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Frequently Asked Questions for Donors

What is Give Where You Live Collier?

Give Where You Live Collier is a Collier County-wide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy on February 15, 2017 for 40 selected nonprofit agencies in our community through online giving. These 40 nonprofit agencies focus on the areas of basic needs and education.

For the third consecutive year – the Community Foundation and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation have partnered to present Give Where You Live Collier. Donations are accepted through GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org.

When does Give Where You Live Collier take place?

During the 24-hour period from Starting on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 12:00pm (noon) and ending on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:59am.

How did the 40 Collier County nonprofits get involved?

GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org serves as a platform for donors to learn about and give to 40 participating nonprofits, serving basic and education needs in our community.  They were chosen by the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.

To participate, each of the nonprofits must have a profile in the Community Foundation of Collier County’s NONPROFIT DIRECTORY and be:

  • A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization
  • Headquartered or providing services in Collier County
  • Serving the human services or educational needs of the Collier County community.
  • Registered with the Secretary of State with a valid Certificate of Registration and be in good standing.

How do I search for nonprofits?

You can go to the homepage and search for one or more of the nonprofits that you would like to support. After selecting a nonprofit, click on the "Donate Now" button. Although GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org features 40 selected Collier County nonprofits, residents from any location who have Internet access can donate online.

What if I can't find my favorite nonprofit?

Forty nonprofits working in the areas of basic needs and education were invited to participate in Give Where You Live Collier. Visit GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org to see a dropdown menu of those eligible nonprofits.

How do I make a donation?

You can go to the homepage and search for one or more of the nonprofits that you would like to support. After selecting a nonprofit, click on the "Donate Now" button. Although GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org features 40 selected Collier County nonprofits, residents from any location who have Internet access can donate online.

Must all donations be made through GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org or the Community Foundation of Collier County?

Yes. Give Where You Live Collier promotes online giving and GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org is the platform for individual donors to give to the 40 participating nonprofits. 

Any donation checks should be made payable to the Community Foundation of Collier County and delivered to the Community Foundation offices at 1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200, Naples, FL 34108 during the Give Where You Live Collier event – February 15, 2017 at 12:00pm (noon) to February 16, 2017 at 11:59am. Donors should provide the name of the nonprofit to which they are donating and they should note Give Where You Live in the memo line. Checks must be dated February 15, 2017 or February 16, 2017.

What methods of payments can I use?

You do not need to create an account on GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org to donate. You can donate with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express). Please note these are the only forms of payment available on GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org. You cannot make online donations using checks/bank routing numbers, or PayPal.

Gifts from your donor advised fund outside the Community Foundation will be accepted if that check is received by hand, via messenger, via US mail, as a wire transfer or by other carrier (i.e., FedEx) during the 24-hour period from Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 12:00pm (noon) to Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:59am. If you intend to make a gift from your donor advised fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County, please contact Ann Hughes at 239.649.5000 or [email protected] no later than February 13, 2016.

Stock gifts are also accepted, but the transfer must be received during the 24-hour period from Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 12:00pm (noon) to Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:59am. If you intend to make a stock gift or wire transfer to Give Where You Live Collier, please contact Lisette Holmes at 239.649.5000 or [email protected] no later than February 1, 2016.

Donors who wish to donate to Give Where You Live Collier by check, must hand-deliver that check to the Community Foundation of Collier County at 1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200, Naples, FL 34103 on February 15, 2017 between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm or on February 16, 2017 between 7:30 am and 11:59am. Donors should provide the name of the nonprofit to which they are donating and they should note Give Where You Live in the memo line. Checks must be dated February 15, 2017 or February 16, 2017.

What is the minimum donation?

You can make a donation as small as $10.

Is there a maximum donation amount?

No. Your maximum donation is controlled by your banking institution. If you plan to make a large online donation on February 15, 2017 or February 16, 2017, we recommend you notify your credit card company in advance. This will help ensure that the gift will not be blocked by your credit card company's fraud filters.

Will there be fees on donations made through GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org on February 15 – February 16, 2017?

Yes.  Both Kimbia (the website designer) and the Community Foundation's merchant services account charge credit card processing fees when donors make online gifts to nonprofit organizations. A percentage of each donation helps to cover these fees. 

Is there a match on my donation?

Yes. The Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation have partnered to create a $500,000 Matching Fund. The match begins with a guaranteed match up to $2,500 for all participating NPOs that raise at least $2,500.  After that, a proportionate share of the remaining match money is used towards any amount raised over $2,500.  The match is made after any credit card transaction fees are deducted from your donation.

Why does my credit card receipt reference the Community Foundation rather than the organization to which I donated?

This is because Community Foundation uses GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org - the website used to process online donations. Your donation first goes to the Foundation via GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org. After processing the gift, the Foundation then grants the donations to the charities less any fees. This allows you to receive an acknowledgement letter electronically immediately upon completion of your transaction.

Is there a donation deadline?

To qualify, Give Where You Live Collier donations must be made between 12:00pm (noon) on February 15, 2017 and 11:59am on February 16, 2017 to be part of the Give Where You Live Collier event and receive a boost from the $500,000 Matching Fund.

Can I donate to multiple nonprofits during Give Where You Live Collier?

Yes. After entering donation information for one organization, press the "Add to cart" button. Then click the "Add more nonprofits to cart" button to add other donations to your cart. When you are finished adding donations, press the "Checkout" button to continue with the donation process. The cart holds your selections while you explore more nonprofits.

Can I use my employer's matching gifts program?

If your employer will be matching your contribution, please ask your employer to send the matching funds directly to the appropriate nonprofit(s) and not to the Community Foundation.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes. All donations made to the 501(c)(3) charities featured on GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law. After making a donation, you will automatically receive an on-screen acknowledgment letter. If you've donated to multiple nonprofits in one transaction, you will receive one receipt reflecting the total donated.


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