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 opened Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Visit the Key Dates page to stay informed on other relevant Giving Challenge dates to mark on your calendar. Details on the registration process were 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 2022 Giving Challenge?

The deadline for nonprofit organizations to register to participate in the 2022 Giving Challenge was 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. The charge description on your credit card will be "GIVINGCHALLENGE2022"


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. 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 "GIVINGCHALLENGE2022"


Q. Are there fees involved?

The online gift processing fee for donations made on www.GivingChallenge.org with a credit or debit card is approximately 5%, standard for Give Day events across the country. This fee, which is charged by the online payment vendor GiveGab and credit card processing company, will be deducted from each contribution. You can choose to round up your donation to cover these fees during the checkout process.

There is 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 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.

Donors and Nonprofits do not need to worry about the backend system but can trust the Community Foundation and GiveGab are implementing trusted and tested algorithms along with human review to ensure donations that meet the above match requirements will be strengthened (matched) by The Patterson Foundation.

We want to remind donors and nonprofit organizations, The Patterson Foundation match is a generous gift made in the spirit of philanthropy and the benefits bestowed upon our community through charitable giving. Organizational participants are expected to participate in the Giving Challenge in accordance with the highest ethical standards of honesty, truthfulness, and integrity in all transactions, activities, and communications with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and GiveGab, Inc. Manipulating gifting in order to maximize matching gifts to an organization will not be permitted or tolerated. Any organization that does not comply with these standards may not be eligible to receive match money and/or prizes, and eligibility for future Giving Challenges will be in jeopardy.


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. What forms of payment are accepted?

Credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express) or debit card donations received during the 24-hour period (Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. through Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11:59:59 a.m.) online at www.GivingChallenge.org will apply to the rules of this online event. All donations are irrevocable (donations will not be refunded) and will be for the unrestricted use of your chosen nonprofit organization.


Q. Can I donate to multiple nonprofits in one transaction?

Yes! With the gift basket multi-give feature available for the 2022 Giving Challenge, donors have the opportunity to donate to up to ten nonprofit organizations in one transaction – entering their credit card information only one time. If you'd like to donate to more than 10 nonprofit organizations, simply repeat the process to begin a new gift basket transaction.


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. How will donations be distributed to nonprofit organizations?

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


Q. Who will receive my contact information?

The nonprofit organization(s) you choose to support will have access to your name, email and mailing address unless you check 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 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.


Q. What if I can't find my favorite Nonprofit on the website?

If you can't find them on the site, they may not be participating in the Giving Challenge this year. After the event, please encourage the nonprofit to contact us at Nonprofits@CFSarasota.org so we can be sure they are ready for future Giving Challenges.