FAQ


Q. What is Give Local Midland?

Give Local Midland is a 24-hour online giving day featuring over 50 local nonprofits. Funds raised go directly to each nonprofit’s endowment fund held at the Midland Area Community Foundation, where the funds are invested to help with the long-term sustainability of participating nonprofits. 

For the sixth consecutive year, the Midland Area Community Foundation is presenting Give Local Midland. Donation are accepted online at www.givelocalmidland.org.


Q. When does Give Local Midland take place?

Give Local Midland is set to take place on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The event lasts for 24 hours – from 12:00AM May 7th to 11:59PM.


Q. Who decides which Midland County nonprofits can participate?

Each agency participating in Give Local Midland is either a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, city/county government, or a public school. As all funds raised during Give Local Midland go toward the respective agency’s endowment fund held at the Midland Area Community Foundation, the only requirement for participation (beyond serving Midland County residents) is opening an endowment fund.


Q. Who can donate?

Anyone with a credit card and access to the internet! Donations of cash/check are also accepted on May 7th between 8am – 5pm at the Midland Area Community Foundation, located at 76 Ashman Circle in Midland.


Q. What forms of donations are accepted?

MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express donations received through the website on the giving day will be matched from the bonus pool on a prorated basis.


Q. Is my donation tax-deductible?

When donations are received through the website, a receipt is automatically generated for the gross amount of your gift and emailed to the address you provide. Your tax professional can advise you on the tax deductibility of the donation.


Q. Will I receive a receipt for tax purposes?

 
Yes. You will automatically receive an emailed receipt acknowledging your gift. 


Q. Is there a minimum gift? Maximum?

There is a $5 minimum donation. There is no maximum, aside from what is controlled by your banking institution. If you plan to make a large donation, we recommend you notify your credit card company in advance to ensure your gift isn’t blocked by your card company’s fraud filters.


Q. May I pay a pledge with my gift?

Since Giving Day is designed to generate new support, we are unable to accept gifts to pay off existing pledges.


Q. Is there a match on my donation?

Yes. The Midland Area Community Foundation is proving a matching pool of $68,000. Each participating agency receives a proportionate share of the matching pool, based on how much they have raised in public donations.


Q. May I designate how a nonprofit uses my gift?

All donations made during Give Local Midland go directly to the nonprofit’s endowment fund. These funds are invested and the nonprofit eventually uses a portion of the earnings to periodically pay for projects, programs, building upgrades, etc. 


Q. Can I donate to multiple nonprofits during Give Local Midland?

Yes. After clicking the Donate button for one organization, click the "Add to cart" button. Then click the "Add another organization" button to add other organizations to your donation form. When you are finished adding donations, press the "Next" button to continue with the donation process. You may also choose to use the "Gift Basket" by clicking on the icon on an organization's profile page. The cart holds your selections while you explore more nonprofits and will automatically generate a multi-give donation form with all your donations at once when you are ready to check out by clicking again on the Gift Basket icon anywhere on the website.


Q. How much of the donation will go to the nonprofit?

This year, we’re giving you (the donor) the opportunity to cover processing fees. The Midland Area Community Foundation will cover any remaining processing fees, along with all other costs associated with the event, so 100% of your donation amount will go to the endowment fund(s) of the nonprofit(s) you choose.


Q. May I use my donation to buy event tickets, museum memberships, or other things that provide me a benefit?

No, donations may not be used to pay for anything that might be perceived as a material benefit to the donor, advisor or other disqualified person - including dinner tickets, membership fees, golf fees, admission tickets or other gifts.


Q. What if I can't find my favorite nonprofit on the website?

If you can't find them on the site, they may not be participating in the event this year. After the event, please encourage the nonprofit to contact us so we can be sure they are ready for next year.


Q. Who is GiveGab?

GiveGab is an online giving platform that helps nonprofits raise money, engage donors, and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. The Midland Area Community Foundation has hired GiveGab to provide us with a powerful, easy-to-use online donation platform for Give Local Midland.


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. When does nonprofit registration close?

Nonprofit registration closes on March 27th.


Q. Who will receive my contact information?

The organization(s) you choose to support and the Midland Area Community Foundation will have access to your name and contact information. This information is used solely to send thank you messages, provide the option to receive future notifications, and to notify you of future activities. Your gift will be processed by the Midland Area Community Foundation. 


Q. Can I make donations via a mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit www.givelocalmidland.org.