1. What is Give To Lincoln Day?
  2. What is the goal?
  3. How does it work?
  4. Can I give before May 18th?
  5. Is there a minimum or maximum donation?
  6. Is there a limit to the amount an organization can receive?
  7. Who is able to participate?
  8. What if I can’t find my favorite nonprofit on the website?
  9. How do the match funds work?
  10. When will the nonprofit know about my donation?
  11. How do I get a tax receipt?
  12. What were the results in 2016?

What is Give To Lincoln Day?

Give To Lincoln Day is a 24-hour event that encourages everyone to contribute to Lincoln and Lancaster County nonprofit organizations through a single online giving platform on May 18th. Give To Lincoln Day is coordinated by Lincoln Community Foundation, in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. Every donation given makes a bigger impact because nonprofits also get a proportional share of a $350,000 challenge match fund provided by Lincoln Community Foundation and the sponsors listed below.

What is the goal?

The purpose of Give To Lincoln Day is to promote philanthropy in Lincoln and Lancaster County. There are three primary goals:

  1. Introduce new donors to our nonprofit organizations.
  2. Help Lincoln nonprofit organizations tell their stories and educate Lincoln about the positive impact they have on our lives.
  3. Shine a community spotlight on this day of charitable giving to raise a substantial amount of new money to assist the local nonprofit network.

Give To Lincoln Day is intended to be a bonus fundraising opportunity for local nonprofits in our community. It is not intended to replace or interfere with donors’ gifts to a nonprofit organization that would be made in the regular course of charitable giving.

How does it work?

Online donations to participating charities will be accepted from 12:00am to 11:59pm on May 18th. Donations made online during that 24-hour period will be updated in real time on the online leader board at givetolincoln.com.

All donations on givetolincoln.com will be made to the Firespring Foundation; a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which permits donors to advise a re-granting of their donations to other IRS recognized qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations. Firespring Foundation will re-grant 97.1% of each contribution to the qualifying organization as advised by the donor, retaining 2.9% plus $.30 per transaction for credit card transaction costs. All donations are final and cannot be refunded.

Donations may also be made in person by cash or check at the Lincoln Community Foundation office from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Checks must be written to “Lincoln Community Foundation” with the nonprofit name specified in the memo line. LCF will charge the same 2.9% fee as Firespring Foundation, and direct fees received from offline gifts to discretionary funds used for community grants to local nonprofits. LCF is unable to accept gifts from IRA accounts for Give To Lincoln Day because of IRS restrictions on IRA qualifying distributions.

Nonprofit organizations will receive their donations (minus 2.9% fee), proportional share of the challenge match fund, and a list of offline donors within approximately one month of the event.

Can I give before May 18th?

Donations made at givetolincoln.com starting on May 1st will count toward the event and be eligible for the challenge match fund.

Is there a minimum or maximum donation?

The minimum donation on givetolincoln.com is $10. There is a maximum donation limit of $10,000 per nonprofit per household to be eligible for matching funds.

Is there a limit to the amount an organization can receive?

There is no maximum amount an organization may receive for Give To Lincoln Day.

Who is able to participate?

Nonprofit organizations recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3) public charities located in Lancaster County that serve the people of Lincoln and Lancaster County are eligible to register for Give To Lincoln Day. Nonprofits that have either a Lancaster County address listed on their GuideStar record or most recent Form 990 are eligible. If the GuideStar/Form 990 official address is outside Lancaster County, the nonprofit must have a physical office space in Lancaster County other than a personal residence. Houses of worship and their foundations are excluded from participating.

What if I can’t find my favorite nonprofit on the website?

If you can’t find them on givetolincoln.com, then it's most likely that organization did not register to participate. Encourage them to register by April 21 if they serve the people of Lincoln and Lancaster County and have a local office.

How do the match funds work?

The Lincoln Community Foundation and the sponsors listed below are providing a $350,000 challenge match fund for the event. Credit card donations made through givetolincoln.com between May 1st and May 18th, and cash/check donations made in person at the Lincoln Community Foundation office from 8:00am to 5:00pm on May 18, will be used to calculate the distribution of the match funds. The amount of a nonprofit organization's share of the match fund will be based on the percentage of donations the nonprofit receives of the total online and offline contributions made on Give To Lincoln Day. For example, if a nonprofit receives 1% of the total contributions from the event, that organization will receive 1% of the match fund.

When will the nonprofit know about my donation?

Your nonprofit will receive notice of your online donations in real-time and have access to a full donation report during and after Give To Lincoln Day. Nonprofits will receive notice of any offline gifts from the Lincoln Community Foundation within one month of the event. You have the option to give anonymously (online or offline) if you choose to do so. Donations will be disbursed to the nonprofits within approximately one month of the event.

How do I get a tax receipt?

Your online gift tax receipt is e-mailed to you immediately by Firespring Foundation upon successful processing of your donation. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please retain your email donation receipt as an official record. For offline gifts, Lincoln Community Foundation will mail a tax receipt to you within 30 days of the event.

What were the results in 2016?

The fifth Give To Lincoln Day was held on May 26, 2016. $3.1 million dollars were raised to help our local nonprofit community. Thousands of individuals made donations to 348 local nonprofit organizations.