What is Falcon Day of Giving?

The Falcon Day of Giving 2024 is the university’s third annual 24-hour giving campaign, which aims to inspire Falcons to come together, show their pride in their alma mater, and provide essential funding to support current and future students. This annual event shines a spotlight on giving at Fairmont State and creates a sense of energy around philanthropy.

When is Falcon Day of Giving?

Falcon Giving Day will take place on February 29, 2024.

Can I send a gift by mail or phone?

Yes. However, due to the tight period of Falcon Day of Giving, only gifts made online, by phone or in response to Falcon Day of Giving mailings count toward overall totals and competitions. If you would like to make a gift by phone on February 29, 2024, please call (304) 534-8786.

Who can donate?

Anyone with a credit card and access to the internet.

What is GiveGab?

GiveGab is a nonprofit giving platform that helps nonprofits to raise money, engage donors and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. GiveGab offers a full portfolio of simple and easy to use products that allows organizations to function in a more streamlined manner.

Where does my Falcon Day of Giving gift go?

Supporters are encouraged to give to the Falcon Fund which is a key source of expendable income and one of the university’s best resources to address emerging opportunities and respond to unanticipated needs and challenges of students, like scholarship support and emergency assistance. However, you also can designate your gift to the area on campus that means the most to you.

Does it cost anything to give through Falcon Day of Giving? How much of my donation will my the organization I am supporting receive?

GiveGab retains a 3% campaign management fee from all donations. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.5% + $0.30 for all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). You are given the option to cover the fees and if you choose this option, 100% of your online charitable gift will go to the receiving organization. All donations are final and cannot be refunded. Any donations processed outside of Falcon Day of Giving donation period, through GiveGab.com, or subsequent recurring donations are subject to transaction fees outlined on the GiveGab.com pricing page: http://info.givegab.com/pricing. In addition to fees imposed by GiveGab Fairmont State Foundation charges a 3% gift management fee.

Who will receive my contact information?

The participating areas you choose to support will have access to your name and email address. This information is used solely to send thank you messages, provide the option to receive future notifications, and to notify you of future activities.

Do I need to create an account with GiveGab?

No. You do not need to create an account to make a donation. The benefits of creating an account include having your tax receipts collected in one location, being able to track your donations, follow the charities you support, and engage in future volunteering and donations. Your tax receipt is emailed immediately upon processing your donation. To claim a donation as a deduction on U.S. taxes, you should retain the donation receipt as an official record.

Is my Falcon Day of Giving contribution tax deductible?

Yes, your gift is entirely tax deductible. You will receive an email confirmation that may serve as your receipt for tax purposes.

Can I pre-schedule a donation for Falcon Day of Giving Gift?

You cannot pre-schedule your Falcon Day of Giving gift, but you may make a donation to a participating area before or after the Falcon Day of Giving. In order for your donation to be counted towards prize incentives awarded on Falcon Day of Giving it must be made between midnight at 11:59 p.m. on February 29, 2024.

What if my preferred area of support is not listed?

Please select the support area "Other".  When making your gift you will be giving the opportunity to add a comment, you may use that field to tell us where you would like to direct your gift.

Can I help promote Giving Day?

Please do! We encourage you to share the images and messages that are located in the Ambassador Toolkit. Send an email to classmates, post on your Facebook page, tweet, blog, yell, put signs on your lawn. It's all encouraged!

What is state charitable solicitation registration?

Nonprofits are held to a high standard of government regulation and public scrutiny. And that is with good reason! Eligible 501(c) nonprofits are exempt from federal corporate taxes and have access to public funding. These benefits are not typically available to for-profit businesses, so laws are in place to protect the public and ensure nonprofits do not abuse their financial advantages. The IRS and states all have requirements for nonprofits. 

Why is state charitable solicitation registration compliance important?

While 501(c) nonprofits receive key financial benefits, the penalties for noncompliance can be serious. The IRS can revoke a nonprofit’s tax exemption and impose fines that can accrue daily. The states can administratively dissolve a nonprofit corporation and levy steep financial penalties. Perhaps worst of all, an organization can lose out on a grant or large donation because it has not kept itself in good standing.

Taking a proactive approach to compliance helps ensure the sustained success of the organization. The cost of staying compliant is small in comparison to the much larger costs of noncompliance. The saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could not be more true in this context. 

What if I already made a gift to Fairmont State this year?

Thank you for being part of the amazing Fairmont State donor family! We appreciate your commitment and encourage you to make an additional gift of any size on February 29. We also need your help to promote Falcon Day of Giving to others by spreading the word on social media using #FalconsGive2024. We have created sample email and social media posts to help you do this more easily, which are located in the Ambassador Toolkit on the site.

Why does Fairmont State care about my participation?

The collective generosity of many multiplies to provide valuable dollars for scholarships, academic and athletic excellence and programs that strengthen the university’s mission. In addition, the added donors on Falcon Day of Giving will continue to help increase the overall giving participation rate, which effects the college's ranking in key recruitment publications such as U.S. News & World Report. Giving participation is a marker of alumni satisfaction. The higher the rankings, the more valuable the degree – so all Falcons – past, present, and future – benefit when more give back.

Is there a minimum or maximum donation I can make on Falcon Day of Giving?

Yes, there is a $5 minimum donation.

How will the donation be reported on my credit card?

Gifts made on Falcon Day of Giving will appear on donors' credit cards as GIVEGAB [Fairmont State].

Will my Falcon Day of Giving gift – if made in advance of 02.29.24 – help populate the leaderboards?

Yes! Gifts made in advance of the Day of Giving through falconsgive.fsufoundation.org (and in response to Day of Giving mailings) will be displayed on the leaderboard when it goes live at 12:00 a.m. on February 29, 2024.

Who do I contact with questions about Falcon Day of Giving?

fsf@fsufoundation.org | 304-534-8786