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Donation FAQ

1.  How do I make a donation?
2.  Who should I make the check out to?
3.  Is it safe to donate online?
4.  Where should I mail my offline donation form(s) to?
5.  Are donations tax-deductible?
6.  What is the tax ID number (EIN number)?
7.  Can I get a copy of the 501(c)3 letter?
8.  If a participant drops out of the event, what happens to the donations that they have raised?
9.  Can I mail cash with a donation form?
10.  I am supporting several friends.  Do I need to complete a donation form for each person?
11.  Do donors receive a receipt?
12.  Can you bill me for a donation?
13.  Do you accept matching gifts?
14.  Do matching gifts counts towards my fundraising goals?
15.  Is there a required fundraising minimum?
16.  When do you stop collecting donations for the event?


1.  How to Make a Donation

  • Use this link to search for a participant’s personal fundraising webpage to make a donation. You don't have to enter the entire name; to see more results, try entering just the first few letters of the participant’s name. Once you get to the participant's fundraising webpage, click the "Donate Now" button.
  • Call 651-209-8387 to donate over the phone.
  • Download an offline donation form and snail mail it in to us.
  • Double, or even triple, your donation and help your participant reach her/his goal even faster by seeing if your employer has a matching gift program.  You fill out your portion, mail it to us and we'll fill out our part and return it to your employer.  Return to top.


2.  Who should I make the check out to?  MessFest.  Return to top.

3.  Is it safe to donate online?  Yes.  And it's quick and easy and will allow you to show your support to you friends or family who are participating even sooner!  Return to top.

4.  Where should I mail my offline donation form(s) to?  Download offline donation form and then mail it to:
     MessFest
     Attn:  Donations
     P.O. Box 464
     Rosemount, MN 55068  Return to top.

5.  Are donations tax-deductible?  All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  Donations that are under $250, you can use a canceled check or credit card statement as proof of donation.  For donations over $250, we will provide you with a personal letter of receipt.  If you do not receive a letter of receipt please request one from us.  Please include as much information that you know:  donors name, donation amount, who you donated on behalf of, etc.  Email your request to MessFest@CharityEventsofMinnesota.org  Return to top.

6.  What is the tax ID number (or EIN number)?  MessFest is created and produced by the nonprofit "Charity Events of Minnesota".  The #20-8160744.  Note that participants cannot use the EIN number to secure donated space or in-kind donations.  Return to top.

7.  Can I get a 501(c)3 letter?  The 501(c)(3) letter is proof that Charity Events of Minnesota (CEoM) is recognized as a non-profit organization by the federal government. Since MessFest is created and produced by CEoM, this letter is also used as proof of the MessFest’s non-profit status. Please contact us if you would like a copy of this letter.  Return to top.

8.  If a participant drops out of the event, what happens to the donations that they have raised?  All donations submitted to MessFest are non-transferable and non-refundable. If a participant drops out of the event, their donations cannot be refunded nor can they be transferred to another participant.  Don't worry, they'll still go to this important cause.  Return to top.

9.  Can I mail cash with a donation form?  No, we do not accept cash.  If you are a participant and received cash from a donor, please deposit the cash into your personal checking account and mail us an offline donation form with the actual donors information along with your check.  Return to top.

10.  I am supporting several friends.  Do I need to complete a donation form for each person?  Yes.  Please follow the 1-to-1 rule;  one donation form for one donation (check or credit card).  Return to top.
 
11.  Do donors receive a receipt?  Anyone who donates online, regardless of the amount, will receive a receipt as long as they have given us a working email address.  Anyone who donates by mail will receive a receipt for donations over $250.  By law, any donation under $250 can be verified by canceled check or a credit card statement.  Return to top.

12.  Can you bill me for a donation?  No, we do not bill donors.  You can, however, make a monthly donation online or by using our offline donation form. Monthly donations have a minimum transaction amount of $5.  Return to top.

13.  Do you accept matching gifts?  Yes!  Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees.  To find out if your company offers matching gifts please contact your human resources department.  The impact of your gift to our organization may be doubled or possibly tripled!  If your donation is eligible to be matched, please request a matching gift form from your company and follow the instructions on the form.  Send the completed and signed form to the MessFest office and we'll do the rest.  Mail to: MessFest, Attn: Matching Gifts, PO Box 464, Rosemount, MN 55068.  Return to top.

14. Do matching gifts count towards my fundraising minimum?  Yes, however the donation (matching gift) doesn't count until the check arrives in our office or we receive a letter of confirmation from the actual company (which would need to be requested by the participant.)  Not all matching gift forms are actually approved by the company because of their matching guidelines/rules (for instance some companies do not support special events, or they only support educational institutions, etc).  If you are relying on a matching gift to qualify for a fundraising incentive, please make sure to follow up on the matching gift form with your human resources department ASAP.  Return to top.

15.  Is there a required fundraising minimum?  There is no required fundraising, however, fundraising is accepted and appreciate.  You can also qualify for great fundraising incentives.  Return to top.

16.  When do you stop collecting donations for the event?  Did you receive additional donations after the event?  Mail them in and we'll still enter them in to your account.  Return to top.


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