About the Event
Gifts may be made with cash/check with the Offline Donation Form.
[BayouGIVES Offline Donation Form]
Q. What is BayouGIVES?
BayouGIVES is a community 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 April 28, 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 is Wednesday, April 28 from 12:00 am to 11:59 p.m., with early giving beginning April 7 at BayouGives.org.
Q. Who can I contact with questions about BayouGIVES?
If you have any questions about BayouGIVES contact Bayou Community Foundation by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 985-790-1150. Also feel free to chat into the blue chat bubble for help with any technical support!
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, 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 April 7-April 28 using the offline donation form. These gifts 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. For offline gifts (cash, checks), you should expect to receive a gift acknowledgment directly from the receiving nonprofit.
Q. Is there a minimum gift?
There is a $10 minimum donation for all online and offline donations.
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 5.5% 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! Mobile Pay is also available in the donation form.
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.
Q. What are the benefits of participating in BayouGIVES?
Nonprofits have the opportunity to promote their work, raise unrestricted gifts, attract new donors, strengthen their online and social media fundraising efforts, and earn prizes based on their participation in BayouGIVES. Best of all, organizations will be part of an exciting, community wide effort to support nonprofit work 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:
- Federally approved 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.)
Q. When can my organization register for BayouGIVES?
Online registration opens on Wednesday, February 17 at 8 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, March 24 at 5 p.m.
Q. Is there a cost to register?
Yes, there is a nominal $20 fee for nonprofits to register for BayouGIVES. This helps fund the cost of the online giving platform and sustain this giving event now and in future years.
During the registration process, you will be offered the opportunity to pay by credit card or by check. Payment can be made online with a credit card during registration or by check payable to the Bayou Community Foundation postmarked by Thursday, March 25, 2021 and mailed to P.O. Box 582, Houma, LA 70361.
ALL NONPROFITS WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED BayouGIVES REGISTRATION IN 2020, ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED FOR 2021. NO REGISTRATION FEE IS REQUIRED IN 2021 FOR THESE ORGANIZATIONS.
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), mobile pay, or ACH debit between April 7 - April 28.
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.
Nonprofits may also receive check and cash donations for BayouGIVES, April 7 - April 28. Nonprofits will need to record these “offline” gifts using the offline donation form and enter the donation as such in their nonprofit’s BayouGIVES account in order to have these gifts applied toward their final BayouGIVES total.
Q. How much of each donation will my organization receive?
Online credit/debit card gifts – The nonprofit will receive the donation minus a 5.5% 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 will need to have completed offline donation form and manually record gifts in their BayouGIVES account.
Q. When will my organization receive the funds raised through BayouGIVES?
Bayou Community Foundation will issue a check or process an ACH deposit to each participating nonprofit for money raised minus fees as described above, any prizes awarded by June 4, 2021.
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. You will also be responsible for mailing gift acknowledgment letters to all donors who give cash or check gifts during BayouGIVES.
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 29 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 to participating nonprofits. Prizes will be finalized and posted on BayouGIVES.org.
Q. Could there be any new features added to BayouGIVES as we get closer to April 28?
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 2021 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:
- Guide and Overview of Many Nonprofit State by State Compliance Requirements
- Guide and Overview Specific to Fundraising Compliance
- National Council of Nonprofits and Harbor Compliance have partnered to create a white paper explaining the state charitable solicitation registration requirements.
- A Quick Summary of Charitable Solicitation in Graphic Form
- Executive Brief: Charitable Solicitation Registration (great for driving awareness and support with leadership and the board)
- State by State Links to the State Organizations that Regulate Charities, Solicitation, and Registrations