When does submission period end?
Deadline to submit is 3pm CST Friday, April 15, 2011.
When is the voting period?
The voting period is from April 18 – May 18, 2011. Winners will be announced by the end of the day Friday, May 20, 2011.
How does voting work?
An individual IP network is allowed 5 votes per day. You can either distribute your 5 votes among multiple contenders or award all 5 of your votes to one. And yes, you can come back each day of the voting period and vote again.
What information will be displayed for my submission on the voting platform?
1. The photo you uploaded.
2. Your name (or that of your immediate family or family member, pet or baby). *Last names not required.
3. The name of the Dane County 501(c)(3) non-profit charity you support.
*All additional information entered will remain private and will only be used for contest administration. We will not sell your information or spam you later for any reason.
I’m shy and don’t feel comfortable putting my name or face on a public forum. Can I still participate?
You Bet! That’s the fun of it, you can submit your pet or baby as a champion for your charity as well. Your personal information is confidential and the main requirements are that you provide a valid email address and that you are at least 18-years-old (the person in the picture doesn’t have to be 18 or old, but you have to be).
If I upload a picture that isn’t who I say it is or is copyrighted by a third party, will I be disqualified?
Yes. Any fraudulent, copyrighted or submissions not in the spirit of the contest will be disqualified.
What if someone else is already a “champion” for a charity I want to represent?
Great! We encourage multiple champions for each charity. But to be clear, it’s the individual participants with the most votes at the end of the contest that win the donation on behalf of the charity not the aggregate amount of votes a charity has received from multiple participants who champion them.
What if I win and I want to donate the iPad 2‡ to my charity as well?
Great question! Yes, you can do whatever you want with your iPad 2‡ if you win, including donating it to charity.
‡iPad 2 is a trademark of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
What non-profits are eligible for the prize money?
While we want this to be a celebration of non-profits, only charities classified as Dane County, Wisconsin 501(c)(3) non-profits are eligible for the cash donations.
What qualifies as a 501(c)(3) non-profit?
To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.
Organizations described in section 501(c)(3) are commonly referred to as charitable organizations. Organizations described in section 501(c)(3), other than testing for public safety organizations, are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with Code section 170.
The organization must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, and no part of a section 501(c)(3) organization's net earnings may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
For complete information, please visit www.IRS.gov.
Do I need to be a member of a non-profit to champion one for the contest?
Not at all! We encourage anyone to be a champion for a Dane County non-profit that they support. Please note that the organization itself must be located in Dane County, Wisconsin.
Do I have to live in Dane County, Wisconsin to vote?
No. We want all of your supporters and that of the organization that you’re fighting for to participate.