Frequently Asked Questions

Please review some of our most frequently asked questions and answers below.
If you find you still need information, please contact nonprofit@csmd.edu and we will be happy to assist!


INDIVIDUAL DONOR FAQS

What is SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES?

Southern Maryland is a great place to live. People who live here are hard-working, generous, and dedicated. Our area is rich in natural resources and enjoys a thriving economy. We also benefit from a large network of nonprofit organizations that meet our region’s critical services and most basic needs. Our nonprofit organizations are well positioned to create opportunity and solutions to local challenges. However, one thing all 501(c)(3)s have in common is the need for ongoing financial support to make their mission a reality or to finance unique one-time projects.

Southern Maryland Gives, an online fundraising platform powered by Razoo and sponsored by the Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM), was created to foster the spirit of giving back to our beloved Southern Maryland community.

Southern Maryland Gives portal will easily connect you to participating local nonprofit organizations as well as highlight several Featured Fundraiser Projects each month that are looking for immediate support.

We want to make giving back easy. We’re inviting people of all ages and any size wallet to participate. This one-stop giving portal allows you to make a quick, secure donation to local nonprofits working hard to improve Southern Maryland.

Join the home team. Visit Southern Maryland Gives often. Support your favorite causes or discover a new one. Live Here. Give Here. It feels good.

Do I need to have an account with Razoo to donate?

No, you do not need to create an account to make a donation. However, if you plan to give multiple times, creating an account means you only have to enter your credit card information once. Your account also collects your tax receipts in one location, enables you to track your donation, review the charities you support, and schedule future giving.

About Your Donation:

The minimum donation on SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES is $5.00. There is no maximum donation. Contributions can be made via credit, debit, or via PayPal. Checks are not accepted for this online giving portal. 100% of your online charitable gift is receipted as a charitable contribution to Razoo Foundation, advised for regrant to your chosen charity. Donors have the option during the check-out process to cover platform fees, which allows for 100% of their donation to the advised nonprofit otherwise 93.1% less $0.30 of your donation will be disbursed to nonprofits participating in SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES. All donations on www.southernmaryland.org are made to the Razoo Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that permits donors to advise a regranting of their donations to qualified charitable organizations. All donations are final and cannot be refunded. Donations go right to the charity of your choice. The Nonprofit Institute/SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES does not receive any donations.

How do I get a tax receipt?

Your tax receipt is e-mailed to you immediately by Razoo Foundation upon successful processing of your donation. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please retain your email donation receipt as an official record.

Can I use PayPal to make a donation on SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES?

Yes! PayPal is available for one-time donation transactions (https://razoosupport.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/201711694-New-Payment-Option-PayPal-). Once you’ve selected a donation amount, simply choose ‘PayPal’ as your payment option in Step 2 of the checkout process.

Who will receive my contact information?

The organization you choose to support will receive donor name and contact information, unless the donor chooses to make an anonymous contribution. As host of SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES, The Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland will receive contact information for donors who participate in SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES and do not give choose to anonymously at the time of their donation. This information is used solely to thank the donor for participating, provide the option to opt-in to receiving future notifications from SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES and to notify the donor of future SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES activities.

Can I make a donation on SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES to an organization from my mobile device?

Yes. SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES mobile facilitates quick, easy and secure donations on all web-enabled mobile devices and is a great tool for donors for giving on the go! Simply visit www.southernmarylandgives.org on any web-enabled mobile device to make a donation.


NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS FAQS

What is SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES?

Your organization is invited to join a dynamic new way to connect with donors. Southern Maryland Gives, a fundraising platform powered by Razoo, is an initiative of the Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). Want to learn more about the Institute?

The vision for Southern Maryland Gives is to advance the fundraising efforts of our region's charities to include effective online appeals and to cultivate a community eager to support local projects. We believe strong nonprofits equal strong communities.

In addition to creating awareness and connecting donors to our region's wide range of 501(c)(3) organizations which will be listed and available to support continuously, Southern Maryland Gives will highlight up to eight Featured Fundraisers each month. Featured Fundraisers are special projects that need support now. Donors will be able to see immediate impact --- by funding a much-needed wheelchair-accessible ramp, supporting a special arts performance, or building a trail, for example. They’ll discover it is powerful to give where they live.

The Nonprofit Institute is dedicated to this vital initiative. We’ve committed our resources so that your organization can participate and be successful. We partnered with Razoo because we’ve participated in online giving events powered by their platform and were impressed with the secure and easy to use tools.

Who can participate in SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES?

501(c)3 legally IRS registered nonprofit organizations located in Charles County, MD; St. Mary’s County, MD and nonprofits serving the tri-county area are eligible to receive donations. Please note that private non-operating foundations cannot receive donations on Razoo.com and are therefore not eligible to participate. Why not Calvert County based organizations? Simply because The Nonprofit Institute is funded by the Charles and St. Mary’s County governments to support strong nonprofits within their districts. At this time, we do not receive funding from Calvert County, MD. Donations through SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES to nonprofit organizations are tax deductible and irrevocable (donations will not be refunded). Contributions can be made via credit, debit, and PayPal.

About Donations:

Nonprofits receive 93.1% less $0.30 of each donation. Donors can opt to cover transaction costs at the time of the donation, so that nonprofits will receive 100%. All donations on www.southernmaryland.org are made to the Razoo Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that permits donors to advise a regranting of their donations to qualified charitable organizations. The Nonprofit Institute/SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES does not receive any donations.

Can I sell tickets to a fundraising event through this tool?

Unfortunately, the platform is not designed to sell tickets to events. Share your information with the SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES social media outlets and we will happy to promote your organization’s event.


COMMUNITY SUPPORTER FAQS

How can my business/organization support this initiative?

Let’s invest in Southern Maryland together! Love this idea and want to help spread the word? Here’s what you can do! Post a “Proud Supporter of SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES” logo on your website, printed materials, e-mails and social media encouraging your employees, members and supporters to give locally.

Can my business/organization give money directly to SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES?

You can support SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES by donating directly to our participating 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations! Do you have a designated dollar amount to donate each month? Each month we feature up to nine projects that need support. Choose a Featured Fundraiser (or a few) and help these organizations get what they need to serve the community. Host a special fundraising event (Blue Jean Fridays, Bake Sale etc) to support one of our Featured Fundraisers. Get creative. Print t-shirts or pens with the Southern Maryland Gives logo and help create awareness. We are happy to partner with you! Contact the Southern Maryland Gives team and let’s do good things together!


Rules

Participation: Any individual may donate. Donations made through www.southernmarylandgives.org to nonprofit organizations and registered public schools are 100% tax deductible and irrevocable. Donations will not be refunded. Contributions may only be made via credit, debit, or via PayPal. Checks are not accepted for this online giving portal.

Eligibility for donations: 501(c)3 legally IRS registered nonprofit organizations located in Charles County, MD; St. Mary’s County, MD and nonprofits serving the region are eligible to receive donations. Please note that private non-operating foundations cannot receive donations on Razoo.com and are therefore not eligible to participate.

Minimum donation: The minimum donation on SOUTHERN MARYLAND GIVES is $5.00. There is no maximum donation.