Advised Fund?

If you have a Donor Advised Fund at Brooklyn Community Foundation, you can give through your fund for #BrooklynGives. Contact Damaris Dias at 718.480.7507 or ddias@bcfny.org for more information.

Q. Can I pre-schedule a donation for #BrooklynGives?

While you can give to a nonprofit through the #BrooklynGives portal anytime during the #BrooklynGives giving period (November 12 - December 31, 2019), if your gift is to a Spark Prize Finalist organization, your donation must be made on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in order for it to be eligible for the $100,000 match by the Brooklyn Community Foundation.