Donor FAQ

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Q. What is a giving day?

A giving day is an online giving event that provides nonprofits the opportunity to gain exposure to new donors and brings people in our region together to raise money for local nonprofits.


Q. When is it?

Give BIG Green Bay will take place on Feb 20 & 21 from noon to noon.


Q. Who can donate?

Anyone with a credit card and access to the internet.


Q. What forms of donations are accepted?

MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express donations received through the website on the giving day will be matched from the bonus pool on a prorated basis.


Q. Is my donation tax-deductible?

When donations are received through the website, a receipt is automatically generated for the gross amount of your gift and emailed to the address you provide. Your tax professional can advise you on the tax deductibility of the donation.


Q. Will I receive a receipt for tax purposes?

Yes. You will automatically receive an emailed receipt acknowledging your gift.


Q. Is there a minimum gift?

There is a $10 minimum donation.


Q. May I pay a pledge with my gift?

Because Give BIG Green Bay is designed to generate new support, we are unable to accept gifts to pay off existing pledges.


Q. Is there a donation deadline?

Donations through Give BIG Green Bay begin at noon on Wednesday, February 20 and end at noon on Thursday, February 21, 2019. All on-line donations made during this timeframe qualify for matching funds. If you miss the Give BIG Green Bay event, we encourage you to donate directly to the nonprofit of your choice. It’s important that we continue to support nonprofits year ‘round to build a thriving and healthy community.


Q. Will there be a match of my donation?

The Green Bay Packers Foundation provided a $250,000 grant to create a matching pool of funds. This year the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation will underwrite all program expenses allowing the entire $250,000 to be allocated as matching funds.

Once an organization raises $1,000, it is guaranteed at least $1,000 in matching funds thanks to a commitment by Janet and Charlie Lieb. Additionally, the J. J. Keller Foundation has provided three $5,000 bonus prizes to the nonprofits in budget categories, small medium and large, that secure the greatest number of unique donors. Bellin Health has also provided three $2,500 bonus prizes to the nonprofits, in these budget categories, that raise the most dollars. Bonus prizes are independent of the match dollars.

At the completion of Give BIG Green Bay, the Community Foundation will determine each nonprofit’s proportionate share of the matching funds by dividing the total amount each organization raised by the total amount raised by all participating nonprofits. This amount will then be multiplied by the total amount of matching funds.

For example, if a nonprofit receives 10% of the total amount of money raised in the 24-hour period, that same organization will receive 10% of the available matching funds. The match will be calculated after transaction fees are deducted from each donation.

Both foundations reserve the right to cap a single organization’s available matching funds should the result materially outweigh those of other organizations.


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

All donations made during Give BIG Green Bay are considered unrestricted gifts to the nonprofit.


Q. How much of the donation will go to the nonprofit?

All donations will be paid to the chosen organization net of credit card transaction and a portion of the processing fees paid to vendors - a total of 5.2% plus $0.30 per donation. For example, $94.50 of a $100 donation would go directly to the nonprofit organization before any match.You will have the option to cover the processing fees when they check out on the website.


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

If the organization is not listed on the site, they are not participating in the event this year.


Q. How were the participating nonprofits selected?

All eligible nonprofit organizations met the following requirements:

  • A 501(c)(3) organization or a governmental entity
  • Primarily serve Brown County residents
  • Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, etc.
  • Provide direct support to clients

The goal in creating the participant pool included balancing community services, reach and organizational size while also ensuring the program remains a platform for community awareness and education of the important role nonprofits play in our community.


Q. Who will receive my contact information?

The organization(s) you choose to support will have access to your name and email address. This information is used solely to send thank you messages, provide the option to receive future notifications, and notify you of future activities.


Q. What if I don't want to share my contact information?

You have the option to make your gift anonymous. If you choose this option, the nonprofits will not receive any of your personal information.


Q. Can I make donations via a mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit giveBIGgreenbay.org


Q. What is a "unique donor"?

For the purposes of awarding prizes, a unique donor is one individual or corporation/business. Multiple donations from one donor to the same nonprofit will count as one gift. Organizations cannot donate to themselves.