FAQs for School Administrators


Getting Started

  1. How do I register my public school on GiveMN?

    The school administrator of any public school can register for an official fundraising page on GiveMN. School administrators can register by completing the form found here. Click "Public Schools: Get Started" to download the registration form.

  2. What if my school is a 501(c)(3) public charity?

    If you represent a school or organization that is a recognized 501(c)(3) charity, follow the prompt here to “Get Started” on GiveMN.

  3. What if my school is a faith-based organization that is automatically tax-exempt and does not have to file with the IRS?

    If you represent a faith-based school, church or other organization which is not required to file with the IRS, please use the “Get Started” button for 501(c)(3) organization sign up here.

  4. Does it cost anything to use GiveMN?

    No, there are no subscription or setup fees associated with registration or creating a fundraising page. These are all provided free of charge, and it only takes a few minutes to get started.

How Donations Work

  1. How and when will a school receive funds that are donated through GiveMN?

    Razoo Foundation makes advised grants to approved charities each month on or around the 10th of the following month. For example, if an advised donation was made on January 20 through GiveMN, an approved school would normally receive the funds on or around February 10. Grant checks are mailed to the approved organization’s address on file with GiveMN unless the organization has set up an electronic funds transfer (EFT). If you have questions about disbursements or how donations work, please contact support@razoo.com.

  2. How can a school set up an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)?

    If a school is interested in receiving its monthly disbursement via EFT, a school administrator can go here to sign up: www.givemn.org/eft

  3. Does a school that receives grants from Razoo Foundation need to issue tax receipts to its donors for GiveMN donations?

    No, donors using GiveMN will receive an email containing the official charitable contribution tax receipt from Razoo Foundation within a few minutes of their online gift. However, GiveMN does encourage schools to send a thank you note to Razoo Foundation donors letting them know how awesome they are.

  4. Where do donors’ tax receipts come from?

    Tax-deductible receipts are issued by Razoo Foundation via email normally within a few minutes of each online gift, For a duplicate receipt, donors who have registered with Razoo can check their online account and download and print duplicate copies. Donors may also request a duplicate receipt by emailing donations@razoo.com with their full name, date of donation, designated school, and donation amount. Alternatively GiveMN’s Customer Support Team can also issue duplicate receipts for all donations made through GiveMN.

  5. Why do the donation receipts reference the Razoo Foundation?

    The Razoo Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity that operates a donor advised fund. It is Razoo Foundation’s normal practice to regrant 95.1% of a donor-advised contribution to the qualifying organization advised by the donor, and to retain 4.9% for Razoo Foundation’s expenses (including credit card transaction costs). Advised regrants to the approved organization are generally made on the 10th of the month following receipt of the advised contribution. Razoo Foundation issues a tax receipt to donors (contributions are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers to the full extent permitted by law).

  6. What is Razoo Foundation?

    Razoo Foundation is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) public charity. Funds that you raise on GiveMN are receipted as a charitable contribution to Razoo Foundation’s donor advised fund.

  7. What is a donor advised fund?

    Donor Advised Funds or “DAFs” are defined by a 2006 Act of Congress. In essence, a sponsoring charity (eg. Razoo Foundation) maintains a fund to which donors may make a tax-deductible contribution and advise the sponsoring charity as to which qualified organizations they wish those funds to be regranted. Regrants may be made to other public charities or qualified organizations, including government entities such as public schools.

  8. How can I view a donation report for the school I represent?

    To view a grant report and view donor contact information, you must be the administrator of your school’s listing on GiveMN. First, log in to your GiveMN user account, the navigate to your school’s listing. From the page’s menu, choose ‘Donations,’ where you can view a report online or download it as a .csv file. Also included is a link to view your school’s disbursement report. You will be able to view the date and status of grant checks which have been issued by to your school.

Fundraising Rules and Guidelines

  1. What items can I describe on the fundraising page as needing financial support?

    You can highlight any item that would further the bona fide educational purposes of the school, such as library books, new playground equipment, sports / physical education equipment, band instruments, stage sets and props, classroom computers, projectors, and other communications and IT equipment, as well as the maintenance of any school owned real property.

  2. What types of school fundraising events may I promote?

    You may promote various types of fundraising events (e.g., sporting events such as walkathons), provided that 100% of the funds raised are serving charitable purposes and there is no monetary benefit being provided to participants and donors.

  3. May the school fundraise for a school field trip?

    Yes, if the donations (1) fund a school trip that serves the school’s bona fide educational purposes, and (2) are placed in a common fund for all students participating in that trip, and are distributed objectively based on need, academics, etc. and not on how much each student raised.

  4. May the school fundraise for equipment for students?

    Yes, if the donations (1) fund equipment that serves the school’s bona fide educational purposes, and (2) the equipment is owned by and returned to the school at the end of the academic period such as band instruments on loan to students (unless the equipment is normally fully depreciated or expended during the academic period such as team uniforms), and (3) are placed into a common fund that purchases equipment for students with distribution based objectively on need, academics, etc. and not on how much each student raised.

  5. May students fundraise for their own trips or activity expenses?

    Yes, if the donations (1) fund a school trip that serves the school's bona fide educational purposes, and (2) are placed in a common fund for all students participating in that trip, and (3) are distributed objectively based on the students' need, academics, etc. and not on how much each student raised, and (4) these guidelines are clearly communicated to prospective donors.

  6. May the school solicit donations by promising any gifts, tickets, or other personal benefits?

    No. Federal law prohibits a fundraiser from promising goods, services, and/or admissions to events in exchange for making a donation to a donor advised fund such as Razoo Foundation. While tax law makes an exception for small, token gifts (e.g., if the fair market value of the total items received by any one individual is less than $9.90) or a memorial gift recognizing the name of the donor (e.g., putting the name of the donor on a plaque), that exception may not extend to donor advised funds such as Razoo Foundation. Therefore Razoo Foundation and GiveMN discourage fundraisers from offering even such token gifts as an encouragement to give.

  7. May I use fundraising pages to sell event tickets and other products or auction items?

    No, GiveMN does not support the selling of tickets or providing prospective donors with any other goods or services. At this time, it is designed only as a means for advised donations to Razoo Foundation for the benefit of the approved school (or other charity). The donor of any online donation cannot receive, nor be promised to receive, any valuable goods or services as a result of such a donation.

  8. What if the donated funds benefit a private individual?

    The donations may fund items that (1) will be acquired by the school for bona fide educational purposes, (2) will be owned by the school (e.g., books which are returned at the end of the academic period), and (3) distributed based on objective academic / school purposes. Donations may not based on criteria such as how much a particular student raised, or what donors may have designated as a desired student recipient. Any personal benefit must be incidental.

  9. Can the school award a student or fundraiser who uses GiveMN to raise the most money in the class (i.e. award the student with a prize)?

    Yes if it is a token, incidental gift of less than $9.90, and it is clearly kept independent of any involvement/knowledge of the donor advised fund (e.g., free ice cream Friday, pizza party, etc.)

  10. Is the school legally obligated to use the funds in accordance with the designation by the donor?

    Although a school receiving a designated regrant will normally have many reasons to honor the donor’s stated preference for the use of the funds, the school in the exercise of its control and discretion over the funds may redirect a Razoo Foundation regrant to other more pressing needs that further its educational or charitable purposes. In other words, Razoo Foundation in furthering its mission to widen both charitable giving and activity, believes that the best happens by “free market” empowering. That means empowering donors to easily and efficiently fundraise for the charities they are passionate about. It also means empowering charities to engage in the charitable work they feel is most important without a third party micro managing those choices.

  11. How can I know if I am publishing appropriate content on my fundraising page?

    Please do:

    1. Post and share content that directly furthers your fundraising efforts.

    Please don’t:

    1. Infringe the copyright, trademark, publicity/privacy right, and/or other intellectual property or proprietary rights of any third party.
    2. Upload, post, share, or publish content that is commercial through the GiveMN or Razoo websites, including promotional material, advertising, or solicitation for goods or services.
    3. Post or upload false, indecent, defamatory, obscene, profane, tasteless, insensitive, objectionable content or content that would be illegal or violate the rights of any party or any law.
  12. Can friends and/or family create their own fundraising pages?

    Yes. Anyone age 13 and up can start a new fundraising page by clicking here.

  13. Our donors have questions about GiveMN or Razoo Foundation. How should I answer them?

    Customer Support for organizations and donors is available Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 6:00pm Eastern Time. You may contact a representative at 866 -437-1952 or support@razoo.com