FAQ


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 26, 2022 at 12:00 PM through Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11:59:59 AM.


Q. Which organizations are eligible to participate in the 2022 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 a profile in The Giving Partner (www.thegivingpartner.org) reflecting an Approved/Current status.


Q. When does registration for nonprofit organizations open for the 2022 Giving Challenge?

2022 Giving Challenge registration for nonprofit organizations opens Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Visit the Key Dates page to stay informed on other relevant Giving Challenge dates to mark on your calendar. More details on the registration process will be forthcoming 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 2022 Giving Challenge?

The deadline for nonprofit organizations to register to participate in the 2022 Giving Challenge is 5:00 pm EST Monday, February 28, 2022. Visit the Key Dates page to stay informed on other relevant Giving Challenge dates to mark on your calendar.


Q. Who can donate?

Anyone with a credit card and access to the internet.


Q. Can I make donations via a mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit www.GivingChallenge.org on your mobile device.


Q. Is there a minimum donation?

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


Q. Are there fees involved?

There is no fee for nonprofit organizations to participate. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County takes no fees and donates hundreds of hours of administrative support to make the event possible.


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

Donations in the 2022 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 2022 Giving Challenge (April 26-27), The Patterson Foundation (TPF) will provide a 1:1 match for all unique donations, up to $100 per donor, per 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 2022 Giving Challenge.

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

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. Can a donor give multiple times and qualify for the match or to help nonprofit organizations qualify for the grants for “the most donors?

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 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 2022 Giving Challenge and The Giving Partner.


Q. Do I need to create an account with GiveGab to donate to the Giving Challenge?

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.