What is Midlands Gives?
Midlands Gives is a 24-hour online giving event, hosted by the Central Carolina Community Foundation, that brings the region together as one community, raising money and awareness for local nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties. During Midlands Gives, contributions of just $20 or more are amplified through sponsored prize incentives. Since its inception in 2014 the event has raised over $3.8 million for local nonprofits.
To participate, simply click on the following link: www.MidlandsGives.org/AllenUniversity
($20 per organization minimum)
If you have any questions please contact:
P: 803.255.4795 / E: InstitutionalAdvancement@allenuniversity.edu
Frequently Asked Questions
Is my gift tax-deductible?
Yes, donations through Midlands Gives are 100% tax deductible. When you make a gift to on www.MidlandsGives.org/AllenUniversity, your donation is collected by Central Carolina Community Foundation and forwarded on to Allen University. The Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are deductible to the full extent provided by law.
What are the minimum and maximum donation amounts?
The minimum donation amount is $20. There is no maximum donation. All gifts made on www.midlandsgives.org/AllenUniversity are non-refundable.
Are there fees associated with donations given through the Midlands Gives?
As with any credit card transaction, there are typical transaction fees assessed by the credit card companies as well as technology and processing costs to execute the event. The fee will average 4.9% per donation (2.1% credit card fee + 2.8% technology fee). Donations made by electronic check will be assessed the 2.8% technology fee plus a 30 cent fee per donation paid by the nonprofit. Donors will receive a tax deduction on the full donation amount.
Want your nonprofit to receive the full donation amount? Cover the transaction fee! Donors have the option to help cover the fees when they checkout, allowing more of their donation amount to go to the nonprofit.
Will donations go directly to my chosen organization the day of the event?
Donations received on Midlands Gives day will be made to the Central Carolina Community Foundation but will be granted back to your organization after the event is completed.
Does Central Carolina Community Foundation receiving any portion of the donations?
No. As a matter of fact, Central Carolina Community Foundation, along with their sponsors and partners, will cover all costs associated with the logistics of Midlands Gives including the website, software, support staff, advertising and media promotion, training and all prizes. It’s their way of giving back.
Can donors give by cash or check instead of online?
Midlands Gives is an online only fundraising program. In order for donations to be counted for the program, donations MUST be made by credit card through the midlandsgives.org/AllenUniversity website. Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express cards are all accepted. Donors can also pay via e-checks by providing a bank routing number.
Some donors may wish to pay by cash or check instead of a credit card. They encourage nonprofits to accept and acknowledge these gifts.
Can a donor give anonymously?
Yes. Donors will have the option to choose to remain anonymous when completing the giving form.
Can a donor earmark their donation in honor/memory of someone?
Yes. Donors will have the option to make those choices when completing the giving form.
Can a donor change their mind and request a full refund of their donation amount?
No. Once a donation has been made, the donor cannot request that it be cancelled. The only exception would be if the donation was duplicated because of a system glitch in which case one of the donations would be refunded.
Can staff, volunteers and board members make donations to their own organization?
Yes, as long as they use a personal credit or debit card and not one associated with the nonprofit organization they are giving to.
Can I make my donation using my phone?
Yes. MidlandsGives.org/AllenUniversity is a “mobile optimized platform” that will make it easy to make a gift on your smart phone. Gifts must be made through the MidlandsGives.org/AllenUniversity website, however, and cannot be made over a phone call.
Is my gift safe and secure?
Yes. The MidlandsGives.org/AllenUniversity website is supported by CiviCore and it is an SSL secured site. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and browser. The link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral.
How will the donations be reported on my credit card statement?
Your credit card statement will read “Midlands Gives.”
How can I make a gift “In Honor of” or “In Memory of” someone?
On the donation form, you may use the Notes field to include a note that your gift was made in honor of or in memory of someone and that information will be passed to the nonprofit.
Can I get a refund on my donation?
Each gift is tax-deductible and irrevocable.
Will I receive a receipt for my online contribution?
Yes, a formal email tax acknowledgement from Central Carolina Community Foundation will be sent automatically as soon as the donation is made. The donor will see “Midlands Gives” on their credit card statement. In addition, donors who create an account on the Midlands Gives website will be able to login at any time and retrieve their receipt at any time.
Beyond a donation, how can I support Allen University on this day?
You can spread the word among your friends and networks about Midlands Gives.