Give Local York Security and Privacy Details

Q. What is GiveGab?

GiveGab is a nonprofit giving platform that helps nonprofits to raise money, engage donors and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. GiveGab offers a full portfolio of simple and easy to use products that allows organizations to function in a more streamlined manner.

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 do I know my donation is going where I intend it to go?

Here at GiveGab, we are committed to providing the best platform for nonprofit giving. If an organization is collecting donations on GiveGab, they have been vetted and deemed a proper 501(c)3 based on IRS definitions.

To ensure you are giving to a reputable organization, make sure to always donate or give through Give Local York or the GiveGab plaform. If an organization chooses to provide other links and ways to give, we cannot guarantee the security of your gift or be sure how your money is processed, unless the donation form you are using is on GiveGab.

If you choose to give to an organization through GiveGab, you can be sure your contribution goes where it it intended to. Here’s how:

  • Only properly verified and underwritten 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations can accept donations on GiveGab.
  • When you make a donation, we process it through our payment processor Stripe – a PCI Level 1 Compliant Card Processing Company
  • All donations are processed through Stripe and are paid out directly to the organization’s bank account via electronic direct deposit payments within 3-5 business days
  • Because GiveGab collects its platform fee directly from the transaction within Stripe, none of the money that you donate ever goes through GiveGab’s servers.
  • Any money that is not immediately paid out to the organization for various security reasons is held in a non-operating bank account at Stripe. If for some reason an organization is deemed to be invalid or cannot verify its identity within a reasonable time frame, action will be taken accordingly.

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. Perhaps worst of all, an organization can lose out on a grant or large donation because it has not kept itself in good standing.

Taking a proactive approach to compliance helps ensure the sustained success of the organization. The cost of staying compliant is small in comparison to the much larger costs of noncompliance. The saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could not be more true in this context.

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.

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:

You can view all of GiveGab's legal documentation here