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Does Seattle Foundation match my donation?

No, but many nonprofits have secured  $1:$1 matches from their own donors to power their success in GiveBIG. Nearly 600 nonprofits have secured $1:$1 matches, which will double the impact of gifts made to those organizations. These powerful $1:$1 matching funds (totaling $7.4 million) ignite giving and replace the across-the-board proportional “stretch” of previous years. The pro-rated distribution of the $1 million "stretch pool" would have declined to six cents or less this year, close to the cost of the transaction and processing fees. 

Why isn’t Seattle Foundation providing stretch funds this year?

GiveBIG has been so successful that the monetary value of the "stretch pool" has declined as GiveBIG got bigger. The pro-rated distribution of the $1 million "stretch pool" would have declined to six cents or less this year, close to the cost of the transaction and processing fees. This year, we encouraged nonprofits to secure matching funds to power their success in GiveBIG. Nearly 600 nonprofits have secured $1:$1 matches, which will double the impact of gifts made to those organizations.  These powerful $1:$1 matching funds (totaling $7.4 million) ignite giving and replace the across-the-board proportional “stretch” of previous years.  

Who can donate to GiveBIG?

There are no donor restrictions. Anyone  with a valid credit card or bank account is eligible to donate to an organization participating in GiveBIG.

Can I donate anonymously? 

Yes. On the donation form, select "yes" when asked if you want your donation to be anonymous. Selecting "yes" means that the nonprofit organization will NOT receive your name or contact information, nor will they be able to acknowledge your gift. If you wish to change your response and not be anonymous, forward your receipt, along with your request, to givebig@seattlefoundation.org

Can I make a gift "In Honor Of" or "In Memory Of" someone?

Yes, you'll have the option to designate your gift as "In Honor Of" or "In Memory Of" someone when you're adding the gift to your cart and that information will be shared with the nonprofit.

Can I give to multiple organizations in just one transaction?

You can add as many donations as you’d like and enter your credit card information once. Simply click the “add more nonprofits” button! When you’re finished adding donations, click “checkout”.

Can I make a donation over the phone?

No, GiveBIG is for online donations made through GiveBIGSeattle.org only.

Dollars for Change

What is Dollars for Change?

Dollars for Change is a new donor-driven effort that will award more than $350,000 to participating King County nonprofits. Using a computer-generated selection process, donors will be chosen to have their contribution to an organization generously boosted with a $2,500 award. These Dollars for Change awards will be made to King County-based organizations across Seattle Foundation's Healthy Community Framework and across budget size. Dollars for Change will benefit nonprofits of all sizes, but will place a greater emphasis on small- and mid-sized organizations. This structure aims to bring greater equity in the distribution of these additional dollars.

How does Dollars for Change work?

Multiple GiveBIG donors will be chosen every hour over a 15-hour period, starting at 7 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, May 10. The selected donor's gift will be leveraged and the GiveBIG nonprofit they contributed to will receive an additional $2,500 award through Dollars for Change. Donations made up to that point that meet the criteria, including gifts made during the pre-giving period of April 27 - May 9, will be eligible to be selected for Dollars for Change. Unfortunately, as this is a King County event, nonprofits outside of King County are not eligible for Dollars for Change.

The participating organizations will be selected based on several criteria, including that they work within one of the eight elements Seattle Foundation's Healthy Community Framework: basic needs, economic opportunity, health and wellness, education, environment, arts and culture, vibrant communities and global giving. Learn more about the Healthy Community Framework

Awards will be given across the following five organization budget categories: $0 - $250,000; $250,000 - $500,000; $500,000 - $750,000; $750,000 - $2.5 million; and more than $2.5 million.

How will I be notified if I'm selected to receive a Dollars for Change award?  

Seattle Foundation staff will email you and the nonprofit.

Payment and Receipts

What methods of payment are accepted?

All major credit cards are accepted. An echeck (electronic check) option is also available, requiring you to enter your banking account information. It is not possible to make a GiveBIG gift by phone, mailing in a check or through a credit card contribution on an individual organization's website.

How will donations appear on my credit card statement?

Your statement will show "GIVEBIG SEATTLE FDN" for this transaction.

Are credit card and eCheck donations subject to a fee?

Yes. Credit card donations are subject to a combined fee of 4.3%. This includes a 2.1% credit card processing fee and 2.2% technology services fee. In addition, each credit card transaction is charged a 30 cent transaction fee. (If multiple donations to different nonprofits are included in the donation cart as part of a single transaction, there is only one 30 cent charge for the transaction).

eCheck donations are subject to a 2.2% technology services fee. In addition, each eCheck transaction is charged a 40 cent transaction fee.

Seattle Foundation does not receive a percentage of online donations nor do we receive any income from credit card or eCheck transactions. Seattle Foundation presents GiveBIG as a service to nonprofit organizations and the greater community. 

Can I help cover the credit card and eCheck processing fee?

Yes. When making a donation, you will be asked if you would like to add 4.3% to help offset the cost of processing the donation. If you select “YES,” your donation amount will be increased by 4.3% (to cover the 2.1% credit card processing fee and 2.2% technology services fee), for both credit card and eCheck* donations.
*If a donation is made by eCheck, and you select “YES” to cover the fees, the donation amount will be increased by 4.3% (even though it is not subject to a credit card processing fee). Due to current technology limitations, we can only offer one percentage amount to cover fees. Any remaining funds will be distributed to nonprofits upon disbursement.

Is there a minimum donation amount? Is there a maximum donation amount?

The minimum donation amount is $10. There is no maximum donation amount.

Are donations tax deductible?

All donations made through GiveBIG are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you offered to help cover the fees, the entire amount (donation plus processing fee) is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. 

Will I receive a tax receipt?

All individuals who donate through GiveBIG on May 10 will receive a tax receipt via email immediately after they make their donation. If you schedule a donation, you will receive an email confirmation immediately after scheduling the donation and a tax receipt via email on May 10 after the donation has been processed. The receipt will be sent to you at the email address you register with. Please be sure to keep a copy of your receipt for tax purposes.  

Mistakes with Donations

I entered the wrong donation amount. How can I request a partial or full refund of my donation?

Please email givebig@seattlefoundation.org.

I entered my email address incorrectly. What do I do?

Please email givebig@seattlefoundation.org with your gift information and the correct email. We will work with you to get your confirmation and tax receipt.

I spelled my name or street wrong. What do I do?

Please email givebig@seattlefoundation.org with your gift information and the correct address. 


An organization reports having matching funds. What does that mean?

A matching fund is a donation an organization solicited and obtained independently beforehand in order to boost their GiveBIG participation. If an organization reports having a matching fund, that means that all donations made to that organization up to the amount of the matching fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Donors do not need to do anything additional to activate the match, beyond making their donation. Please note Seattle Foundation does not validate the existence or source of matching funds. This is the sole responsibility of the nonprofit organization. If you have questions about matching funds, please contact the nonprofit directly.  

My company offers an employer matching program. How do I make sure my donation is matched with this program?

If your company offers employer matching contributions, you can indicate this on the donation form using the drop down menu of companies. It is up to you to complete your company's regular employer match process after you make your donation. We gather this information only for our reporting purposes; Seattle Foundation does not request the matching contribution from employers. 

What if I can't find the organization I am looking for on the GiveBIG website?

You can search for organizations by name, zipcode and element. If you can't find the organization you are looking for on the GiveBIG website, it is most likely that the organization did not register for and is not participating in GiveBIG this year.

Seattle Foundation and CiviCore

Who is Seattle Foundation? 

Seattle Foundation ignites powerful, rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. Focused on creating equity and opportunity, our goal as a community foundation is to simplify giving and strengthen the impact of philanthropy for the more than 1,200 individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits we serve.  We provide deep community insights, powerful civic leadership, effective philanthropic advising and judicious stewardship of assets in support of our mission.  In addition, Seattle Foundation annually presents GiveBIG, a 24-hour online giving event to raise funds for area nonprofit organizations.  Learn more at www.seattlefoundation.org.

Who is CiviCore?

CiviCore is GiveBIG 2017's technology partner. For almost a decade, CiviCore's platform has helped to raise over $200 million for some of the largest giving days in the country. This includes the successful execution of "Colorado Gives" on December 6, 2016, resulting in $35M raised for charity. CiviCore has also celebrated recent giving day successes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Austin, Texas; and Omaha, Nebraska. 


What if I have more questions? We are here to help! Please email us at givebig@seattlefoundation.org.

What if I need a copy of my GiveBIG 2017 donation/tax receipt?

Enter the email address you used at checkout to regenerate your 2017 GiveBIG donation receipt(s)