When can organizations register?
Organizations may register to participate in Give for Good Louisville from June 1 to July 2, 2023.
Please note: From July 3 to August 1, 2023, organizations will be able to apply during a late registration period, but the annual registration fee doubles during this time and is nonrefundable.
Organizations must register to participate in Give for Good Louisville no later than August 1, 2023.
Who can register?
Only IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charities located in Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Bullitt Counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd, and Harrison Counties in Indiana may participate. If your organization is headquartered in another county, but a significant amount of your work takes place in the eight-county area, you are eligible to participate; however, you will be asked to provide additional documentation. Schools and churches with proper IRS documentation or a federal tax identification number/Employer Identification Number are eligible to participate. Programs or projects with a fiscal sponsor may participate but must register as a program of their 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor, provide the sponsor’s EIN, and provide proof of the relationship. All 509(a)(3) supporting organizations must state their designation (type I, II, or III) upon registration - you may be required to provide additional documentation to participate. Please Note: Private non-operating foundations may not participate in Give for Good Louisville.
Organizations must also be registered with the Kentucky Attorney General's office, regardless of whether you are based in Kentucky or Indiana. This registration must be completed annually and is different from the Secretary of State registration. You will be required to attest that your organization complies with the Attorney General by checking a box. If it is discovered that you are not in compliance, you will be removed from the Giving Day and forfeit your participation fee and funds.
To learn more about your registration status with the Kentucky Attorney General's office, please visit Give Gab’s resources page or the Kentucky Attorney General's website. Please contact the Kentucky Attorney General’s office with any questions.
How do I register my organization to participate?
Search for your organization by name or EIN here. If you do not see your organization listed, you will select the “Add My Organization” button to begin following the steps to create an account and profile for your organization. For more help registering your organization, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For technical support, please contact email@example.com.
Is there a fee for organizations to participate?
Yes. Registration fees are nonrefundable and paid annually. Unlike other giving days that charge organizations a flat rate no matter their annual budgets, Give for Good Louisville determines registration fees based on their gross annual revenue (found on line 12 of IRS 990, or <$50k if filing a 990-N).
Tier 1 (< $50,000): $50 / $100 late registration fee
Tier 2 ($50,000 - $249,999): $70 / $140 late registration fee
Tier 3 ($250,000 - $1,499,999): $150 / $300 late registration fee
Tier 4 (≥ $1,500,000): $300 / $600 late registration fee
Read more about what these fees cover in the “Why is there a fee to participate?” FAQ below. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
How do I pay the registration fee?
All organizations wishing to participate must pay the fee with a credit card during the registration. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any other form of payment.
Why is there a fee to participate?
Registration fees support the operational costs of Give for Good Louisville and expand the Community Foundation of Louisville's capacity to provide additional resources to the community.
Also, many of the valuable benefits for participating organizations are made possible because of the money raised through registration fees. Some of these benefits include:
- Great exposure to Foundation fundholders who collectively donate millions in offline grant distributions each year to participating organizations.
- Increased visibility to your organization through PR and advertising (638M people reached in 2022).
- Live, on-demand tech support leading up to and during the giving day.
- Professional development opportunities through virtual and in-person training(s) for both staff and board members.
- Shareable marketing materials to help organizations promote their fundraising campaigns.
- A secure and reliable fundraising platform.
- Creative cash prizes provided each year by our generous giving day partners.
What happens if I select the wrong tier category for my organization?
Organizations must select the correct tier category and pay the corresponding non-refundable registration fee. If you choose a tiered category that is less than your organization’s current revenue, you will be contacted by the Community Foundation of Louisville and charged the appropriate fee. Organizations must also make sure they are qualified to participate.
How do the cause categories work?
Each organization may select one primary cause category in the registration form and two secondary cause categories that best define their mission on their administrative dashboard. Organizations’ primary cause category selection will be referenced when connecting organizations to local media partners, companies, or individuals looking to support a specific cause. If it is found that an organization has misrepresented their primary cause, they will be contacted by the Community Foundation of Louisville and a new primary cause will be selected that accurately reflects the organization’s mission and services.
How do I determine which cause category is my organization’s primary cause?
Only you can determine which cause category best represents your organization’s mission and purpose. If unsure which cause category to select, check out the cause category definitions here.
Why should my organization participate in Give for Good Louisville?
Raise awareness and expand your online presence: Give for Good Louisville is an excellent opportunity to reach new audiences and amplify your organization’s mission. The Community Foundation team coordinates all campaign coverage, promotion, and interviews with organizations in partnership with our contracted PR firm, Fleur-de-lis Communications. Plus, your organization will gain exposure to the Community Foundation of Louisville's fundholders who collectively donate millions of dollars every year for the causes they love. Maximize your reach by inviting anyone in the world to participate using the hashtag #GiveForGoodLou.
Recruit and retain donors: Give for Good Louisville prompts donors to give every September, with many returning to donate each year (96.5% of donors reported that they will support organizations again through Give for Good Louisville in 2022). The likelihood of receiving a gift from a new donor is also very high, as 93% of organizations in 2022 received first-time gifts online from a donor. The Foundation's fundraising strategies, such as peer-to-peer fundraising, matches and challenges, and the prize pool, create an exciting atmosphere that sparks generosity across the Kentuckiana region.
Enhance every dollar donated with hundreds of thousands of bonus funds: Thanks to our Give for Good Louisville prize partners, organizations can access additional funding during the giving day through a robust prize pool.
Learn and deploy new fundraising and marketing strategies: Free in-person and virtual training(s) will be available for organizations’ staff and board members leading up to the giving day with special thanks to this year’s Training Partner, 20/twenty Strategic Consultants.
Support your immediate operating needs: You’ll receive your online donations directly into your organization’s bank account within five business days from the giving day, with offline gifts and prizes distributed by the end of October.
Engage your staff, board, and supporters in new ways: Setting up a match, becoming a peer-to-peer fundraiser, or utilizing the graphics and templates in the Resource Toolkit are just a few ways your supporters can get involved.
Save time: Setting up a profile is cost-effective and allows you to make more efficient use of your time. All that’s needed is a little creativity and technological support from GiveGab (now becoming Bonterra) to have a successful Give for Good Louisville campaign.
Recurring donations: Give for Good Louisville offers the perfect opportunity to encourage donors to arrange monthly donations via credit or debit cards or other convenient, secure payment methods upon checkout.
Track your success: GiveGab/Bonterra's fundraising platform gives you year-round access to valuable data and statistics. You can monitor your online giving activity in real-time and identify fun opportunities for 2024.
Is Give for Good Louisville right for my organization?
The data shows that Give for Good Louisville is an effective way for organizations to gain new donors, raise money, and increase exposure to a broad audience. However, only you can determine if this online giving event is right for your organization.
Like any fundraising event, it will take dedicated staff time to make the most of Give for Good Louisville; the dollars do not raise themselves! To make the most of Give for Good Louisville, you need to make sure your organization has someone who can dedicate their time to this effort, donors, and staff who are comfortable working in an online environment, and that timing does not conflict with other initiatives.
Can more than one person claim administrative access to our organization's page?
Yes; however, they must be approved by an existing administrator. All administrators will need to create profiles on GiveGab (now becoming Bonterra).
All organization contacts responsible for actions related to the giving day must be added as administrators, so critical deadlines aren’t missed.
Learn how to update who has administrative access on your organization’s giving day profile here.
How does my organization transfer our profile information from last year?
Once your organization completes the registration form for the 10th Annual Give for Good Louisville, you’ll be directed to your administrative dashboard to create your giving day profile. Before accessing your administrative dashboard, you’ll be asked whether you’d like to copy your profile over from last year. Click the “Copy My Profile” button to do so. You should review and edit your profile once it’s been carried over, so it’s up-to-date for 2023. You can easily opt-out and start from scratch if you do not wish to copy your profile. For help copying your profile from last year, check out our support article here
Where can I receive updates about Give for Good Louisville?
As Give for Good Louisville is an online event, we encourage organizations to frequently visit the resources available on www.GiveForGoodLouisville.org. Additionally, we will communicate important updates, announcements, and general tips and tricks via email, so be sure to list your preferred email address when completing the registration form. If you would like to add/remove a staff member from the email list, please send their contact information to email@example.com.
We will also publicize exciting announcements via our social networks. Follow @cflouisville on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay connected.
Lastly, we invite nonprofit leaders to join the Give for Good Louisville Group on Facebook via the Community Foundation of Louisville’s Facebook page (under the “groups” tab) to stay up-to-date with information about the day and share advice with each other.
Can my organization give out tangible items and prizes to people for donating to us during the giving day?
No, organizations cannot give donors cash prizes or tangible gifts (ex. T-shirts) in exchange for donating to their giving day campaigns. Instead, the Foundation encourages participating organizations to use the robust prize pool as a motivator for donors to give back and thank their donors via phone calls, handwritten notes, etc.
When can an organization receive donations?
Organizations must have their giving day profiles set up and bank account information verified by GiveGab (now becoming Bonterra) by August 14, 2023. Learn what you need to be verified to receive donations by viewing this helpful support article here.
Once verified to receive donations, organizations may begin receiving gifts online during the early giving period from September 11 to September 13, 2023; On the giving day, September 14, 2023, from Midnight to 11:59 p.m.; And during the late giving period on September 15, 2023, until 1:00 p.m.
Why are there early and late giving periods?
The early and late giving periods give donors a second chance to donate when they otherwise would not have been able to or simply forgot. Over $246,000 was raised in 2022 during the early and late giving periods.
Which prizes count during early and late giving?
Both online donations and offline gifts made by the Community Foundation of Louisville fundholders during the early giving period (September 11-13) will count towards the Gift Challenge (formerly known as the Bonus Pool), Grand Prizes, and match pools but are not eligible for Golden Tickets or time-based strategic prizes during the giving day on September 14, 2023. No gifts made during the late giving period until 1 p.m. on September 15, 2023, count towards the prize incentives. View more details about the prize incentives under the “Prizes” section in the Terms of Service and Agreement.
Should my organization promote the early and late giving periods?
The Community Foundation of Louisville strongly encourages participating organizations to keep their communications simple and focus the majority of their fundraising efforts on the giving day on September 14, 2023, from Midnight to 11:59 p.m.
How can our organization be most successful with Give for Good Louisville?
Check out our Resource Toolkit and participate in our trainings and webinars to make the most of your organization’s giving day experience - these tools can help you nearly double your donations!
How will the Community Foundation of Louisville promote Give for Good Louisville across the community?
The Community Foundation of Louisville promotes Give for Good Louisville to a broad
audience (Click the link to view the 2022 Impact Report) through local advertising and partnering with TV, radio, print, and digital media outlets.
Additionally, the Community Foundation spreads the word about Give for Good Louisville to its fundholders and other philanthropic friends of the Foundation through its digital communications, phone calls, print, radio, TV, and social media channels, garnering millions of print and online impressions.
Last year, we utilized the promotional power of social media influencers and trended on social media all day. Follow the hashtag #GiveForGoodLou to stay connected to the online activity.
What is state charitable solicitation registration?
Organizations are held to a high standard of government regulation and public scrutiny. And that is with good reason! Eligible 501(c) organizations are exempt from federal corporate taxes and have access to public funding. These benefits are not typically available to for-profit businesses, so laws are in place to protect the public and ensure nonprofits do not abuse their financial advantages. The IRS and states all have requirements for nonprofits.
When I check the box on my administrative dashboard to declare state charitable solicitation registration compliance with the Kentucky Attorney General, what am I attesting to?
When you check the box, you are “attesting” (defined as "declaring that something exists or is the case") that you agree that your organization is compliant with applicable state fundraising requirements in the states in which you may solicit donors using the GiveGab/Bonterra platform. Note that this is different than the Kentucky Secretary of State registration. If it is later discovered that you are not in compliance, you will be removed from the giving day and forfeit your participation fee and any funds raised.
Do you have additional resources to reference about state charitable solicitation registration?
Yes! Here are a few more resources from Harbor Compliance to help you:
Why do you require the last four digits of the organization representative's Social Security number and date of birth for donation payouts?
GiveGab (now becoming Bonterra) is an online platform that collects, processes, and distributes money in the form of donations from supporters to organizations and must abide by the compliance laws that are part of the Patriot Act. Under these laws, GiveGab/Bonterra must verify that administrators are who they say they are and are an authorized agent of the organization. Collecting this information helps us streamline donation processing and payouts with the payment processor (Stripe) and the financial institutions that they work with.
More importantly, we have a duty to our donors that when they choose to support a cause with a monetary gift, that money is going where they expect it to go. You can read a full explanation here, including how this information is stored.
How much of each donation will go to our organization?
GiveGab/Bonterra retains a 2% campaign management fee from all donations on the giving day.
Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.5% + $0.30 for (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express).
Donors can also make a gift using their ACH checking account. Donations of $100 or more are eligible for ACH transfer and will incur a $3 flat fee in addition to the 2% campaign management fee.
Please note that the Community Foundation of Louisville does not receive any of these fees and that 100% of donations are tax-deductible for the donor.
Donors may opt to cover the GiveGab/Bonterra fees before completing their transaction. Data shows that 91% of gifts were completely covered by donors, but this is ultimately up to the donor. All online donations will be officially receipted for tax purposes automatically through GiveGab/Bonterra under the name of the organization receiving the funds.
Before finalizing their transaction, donors will also be given the option to “Thank the Host” by making a contribution to the Community Foundation of Louisville. These donations support the Foundation’s operational costs and annual programming.
Any donations processed outside of the Give for Good Louisville donation period through GiveGab.com, or subsequent recurring gifts are subject to transaction fees outlined on the GiveGab.com pricing page.
When will my organization receive our donations?
Organizations will receive all online donations, less any uncovered processing fees, within 5 business days of the giving day via direct deposit as long as the organization’s bank routing and account information has been verified. GiveGab/Bonterra uses a PCI Level I compliant payment service to ensure that all financial data is secure.
All offline donations received through Community Foundation donor-advised funds, plus prize incentive funds earned during the giving day, are expected to be directly deposited into organizations' bank accounts within 21-28 business days following the giving day.
How can my organization access its donor data?
All organizations that participate in Give for Good Louisville will be able to access and download a .CSV file of their donations via their administrative dashboard. The report is updated in real-time and will include the donation payout date for bank account reconciliation, donation information (including a breakdown of the fees), and the donor's name and contact information (unless the donor has elected to remain anonymous). Learn how to access your donor data via this helpful support article here.
Who is GiveGab (now becoming Bonterra)?
GiveGab/Bonterra is an online giving platform that helps nonprofits raise money, engage donors, and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. GiveGab/Bonterra offers a portfolio of simple and easy-to-use products that allow organizations to function in a streamlined manner.