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What is Give for Good?
Give for Good is a 24-hour online giving challenge led by The Community Foundation of North Louisiana to raise unrestricted dollars for the nonprofits in our community. It is a day of giving to celebrate the nonprofits in our community and a chance to raise thousands of dollars to make our community even better. 

How does it work?
The Community Foundation of North Louisiana has set up an online platform at giveforgoodnla.org with searchable profiles of participating nonprofits and a leaderboard on the day of the event. All donations will be processed through this website. Nonprofits and donors can track progress throughout the day. Anyone can donate to their favorite nonprofits on May 2 from midnight to midnight via giveforgoodnla.org.

When will Give for Good take place?
Give for Good is a 24-hour giving event on May 2, 2017, from midnight to midnight. All event-related donations must be made at giveforgoodnla.org during that 24-hour period.

Who can make a donation on Give for Good?
Anyone can make a donation to a nonprofit that has registered and has a profile on giveforgoodnla.org. You do not have to live in North Louisiana area to donate. In fact, we encourage nonprofits to identify donors in all 50 states!

How can I make a donation?
On May 2, starting at midnight and for the following 24 hours, go to giveforgoodnla.org and use your credit card to donate to any nonprofit that has registered to participate. You can search for a nonprofit by name or by service area. Participating nonprofits will have a donation page on giveforgoodnla.org where you can choose the amount you want to donate from $10 and up. 

What forms of payment are NOT accepted?
Donations via check, cash or stock will not be accepted. Gifts received directly by the charity during the giving event do not count towards Give for Good totals and will not be eligible for Lagniappe Funds.

I have a Donor Advised Fund at The Community Foundation of North Louisiana. Can I use it for Give for Good?
Yes, but donations using a donor advised fund at CFNLA must be submitted in advance. Donations made via a donor advised fund will not be subject to the processing fees, therefore; 100% of your donation will go to the nonprofit(s).

Is my gift tax deductible?
Donations during Give for Good are tax deductible. You will automatically receive an email confirming the gift from The Community Foundation of North Louisiana and will be instructed to save the email for tax purposes. By selecting a specific charity to receive your donation, your gift is restricted for that charity and will not be given to any other charity. You cannot designate your donation for a specific program at a nonprofit.

NOTES ON BENEFITS:
Donors cannot be entered into a drawing or raffle if they donate to a nonprofit during Give for Good. “Drawings’ are considered a “games of chance” by the IRS and regardless of whether they win or not, their ‘donation’ would then not be tax deductible.

Donations may not be used to pay for anything that might be perceived as a material benefit to the donor, advisor or other disqualified person – including dinner tickets, membership fees, golf fees, admission tickets or other gifts.

What is the minimum and maximum donation amounts?
The minimum donation amount is $10. There is no maximum donation. But only donations of $10,000 and below will receive a portion of the Lagniappe Fund. All gifts made on giveforgoodnla.org are non-refundable.

How much of my donation goes to the nonprofit?
There is a 2.8% processing fee from our online platform provider, CiviCore, and an approximate 2.1% + $0.30 credit card processing fee. This leaves approximately 95% of each donation going to the nonprofit designated by the donor. The Community Foundation of North Louisiana does not receive any portion of the transaction fees. As a donor, you can elect to help cover the fees by adding 4.9% to your donation during check out. 

Does The Community Foundation receive any portion of the donations?
No, The Community Foundation does not receive any of the processing fee or the credit card processing fee. In addition, CFNLA will not be eligible for any donations through Give for Good.

Does approval to participate in Give for Good mean The Community Foundation of North Louisiana endorses each participating nonprofit's charitable purpose and programs?
Give for Good and The Community Foundation are proud to support thousands of donors as they come together on one day to give to their favorite nonprofits or to new causes near to their heart. While The Community Foundation does verify the charitable status of every nonprofit that participates in Give for Good, The Foundation does not screen or select organizations on the basis of their charitable purposes or their missions. Give for Good eligibility is based solely on providing services in North Louisiana and an organization's current status as a recognized Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. Therefore, approval of an organization's participation in Give for Good does not constitute an endorsement of the organization or its mission by The Community Foundation.

Each Give for Good nonprofit page provides the organization's mission, not detailed information on all of its programs. For your additional research, each nonprofit's page also includes a link to their website to provide you with more detailed information on the organization's mission and use of its charitable dollars.

Is my gift safe and secure?
Yes. The giveforgoodnla.org website is powered by CiviCore, and is a secure PCI-Level 1 compliant site for donating to your favorite charities. The Community Foundation does not retain credit card information and your personal data will not be shared with or sold to any outside vendors or third parties. 

How will my email address and personal information be used? 
a. Email addresses will be used to transmit electronic tax receipt(s) for donations made through Give for Good, as well as a post-event survey. Unless you choose to give anonymously, your name, email address and billing address will be shared with the organization(s) to which your donations will be credited. The Community Foundation does not retain credit card information and your personal data will not be shared with or sold to any outside vendors or third parties. 
b. Unless you choose to give anonymously, The Community Foundation may send periodic communication about special giving opportunities or events.

Can I authorize a third party to submit a donation on my behalf? 
Each donor who enters their own credit card information directly on the Give for Good website, is entering his/her data into a secure web portal. Sponsors of Give for Good assume no liability for credit/debit card information provided by the donor to a third party (e.g. organization staff member or volunteer).

What is the Lagniappe Fund? 
The Community Foundation of North Louisiana is securing dollars to be shared by all participating nonprofits receiving donations during Give for Good. These dollars will form the Lagniappe Fund. The amount each nonprofits receives from the Lagniappe Fund will be based on each organization’s overall percentage of funds raised the day of the event. If an organization raises 1% of the total funds raised on May 2, it will receive 1% of the Lagniappe Fund. Individual donations will qualify for the match up to a $10,000 limit to prevent substantial donations from skewing the allocation of the Lagniappe Fund.

How will each nonprofit’s share of the Lagniappe Fund be calculated?
At the completion of Give for Good, CFNLA will determine each nonprofit’s proportionate share of the Lagniappe Fund by dividing the total amount each nonprofit raised by the total amount of dollars raised by all participating nonprofits. This amount will then be multiplied by the total amount of dollars in the Lagniappe Fund.
Reminder: the match IS NOT 100%. It is NOT $1 for $1. Matching is determined after all donations are received.

How can I find out more information about Give for Good?
Contact Jennifer Steadman or Susan Campbell at (318)-221-0582. You may also email giveforgood@cfnla.org.