Rules & FAQs
What is Texoma Gives and when will it take place?
Texoma Gives is a 16-hour, online giving event organized by the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in Texoma and surrounding areas (24-county area in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma). Texoma Gives will kick off at 6 a.m. on September 15. All event related donations must be made through www.texomagives.org between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The minimum donation is $25 and there is no maximum. The goal is to inspire this Texoma region to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible for 16 hours to support the work of area nonprofit organizations. Texoma Gives, which is based on other successful giving days hosted by community foundations across the country, will be Texoma's largest day of charity ever!
How does it work?
The Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation has created an online platform at www.texomagives.org that will have searchable profiles of participating nonprofits and a real time leaderboard on the day of the event. All donations will be processed through this website. Nonprofits and donors can track fundraising totals throughout the day through the leaderboard on the website. Anyone can donate to their favorite nonprofits beginning at 6 a.m. on September 15 via http://www.texomagives.org
The goal of Texoma Gives is to grow philanthropy in Texoma by connecting people who care with causes that matter.
Why give through www.texomagives.org?
We encourage supporting local nonprofits with year-round giving, but the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation is creating a special event on September 15 - a charitable holiday. It's our day to celebrate Texoma's spirit of generosity and support the work of this area’s nonprofits. Plus, donations made through http://texomagives.org during that 16 hours will be eligible for cash prize awards by the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation and the participating foundations and sponsors.
What is the prize structure?
The Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation is working to secure prize dollars from community supporters and partners. Prizes that will be offered are yet to be determined and participating nonprofits are not guaranteed to receive a prize. Prizes are listed on website.
Who can make a donation during Texoma Gives?
Anyone with a credit or debit card can make a donation to a participating nonprofit that has a profile on www.texomagives.org on September 15, 2016. You do not need to have a Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation Fund or live in the Texoma area to donate. If you do not wish to donate online, please contact the Foundation office from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. on September 15 at 940-766-0829 and the donation will be taken over the phone.
How do I make a donation?
Starting at 6 a.m. and going until 10 p.m. on September 15, go to www.texomagives.org and use a credit or debit card to donate to a single nonprofit or to multiple nonprofits. You will have a full 16 hours to make donations and will have the ability to search for nonprofits by name or by category. Participating nonprofits will have a profile page on www.texomagives.org where you can choose the amount you want to donate, with the minimum donation being $25.
Texoma Gives supported browsers include Internet Explorer 9 & 10, the latest two versions of Safari, Chrome, Firefox, iPhone/iPad I0S 7, and Android. Older internet web-browsers do not provide sufficient security for donors and are not supported. If you have an unsupported browser and wish to make a donation, please contact the WFACF office at 940-766-0829.
Are donations tax deductible?
Yes. Donations made through Texoma Gives are 100% eligible for a tax deduction. Donors will immediately receive an email confirming the deduction from the K Foundation, the vendor chosen by Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation to process this day’s activities. Both WFACF and K Foundation have 501(c)(3) charitable status (always consult your CPA regarding your specific ability to deduct contributions). By selecting a specific charity to receive the donation, the gift is restricted for that charity and will not be given to any other charity. Donations cannot be designated for a specific program at a nonprofit, although a participating nonprofit is free to indicate that it will use donations that day for a specific purpose.
What is the K Foundation?
The K Foundation is a 501(c)(3) entity that is utilized by Texoma Gives to receive donations into its donor advised fund, for later granting out to qualifying organizations. The K Foundation is governed by a board of directors and is subject to various operating policies and procedures. More information concerning The K Foundation, and its normal terms of operation can be found at the following website: http://thekfoundation.org/general-terms-for-online-donations.html
What are the minimum and maximum donation amounts?
The minimum donation amount is $25. There is no maximum donation. All gifts made on www.texomagives.org are non-refundable.
How will this appear on my credit card statement?
All donations made on Texoma Gives Day will appear on credit card statements as “K CHARITABLE DONATION” or “K CHARITABLE DONATION San Antonio, TX”.
How much of the donation goes to the nonprofit?
Nonprofits will receive each of the gifts earmarked for their organization. There will be a processing fee, as is the practice for online giving. On the donation page, you will be given the option to add the processing fee to your donation so your nonprofit(s) will receive 100% of the donation.
What organizations are participating in Texoma Gives?
Our goal is to have the participation of all nonprofit organizations that are located in Texoma (24-county area of North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. See nonprofit registration for counties.) The Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation will verify that all participating nonprofits are 501(c)(3) public charities and are in compliance with IRS reporting requirements. All participating organizations are required to complete their profile by July 1, 2016.
Can someone give to more than one organization?
Yes. Donations can be made to single or multiple organizations with the ability to donate in a single transaction.
Only the nonprofits registered on www.texomagives.org may receive donations during this event.
What if a nonprofit is not listed on the Texoma Gives website?
Nonprofits are required to create their profiles by July 1, 2016. If a nonprofit does not have a profile on the Texoma Gives website, then donations cannot be made to it via www.texomagives.org. However, our effort is to make September 15 the largest giving day in Texoma and we encourage supporters to make a donation to them via mail and encourage the nonprofit to participate in Texoma Gives next year!
Can donations be made using my smart phone?
Yes. Our technology provider has a "mobile optimized platform" that will make it easy to make a donation on www.texomagives.org using a smart phone.
Are donations safe and secure?
Yes. Texoma Gives utilizes a technology partner called Kimbia that is PCI Level 1-compliant. Credit card information will not be stored and isn’t accessible to Kimbia or Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation. The contact information you provide to the Texoma Gives website will remain private and secure.
Beyond a donation, how can someone support nonprofits on this day?
Spread the word. After donations have been made, supporters can spread the word among friends and networks about Texoma Gives and the good work nonprofits do in the Texoma area through social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest) and word of mouth. Nonprofits may also have online media campaigns or other ideas to promote the day.
I have a donor advised fund at Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation. Can I use it for Texoma Gives?
Yes. Please note: Texoma Gives donations using a Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation donor advised fund must be recommended by September 9, 2016. Please contact WFACF at 940-766-0829 for assistance.
How will a donor be recognized?
Donors will receive an immediate thank you and tax receipt from the K Foundation via email. It is a good idea for nonprofits to thank donors as well and let them know how their donation will make a difference. Donors can choose to make anonymous donations and will receive a tax receipt from the K Foundation but will not receive a thank you from the nonprofit organization.
What organizations are eligible to participate?
Organizations will be required to set up a profile on www.texomagives.org site by July 1, 2016, which includes name of organization, brief description of nonprofit, brand/logo, link to nonprofit website, and social media links.
Eligible organizations are 501(c)(3) public charities that provide substantial services to Texoma and surrounding areas. For nonprofit organizations that do not have a mailing address in Texoma area, the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation will make a case-by-case determination regarding whether or not the nonprofit provides "substantial services" and qualifies for Texoma Gives. Churches, booster clubs, and school PTA's are not elibigle to participate. However, school foundations are eligible for participation.
Funds raised through Texoma Gives are to be used for services in the Wichita Falls MSA/Texoma region. In most cases, an eligible organization may only have one profile on the Texoma Gives site. A nonprofit's organizational description can be generic or can indicate that funds raised through Texoma Gives will be used for one or more specific purposes that fulfill the nonprofit's exemption.
Why should a nonprofit participate?
Participation in Texoma Gives is free. It's a fundraising tool, and like any tool, it's as effective as you want to make it. A nonprofit can invest as little or as much time, energy, and resources in promoting the event to its supporters and potential supporters as it wants. The more the nonprofit invests, the more return it will see through Texoma Gives.
Additionally, Texoma Gives is the nonprofit's opportunity to raise awareness about its mission, reach new donors, and build online fundraising skills. Nonprofits are also eligible to receive prizes during the event. There's really no reason to not participate.
Can a nonprofit win more than one incentive prize?
Yes. More information regarding prizes will be announced on this website as that information becomes available.
How can nonprofits make the day a success?
The nonprofit completes its profile on http://www.texomagives.org There will be a Nonprofit Toolkin on http://www.texomagives.orgthat will help make the day a success for the nonprofit. Engage your board members, volunteers, staff, current donors and all supporters to spread the word on Texoma Gives. We encourage nonprofits to have accounts on social media to help promote the organizations throughout Texoma.
Additionally, there will be free trainings that the Foundation and its partners will sponsor.
Creativity and energy will help make your nonprofit’s day a success!
Can nonprofits host a special event?
Yes! We encourage nonprofits to plan an event, partner with other participating nonprofits, or connect with local businesses to raise awareness about Texoma Gives on September 15. The more a nonprofit promotes their participation in Texoma Gives, the more it will benefit.
Can nonprofits encourage donations by giving away prizes or free gifts
No. An electronic gift acknowledgment will be sent to each donor stating that their gift is eligible for tax deductions. Donations made through Texoma Gives may not be used to pay for anything that might be perceived as material benefit to the donor. It is each participating nonprofit organizations’ responsibility to be compliant with IRS regulations for charitable deductions and will be responsible to inform its donor if they are unable to deduct their full gift amount. Failure to comply could prevent organizations from participating in Texoma Gives in future years.
When will participating nonprofit organizations receive their Texoma Gives donations?
Nonprofits will receive all donations and prize money in an unrestricted grant within 30 days of Texoma Gives from the K Foundation (the third party electronic vendor chosen by Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation) to handle the donations/receipts.
What if the amount the nonprofit expected based on the initial Texoma Gives results does not match the final disbursement?
Although each nonprofit will be able to see their gifts in real time, please be aware that reconciliation must be completed and, even though gifts are considered nonrefundable, a donation can be revoked for a variety of reasons from the time of receipt to the time of disbursement. Therefore, donation "reports" cannot be considered final until the nonprofit receives the disbursement from the K Foundation.
Will the nonprofit organization send tax deduction letters?
No. The donor will immediately receive an email confirming the gift receipt from the K Foundation during the event. But, the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation does encourage nonprofits to acknowledge donations by following up with donors and sharing how their contribution helps to fulfill their mission
Will the nonprofit organization receive donor information for acknowledgments?
Yes. The K Foundation and Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation will provide nonprofits with the contact information of all donors to their organization and the amount donated unless the donor asks to remain anonymous.
How can I find out more information about the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation (WFACF)?
What if I still have questions about Texoma Gives?
Contact Teresa Caves or Leslie Petersen at Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation
940-766-0829 or email@example.com