Information for Nonprofits
Is your organization ready to join Midlands Gives?
Please read below for important details to help you start planning your campaign.
Questions? Contact Nancye Bailey, Midlands Gives Coordinator, at email@example.com or call 803.254.5601 and press #4. Or, if you are an approved participant of Midlands Gives 2019, request to join our Midlands Gives Nonprofit Facebook Group.
To quickly access the information you need on this page, use the links in the table of contents below:
- Registration Information
- Registration FAQs
- Important Dates
- Training Information Overview
- Training FAQs
- General nonprofit FAQs
Registration for Midlands Gives 2019 is currently closed. To be notified of registration for the 2020 event, please sign up for the Foundation's Nonprofit News email.
Review the 2019 Nonprofit Handbook to learn more about participating in Midlands Gives.
Nonprofits are eligible to participate in Midlands Gives if they:
- Are a 501(c)3 in good standing
- Have an office in one of the following SC Counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda or Sumter
- Have at least 1 full year of financial history as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization by January 15, 2019.
- September 25, 2018 | Registration Opens
- January 15, 2019 | Registration Closes
- February 15, 2019 | Deadline for new nonprofits to complete profiles
- April 1, 2019 | Champion Pages Open
- April 23, 2019 | Scheduled Giving Opens
- May 3, 2019 | Deadline to submit Matching Gifts Form, Last day to make profile edits
- May 5, 2019 | Last day donors can create Champion Pages
- May 6, 2019 | Champion Pages Approved by Nonprofits
- May 7, 2019 | Midlands Gives Day!
Midlands Gives training provides participating nonprofits tools and resources to meet their giving day goals. Nonprofits can register for trainings on the Trainings tab of your Midlands Gives profile. All webinars are recorded and posted under the Resources tab of nonprofit's Midlands Gives profiles.
2019 Training Requirements:
- New Nonprofits (did not participate in Midlands Gives 2018): Attend ONE Midlands Gives 101 Session (In-Person)
- Returning Nonprofits (participated in Midlands Gives 2018): No training required
2019 Training Schedule:
|Logistic Webinar #1||February 5, 2019||12:00 PM to 1:00 PM||Webinar|
|Midlands Gives 101||February 6, 2019||9:00 AM to 11:00 AM||LRADAC Training & Education Center|
|Midlands Gives 101||February 12, 2019||9:30 AM to 11:30 AM||Sumter County Museum|
|Maximize Your Digital Presence for Midlands Gives and Beyond||February 13, 2019||11:30 AM to 1:00 PM||Webinar|
|Midlands Gives 101||February 20, 2019||2:00 PM to 4:00 PM||LRADAC Training & Education Center|
|Logistic Webinar #2||March 5, 2019||12:00 PM to 1:00 PM||Webinar|
|Logistic Webinar #3||April 9, 2019||12:00 PM to 1:00 PM||Webinar|
Midlands Gives 101 Sessions: Participants will learn the basics of Midlands Gives, how to create a Midlands Gives strategy, and learn tips from nonprofits who have participated in prior years.
Logistic Webinars: These monthly webinars will give you the details you need to know to stay on track preparing for Midlands Gives.
Maximize Your Digital Presence for Midlands Gives and Beyond | February 13 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Basic Social Media Training), 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. (All Levels)
Led by Amanda Loveday and Jean Cecil Frick with NP Strategy.
How can you create a digital presence that strengthens your organization? During this webinar, professionals from the strategic communications firm NP Strategy, will provide training on how your organization can best utilize social media, your website, and other online tools during Midlands Gives and throughout the year. Learn how to better utilize your current platforms and discover what other platforms may help your organization create a pivotal moment to take your outreach to the next level.
Midlands Gives Minute Emails
Midlands Gives Minute emails help keep nonprofits informed and on track during the entire Midlands Gives process. If your nonprofit has been approved and you are not receiving these emails, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why should our nonprofit participate in Midlands Gives?
Midlands Gives provides an ideal platform for participating nonprofit organizations to increase awareness, donors and dollars all within one campaign. Using the resources provided by Central Carolina Community Foundation, nonprofits can create an extensive, yet cost-effective outreach campaign.
Does Central Carolina Community Foundation make money from Midlands Gives?
No. The Foundation does not receive any profit from Midlands Gives. All money raised goes to the organizations that participate less the 4.9% credit card and technology fee. Central Carolina Community Foundation and generous sponsors underwrite all costs associated with hosting the event.
How do I know if I am a NEW nonprofit?
Any nonprofit that did not participate in Midlands Gives 2018 should register as a NEW nonprofit. This includes nonprofits that participated in previous Midlands Gives events but did not participate in 2018.
How will I know if I'm missing information or if you have questions about it?
If this occurs, we will add a note in the comments tab of your profile describing what we need. An email will be automatically sent to you asking you to review the comments.
Where do I sign the Participation Agreement?
When logged into your Midlands Gives profile, click the "edit" button below the list of users. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the participation agreement section. Read the agreement and then type your name in the field to accept.
How many people from my organization can attend the trainings?
The in-person trainings are limited to two representatives from each organization. There is no limit to how many people can attend the webinars.
Can I attend more than the required trainings?
Yes! We encourage you to attend and take advantage of as many of the webinars as you like. All webinars will also be recorded for you and your collegues to view at a later time.
Will the webinars be recorded?
Yes, a link will be provided after the webinars for you to view the recordings. Slides will also be posted for the Midlands Gives Webinars.
Is there a size limit on gifts?
There is no maximum amount. The minimum gift is $20
What is a unique donor?
A unique donor is defined as one person or corporation/business. Donors are encouraged to make gifts to multiple organizations of their choice. Each gift to a different organization will be counted separately on the Leaderboard. Multiple gifts made to the same organization using the same credit card will be considered as one gift.
Can staff, volunteers and board members donate to the organization they are associated with?
Yes, as long as they use a personal credit or debit card and not one associated with the nonprofit they are giving to.
When will my organization receive their Midlands Gives donations?
On or before June 30, 2019, Central Carolina Community Foundation will provide your organization with payment via check in the amount of total donations received on behalf of your organization net of fees plus the organization's share of any regional bonus pools and any prize amounts (if applicable). Prior to receiving the check, you will receive an email statement informing you of your grant amount. You will have ten days to dispute this amount before the check will be sent to your organization. Please be patient as our finance department performs a financial reconciliation on all transactions. To ensure accuracy, this process takes some time.
Can we encourage donations by giving away prizes or free gifts?
No. All gifts made during Midlands Gives must be 100% tax deductible. You cannot offer a premium for gifts made during the event. Organizations are however encouraged to raise their own matching funds, which allow donations to go even further.
Does my organization need to send letters for their tax deductions?
No. The donor will immediately receive an email confirming the gift receipt from Central Carolina Community Foundation. We encourage you to acknowledge donations by following-up with donors to thank them and let them know how their gifts will fuel your mission.
Will my organization receive donor contact information?
Yes, organizations will have access to their donor lists through their CiviCore account. This information will include contact and amount information for their specific donors. You will be able to see your organization's donations as they come in. Donors will be notified at the time of their donation that this information will be provided to your organization and donors have the option of remaining anonymous. Remember, this information is confidential. Nonprofits should not share their donor information with anyone and NEVER giver or sell the information to a third party
Should my organization also send a tax acknowledgement letter?
No. Central Carolina Community Foundation must issue all donor acknowledgements for tax purposes and they will be issued to the donor via email immediately after the donation. The participating organization may issue a separate informal "thank you" but it does not need to include the formal tax deductible language that references the donation amount.
I have more questions!
Feel free to submit your questions to email@example.com or, if you have a burning question that just can't wait, pick up the phone and call us at 803.254.5601.