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1. What is the WCGN dues policy?

1. What is the WCGN dues policy?
Dues must be paid in full by June 15. The WCGN Treasurer may grant an extension until September 15. Requests for extensions must be made by email to the WCGN Treasurer by May 15.  Member organizations should plan to pay dues for 2018-2019 by June 15, 2018.

Member organizations which have not paid dues on time will have suspended benefits, including access to member pages of the WCGN website and participation in programs.
Lapsed Memberships can be reinstated at the time dues are paid in full.

Click here for the full policy.

2. When are dues for returning member organizations renewed?
Dues invoices are sent April 30 and are due by June 15 for the upcoming year. WCGN's fiscal year is July 1-June 30. Instructions for renewals are here.

3. How much does my organization pay if we join as a new member mid-year? 
We don't prorate dues. New members joining between July 1 and April 15 pay $200 for the current year. New members joining between April 15 and June 30 pay $200 dues to cover the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1, but membership benefits are extended immediately. 

4. Can I pay dues by credit card or by check?
Dues payments must be made online using PayPal or a credit card. We are unable to accept checks for membership dues. 

5. Are dues tax deductible? 
If an individual pays dues on behalf of her organization, then the dues can be considered a donation and are eligible for a tax deduction to the extent of IRS guidelines. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $250 or more per IRS guidelines.

6. Can matching funds be applied toward dues? 
Matching funds will not be considered as a contribution toward dues. However, dues paid by an individual may be matched by an employer and the match will be considered as an unrestricted operating donation to WCGN. Donations toward operating costs are greatly appreciated! Contact us if you need information for your company's matching form. 

*Please note that the IRS ignores apostrophes so we are filed under "Womens Collective Giving Grantmakers Network" and our virtual organization is incorporated in Charlotte, NC.

7. What do membership dues pay for?
Dues pay for WCGN's modest operating expenses, such as website and communications fees, webinars, and conference support. 

8. Are dues the only revenue for WCGN?
The network's founders funded WCGN's operations in its first five years. WCGN was the appreciative recipient of pro-bono legal services to file for our nonprofit status in 2013, as well as a generous grant to initiate the application. The founding board contributed seed money the first year until dues were collected. 

Since then, we annually pursue additional revenue through corporate sponsorships and gratefully accept donations. 

9. What is WCGN's budget?
WCGN has a modest budget which is larger in conference years. Our Board of Directors operates as both a working board and a governance board and organizational operations are supported entirely by their volunteer efforts.

10. If a host organization, like a Community Foundation, has more than one giving group in its portfolio, can they pay for one WCGN membership and include all of their collective giving groups?

No. While a Community Foundation, or other fiscal sponsor or host, may have paid for an organization's WCGN membership, this dues payment funds only one group. The membership belongs to the organization which is identified in the applicant's profile at the onset, not the payee, and there is no option to add a second group.  

If additional groups affiliated with this host want to join WCGN, we would be happy to talk to them about membership.  

11. If my organization joins off cycle (memberships begin July 1) will our dues be prorated?

No, unless this is an Emerging Membership (read policy here). However, if a new Organization Membership is initiated between April 15 and June 30, dues cover the upcoming fiscal year AND also include immediate membership for the remainder of the current fiscal year. 

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