Frequently Asked Questions
What is Alabama Gives Day?
Alabama Gives Day is a one-day virtual fundraiser on February 2nd, 2012 that encourages the citizens of Alabama to contribute to participating nonprofit organizations through a single online giving platform during a 24 hour period. The campaign is coordinated by the Alabama Association of Nonprofits, the Alabama Broadcasters Association, Razoo Foundation, Intermark Group, Alabama Giving, community and private foundations, the Alabama Press Association, and participating nonprofit organizations.
What is ALgives.org?
ALgives.org and the Nonprofits Matter awareness campaign aims to transform philanthropy in Alabama by growing overall giving and to promote the ease and safety of online giving. ALgives.org is a program of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits and is powered by the amazing Razoo online giving platform in support of nonprofit organizations in the State of Alabama.
Through its engaging web platform launched in January 2012, ALgives.org helps nonprofit organizations of all sizes reach new donors, increases giving through fun and engaging campaigns, and significantly reduces overall fundraising costs.
ALgives.org helps individuals find, learn about, and contribute to Alabama and national programs, facilitates quick and easy online donations by credit card, and organizes online charitable contributions in one location.
What's the goal?
The vision of Alabama Gives Day is to showcase the collective work of Alabama's incredible and diverse nonprofit sector while providing a community platform that allows them to individually showcase their incredible missions, the impact they make, and to help connect new donors to further advance the work they do that improves the overall quality of life for all Alabamians.
How does it work?
Consumers select the nonprofit they wish to contribute to. The Razoo Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which permits donors to advise a re-granting of their donations to other IRS recognized qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations, will accept the gifts pursuant to an arrangement with the Alabama Association of Nonprofits and will then re-grant the monies to the nonprofits selected by the donors. It is Razoo Foundation's normal practice to re-grant 97.1% of its contribution to the qualifying organization as advised by the donor, retaining 2.9% for Razoo Foundation's expenses (including credit card transaction costs). The Alabama Association of Nonprofits, per an agreement with participating nonprofits, will retain an additional 4% (6.9% total) of contributions received during the 24 hour event to help cover all related event costs of conducting this massive statewide event on their behalf. However 100% of your donation is credited to the donor as a charitable contribution because it is made to the Razoo Foundation donor advised fund.
How much of the donation will go to the nonprofit?
Alabama Gives Day and algives.org passes on the cost of credit card transaction fees to the nonprofit organizations. This low, flat rate of 2.9% is subtracted from the nonprofit's check. In addition, the participating nonprofits have agreed as part of their participation in Alabama Gives Day to have an additional 4% withheld from contributions to help the Alabama Association of Nonprofits pay for incurred expenses of conducting this massive statewide event on their behalf.
Is there a minimum donation?
The minimum donation on ALgives.org is $10.
Is there a maximum donation?
There is no maximum donation limit on ALgives.org
Is there a limit to the amount an organization
can receive on Alabama Gives Day?
There is no maximum amount an organization may receive.
Who is able to participate?
Alabama-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations listed on Algives.org and its partner website, Razoo.com, are eligible. Please note that private non-operating foundations cannot receive donations on ALgives.org or Razoo.com and are not eligible for Alabama Gives Day prizes. In addition, organizations that provide services in Alabama – but have an EIN based in another state – can receive donations on ALgives.org but are not eligible for Alabama Gives Day prizes.
Who does what?
Alabama Association of Nonprofits is the primary organizing body of the annual Alabama Gives Day and the ongoing Nonprofits Matter awareness campaign. Our primary role is to provide ALgives.org, the online giving platform, via our partner, Razoo, and to coordinate the marketing and advertising strategy through our partners at the Alabama Broadcasters Association, Intermark Group, Alabama Giving, Alabama Press Association, community and private foundations, and participating nonprofits.
To make the day a success for all nonprofit organizations, we are asking you to...
- Create a landing page for your organization using the Razoo platform.
- Broadcast the campaign's message using existing communication networks (examples include, but aren't limited to: newsletters, email blasts, Facebook, etc.).
- Utilize the Alabama Gives Day logo and other provided images and messages consistent with the branding guidelines.
- Secure matching grants and prizes to entice donors to your group.
- Consider organizing an outreach event or community stunt to help further increase exposure for your organization.
- Think outside the box, be engaged and have fun!!
What are my organization's next steps?
- Set up a page with Razoo. Training materials are included in the nonprofit toolkit.
- Decide how to contribute. Each organization is asked to use their network to market the event.
- Stay tuned! Look for regular updates from Alabama Gives Day about how your organization can be involved.
Is there a fee to participate?
There is no fee for an organization to participate in Alabama Gives Day.
How can an organization receive donations?
If you are already listed on ALgives.org or Razoo.com, you don't need to do anything except make sure your nonprofit's profile and page is updated and motivating (see our top 5 hints to create a great page). To update your profile, make sure you first claim administrative access on ALgives.org. To request administrative access to your nonprofit, click the "register" button.
If your nonprofit is not listed on ALgives.org or Razoo when you do a search, please email our partner, Razoo, at email@example.com for more information on how you can get listed.
Do you have video tutorials that explain
the site and how it works?
Yes. You can view all our videos on our YouTube channel.
How will an organization know
who has donated to them?
Organizations which have registered with ALgives.org or Razoo can track donations in real time by logging-in to their Razoo account. Nonprofits can download a detailed donation report at any time through their account to thank and follow-up with individual donors and tabulate donation value and number of donors. This .csv file can be used in Excel and is widely compatible with other spreadsheet applications.
When will our organization receive
the monies contributed?
Normally, The Razoo Foundation will disburse monies on the 10th of the month following receipt of the advised donation. For the 2012 event monies will be disbursed by March 10th.
How can I find out more information
about Alabama Gives Day?
Sign up for the ALgives.org e-newsletter to receive updates about ALgives.org and Alabama Gives Day. You can also follow us on Twitter @algives and "like" us on Facebook to stay updated. ALgives.org will be hosting webinars for nonprofits to share tools, highlight matching grants and strategize together to make this day another one for the history books!
The Alabama Association of Nonprofits Board of Directors can modify any restrictions or conditions if, in the sole judgment of the Board of Directors, such restriction or condition becomes unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment or inconsistent with the charitable needs of the community. As such, ALgives.org reserves the right to deny or condition the distribution of prize grants if, in the judgment of its Board of Directors, such restriction or condition becomes necessary.