What is Give Local Solano (GLS)?

Give Local Solano is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Solano Community Foundation to support nonprofits and help build a culture of philanthropy in Solano County.

When will Give Local Solano take place?

GLS is held on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving Day.  This year, that day falls on November 27, 2018, from 00:01 through midnight.  GLS is held in conjunction with #GivingTuesday, the global day of giving.

Who can make a GLS donation?

Anyone can make a donation to a registered nonprofit on www.GiveLocalSolano.org website. You do not have to live in Solano County to donate, but the participating nonprofits must be located in or providing services to Solano County.

How can I make a donation?

Using your credit card, you can donate to any nonprofit that has registered to participate. Participating nonprofits will each have a donation (profile) page where you can choose the amount you want to donate and fill in the donation form.  If you make a typing error while making a contribution, contact Solano Community Foundation at (707) 399-3846 or send an email to GiveLocal@solanocf.org.

Is my gift tax deductible?

100% of the donation qualifies as a charitable gift. You will immediately receive an email confirming the deduction from the Solano Community Foundation. Please save this email for your records. 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.

What is the minimum and maximum donation amounts?

A minimum gift of $10 is requested but there is no limit to the maximum size or number of donations you can make.  All gifts made on GLS giving day are non-refundable (with the exception of credit card errors).

Can I make a donation using my phone?

Yes. The Give Local Solano website is a “mobile optimized platform” that will make it easy to make a gift on www.GiveLocalSolano.org using a PC, tablet, or your smart phone.

Can I give to more than one organization?

Yes, you may make multiple donations to one or more participating nonprofits.  Each Give Local Solano nonprofit participant has a donate button on their profile page.

Is my gift safe and secure?

Yes. The GiveLocalSolano.org website is a secure and compliant site for donating to your favorite charities. You can be sure your personal information is protected when you donate through the PayPal giving platform.

Why should I give?

Public charities, schools, and religious institutions play an essential role in improving the lives of Solano County residents – in health, arts, environment, education and social services, to name a few. In today’s economic environment, nonprofit organizations need to accomplish much more with much less.

Will I be able to tell that I made a donation?

Credit card donations (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover) made during the 24-hour donation period will appear as an increase in the total amount raised and number of gifts made to the charity(ies) of your choice on the www.GiveLocalSolano.org website “leaderboard” page.

I do not use credit cards. Can I make payments through PayPal or wire the money?

Yes, you can make a gift through your PayPal account. Wired gifts are acceptable, however we ask that you contact SCF for transfer details.  Checks may be hand delivered to Solano Community Foundation or to the Chosen Charity during the 24-hour giving day.  Donations received by check will factor into organizations’ totals and they will be added to the leaderboard on a first-come, first-served basis because they must be manually reported and entered.

What if I can’t find my favorite nonprofit on the Give Local Solano site?

To participate in GLS Nonprofits were required to create their profile by November 16, 2018. If a charity did not meet the deadline, they will not have a profile on the www.GiveLocalSolano.org site.  You may visit their organization website to make a donation online, or send your gift via mail anytime during the year.

How will I be recognized as a donor?

You will receive your tax receipt from Solano Community Foundation via email.  When the event ends, the nonprofits you donated to will thank you as well and let you know how your donation will make a difference. You can choose to make an anonymous donation if you prefer. Anonymous donors will receive a tax receipt from SCF, but will not receive a thank you from the nonprofit organization to which they contributed.

Does it cost anything to give on GiveLocalSolano.org?

No.  There is no fee to you as a donor. The PayPal transaction fees are paid by SCF at the time the donation is made. 

How much of my donation goes to the nonprofit?

Ninety-seven cents of every dollar donated will go directly to the organization.  PayPal, our online giving provider, assesses a small transaction fee (up to 3%) for each gift donated. The disbursement amount made to each nonprofit after the event will equal their total gifts received, less the amount paid to Solano Community Foundation for transaction fees. 

Does Solano Community Foundation receive any portion of the donations?

Only transaction fees are recovered.  Solano Community Foundation does not keep any portion of a gift made to a participating nonprofit.  

How do I list this charitable donation on my tax form?

It should be listed as a donation to Solano Community Foundation (Tax EIN #68-0354961).  Use Give Local Solano as the purpose or reason for giving and include the chosen charity’s name as a reference.

What organizations are participating in Give Local Solano?

For 2018, up to 30 nonprofits will be participating; most of them will have their own profile page.  We cannot promise your favorite charity will participate, but for those that have registered to participate Solano Community Foundation has verified that they are a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Beyond a donation, how can I support my favorite nonprofit on this day?

After you have made your donation, you can spread the word among your own friends and family about www.GiveLocalSolano.org.  Share on social media networks about the good work nonprofits do in our community and ask your followers to participate.

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