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 next Giving Challenge?

The Giving Challenge is not an annual or guaranteed event. After every challenge the foundation partners come together to discuss outcomes, financial goals, and community need to determine when or if to host another Challenge.

The decision on future Giving Challenges has not been made yet. Join the monthly Nonprofit newsletter mailing list if you’re not already receiving to stay up-to-date on all of Community Foundation of Sarasota County events and announcements.

Q. Which organizations were 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. Did 2022 Giving Challenge donors receive a receipt for tax purposes?

Yes. Donors who made an online donation automatically received an emailed receipt acknowledging their gift after their online donation was complete. The email would have come from "Notifications@GiveGab.com." The charge description on your credit card would have been "GIVINGCHALLENGE2022".

Q. Were there fees involved for the 2022 Giving Challenge?

The online gift processing fee for donations made for the 2022 Giving Challenge on www.GivingChallenge.org with a credit or debit card was approximately 5%, standard for Give Day events across the country. This fee, which was charged by the online payment vendor GiveGab and credit card processing company, was deducted from each contribution. Donors could have chosen to round up their donation to cover these fees during the checkout process.

There was no fee for nonprofit organizations to participate. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County takes no fees, has granted $200,000 to incentivize giving, 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 Giving Challenge may not be made in exchange for goods, services, memberships, dues, tickets or other services or benefits.

Q. Was my donation matched?

To strengthen giving during the 2022 Giving Challenge (April 26-27), The Patterson Foundation (TPF) provided a 1:1 match for all unique donations, up to $100 per donor, per organization made online with a credit or debit card.

There was no limit to the number of individual matches from unique donors a nonprofit organization could receive during the 2022 Giving Challenge.

There was no limit to the number of nonprofit organizations a donor could 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. 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. How were donations distributed to nonprofit organizations?

Each 2022 Giving Challenge online donation made to a participating nonprofit organization was disbursed directly from The Community Foundation of Sarasota County via a check by July 1, 2022.

Q. Who received my contact information?

The nonprofit organization(s) you chose to support via an online donation for the 2022 Giving Challenge will have access to your name, email and mailing address unless you checked the box 'hide my name from this organization and the public' to remain anonymous.

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 was the host for the 2022 Giving Challenge and is the host for The Giving Partner.

Q. What if I couldn’t find my favorite Nonprofit on the Giving Challenge website?

If you couldn't find them on the 2022 Giving Challenge website, they may not have participated in the 2022 Giving Challenge. Please encourage the nonprofit to contact us at Nonprofits@CFSarasota.org so we can be sure they are ready for future Giving Challenges.