General FAQ


Q. What is Abilene Gives?

Abilene Gives is a 24-hour online giving event to raise money and awareness for nonprofits serving Abilene and surrounding areas. Abilene Gives is an initiative powered by the Community Foundation of Abilene.


Q. When is Abilene Gives?

Abilene Gives is May 7, 2019 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM.


Q. How does it work?

On May 7, anyone can go to abilenegives.org and donate to any of the participating nonprofit organizations listed on the website. All nonprofits featured on the site serve Abilene and/or surrounding communities. The goal is to grow philanthropy in the Abilene region by connecting people to causes that matter to them!


Q. When is registration?

Nonprofit registration is from January 15-April 1, 2019.


Q. What are the minimum and maximum donation amounts?

The minimum donation is $10. There is no maximum. However, individual donations greater than $10,000 will only be eligible for the amplification up to the first $10,000. You can give to as many of the participating nonprofits as you would like.


Q. Are donations tax deductible?

Yes. Donations made during Abilene Gives are 100% eligible for a tax deduction. Donors will immediately receive an email confirming the donation from Abilene Gives and GiveGab, the vendor chosen by the Community Foundation of Abilene to process this day’s activities.


Q. Are there transaction fees?

Every donation will be assessed a 5.2% + $0.30 fee. This includes:

  • A 3% Platform fee
  • A 2.2% + $0.30 credit card processing fee

Donors always have the option to cover these fees on behalf of the organization they are donating to, and over 80% of Abilene Gives donors did so in 2018. The GiveGab Platform Fee is capped at $20 per transaction.


Q. What forms of payment are accepted?

We strongly encourage you to make donations online at abilenegives.org using a major credit or debit card. If cash or check is your only option, it must be delivered to the Community Foundation of Abilene at 850 N. 1st Street by no later than 5 PM on May 7, 2019. Checks should be made out to Community Foundation of Abilene with the name of the nonprofit you wish to support in the memo line. Only gifts made at abilenegives.org will qualify for prize contests, which are opportunities throughout the day for nonprofits to win bonus money.


Q. Are donations safe and secure?

Absolutely. Abilene Gives utilizes a technology partner called GiveGab. GiveGab takes the highest security measures to ensure your information is protected. We've partnered with Stripe as our payment processor and underwriter for nonprofit verification, which is a PCI Service Provider Level 1 – the most stringent level of certification possible. If you’d like to learn more, you can read through their security documentation on their website: https://stripe.com/help/security In addition, GiveGab forces HTTPS to ensure a secure connection wherever you are on a GiveGab site. GiveGab takes the security of its admins, donors, and volunteers very seriously. The contact information you provide to the Abilene Gives website will remain private and secure.


Q. Will my donation to a nonprofit during Abilene Gives be designated for a specific purpose?

When you donate to a specific charity during Abilene Gives, the gift will be restricted for that charity and will not be given to any other charity. Nonprofit profiles will describe the organization’s mission and may also indicate how the organization intends to use the donations it receives during Abilene Gives. Still, it is difficult to specify an exact designation for a donation during the giving day.


Q. Can I donate before May 7?

Yes, but it won’t appear in the nonprofit totals until the actual giving day. Early giving begins April 29 and ends May 6. You simply go to abilenegives.org and donate to any of the nonprofits. The official Abilene Gives live event starts at 12:00 AM CST May 7 and ends at midnight.


Nonprofit FAQ


Q. Why should a nonprofit participate in Abilene Gives?

Abilene Gives is a fundraising and awareness tool that is as effective as you are willing to make it. Nonprofits have an opportunity to raise money, increase their donor bases, and learn how to use online and social media tools to enhance public outreach. Participating nonprofits also have opportunities during the giving day to win bonus money from prize contests, and all donations are amplified with a percentage of money from an amplification pool provided by sponsors.


Q. How do nonprofits get involved in Abilene Gives?

Nonprofits can register to participate from January 15 through April 1. Just go to abilenegives.org during those dates to register.


Q. Which organizations are eligible to participate?

Eligible organizations are 501(c)(3) public charities that provide substantial services to Abilene and immediate surrounding areas. For nonprofit organizations that do not have a mailing address in the Abilene area, the Community Foundation of Abilene will make a case-by-case determination regarding whether or not the nonprofit provides "substantial services" and qualifies for Abilene Gives. Churches, booster clubs, and school PTA's are not eligible to participate. Private schools, school foundations, and tax-deductible scholarship funds can participate. Funds raised through Abilene Gives are to be used for services in the Abilene region.


Q. What is the cost to participate in Abilene Gives?

The early bird participation fee is $75 for nonprofits that register between January 15 and February 28. After February 28, the participation fee is $100. This is to help with some of the costs associated with Abilene Gives. The Community Foundation of Abilene does not profit from these fees.

Q. How much of the donation goes to the nonprofit?

Every donation will be assessed a 5.2% + $0.30 fee. This includes:

  • A 3% Platform fee
  • A 2.2% + $0.30 credit card processing fee

Donors always have the option to cover these fees on behalf of your organization, and over 80% of Abilene Gives donors did so in 2018. The GiveGab Platform Fee is capped at $20 per transaction.


Q. Do all donations have to go through the Abilene Gives website?

Participants are strongly encouraged to make their donation online at abilenegives.org by credit or debit card. If cash or check is a donor’s only option, it must be delivered to the Community Foundation of Abilene at 850 N. 1st Street along with this processing form by no later than 5 PM on May 7, 2019. Checks should be made out to Community Foundation of Abilene with the name of the nonprofit you wish to support in the memo line.


Q. Is there a limit to the amount that a nonprofit can receive during Abilene Gives?

No limits!


Q. How and when will nonprofits receive their Abilene Gives donations?

The Community Foundation of Abilene will distribute all funds to the participating nonprofits within 60 days following the giving day.

Q. Do nonprofits need to issue thank-you letters and tax receipts to their Giving Day donors?

Since Abilene Gives is a program of the Community Foundation of Abilene, an automatic donation confirmation and tax receipt will be emailed to the donor from the Community Foundation of Abilene. Nonprofits are encouraged to send a prompt and thoughtful thank-you to each donor.


Q. How does an organization know who has donated and how much they gave?

Thank-you letters/tax receipts will be generated automatically and electronically as donors make their gifts online, also recognizing to which agencies their gifts are designated. Participating nonprofits can access their donor report through their GiveGab administrator dashboard.


Q. What is a "unique donor"?

For the purposes of awarding prizes, a unique donor is one individual or corporation/business. Multiple donations from one donor to the same nonprofit will count as one gift. Organizations cannot donate to themselves.


Q. What is Early Giving?

Early Giving is from April 29-May 6, giving donors the option of making their donations at abilenegives.org in advance of the giving day. These gifts will not be reflected in the nonprofit totals until the actual giving day on May 7.


Q. How will a donor be recognized?

Donors will receive an immediate thank-you and tax receipt from Abilene Gives via email. It is a good idea for nonprofits to thank donors in their own personalized way as well. Donors who choose to make anonymous donations will receive a tax receipt from Abilene Gives but will not receive a thank-you from the nonprofit organization.


Q. Will the donor receive a tax deduction letter?

Donors who make online gifts will immediately receive an email confirming the gift receipt from the Community Foundation of Abilene during the event. Offline gifts (including cash or checks) will only be receipted by the Community Foundation of Abilene if they exceed $250 and all donor contact information is provided (per IRS Publication 1771 guidelines). Participating nonprofits will not need to receipt any of the gifts, however, we encourage agencies to acknowledge donations by following-up with donors and sharing how their contribution helps to fulfill their mission.


Q. Whom do I contact with questions about Abilene Gives?

Please reach out to one of these Community Foundation of Abilene staff members:

Questions about nonprofit participation: Michelle Parrish, mparrish@cfabilene.org

Questions about sponsorship or donor involvement: Courtney Vletas, cvletas@cfabilene.org

Questions about promotion, digital content, or events: Megan Dobbs, mdobbs@cfabilene.org