FAQ


Q. What is Give4Marion?

A. Give4Marion is a 24-hour fundraising event hosted by the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County, raising money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform. During this 24-hours, we come together to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits, to connect donors to community needs and to strengthen nonprofit capacity. The Community Foundation intends to build a stronger community for everyone… one passion at a time. 


Q. When is Give4Marion?

A. Give4Marion is on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.


Q.  Which organizations are eligible to participate in Give4Marion 2021?

A. To participate in Give4Marion, all 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits that are headquartered and/or provide services in Marion County, Florida are eligible. Additionally, all participating nonprofits will be required to attest that they are in compliance with state mandated fundraising laws prior to being able to collect donations.


Q. Why should my organization participate?

A. Give4Marion is a great way to boost your organization’s fundraising efforts. Give4Marion provides eligible nonprofits the opportunity to reach potential new donors and provides the type of visibility that only a county effort of this type can generate. To make the most of these efforts your organization should register to ensure that your profile is up-to-date on the site well ahead of the Give4Marion event and is custom-branded to tell your story.

Q. How can my nonprofit participate?

A. Search for your organization by name or EIN . 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 article to walk you through the process, or you can email Lauren@ocalafoundation.org for more information

Q. Is there a fee to participate?

A. Yes, a $205.44 fee (including processing fees) for NonProfit Business Council members and a $410.56 fee (including processing fees) for non-member nonprofits is due at the time of registration and must be paid by credit card. The Community Foundation doesn't offer a pay by check option or invoice system and no refunds will be issued. Registration is between June 15, 2021 and August 15, 2021.

The fees for service associated with participating in Give4Marion are part of the services we provide - training, which is available to nonprofit staff and board members, a robust online toolkit to assist in preparing for the giving event, and marketing materials available to you and around the community. 


Q. Who can donate?

A. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to donate to the nonprofit(s) of their choice through Give4Marion! Gifts are not limited to your location. All online donations made through Give4Marion are eligible for a tax deduction. Contributions can be made via credit and debit card as well as ACH deposit and mobile wallet. Online donations will be processed and receipted by GiveGab. No donations via check, cash or stock will be accepted online. Please make these gifts in-person during business hours on September 21 or 22, 2021 at The Community Foundation offices, 324 SE 24th St, Ocala, FL 34471.


Q. Is there a minimum donation?

A. Yes. The minimum donation is $10. There is no maximum. 

Q. Who is GiveGab?

A. GiveGab is an online 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?

A.  Each donation made online through the Give4Marion website to a participating nonprofit will be disbursed directly from GiveGab via direct deposit to the nonprofit within 5-7 business days. Matching Moments and Power Hour prizes will be disbursed directly from the Community Foundation via check within 4-6 weeks.


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

A. There is a 2.5% (+ $.30) bank fee for donations made using all major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express). The donation form is compatible with Apple, Google, and Microsoft Pay systems.

The Community Foundation charges and addition 0.5% service charge to the to cover management costs, year-round event planning and management, nonprofit trainings, nonprofit support services, sponsorships/support and financial services (auditing prize winners & processing prize checks).

Donors who give a minimum of $100 will be presented with the option to directly debit their bank account rather than using a credit card. There is a flat $3 fee associated with this payment method in lieu of the 2.5% +$.30 credit card fee. The Community Foundation 0.5% fee is still included.

Additionally, GiveGab has waived their standard platform fees for Give4Marion. However, donors have the option to add an additional amount ("tip the platform") to their donation to help cover platform and support costs.

All donations are final and cannot be refunded. 


Q. Why should I give through Give4Marion as opposed to giving directly to the nonprofit agency?

A. Great question! The Give4Marion team always supports giving directly to the nonprofit of your choice, and that's why we've designed a platform that will allow you to easily give to one or more local nonprofits during the bit event. 

Here are the top reasons to give through Give4Marion:

  1. SPOTLIGHT ON NONPROFITS - Give4Marion participants say Give4Marion helps raise awareness for the local nonprofit sector. By coming together as one community during one 24-hour period, we are able to leverage our resources to promote all of the good work nonprofits are doing in our community!
  2. SUPPORT - Give4Marion exists to support, equip, and serve the local nonprofit community through free workshops, opportunities for consultation, best practices, tools and templates that can be used to raise support year-round. Our goal is to equip every 501(c)(3) nonprofit in our community with the tools they need to fulfill their important missions.
  3. LEVERAGE - The same as in our inaugural year in 2020, Give4Marion provides prize money to nonprofits that participate in the event. The money will be distributed among different size nonprofits and enables agencies to maximize their efforts. Nonprofits are encouraged to seek a matching gift for their campaign. This gives them toe opportunity to leverage donations during the day and incentivize them to meet the match(es). 
  4. COMMUNITY & FRIENDLY COMPETITION - Giving is contagious and by creating an entire event dedicated to supporting our local nonprofits via social sharing, we can come together as a community and encourage our friends and family to give to the causes we love the most. With so many nonprofits to discover, there is a mission/cause that will speak to you!

Q. Can I make donations via a mobile device?

A. Yes! Simply visit www.Give4Marion.org on your mobile device.


Q. Can I give early if I cannot give on September 21?

A. Yes! Give4Marion website will open one week before (on September 13) to early giving. By giving early, you won't need to worry about missing the BIG EVENT. From September 13 to September 20, you can give early, but you cannot pre-schedule your gift for a particular time on September 21-22. As soon as you choose to give, your donation will go through.

All early gifts will count toward your nonprofits' totals for Give4Marion amount raised, but they will not count toward time-specific match moments or prizes. You must give in real-time on September 21-22 for it to count toward incentives. For example, since many organizations choose a particular time period to rally their supporters, it is inequitable to allow organizations to rally their supporters pre-event to schedule gifts on September 21 for a particular time period. The giving event is truly from 10 a.m. September 21 through 10 a.m. September 22. The early gifts option is for those that may not be able to give on September 21-22 but still want their gifts to count for overall totals.


Q. Is my donation tax-deductible?

A. 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. May I pay a pledge with my gift?

A. Since Give4Marion is designed to generate new support, we are unable to accept gifts to pay off existing pledges.

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

A. 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?

A. 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. How can I create a giving campaign for the organization of my choice?

A. All you need to do is search for the organization on our system and click the Fundraise button. After that, an email will be delivered to your inbox with all of the instructions you need to get started.


Q. Do individuals who create their own champion (peer-to-peer) pages also have to pay a participation fee?

A. No. The participation is only paid once, and it is paid by the participating nonprofit agency.


Q. Do gifts made to champion (peer-to-peer) pages count toward matching incentives?

A. Yes! Champion pages act as sub pages to the agency's account. This means that every dollar your friends give to your champion page roll up to the nonprofit. The more money raised, the more opportunities for matching funds, and more donors to meet!


Q. Who will receive my contact information?

A. 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.