About the Event

Q. What is BayouGives?

BayouGives is a 24-hour online giving event hosted by the Bayou Community Foundation to promote philanthropy in our Bayou Region and support the critical work of our Lafourche, Terrebonne and Grand Isle nonprofits. On this exciting day, our community will come together as one to raise money for participating local nonprofits, share the power of giving, and celebrate the generous spirit that makes our Bayou Region so special.

Q. When is BayouGives?

BayouGives will take place on Tuesday, April 30 from Midnight to 11:59 p.m.

Q. Who can I contact with questions about BayouGives?

If you have any questions about BayouGives contact Bayou Community Foundation armandj@bayoucf.org 985-790-1150. Also feel free to email info@bayougives.org or chat into the blue chat bubble for help with any technical support!

Donor FAQ

Q. What methods of payment can I use to make a donation?

Donors may make donations using MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express credit/debit cards on BayouGives.org on April 30, as well as ACH debits. ACH debits require a minimum transaction of $100. Donors may also make cash and check gifts directly to participating nonprofits on April 30, which will be recorded by the receiving nonprofit in their BayouGives account.

Q. Is my donation tax-deductible?

Only federally-approved 501c3 nonprofit organizations are eligible to participate in BayouGives. When donations are received through the website, a receipt is automatically generated for the gross amount of your gift and emailed to the address you provide. Your tax professional can advise you on the tax deductibility of your donation.

Q. Will I receive a receipt for tax purposes?

Yes. You will automatically receive an emailed receipt acknowledging your gift made online at BayouGives.org.

Q. Is there a minimum gift?

There is a $10 minimum donation.

Q. How much of the online donation will go to the nonprofit?

All online donations will be paid to the nonprofit(s) you select, net of credit card transaction and processing fees. For credit/debit card gift, the fee is 5.2% plus 30 cents per transaction. For ACH gifts, the minimum transaction is $100 and the flat fee is $3.00 per transaction.

Q. Can I choose to pay the fees so the nonprofits receive my total donation?

Yes! During the checkout process, there is an option for a donor to cover the fees. Leave it checked if you wish to do so; uncheck that box and the fees will be deducted from your gift.

Q. Do I need to create an account to give?

No. You do not need to create an account to make a donation for BayouGives, but you may create an account if you wish. The benefits of creating an account include having your tax receipts collected in one location, being able to track your donations, follow the charities you support, and engage in future volunteering and donations. Your tax receipt is emailed immediately upon processing your donation, no matter if you have an account or not. To claim a donation as a deduction on U.S. taxes, you should retain the donation receipt as an official record.

Q. Can I make a donation in memory of or in honor of a friend or loved one?

Absolutely! You’ll see that option during the checkout process. If you wish to use that option, you will be prompted to provide the name of the friend or loved one and email address for the person to be notified of your gift.

Q. Who will receive my contact information?

The organization(s) you choose to support will have access to your name and email address. This information is used solely to send thank you messages, provide the option to receive future notifications, and to notify you of future activities.

Q. Can I make donations via a mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit BayouGives.org on your cell phone or ipad!

Q. What if I can't find my favorite nonprofit on the website?

If you can't find them on the site, they may not be participating in the event this year. After the event, please encourage the nonprofit to contact us so we can be sure they are ready for next year.

Q. May I use my donation to buy event tickets, memberships, or other things that provide me a benefit?

No, 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.

Nonprofit FAQ

Q. What are the benefits of participating in BayouGives?

Nonprofits have the opportunity to promote their work, raise unrestricted gifts, attract new donors, learn how to use online and social media tools for fundraising, and earn prizes based on their participation in BayouGives. Best of all, nonprofits will be part of an exciting, community wide effort to support nonprofits right here in our Bayou Region.

Q. What are the requirements to participate?

To be eligible to participate in BayouGives, nonprofits must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • Registered and in good standing with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office
  • Organization mailing address in Lafourche Parish, Terrebonne Parish or Grand Isle, LA, and this address must be used for BayouGives registration. (Zip codes will be verified during registration and nonprofits will be categorized by their parish location on the BayouGives website.)
Bayou Community Foundation will review all registrants to confirm eligibility and notify nonprofits if there are any questions or concerns about eligibility. Registered nonprofits will then be required to participate in a BayouGives webinar on Thursday, March 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. as a final step to confirm participation.

Q. When can my organization register for BayouGives?

Online registration opens on Friday, February 8 at 8 a.m. and closes on Monday, March 11 at 5 p.m. The closing date is less than a week after Mardi Gras, so we encourage you to plan ahead and act early!

Q. Is there a cost to register?

Yes, there is a nominal $20 fee for nonprofits to register for BayouGives. This will help to ensure that each nonprofit is eagerly engaged and help Bayou Community Foundation sustain this giving event in future years.

Payment can be made online with a credit card during registration or by check payable to the Bayou Community Foundation postmarked by Monday, March 11, 2019 and mailed to P.O. Box 582, Houma, LA 70361. During the registration process, you will be offered the opportunity to pay by credit card or by check. Check payments must be postmarked by March 11 to be considered valid for registration.

Q. What is the minimum donation on BayouGives?

The minimum donation for each gift is $10.

Q. What forms of gifts are accepted?

Gifts may be made online by credit/debit card (Master Card, Visa, Discover, American Express) or by ACH debit. Online credit/debit card and ACH debit donations made on on BayouGives.org from 12:00 a.m. – 11:49 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 will count toward any prizes awarded on the giving day itself. Nonprofits may also receive check and cash from 12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. April 30. Nonprofits will need to record these “offline” gifts as such in their nonprofit’s BayouGives online account in order to have these gifts applied toward their final BayouGives total and any after-giving day prizes awarded for total donors or total money raised.

Donations made by ACH require a $100 minimum transaction, which can include donations to multiple organizations as long as the total transaction is at least $100.

Q. How much of each donation will my organization receive?

Online credit/debit card gifts – The nonprofit will receive the donation minus a 5.2% processing fee and 30 cents per transaction fee collected by the credit card processing company and GiveGab. Donors will have the option of covering those fees for you when they make their online donation.

ACH gifts (minimum transaction of $100) - The nonprofit will receive the donation minus a flat $3.00 processing fee.

Check/cash gifts –  No fees but nonprofit must record gifts in their BayouGives dashboard.

Q. When will my organization receive the funds raised through BayouGives?

Your nonprofit can expect to receive a direct deposit of total gifts received minus processing and transaction fees within 2-3 days of the close of BayouGives.

Q. Do nonprofits need to issue thank you letters and tax receipts to BayouGives donors?

An automatic donation confirmation and tax receipt from Bayou Community Foundation will be generated and emailed by GiveGab to each donor as they give online, indicating the nonprofit(s) to which their gift(s) was/were designated. This does not take the place of a personal thank you note, however. We strongly encourage nonprofits write their own thank you notes, send emails, or make calls as soon as you can after receiving BayouGives donations.

Q. How does an organization know who gave to them and how much?

Participating nonprofits can access their donor report at any time through their GiveGab administrator dashboard and download the report as needed.

Q. How do nonprofits get their donors excited and engaged leading up to BayouGives?

Participate in the required March 21 webinar (details to come) and check the Nonprofit Toolkit frequently for great ideas, tips, logos and social media posts. Please also watch your email box for messages from Bayou Community Foundation about BayouGives promotions and activities.

Q. Will nonprofits have the opportunity to win prizes?

Yes. Bayou Community Foundation is working to secure sponsors for BayouGives prizes to be awarded for such achievements as most unique donors, largest amount raised, and more. We’ll post those prizes as our sponsors are confirmed.

Q. Could there be any new features added to BayouGives as we get closer to April 30?

Stay tuned and watch this website and your emails! As our plans for BayouGives continue to develop, we may have some exciting news for you about additional ways for your nonprofit and your donors to participate in our 2019 community giving event!

Q. When I check the box on GiveGab to declare state charitable solicitation registration compliance, what am I attesting to??

When you check the box you are attesting (defined as "declaring that something exists or is the case") that your organization is compliant with applicable state fundraising requirements in the states in which you may solicit donors using the GiveGab platform.

Q. Do you have additional resources to reference about state charitable solicitation registration?

Yes! Here are a few more resources from Harbor Compliance to help you: