FAQ

Nonprofit FAQ


Q. Where do I find up-to-date information on “Yellowstone Valley Gives”?

The Billings Community Foundation will maintain a web page where a calendar of activities will be posted along with event locations and additional information HERE.


Q. What is Yellowstone Valley Gives?

Yellowstone Valley Gives is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration!

Yellowstone Valley Gives is hosted by the Billings Community Foundation and is a is a 24+ hour “Crowdfunding” event that embraces new technologies to provide a quick, easy, and fun way for the public to support non-profits while also tracking donations online creating a sense of friendly competition!

This is the third year the Billings Community Foundation has hosted a "Giving Day" event, and in 2017 our community was able to raise over $85,000 for 82 participating nonprofits to support their missions and programing in the Greater Yellowstone Valley.


Q. When is Yellowstone Valley Gives?

Yellowstone Valley Gives will take place on Thursday, May 3th at 12pm to Friday May 4, 2018 at 6pm MST.


Q. Is my organization eligible to participate?

All registered 501(c)3 organizations located in the Greater Yellowstone Valley Region, Montana are eligible to participate. This includes, but is not limited to: Big Horn, Carbon, Custer, Musselshell, Park, Stillwater, Treasure and Yellowstone County.

Schools and churches that have the proper IRS documentation are also eligible to participate. We verify that each and every participating organization is legally able able to collect donations, so you can feel confident that your contribution is going to a legitimate and reputable organization!


Q. Why should my organization participate?

Yellowstone Valley Gives by the Billings Community Foundation is a great way to boost your organization’s fundraising efforts! Yellowstone Valley Gives allows eligible nonprofits the opportunity to reach potential new donors and provides the type of visibility that only a region-wide effort of this type can generate!

To make the most of these efforts your organization should ensure that your profile is up-to-date on the site well ahead of Yellowstone Valley Gives Day and is custom-branded to tell your organization’s story, engage donors, and inform the community of your mission. Learn more about using these tools HERE.


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 which walk you through the process HERE, or you can email Lauren Wright at lwright@billingscommunityfoundation.org for more information.


Q. How much does it cost?

There is $75 participation upfront fee for each nonprofit to cover third party expenses for marketing and promotional materials associated with the Yellowstone Valley Gives event. Last year, each participating nonprofit raised an average of $1,000.00 during the 24-hour donation period!


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 the deadline to ensure my participation in Yellowstone Valley Gives?

The deadline to register and have guaranteed inclusion in Yellowstone Valley Gives is April 13, 2018. 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 2% 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. 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. All donations are final and cannot be refunded.

100% of all donations are tax-deductible for the donor and all donations will be officially receipted for tax purposes automatically through GiveGab under the name of the nonprofit receiving the funds.

GiveGab’s management fee is 5% on all donations outside the dates of our Yellowstone Valley Gives campaign.


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 Yellowstone Valley Gives 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 download a sample donation report.


Q. How can our organization be most successful with the Yellowstone Valley Gives event?

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


Donor FAQ


Q. What is Yellowstone Valley Gives?

Yellowstone Valley Gives is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration!

Yellowstone Valley Gives is hosted by the Billings Community Foundation and is a is a 24+ hour “Crowdfunding” event that embraces new technologies to provide a quick, easy, and fun way for the public to support non-profits while also tracking donations online creating a sense of friendly competition!

This is the third year the Billings Community Foundation has hosted a "Giving Day" event, and in 2017 our community was able to raise over $85,000 for 82 participating nonprofits to support their missions and programing in the Greater Yellowstone Valley.


Q. When is Yellowstone Valley Gives?

Yellowstone Valley Gives will take place on Thursday, May 3th at 12pm to Friday May 4, 2018 at 6pm MST.


Q. Who can donate?

Anyone may donate! It doesn’t matter where you live or how much you give! Collectively we can all make a significant impact for organizations in our community!

Anyone with a credit card or debit card may donate via YellowstoneGives.org and cash or check donations will be accepted at our headquarters and donor lounges during the event.

Donations through the Yellowstone Valley 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. Where can I donate?

Yellowstone Valley Gives is an online and in-person giving day. You can give online at YellowstoneGives.org or donate in person online or with a check or cash (even change!) at one of our convenient and fun donor lounges:

Thursday, May 3rd, 12pm: Kickoff Lunch at (TBD)

Thursday, May 3rd, 6pm: Dinner and Drinks at Thirsty Street Brewing Co.

Friday, May 4th, 6am: Early Start at Rock Creek Coffee

Friday May 4th, 12pm: (TBD)

Friday, May 4th, 6pm: Toast to the Host Final Celebration at Last Chance Pub & Cider Mill


Q. How can I become a Sponsor to help make Yellowstone Valley Gives a success?

In order to make an amplified impact on the fundraising effort of nonprofits participating in Yellowstone Valley Gives, we encourage local businesses and individuals to become "Event Sponsors" and "Prize Sponsors".

Sponsoring Yellowstone Valley Gives means that your business supports this initiative, while simultaneously gaining positive exposure throughout the day of events, media opportunities and high volume website traffic.

To find out more about becoming a Sponsor, please contact Lauren Wright at lwright@billingscommunityfoundation.org.


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 the donation will go to our organization?

GiveGab retains a 2% 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. 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. All donations are final and cannot be refunded.

100% of all donations are tax-deductible for the donor and all donations will be officially receipted for tax purposes automatically through GiveGab under the name of the nonprofit receiving the funds.

GiveGab’s management fee is 5% on all donations outside the dates of our Yellowstone Valley Gives campaign.


Q. Who will receive my contact information?

The Billings Community Foundation and 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 YellowstoneGives.org on your mobile device.


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

You cannot pre-schedule your Yellowstone Valley Gives gift, but you may make a donation to a participating non-profit before or after Yellowstone Valley Gives. In order for your donation to be counted towards the prize incentives awarded to nonprofit participants on Yellowstone Valley Gives, your donation must be made online between 12pm on May 3rd and 6pm on May 4th.


Q. What if my preferred organization is not listed?

Please send an email to Lauren Wright at lwright@billingscommunityfoundation.org to request that we contact your organization of choice.