What organizations are participating in Give Local Piedmont?
All participating organizations are recognized as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and are required to file an IRS form 990 (or 990 postcard for smaller organizations) and serve the populations of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock counties. Private foundations who file a 990-PF are not eligible. All organizations must be in good standing with the IRS and with the general public.
Who can donate?
Anyone with a credit or debit card and access to the Internet.
What forms of payment are accepted?
While the purpose of the online giving day is to encourage the use of secure and easy online philanthropy, we understand that some prefer to donate via check. Checks will be counted towards an organization’s final donation total, however only online donations are eligible to compete for timed prizes. Checks must be made out to Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, with the designated charity written in the memo line. Checks will be accepted only at designated locations in the four counties between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. during the event: Union Bank and Trust Lobby on Main Street in Culpeper, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation office in the basement of the BB&T on Main Street in Warrenton, Skyline CAP, Inc. on Main Street in Madison, and Cheri Woodard Realty on Main Street in Sperryville, Rappahannock County. The cut-off time for check acceptance is 5:00 p.m. with no exceptions. Checks not made out to NPCF or those delivered after 5:00 p.m. will not count in the Give Local Piedmont total. If a donor is giving to more than one nonprofit, each donation should be a separate check. Remember to write the name of the nonprofit in the memo line.
What forms of payment are NOT accepted?
Donations via cash, stock, or grants from donor advised funds will not be accepted. Gifts received directly by the charity during the giving event do not count towards Give Local Piedmont. In order for gifts to count in Give Local Piedmont contest, they must be made through the Give Local Piedmont portal or at designated check drop-off locations, and ONLY during the event (and not through Network for Good).
How do I make a donation?
During the event, go to www.givelocalpiedmont.org and type in the name of the nonprofit(s) to which you want to give. If you are looking for a charity to support, you can search by category. Your chosen nonprofit will have a donation page on www.givelocalpiedmont.org where you can choose the amount you want to donate from $10 and up. New this year: donors can schedule their donations up to two weeks ahead of the event!
Are donations tax-deductible?
All donations are tax-deductible and irrevocable and will be for the unrestricted use of your chosen charity (see additional information under “How will a donor receive acknowledgement of their gift?”). Your receipt will say “Give Local Piedmont” on it and funds will go through the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. Funds are then disbursed to your chosen charities.
Is my donation safe and secure?
Yes. The Give Local Piedmont website is powered by CiviCore, and is a secure PCI Level 1 compliant site for donating to your favorite charities. You can be sure your personal information is protected when you donate through www.givelocalpiedmont.org
How will my email address and personal information be used?
Email addresses will only be used to transmit electronic tax receipt(s) for donations made through Give Local Piedmont, as well as a post-event survey. Unless you choose to give anonymously, your name, email address and billing address will be shared with the organization(s) to which your donations will be credited. The Community Foundation does not retain credit card information and your personal data will not be shared with or sold to any outside vendors or third parties.
Can I authorize a third party to submit a donation on my behalf?
Each donor who enters their own credit card information directly on www.givelocalpiedmont.org is entering his/her data into a secure web portal. Sponsors of Give Local Piedmont assume no liability for credit/debit card information provided by the donor to a third party (e.g. organization staff member or volunteer).
What is a "unique donation"?
Certain prizes will be awarded to organizations based on the number of unique gifts of $10 or more. A unique donation is defined as one gift of $10 or more to one organization from one donor. Multiple donations made by the same donor to different organizations will count as one unique gift to each organization. Donations from different people in the same household will count as unique gifts.
Can I make my donation over the phone?
No. The Community Foundation will not enter gifts on behalf of a donor and therefore will not accept donations by phone. If you choose to use your smart phone, go to www.givelocalpiedmont.org to enter your own credit or debit card donation. Local library staff in each county will be able to assist donors who do not have access to a computer at home or at work.
May I designate how a nonprofit uses my donation?
All donations will be granted for unrestricted use by the chosen nonprofits.
Can I make a gift in memory or honor of someone?
Yes. This information will be provided to your designated charity, unless you choose to make your gift anonymously.
Does the Community Foundation accept employer-matching gifts for Give Local Piedmont?
Gifts made during Give Local Piedmont are not eligible for corporate employee matching.
How will I be recognized as a donor?
Unless you indicate that you prefer to remain anonymous, your name will be provided to the nonprofit and may appear in print and electronic donor listings.
Does it cost anything to give on www.givelocalpiedmont.org?
There is no fee to you as a donor nor is there a fee for a nonprofit to participate in the giving event. Credit card fees (2.1% per transaction plus .30 fee per donation) and transaction (3% on total donations over $250,000, $7500 for donations under $250,000) and administrative fees (2% to NPCF which contributes to prizes and cost of running program) are deducted from the donations received. Donors will receive an immediate thank you and tax receipt for 100% of their donation. As detailed here, there are standard credit card and service fees associated with Give Local Piedmont, which will be withheld from the final disbursement to nonprofit organizations. In the past, every organization that participated make more in bonus or prizes than they paid in fees. Checks only incur the administrative fee but do not contribute to prize consideration.
How will the donation(s) appear on my credit card statement?
Your credit card statement will read: Give Local Piedmont and Northern Piedmont Community Foundation.
Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation(s)?
Yes. All donors will receive an immediate acknowledgement and tax receipt via the email address that was provided at the time of the donation(s) from The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, which you should print out for your records. If this does not appear in your inbox shortly after donating, please check your SPAM folder.
How do I record this tax-deductible donation on my tax return?
For tax reporting purposes, your donation, which you designated to a specific nonprofit, was made to The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation as noted on your receipt. When entering your donation(s) on an itemized tax return, please enter the following as the charitable recipient:
Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, P.O. Box 5, Culpeper, VA 22701
How can I request another copy of my tax receipt?
Following the event, you may request another copy of your tax receipt by going to www.givelocalpiedmont.org and clicking on ‘Request a Copy of Your Tax Receipt’. You will then enter the email address that was provided at the time of the donation.