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Frequently Asked Questions for Nonprofits

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 21, 2018, for 38 selected nonprofit agencies in our community through online giving. These 38 nonprofit agencies focus on the areas of basic needs and education. 

For the fourth consecutive year – the Community Foundation and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation are partnering to present Give Where You Live Collier. Donations are accepted through

When does Give Where You Live Collier take place?

During the 24-hour period from Starting on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 12:00pm (noon) and ending on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 11:59am.

How did the 38 Collier County nonprofits get involved? serves as a platform for donors to learn about and give to 38 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.

How can eligible nonprofits build Give Where You Live Collier into their fundraising program?

Use Give Where You Live Collier marketing tools and resources. Access the Toolkit for a variety of online tools and resources: sample copy and ads, sample press releases, social media posting ideas, etc.

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

Yes. Give Where You Live Collier promotes online giving and is the platform for individual donors to give to the 38 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 21, 2018, at 12:00pm (noon) to February 22, 2018, 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 21, 2018, or February 22, 2018.

When will nonprofits receive their GiveWhereYouLiveCollier donations?
Nonprofits will receive all of their Give Where You Live Collier Day donations and their proportionate share of the Matching Fund in a single disbursement within 60 days of the event.

The amount I expected, based on the donation emails, does not match the donation report or disbursement. What's going on?

Although you receive real-time emails announcing a donation to your organization via, please be aware that a donation can be revoked for a variety of reasons from the time of receipt to the time of disbursement. Therefore, donation reports cannot be considered final until the designated individual at the participating nonprofit receives the notification about the disbursement and the dates it includes. If a donation is returned and needs to be canceled in before the money has been disbursed, your organization will be copied on the e-mail to the donor notifying him/her that the donation was returned by the bank (unless the donor has elected to be completely anonymous). As a general rule, donations through cannot be considered final until the Community Foundation distributes the money. 

Contact Lisette Holmes at the Community Foundation at 239.649.5000 or [email protected] with any questions.

Will there be fees on donations made through on February 21 – February 22, 2018?

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. 

How will the Community Foundation of Collier County (CFCC) calculate each nonprofit's share of the Matching Fund?

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. 

Here’s how it works:

  • Example:  If a nonprofit organization receives at least $2,500 in gifts, that will be matched by $2,500.  If all 37 (no CFCC) participating nonprofits raise $2,500, this will leave $407,500 for the remaining match (not including website and management fees charged against the match). If a nonprofit organization receives 10% of the total amount of money raised over the $92,500, that same nonprofit receives 10% ($40,750) of the remaining $407,500 Matching Fund.

What does a "proportionate share" of the Matching Fund mean?

It means that each nonprofit will receive the same amount per dollar for donations over $2,500 received through on February 21, 2018 - February 22, 2018. 

Is the matching a “race”?

No. Each donation received during the 24-hour period starting at 12:00pm (noon) on February 21, 2018, and ending at 11:59am on February 22, 2018, will receive the approportionate share of the $500,000 Matching Fund. It does not matter what time of day donations are received.

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