FAQ


General FAQ

Q. What is WyoGives?

WyoGives, an initiative of the Wyoming Nonprofit Network, brings the state together as one community to raise money and awareness for Wyoming’s nonprofits on one day each year and on one website. WyoGives.org is an easy-to-use platform where individuals can search and donate to nonprofits across the state that are making a difference in our communities every day.


Q. Who is the host of WyoGives?

WyoGives is hosted by the Wyoming Nonprofit Network, whose mission is to amplify, cultivate, and advocate for Wyoming’s nonprofits. The Wyoming Nonprofit Network is a statewide association for charitable nonprofits.


Q. When is WyoGives?

This year, WyoGives is on July 10th, 2024 from midnight to 11:59 PM. July 10th is also Wyoming’s Statehood Day!


Q. Who can donate?

Anyone may donate. Donations through the WyoGives online portal to charitable nonprofit organizations are tax-deductible and cannot be refunded. See Donor FAQ for additional information.


Nonprofit FAQ

Q. Which organizations can participate and how do we apply?

See the Pre-Application checklist for qualification requirements and information your organization must provide in the application process. Please review thoroughly.


Q. How can my organization be successful during WyoGives?

Here are a few suggestions to help set your organization up for success:

  • Invest the time in learning the platform and building your profile.
  • Plan your campaign utilizing the training videos, nonprofit toolkit, and WyoGives webinars and trainings.
  • Engage your board of directors and volunteers in the campaign.
  • Build a campaign team of your supporters, especially those that are active in social media.
  • Recruit a few key peer-to-peer fundraisers who are excited and prepared to fundraise on your behalf.
  • Recruit a matching sponsor to serve as an additional incentive for your donors.
  • Read emails from the WyoGives’ team for important updates and valuable resources.
  • Be intentional about thanking donors.

  • Q. What is the deadline to apply for WyoGives?

    You must apply each year to participate in WyoGives.The deadline to apply is June 10, 2024. No late applications are accepted, no exceptions.


    Q. How much does it cost to participate in WyoGives this year?

    The cost to participate is dependent on your organization’s membership status with the Wyoming Nonprofit Network and your operating budget size.

    Wyoming Nonprofit Network Members:

    • Operating Budget $250,000 or less – Registration fee is $100.00
    • Operating Budget $250,000 or more – Registration fee is $200.00

    Non-Members:

    • Operating Budget $250,000 or less – Registration fee is $250.00
    • Operating Budget $250,000 or more – Registration fee is $350.00


    If you are unsure of your membership status, please check before registering, go to https://www.wynonprofit.org/Nonprofit-Member-Directory or call 307-772-9050. If you are not a member and would like to join, go to https://www.wynonprofit.org/501c3-Membership. If you are a member and register as a non-member, we cannot refund the difference.


    Q. What is GiveGab/Bonterra?

    GiveGab is a nonprofit giving platform that helps nonprofits to raise money, engage donors and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently.


    Q. How will donations be distributed?

    Each online donation made to a participating nonprofit will be disbursed directly from GiveGab/Bonterra via direct deposit within 5-7 business days.


    Q. How much of each gift will my organization receive?

    The processing fees for donations are as follows:

    • 3% service charge from GiveGab/Bonterra for building and maintaining the website platform, as well as live event customer service and donation processing.
    • 2.5% is charged on all major credit cards, Apple/Google/Microsoft pay transactions +$.30 per transaction.
    • 1% is retained by the Wyoming Nonprofit Network for program support expenses.
    • ACH bank payment method is available to donors who wish to give $100 or more per nonprofit. There is a $3 per transaction fee (replaces credit card fee). The 3% service fee and 1% program support fee still apply.


    Donors are given the option to cover the fees. If they choose this, 100% of the gift will go to the receiving organization. All donations are final and cannot be refunded.

    Donors may choose to give you a check directly, these are called “offline” donations. You can enter these donations into your dashboard through July 31st, and they will count in your overall campaign total. However, these offline donations will not count towards any prizes and do not qualify for any matching pools or employer matches we administer.

    Any donations processed outside of WyoGives donation period, through GiveGab.com, or subsequent recurring donations are subject to transaction fees outlined on the GiveGab.com pricing page: http://info.givegab.com/pricing.


    Q. Will my donors get a receipt for their donation?

    Yes, a formal email tax acknowledgment from the event will be sent automatically to your email as soon as the donation is made. The receipt will include a statement for each organization that the donor supported in ONE receipt:

    • Name of organization(s)
    • Amount(s) donated


    For offline gifts entered into the GiveGab platform, the donor will only receive an emailed receipt if you include their email address and select the option to send a receipt. If your donor needs another copy of their email tax acknowledgement, you can resend it from your giving day dashboard. Learn how to resend a receipt here.


    Q. What are the prizes and how does my organization enter to win them?

    Prizes are given in a variety of categories and designed to incentivize organizations to utilize available tools and trainings, promote their WyoGives campaign, and engage with donors. Prizes will be added soon on the WyoGives website.


    Q. What matches is WyoGives administering this year?

    To learn more about our current match opportunities, see the Incentive Partners page. This will be updated as new opportunities are added. Remember, nonprofits are encouraged to recruit a matching sponsor for their campaign.


    Q. When will prize winnings and match pool funds be distributed?

    If your organization wins a prize, a check will be mailed to you from the Wyoming Nonprofit Network after the event. If your organization qualifies for match pool funds, they will be dispersed via ACH through GiveGab/Bonterra. In both cases, these processes can take up to 4 weeks after the event.


    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.


    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. Wyoming does not require registration for charitable solicitations, but you may be soliciting donations in other states that do require registration.

    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 FAQ


    Q. Will I receive a receipt for my donation and where will it come from?

    Yes, a formal tax acknowledgment will be sent automatically to your email as soon as the donation is made. To claim a donation as a deduction on U.S. taxes, you should retain the donation receipt as an official record.


    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. How much of my donation goes to the nonprofit(s) I donate to?

    The processing fees for donations are as follows:

    • 3% service charge from GiveGab/Bonterra for building and maintaining the website platform, as well as live event customer service and donation processing.
    • 2.5% is charged on all major credit cards, Apple/Google/Microsoft pay transactions +$.30 per transaction.
    • 1% is retained by the Wyoming Nonprofit Network for program support expenses.
    • ACH bank payment method is available to donors who wish to give $100 or more per nonprofit. There is a $3 per transaction fee (replaces credit card fee). The 3% service fee and 1% program support fee still apply.


    Donors are given the option to cover the fees. If they choose this, 100% of the gift will go to the receiving organization. All donations are final and cannot be refunded.


    Q. Can I give to more than 1 organization at a time?

    The Gift Basket on wyogives.org is your very own 'shopping cart' - this allows you the opportunity to browse around the site and add gifts to your basket without needing to check out immediately. Then when you're ready to check out, you'll just enter your bank account/credit card information once and confirm your gifts.

    You can add gifts to your basket in two ways:

    Head to your chosen organization's profile page and click on their basket icon (It's right next to their "Donate" button!). You'll see the gift added to your basket at the top, then continue browsing to another profile page to add an additional gift, or click the Gift Basket at the top to check out!

    Open the Gift Basket in the top navigation bar of wyogives.org, and search and add gifts to one or more organizations right within the basket feature. No need to search for their profile, if you already know who you want to give to!


    Q. Do I need to create an account with GiveGab/Bonterra?

    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.


    Q. Can I pre-schedule a donation for WyoGives?

    You cannot pre-schedule your WyoGives gift. Mark your calendar to go to wyogives.org during the 24-hours on July 10th, 2024. If you missed the WyoGives date, we still encourage you to donate to your favorite nonprofit by sending them a check and indicating that it is part of the WyoGives campaign. They can then add this “offline” donation to their total. Participating nonprofits can continue to add offline donations to their WyoGives profile until July 31st.