Donor FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for Donors

What is WyoBraska GIVES?

WyoBraska GIVES is a region-wide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy on November 13, 2018, for selected nonprofit agencies in our community through online giving.

Donations are accepted through WyoBraskaGives.org.

When does WyoBraska GIVES take place?

During a 24-hour time frame starting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at 12:01 a.m. and ending at midnight

How do the WyoBraska GIVES nonprofits get involved?

WyoBraska GIVES serves as a platform for donors to learn about and give to participating nonprofits, serving basic and education needs in our community.  These nonprofits have applied to be a part of the GIVE, and those that qualify are chosen by the Oregon Trail Community Foundation to participate in the GIVE.

To participate, each of the nonprofits must apply at WyoBraskaGives.civicore.com/inquiry. These applications will be reviewed by the WyoBraska GIVES committee, and will be notified if/when accepted.

To qualify, an organization must meet the following criteria:

How do I search for nonprofits?

You can go to the homepage and search for one or more of the nonprofits that you would like to support. After selecting a nonprofit, click on the "Donate Now" button. Although WyoBraskaGives.org features many nonprofits, residents from any location who have Internet access can donate online.

How do I make a donation?

You can go to the homepage and search for one or more of the nonprofits that you would like to support. After selecting a nonprofit, click on the "Donate Now" button. Although GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org features 38 selected Collier County nonprofits, residents from any location who have Internet access can donate online.

Must all donations be made through WyoBraskaGives.org or the Oregon Trail Community Foundation?

Yes. WyoBraska GIVES promotes online giving and WyoBraskaGives.org is the platform for individual donors to give to participating nonprofits. 

Any donation checks should be made payable to the Oregon Trail Community Foundation (OTCF) and be delivered to the OTCF offices at 115 Railway Plaza, Scottsbluff, NE during the WyoBraska GIVES event - November 13, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to midnight. Donors should provide the name of the nonprofit to which they are donating and they should note WyoBraska GIVES in the memo line. Checks must be dated November 13, 2018.

What methods of payments can I use?

You do not need to create an account on WyoBraskaGives.org to donate. You can donate with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express). Please note these are the only forms of payment available on WyoBraskaGives.org. You cannot make online donations using checks/bank routing numbers, or PayPal.

Gifts from your donor advised fund outside the Oregon Trail Community Foundation will be accepted if that check is received by hand, via messenger, via US mail, as a wire transfer or by other carriers (i.e., FedEx) during the 24-hour period of the GIVE (midnight to midnight on November 13, 2018). If you intend to make a gift from your donor advised fund at the  Oregon Trail Community Foundation, please contact Cathy McDaniel at 308.635.3393 or cathy.mcdaniel@otcf.org no later than November 13, 2018.

Stock gifts are also accepted, but the transfer must be received during the 24-hour period of the GIVE: (midnight to midnight on November 13, 2018). If you intend to make a stock gift or wire transfer to WyoBraska GIVES,  please contact Cathy McDaniel at 308.635.3393 or cathy.mcdaniel@otcf.org no later than November 13, 2018., or sooner than that if it is a mutual fund.

Donors who wish to donate to WyoBraska GIVES by check, may hand-deliver that check to the Oregon Trail Community Foundation at 115 Railway Plaza, Scottsbluff, NE 69361 during the 24 hours of the GIVE (midnight to midnight on November 13, 2018). Donors should provide the name of the nonprofit to which they are donating and they should note WyoBraska GIVES in the memo line. Checks must be dated November 13, 2018.

You may also choose an e-check version of payment. https://www.gobiggive.org/index.php?downloadFile=1&table=contentFiles&field=file&check=5c9f019d5ca2cbbcff01d91dcc6504bc&key=111

What is the minimum donation?

You can make a donation as small as $10.

Is there a maximum donation amount?

No. Your maximum donation is controlled by your banking institution. If you plan to make a large online donation on November 13, 2018, we recommend you notify your credit card company in advance. This will help ensure that the gift will not be blocked by your credit card company's fraud filters.

Will there be fees on donations made through WyoBraskaGives.org?

Yes.  Both Civicore (the website designer) and the Oregon Trail Community Foundation's merchant services account charge credit card processing fees when donors make online gifts to nonprofit organizations. A percentage of each donation helps to cover these fees. 

Why does my credit card receipt reference the Oregon Trail Community Foundation rather than the organization to which I donated?

This is because The Oregon Trail Community Foundation uses WyoBraskaGives.org - the website used to process online donations. Your donation first goes to the Foundation via GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org. After processing the gift, the Foundation then grants the donations to the charities less any fees. This allows you to receive an acknowledgment letter electronically immediately upon completion of your transaction.

Is there a donation deadline?

To qualify, WyoBraska GIVES donations must be made between 12:01 a.m. - midnight on November 13, 2018, to be part of the WyoBraska GIVES event

Can I donate to multiple nonprofits during WyoBraska GIVES?

Yes. After entering donation information for one organization, press the "Add to cart" button. Then click the "Add more nonprofits to cart" button to add other donations to your cart. When you are finished adding donations, press the "Checkout" button to continue with the donation process. The cart holds your selections while you explore more nonprofits.

Can I use my employer's matching gifts program?

If your employer will be matching your contribution, please ask your employer to send the matching funds directly to the appropriate nonprofit(s) and not to the Oregon Trail Community Foundation.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes. All donations made to the 501(c)(3) charities featured on WyoBraskaGives.org are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law. After making a donation, you will automatically receive an on-screen acknowledgment letter. If you've donated to multiple nonprofits in one transaction, you will receive one receipt reflecting the total donated.