Give to the Max Day 2016 Guidelines

Eligibility for Organization Participation in Give to the Max Day

Any nonprofit or school that uses GiveMN.org for online fundraising is automatically a participant in Give to the Max Day. Give to the Max Day is an annual celebration of generosity and every organization is able to participate in some way.


Leaderboard Eligibility

New for Give to the Max Day 2016: Beginning October 24, organization leaders can view the Leaderboards on which their organization is included by visiting the "Prize Eligibility for Give to the Max Day" section of the GiveMN Administrative Area.

Only donations made through GiveMN.org qualify for inclusion in Leaderboard totals and related prizes.

Only Minnesota-based causes are included in Leaderboards. The geographic headquarters for an organization is determined by the state of the legal disbursement address on file with GiveMN, managed through the GiveMN Administrative Area under "View & Manage Disbursements." All requests for updates to an organization's legal address must be received by 11:59 p.m. CT on November 16, 2016, for inclusion in appropriate Leaderboards.

Donations made to groups that are fiscally-sponsored by a nonprofit organization will be combined with all donations made to the registered nonprofit and that registered nonprofit will be included on Leaderboards according to Leaderboard eligibility.

Overall Leaderboard: All Minnesota-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and registered public schools and charter schools are included on the Overall Leaderboard.

  • Requesting a Change to Your Organization's Overall Leaderboard Status
  • If you believe your organization should be included on this Leaderboard and you do not see a "Yes" accompanying the Overall Leaderboard line in the GiveMN Administrative Area, you will need to request an update to your organization's Leaderboard eligibility.
  • To update your organization's legal disbursement address, you must request a change through the "View & Manage Disbursements" section of the GiveMN Administrative Area.
  • All requests for updates to an organization's eligibility for inclusion on the Overall Leaderboard must be received by 11:59 p.m. CT on November 16, 2016.

Colleges & Universities Leaderboard: Inclusion on the Colleges & Universities Leaderboard is curated by GiveMN to include educational institutions or their related nonprofits recognized by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as public or private nonprofit postsecondary institutions located in Minnesota.

  • Requesting a Change to Your Organization's Colleges & Universities Leaderboard Status
  • If you believe your organization should be included on this Leaderboard and you do not see a "Yes" accompanying the Colleges & Universities Leaderboard line in the GiveMN Administrative Area, you will need to request an update to your organization's Leaderboard eligibility.
  • If your organization is a nonprofit raising money for a Minnesota college or university, please visit the "Prize Eligibility for Give to the Max Day" section of the GiveMN Administrative Area and click on "Request a Leaderboard Change" to submit a letter on your college or university's letterhead and include the following: name of your organization, description of organizational relationship, and the name and contact information of the college or university officer issuing the letter.
  • All requests for updates to an organization's eligibility for inclusion on the Colleges & Universities Leaderboard must be received by 11:59 p.m. CT on November 16, 2016.

Medium Nonprofits Leaderboard: All Minnesota-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are included in the IRS Exempt Organizations Business Master File with Income Amount ranging from $100,000 to $999,999 are included on the Medium Nonprofits Leaderboard.

Small Nonprofits Leaderboard: All Minnesota-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are included in the IRS Exempt Organizations Business Master File with Income Amount less than $100,000 are included on the Small Nonprofits Leaderboard. Additionally, all Minnesota-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are included in the IRS Exempt Organizations Select Check for 2015 Form 990-N e-Postcard filers are included on the Small Nonprofits Leaderboard.

  • Requesting a Change to Your Organization's Medium or Small Nonprofits Leaderboard Status
  • If you believe your organization should be included on either the Medium Nonprofits Leaderboard or the Small Nonprofits Leaderboard and you do not see a "Yes" accompanying the corresponding Leaderboard line in the GiveMN Administrative Area, you will need to request an update to your organization's Leaderboard eligibility. All requests for updates to an organization's eligibility for inclusion on the Medium Nonprofits Leaderboard or the Small Nonprofits Leaderboard must be received by 11:59 p.m. CT on November 16, 2016.
  • Please visit the "Prize Eligibility for Give to the Max Day" section of the GiveMN Administrative Area and click on "Request a Leaderboard Change" to submit one of the following documents from your organization's most recently completed fiscal year, in order of preference:
    1. IRS Form 990: If your organization's gross receipts are greater than or equal to $200,000 or total assets are greater than or equal to $500,000, please submit IRS Form 990 for GiveMN review.
    2. IRS Form 990-EZ or IRS Form 990: If your organization's gross receipts are less than $200,000 and total assets are less than $500,000, please submit IRS Form 990-EZ or IRS Form 990 for GiveMN review.
    3. IRS Form 990-PF: If your organization is registered as a private foundation, regardless of financial status, please submit IRS Form 990-PF for GiveMN review.
    4. Audited Financial Statement: If your organization is exempt from filing an annual return with the IRS, please submit an audited financial statement showing annual gross receipts for GiveMN review.
    5. Unaudited Financial Statement or Annual Treasurer's Report: If your organization is exempt from filing an annual return with the IRS and does not have an audited financial statement, please submit an unaudited financial statement or annual treasurer's report showing annual gross receipts and the date this document was reviewed by your organization's board of directors for GiveMN review.

Eligibility for Golden Tickets

New for Give to the Max Day 2016: Beginning October 24, organization leaders can view the Golden Ticket pool in which their organization is included by visiting the "Prize Eligibility for Give to the Max Day" section of the GiveMN Administrative Area.

Only donations made through GiveMN.org qualify for inclusion in Golden Ticket prize drawings.

Only Minnesota-based causes are included in Leaderboards. The geographic headquarters for an organization is determined by the state of the legal disbursement address on file with GiveMN, managed through the GiveMN Administrative Area under "View & Manage Disbursements." All requests for updates to an organization's legal address must be received by 11:59 p.m. CT on November 16, 2016, for inclusion in the Golden Ticket prize pool.

Donations made to groups that are fiscally-sponsored by a nonprofit organization will be eligible with all donations made to the registered nonprofit and that registered nonprofit will be included in Golden Ticket prize pool according to prize pool eligibility.

  • Requesting a Change to Your Organization's Golden Ticket Prize Pool Status
  • If you believe your organization should be included on this Leaderboard and you do not see a "Yes" accompanying the Golden Ticket Prize Pool line in the GiveMN Administrative Area, you will need to request an update to your organization's Leaderboard eligibility.
  • To update your organization's legal disbursement address, you must request a change through the "View & Manage Disbursements" section of the GiveMN Administrative Area.
  • All requests for updates to an organization's eligibility for inclusion in the Golden Ticket Prize Pool must be received by 11:59 p.m. CT on November 16, 2016.

Participation

Any individual or institution may make a donation on Give to the Max Day. Donations made through GiveMN.org to nonprofits and registered public schools and charter schools are tax deductible to the extent allowed and are irrevocable. Donations will not be refunded. Donation forms powered by GiveMN.org accept transactions made with credit and debit cards supported by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

New for Give to the Max Day 2016: GiveMN welcomes legal, finance, and philanthropy professionals who represent donors who wish to participate in Give to the Max Day with the help of a professional advisor. See the "Giving with Donor Advised Funds or Appreciated Assets" section below for more information. [Feature Available Starting November 1]


Eligibility to Receive Donations and Give to the Max Day Prizes

Nonprofit organizations and registered public schools and charter schools listed on GiveMN.org are eligible to receive donations. Only Minnesota-based organizations and schools are eligible for Give to the Max Day prizes.

Organizations that provide services in Minnesota but are registered with the IRS in another state may receive donations through GiveMN.org but are not eligible for Give to the Max Day prize grants.

Nonprofit organizations must be public charities registered under IRS Subsection 509(a)(1), 509(a)(2), 509(a)(3) or 509(a)(4) of the 501(c)(3) section or a private operating foundation to be eligible for prize grants made by GiveMN.


Prize Grant Disbursements

All Give to the Max Day prize grant winners are subject to review and approval by the GiveMN board of directors. All prize grant recipients are subject to verification and approval before grants are awarded.

Prize grants will be disbursed by The K Foundation no later than December 31, 2016, using the disbursement method established for each organization through the "View & Manage Disbursements" section of the GiveMN Administrative Area.


Matching Gifts

Organizations are responsible for offering their own dollar-for-dollar matching funds. GiveMN does not provide matching dollars on Give to the Max Day. Matching gifts raised by organizations can be promoted on GiveMN.org year-round and many organizations use them for special Give to the Max Day promotions.

Organizations that secure matching funds for Give to the Max Day 2016 will be highlighted to help donors find these great opportunities to double their generosity!


Scheduled Giving

Effective November 1, 2016, at 12:00 a.m. CT, donors may schedule their gifts through GiveMN.org to be transacted on November 17–Give to the Max Day. Credit and debit cards will be charged on November 17.

Scheduled gifts will be counted toward Give to the Max Day Leaderboards, prize incentives, and giving day totals.


Minimum Donation

The year-round minimum donation on GiveMN.org is $10.00 and it is the same on Give to the Max Day. There is no maximum donation.


Giving with Donor Advised Funds or Appreciated Assets
[Feature Available Starting November 1]

New for Give to the Max Day 2016: Give to the Max Day is now a special day for donors at all levels of generosity. For donors who prefer to make their contributions through a professionally managed donor advised fund or with appreciated assets like stock with the help of a professional advisor, GiveMN has added the opportunity to count those donations for Give to the Max Day.

Donations made with the help of a professional advisor will be not be transacted through GiveMN, but instead will be initiated by a professional advisor on behalf of a donor and the donation will be sent from the donor's fund or financial institution directly to the recipient organization.

These donations will be eligible for Give to the Max Day Golden Ticket prizes and will count toward Give to the Max Day Leaderboards when made to eligible organizations.

These donations will be recorded without any processing fees assessed by GiveMN to either the donor or the organization. Donors may incur fees from their professional advisor and organizations may incur fees related to receiving these donations.

To give with a donor advised fund or with appreciated assets, a donor must be represented by a professional advisor at a foundation or financial institution. Professional advisors can learn more and request approval to make contributions by visiting the Professional Advisors to Philanthropy page.


Fees

GiveMN is excited to provide a feature that allows donors to pitch in just a little bit more! When donors make a gift through GiveMN.org, they may choose to pay the 6.9% processing fee on behalf of an organization, ensuring that 100% of their donation goes directly to that cause!

This option is available year-round and on Give to the Max Day. GiveMN does not charge any sign-up or subscription fees to use GiveMN.org or to participate in Give to the Max Day.

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