Frequently Asked Questions For Donors

What is GivingMatters.com?

GivingMatters.com is an online resource of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee created to inform, empower and enrich charitable giving in Middle Tennessee – benefiting donors, nonprofits and the community at large. GivingMatters.com furthers the cause of philanthropy in our region by promoting nonprofit transparency and putting nonprofit information at the fingertips of community members in an easy-to-use, searchable online database. GivingMatters.com contains more than 1,600 detailed profiles of local nonprofit organizations, and is FREE to nonprofits and public users.

 

What is Guidestar.org?

GivingMatters.com is powered by GuideStar. GuideStar connects people and organizations with information on the programs and finances of more than 1.9 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. GuideStar serves a wide audience inside and outside the nonprofit sector, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media. GuideStar is revolutionizing philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.

 

What is a GivingMatters.com Profile?

Today’s donor wants accessible information in order to make strategic giving decisions. GivingMatters.com profiles are designed to offer a wealth of information so donors can give with confidence. On GivingMatters.com, you can FIND detailed programmatic, operational and financial information on more than 1,500 local nonprofits, LEARN about emerging issues facing Middle Tennessee communities, and GIVE directly to the nonprofit(s) of your choice with a secure online donation.

 

Where does the information come from?

GivingMatters.com profile information is provided on a voluntary basis by area nonprofits. The Community Foundation staff verifies the information including financial data (which is obtained from IRS Form 990s and financial statements), IRS compliance, and Tennessee Charitable Solicitations registrations. Profiles are updated at least once annually by the organization; if an organization lapses, their profile is marked as “Declined to Update.”

Information provided in the financial charts and graphs is entered by GivingMatters.com staff. The Community Foundation receives financial documents from nonprofits including the IRS Form 990 and financial audits/reviews/compilations. Our staff analyzes these official financial documents and enters financial figures to the site. Original financial documents are available to the public on GivingMatters.com for download. A nonprofit’s ED/CEO has an opportunity to comment in the financial section; these comments can be helpful in understanding nuanced financial trends and changes within an organization.

 

Does GivingMatters.com endorse organizations?

GivingMatters.com does not endorse or recommend nonprofit organizations.

 

What does the Reviewed icon mean?

The Reviewed icon indicates a nonprofit’s profile is complete and has been updated within the last year. Reviewed profiles have been reviewed by GivingMatters.com staff to ensure that financial information is consistent with official documents (IRS Form 990 or audited financial statements). If a nonprofit has not updated key required sections within the last year, the profile is marked as “Declined to Update.”

 

Does GivingMatters.com guarantee the accuracy of data?

The narrative information in each profile is voluntarily provided by the nonprofit. GivingMatters.com does not guarantee the accuracy of any such data, make any representations or warranties with regard to nonprofits in the database, or guarantee they are in compliance with all state and federal requirements. However, GivingMatters.com seeks to include the most accurate data available through document verification and a due diligence process.

 

What standards should I look for when evaluating a nonprofit organization?

GivingMatters.com does not evaluate or rate nonprofits, but information on best practices has been provided in the scroll-over "help text" which can be found on most profile pages by placing your cursor over the yellow question marks. For in-depth information on nonprofit standards of excellence, visit Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance's Charity Accountability Standards and the Standards for Excellence Institute.

 

Why are some nonprofits not included?

GivingMatters.com profiles 501(c)(3) public charities authorized by the Secretary of State’s office to raise money in Tennessee. GivingMatters.com does not profile religious organizations operating for religious purposes (i.e. churches, synagogues, mosques). If your favorite organization is missing, we welcome an opportunity to profile them in GivingMatters.com. Information on how to create a profile is available on the GivingMatters.com homepage.

 

How are gifts made through GivingMatters.com processed?

All online donations through GivingMatters.com are considered donations to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and directed to the nonprofit of the donor’s choice as a grant. Donors will receive documentation of their tax deductible gift via e-mail at the time the gift is made and the nonprofit will receive a check within 60 days. Donations through GivingMatters.com are 100% tax deductible. GivingMatters.com cannot be used to sell tickets, products, services or any items where the donor receives a market value.

 

What fees are associated with donations made through GivingMatters.com?

All online donations are processed by KIMBIA. KIMBIA, Inc. provides the most powerful and flexible online fundraising and event management tools to enable nonprofits and other organizations to increase giving, participation and overall support. Some fees are assessed from each gift by payment processors and vendors. Donors are made aware of the following costs at the time of donation, and are given the option to donate an additional amount to cover these costs:

  • 2.89% of each gift is assessed for credit card processing fees
  • $3.25 covers fees to online donation software provider KIMBIA, and the cost of processing each check.

What is The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee?

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is a leader, catalyst and resource for philanthropy in Middle Tennessee. Since 1991, The Community Foundation has helped donors and nonprofit organizations realize their charitable intentions and make an impact. The Community Foundation exists to connect generosity with need, bringing good people and good causes together to enrich the quality of life in Middle Tennessee. How do we do it?

  • We are a local organization with deep roots in Middle Tennessee, working to build a permanent and growing endowment for the community’s changing needs and opportunities.
  • We provide flexible and cost-effective ways for civic-minded individuals, families and companies to contribute to the community. The Community Foundation is a nonprofit publicly-supported foundation made up of more than 900 charitable funds addressing causes from education and health and human services to arts and the environment and beyond.
  • We strive for excellence in strategic grantmaking to address our community’s needs.

What is NowPlayingNashville.com?

An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, NowPlayingNashville.com is the place to find Where to Go … What to Do! NowPlayingNashville.com is Middle Tennessee’s comprehensive online events calendar featuring music, theater, dance, arts, sports, history, kids and family, and other entertainment options. Plan activities for visitors or plan for yourself. Find ticket and venue information.

 

What is Childcare Nashville?

Childcare Nashville, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee funded in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Human Services, was formed in 2010. The program started with twelve child care providers in a shared services project designed to help centers save administrative time and money, increase revenue, and improve overall program quality. In 2012, Childcare Nashville extended the program to additional child care providers in Middle Tennessee with the launch of Childcare Tennessee, an efficient alternative to the heavy paperwork dominating the child care industry.