FAQ


Q. What is #BrooklynGives?

#BrooklynGives is an emerging local giving campaign created by Brooklyn Community Foundation in 2016 to benefit the top local organizations that are finalists for its annual Spark Prize. On #GivingTuesday, Brooklyn Community Foundation will match donations to nonprofit beneficiaries up to $5,000—for a total match of $100,000.


Q. When is #BrooklynGives?

#BrooklynGives is on November 28, 2017 from midnight to 11:59 PM.


Q. Which organizations can participate?

Only finalists for Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Spark Prize are eligible to participate in #BrooklynGives 2017. Next year, the Community Foundation will open the giving day to all Brooklyn nonprofits.


Q. Why should my organization participate?

All finalists for the 2017-18 Spark Prize are required to participate in #BrooklynGives. #In addition to the opportunity to leverage $5,000 in matching funds from Brooklyn Community Foundation, #BrooklynGives provides eligible nonprofits the opportunity to reach potential new donors and boost your overall year-end fundraising efforts. To make the most of these efforts your organization should ensure that your profile is up-to-date on the site well ahead of #BrooklynGives Day and is custom-branded to tell your story. Learn more about using the tools.


Q. Who can donate?

Anyone may donate. Donations through the #BrooklynGives online portal to charitable nonprofit organizations are tax-deductible and cannot be refunded. Contributions may be made via credit and debit card only. Donations will be received and receipted by GiveGab.


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. When can my Nonprofit register?

Search for your organization by name or EIN here. If you do not see your organization listed, you will have the opportunity to create your organization’s profile. You can check out the support articles to walk you through the process, or you can email lstegmaier@bcfny.org for more information.


Q. When will donations be distributed?

Organizations will receive all donations and matching funds, less any uncovered processing fees, via check from Brooklyn Community Foundation by December 15, 2017. GiveGab uses a PCI Level I compliant payment service to ensure that all financial data is secure.


Q. How much of my donation goes to the nonprofit?

It is FREE for organizations to participate in #BrooklynGives and to maintain a profile on the GiveGab platform year round. GiveGab retains a 2% campaign management fee from all donations, capped at $20 per donation. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + $0.30 for standard credit cards and 3.5% + $0.30 for AMEX. Donors are given the option to cover the fees and a majority of them do. If they cover the processing fees, 100% of their online charitable gift will go to your organization.


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 to notify you of future activities.


Q. Do I need to create an account with GiveGab?

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. Can I make donations via a mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit https://www.brooklyngives.org on your mobile device.


Q. Can I pre-schedule a donation for #BrooklynGives?

You cannot pre-schedule your #BrooklynGives gift, but you may make a donation to a participating nonprofit before or after the #BrooklynGives. In order for your donation to be counted towards prize incentives awarded on #BrooklynGives it must be made between midnight at 11:59 p.m. on November 28, 2017.


Q. What if my preferred organization is not listed?

This year’s #BrooklynGives Day solely benefits the finalists for the Spark Prize for Brooklyn Nonprofits. If you would like your preferred organization to be included in next year’s campaign, you can directly contact the organization to make sure they are aware of #BrooklynGives or you can send an email to lstegmaier@bcfny.org to request that we contact them when registration for next year’s event opens.