FAQ


General Questions

Q. What is the Giving Challenge?

The Giving Challenge is an online giving event that provides nonprofits the opportunity to gain exposure to -- and start relationships with -- new donors, and for people in our region to come together to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits. To learn more about the history of the Giving Challenge, click here


Q. When is the Giving Challenge?

The next Giving Challenge will take place on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 12:00 PM through Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 11:59:59 AM.


Q. Which organizations are eligible to participate in the 2024 Giving Challenge?

501(c)(3) public charities who serve in one or more of the following counties: Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and/or DeSoto and that have demonstrated transparency with an updated profile in The Giving Partner (www.thegivingpartner.org) by 5:00 pm EST Jan 12, 2024.


Q. How can I stay up to date on what's happening?

Visit the Key Dates page to stay informed on relevant Giving Challenge dates to mark on your calendar. Details will also be communicated on www.GivingChallenge.org and through the Community Foundation's monthly Nonprofit Newsletter. Sign up for Nonprofit News here.


Q. I have questions – who can answer them?

The Giving Challenge has partnered with the giving day platform, GiveGab/Bonterra. On the GivingChallenge.org website, click on the blue chat bubble at the bottom right-hand corner of any page and enter your email address and your question for the GiveGab/Bonterra tech support team. You can also email your Giving Challenge question to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County team at GivingChallenge@CFSarsaota.org.

For Nonprofit Organizations

Q. When does registration for nonprofit organizations open for the 2024 Giving Challenge?

Giving Challenge 2024 registration for nonprofit organizations will open on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Learn more about how to best prepare here

Visit the Key Dates page to stay informed on other relevant Giving Challenge dates to mark on your calendar. Details on the registration process will be communicated on www.GivingChallenge.org and through the Community Foundation's monthly Nonprofit Newsletter. Sign up for Nonprofit News here.


Q. When does registration for nonprofit organizations close for the 2024 Giving Challenge?

The deadline for nonprofit organizations to register to participate in the 2024 Giving Challenge is 5:00 pm EST Friday, January 12, 2024. Visit the Key Dates page to stay informed on other relevant Giving Challenge dates to mark on your calendar.


Q. How do I participate in the 2024 Giving Challenge?

Download this 8 Steps To Success infographic which details key action steps your organization can begin to take today to prepare for participating in the 2024 Giving Challenge.


Q. Which organizations are eligible to participate in the 2024 Giving Challenge?

501(c)(3) public charities who serve in one or more of the following counties: Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and/or DeSoto county and that have demonstrated transparency with an updated profile in The Giving Partner (www.thegivingpartner.org) by 5:00 pm EST Jan 12, 2024.

Questions regarding The Giving Partner or your nonprofit organization's profile in The Giving Partner? Contact the GiveGab/Bonterra support team by clicking on the blue chat bubble at the bottom right-hand corner of The Giving Partner or Giving Challenge webpage and enter your email address and your question, or the Community Foundation of Sarasota County team via email at Nonprofits@CFSarasota.org.


Q. How can I stay up to date on what's happening?

Visit the Key Dates page to stay informed on relevant Giving Challenge dates to mark on your calendar. Details will also be communicated on www.GivingChallenge.org and through the Community Foundation's monthly Nonprofit Newsletter. Sign up for Nonprofit News here.

Nonprofit leaders and volunteers can join the Facebook group The Giving Partner Huddle for additional updates and reminders about the 2024 Giving Challenge. Click here to join the Facebook group.

For Donors

Q. Who can donate?

Anyone with a credit card or debit card and access to the internet may donate. Donations through the Giving Challenge online portal to charitable nonprofit organizations are 100% tax-deductible. The charge description on your credit card will be "GIVINGCHALLENGE2024."


Q. Can I make donations via a mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit www.GivingChallenge.org on your mobile device during the 24 hours of the Giving Challenge – Tuesday, April 9, 2024 12:00 PM through Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 11:59:59 AM.


Q. Is there a minimum donation?

Donations of $25 or more are accepted on www.GivingChallenge.org and are 100% tax-deductible.


Q. Will I receive a receipt for tax purposes?

Yes. You will automatically receive an emailed receipt acknowledging your gift after you make an online donation. The email will come from "Notifications@GiveGab.com." The charge description on your credit card will be "GIVINGCHALLENGE2024."


Q. As a donor, can I receive a benefit for giving?

Donations in the 2024 Giving Challenge may not be made in exchange for goods, services, memberships, dues, tickets or other services or benefits.


Q. Will my donation be matched?

To strengthen giving during the 2024 Giving Challenge (April 9-10), The Patterson Foundation (TPF) will provide a 1:1 match for all unique donations, up to $100 per donorper organization made online with a credit or debit card.

There is no limit to the number of individual matches from unique donors a nonprofit organization can receive during the 2024 Giving Challenge.

There is no limit to the number of nonprofit organizations a donor can give to and still get matched.


Q. Can a donor give multiple times and qualify for The Patterson Foundation match?

A donor is defined as one individual. Individuals who are reimbursed by any funding source for making a donation are ineligible for matching. Nonprofit organizations are prohibited from donating to themselves.


Q. May I designate how a nonprofit uses my gift?

All donations made during the Giving Challenge are considered unrestricted gifts to the nonprofit organization.


Q. Is the site secure?

Secure donations for the Giving Challenge are provided through GiveGab to each donor entering their own credit card information directly on the giving site. Any third party who enters credit card information on behalf of a donor, by their actions of entering any such credit card information on behalf of a donor has signified their agreement with the sponsoring foundations and organizations of the Giving Challenge 1.) to assume all risk of loss and any liability associated with such transaction and 2.) to indemnify each of the sponsoring foundations and nonprofit organizations of the Giving Challenge against any and all risk of loss and any liability associated with such transaction.


Q. What is GiveGab?

GiveGab, which is becoming Bonterra, is a nonprofit giving platform that helps nonprofits to raise money, engage donors and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. GiveGab offers a full portfolio of simple and easy to use products that allows organizations to function in a more streamlined manner. The GiveGab platform is the host for both the Giving Challenge and The Giving Partner since 2020. 


Q. Do I need to create an account with GiveGab?

No. You do not need to create an account to make a donation. The benefits of creating an account include having your tax receipts collected in one location, being able to track your donations, follow the charities you support, and engage in future volunteering and donations. Your tax receipt is emailed immediately upon processing your donation. To claim a donation as a deduction on U.S. taxes, you should retain the donation receipt as an official record.