Frequently Asked Questions

 

General Donations

How do I donate money to The Mission Continues?

In order to make a donation online, please visit www.missioncontinues.org/donate.

Donations can also be mailed to our national headquarters:

The Mission Continues

1141 South 7th Street

St. Louis, MO 63104

Please remember to include a return mailing address and/or a valid email address in order to receive a receipt for taxation or other record-keeping purposes.

 

Is my donation tax-deductable?

The Mission Continues is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so your donation is tax-deductable as a charitable contribution to the extent allowed by law. In order to qualify for deduction, donors will need to save their donation receipt.  The Mission Continues makes no guarantee and is not responsible for undocumented or altered claims inconsistent with our records.

What is The Mission Continues’ Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Tax ID number?

The Mission Continues’ Employer Identification Number (EIN) and tax ID number is #20-8742553.

 

What percentage of my donation goes directly toward programming?

At The Mission Continues, we strive to keep our administrative and fundraising costs low.  Based on our audited financial statements ending December 31, 2013, 86 percent of total expenditures went directly toward programming.

 

What forms of payment does The Mission Continues accept?

We accept monetary contributions in the form of check, credit card or money order.  We accept all major credit cards.  Additionally, we can accept stock donations. NOTE: If you make a stock donation, you must notify The Mission Continues so that we can properly receipt you for your contribution. To find out more about making a stock donation, please call (314) 571-6207.

 

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

You will receive either a paper or email receipt as acknowledgement for your donation.

 

Can I make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one?

Donations made in honor of a loved one are always welcome. If you wish to mail in your memorial or honorary donation, please be sure to download and fill out a donation form to include with your check or credit card information. Currently, our online system does not have the functionality to accept donations made in honor or in memory of someone, but we are happy to inform others of your donation if you call us at 314-571-6172 or email development@missioncontinues.org.

If posting our address for an obituary requesting donations be sent to The Mission Continues in lieu of flowers, please use the following contact information:

The Mission Continues

1141 South 7th Street

St. Louis, MO 63104

 

I would like to sign up to make a monthly gift.  How can I do this?

The option of giving a recurring, monthly contribution is available through our online donation form at www.missioncontinues.org/donate.   By selecting this option, an automatic contribution will be made on the same day each month for the period of time you enter, but you can contact us to cancel the monthly charge at any time.

 

Do you have a matching gifts program?

Yes, The Mission Continues accepts matching gifts.  Matching gifts are any easy way to double the dollars you donate to support The Mission Continues.  Many people don’t realize that their employers will match gifts made to our organization.  In many cases, you can double your donation just by filling out a simple form.  Please check with your employer to see if they match employee contributions.

 

How can I donate my car, home, or other property?

We do not currently accept donations in the form of personal property.  Donations of this variety can potentially raise significant practical and legal problems.  If you have questions regarding a potential contribution, please contact our development department directly at development@missioncontinues.org.

 

Can I make a restricted gift to The Mission Continues?

The Mission Continues does not accept restricted gifts under $1,000 unless approved by our Gift Acceptance Committee.  For more information, please contact the development department directly at development@missioncontinues.org.

 

I can’t find The Mission Continues on Guidestar or Charity Navigator. Why not?

We are listed on Guidestar as Center for Citizen Leadership. We have a Doing Business As (DBA) for The Mission Continues, and we are in the process of legally changing our name to The Mission Continues. Our organization is waiting to be evaluated by Charity Navigator. For our Form 990 or audited financial statements, please click here. If you need additional financial information from The Mission Continues, please email us at development@missioncontinues.org.

 

Is The Mission Continues a member of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)?

Yes, The Mission Continues is a member of the Combined Federal Campaign, and our CFC number is #46324.
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Grassroots Fundraising / Team Mission Continues

Can I host a fundraising event to support The Mission Continues?

Yes!  We would be happy to work with you in setting up your own fundraising event.  Please contact the development department directly at teammissioncontinues@missioncontinues.org to get started.

 

Can I create a personalized donation page?

A great way to spread the word about your fundraising efforts is through our online fundraising module. This personalized page describes the fundraiser and your efforts, and makes a great marketing tool! You can even send supporters an email with a special link to your personalized page.  Your supporters will be able to donate online directly to your event. There are many great features you can adjust to your own preference with the personalized donation page.  To create your fundraising page, click here. 

 

Who should I approach if I need a sponsor for my event?

Our supporters have had success asking local companies and the local branches of larger companies for support.  Think about what local companies, restaurants, etc. would benefit from getting their name out in support of a local philanthropic effort.  Samples of donation request letters can be found in our Fundraising Toolkit. 

 

Can The Mission Continues issue a receipt for my event’s sponsors?

The Mission Continues cannot issue tax receipts for your event’s sponsors, nor can The Mission Continues accept sponsor funds and funnel those funds back to the event organizer. 

 

Can The Mission Continues issue a receipt for donated goods or services to my fundraiser?

The Mission Continues cannot issue tax receipts for the value of an individual’s time, goods or services donated to your fundraising event, as these items are not deductible under federal tax law and therefore are not eligible for a tax receipt. We can only acknowledge checks written to The Mission Continues directly. 

 

Can I accept donations and then write The Mission Continues one check from my personal account?

No, you should not use this method.  If you deposit donations into your account, the IRS will consider that deposit income in your account and tax you on it.  Also, because the check is from your account, we will not be able to issue your donors tax receipts for their gifts.

 

What should I do with cash donations?

It is never safe to mail cash.  Have cash donors (or yourself) fill out a cash donation form with the donor’s contact information and donation amount.  Transfer the cash into a cashier’s check and mail both the cashier’s check and the cash donation form to The Mission Continues.

 

Can I get some Mission Continues materials for my fundraising event?

Upon request, The Mission Continues would be happy to provide you with brochures, cash donation forms, and other Mission Continues materials.  To request these materials, please contact a member of the Development Team at teammissioncontinues@missioncontinues.org.

 

Can The Mission Continues help promote my event in the media?

While we cannot directly promote your event in the media, we offer tools on dealing with the media in our Fundraising Toolkit. You will find a sample press release and tips on pitching various media outlets. Please make sure to share the final draft of your press release with us.

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