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.

Q. When is the Giving Challenge?

The Giving Challenge will take place on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM through Wednesday, April 29 at 11:59:59 AM.

Q. Which organizations are eligible to participate in the 2020 Giving Challenge?

501(c)(3) public charities who serve Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto county that have demonstrated transparency with a published and current profile in The Giving Partner, www.thegivingpartner.org.

Q. When does nonprofit registration close?

The deadline for nonprofit organizations to register to participate in the 2020 Giving Challenge is February 28, 2020.

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.GivingPartnerChallenge.org on your mobile device.

Q. Is there a minimum donation?

Donations of $25 or more are accepted on www.givingpartnerchallenge.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.

Q. Are there fees involved?

The online gift processing fee for donations made on www.givingpartnerchallenge.org is 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 2020 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 2020 Giving Challenge (April 28-29), 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 2020 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 CFSC 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 (CFSC) 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.

Full terms of 2020 Giving Challenge Nonprofit agreement

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. 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 28, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. through Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 11:59:59 a.m.) online at www.givingpartnerchallenge.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 2020 Giving Challenge, donors have the opportunity to donate to several nonprofit organizations by entering their credit card information only one time.

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?

Each donation made to a participating nonprofit organization will be disbursed directly from The Community Foundation of Sarasota County via a check by July 1, 2020.

Q. Who will receive my contact information?

The nonprofit organization(s) you choose to support will have access to your name and email 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.

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.

Q. How is COVID-19 impacting the 2020 Giving Challenge?

While we are monitoring the evolving situation in our community, we’d like to share that the 2020 Giving Challenge is first and foremost an online giving event, and it remains scheduled April 28-29. In fact, we feel it is important to note that the unrestricted funds to be raised during the Giving Challenge provide our nonprofit partners flexibility to respond to community needs, especially as those needs evolve or change.

That said, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County does not support or advise nonprofit organizations hold in-person Giving Challenge events this year. This also includes coordinating or participating in a Pop-up Giving Station. Furthermore, with many in-person gatherings being canceled, at this time the “Best Community Event” Prize has been changed to “Best Online Event.” You can find more information about this prize update on our Prizes page. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause for those nonprofit organizations who have already applied for the “Best Community Event” Prize.

Lastly, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is gathering needs from nonprofit organizations as this situation evolves, and the 2020 Giving Challenge will be one of several grant-funding tools available to help with a response. 

Learn more about the Community Foundation's COVID-19 Response. 

Q. What is the Families First Response Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and what do they mean for you as an individual, nonprofit, and/or donor?

The United States Congress passed these two acts to respond to the economic ramifications brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the situation in our community undoubtedly will continue to evolve daily, these legislative acts are crucial resources in helping families and individuals nationwide receive much needed aid and relief.

Learn more about COVID-19 legislation: