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Answers to Donor Questions


What is Mountain Strong for Nonprofits?

Mountain Strong for Nonprofits (MS4NP) is a grant-funded online marketing collaborative with the purpose of raising funds for nonprofits in the mountain communities affected by Colorado’s September 2013 flood.

Does my donation go directly to the nonprofit I have chosen?

Yes. When you click on an organization’s donate button you are linked to their secure payment processing system (in most cases, either their PayPal or ColoradoGives donation processing account.)

How does the donation process work?

When you click on an organization’s donate button, you leave the MS4NP website and are linked to their secure payment processing system, where your transaction is completed. No payment or personally identifiable information is shared with the MtnStrongNonprofits.org website or the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC). Read more about the MtnStrongNonprofits.org privacy policy.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes. Only 501(c)(3) public charities are eligible to participate in MS4NP.

Are nonprofits charged any fees?

No. Donations are made directly to organizations taking part in MS4NP. Donations are not processed by and no funds flow through this website or through the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC).

Thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, all eligible nonprofit organizations are invited to participate for free during 2014. Beginning in 2015, participation in MS4NP will be one of many benefits of EPNRC membership (with annual dues ranging from $50-150 based on annual organizational budget).

Who has access to my information as a donor?

Your information only goes to the organization to which you make a donation. No information can be shared or given unless done so by the organization.

How else can I help?

Please help us spread the word about this site and the needs still to be met in the Colorado mountain communities of Estes Park, Glen Haven, Drake, Allenspark, Lyons, Big Elk Meadows and Pinewood Springs. Share our video and website with friends and family via social media and email.

We all thank you for your support!

 

Answers to Nonprofit Questions


Who started Mountain Strong for Nonprofits?

After Colorado’s September 2013 flood, the idea for an online giving site to showcase all of our local nonprofits came from an Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center (EPNRC) board of directors planning session.

The EPNRC’s mission is to serve and provide resources to the area’s nonprofits. We saw first-hand how these organizations were stepping up to assist residents and visitors while having to cancel their annual fundraisers. The need for additional funding sources was obvious.

We truly appreciate the trust that the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado demonstrated by sharing our vision and granting us the funds to develop this website, the MS4NP video and promotional materials.

Does my organization qualify to participate?

To participate in MS4NP, your organization must be:

  • A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit
  • Headquartered or providing services in Estes Park or the surrounding mountain communities including Glen Haven, Drake, Allenspark, Lyons, Big Elk Meadows and Pinewood Springs
  • Registered with the Colorado Secretary of State and able to provide a certificate of good standing
  • Willing to work collaboratively and promote the MS4NP website/program via your nonprofit’s publications, website, social media, email, etc.

How much does it cost to participate in Mountain Strong for Nonprofits?

Thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, all nonprofits who meet the participation criteria above are invited to participate during 2014 for free. Beginning in 2015, the MS4NP program will become one of many benefits of EPNRC membership (with annual dues ranging from $50-150 based on annual organizational budget).

How can we sign up?

Please contact our director, Jill Lancaster at director@epnonprofit.org or 970-480-7805.

How do I know if my nonprofit has 501(c)(3) status?

You can check your organization’s IRS subsection in the NCCS Database.

How do I know if my nonprofit is in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State?

You can check your registration status on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.