FAQ’s for donors
When is GiveBIG this year? Wed, May 10th, from 12am-12am
Can I schedule my donation in advance? Yes! Visit our giveBIG page and schedule your donation anytime after April 27th. Your transaction will not be processed until May 10th.
Can I designate my donation to be applied to certain program(s)? Of course- just put a note in the box at the bottom of the form to indicate which program(s) you’d like your donations to go to.
I heard Seattle Foundation discontinued their stretch pool- what is the benefit to non-profits by participating in GiveBIG now? Yes, the Foundation discontinued the stretch pool, but we still use the event as a catalyst for philanthropy in the spring. Because so many people are aware of giveBIG, it helps us to participate and draw people to us to learn more and give. Additionally, There’s a $350,000 pool called “Dollars for Change” that replaces the “Golden Ticket” of years past- The Golden Tickets were issued when participating non-profits were drawn at random throughout the day to receive $1,000 in addition to their giveBIG earnings. This new pool will draw random DONORS and they will be able to designate $2,500 to the non-profit of their choice. If you give to Parkview on this day via the giveBIG page, you could be one of the lucky donors chosen.
But what about the extra money we got through the stretch pool? The stretch pool wasn’t a match- it was 5-7% of the total donations we collected every year, which was just enough to cover the processing fees. This means we have to take care of the fees (4.3% this year) ourselves unless you click the box to cover your donation fee, which we really appreciate. Also, Parkview’s Board has developed a match pool of $1,400 to help offset the loss of the stretch pool. This means each Board Member contributes to a pool (outside of the giveBIG site, so no fees are taken from it), and with this pool they match all donations made up to the total amount of the pool, which is at $1,400 this year.
Are my donations tax deductible? Yes, and you’ll get a receipt when you make your payment and a thank you letter within a week of the event.
Can I give to more than one non-profit in one transaction? Yes! There’s a new “shopping cart feature,” so you can donate to all of your favorite NPOs in one go.
Other things to know
- The minimum donation amount is $10.00. There is no maximum.
- You can do an employer match with your donation, just give us the info in the notes section of the donation form.
- To be counted towards our giveBIG total, we need our donations to be made online via our page at Seattle Foundation, but if you’d like to avoid the processing fee, we’d gladly accept a mailed check. All donations are welcome.
- You may donate anonymously.
- You may donate via your Donor Advised Fund at Seattle Foundation
- We are very thankful for your support!
If you have other questions about giveBIG, contact Lauren Sabia at 206-542-6644 Ext. 151, or firstname.lastname@example.org