FAQs for Donors

What is Give BIG Lexington 2016?

Give BIG Lexington will be a 24-hour day of giving on Thursday, November 10th from 12a.m. until midnight. It is a day when everyone is asked to make a donation and show support for local nonprofits that positively impact our lives every day.

What is the goal of Give BIG Lexington?

The goal of this community-wide giving day is to raise awareness of current philanthropic needs and opportunities in our community, build capacity of local nonprofits and inspire donors to support the causes that mean the most to them.

Encourage philanthropy – Provide an engaging way to raise awareness of current needs and opportunities in our community while inspiring our patrons to be philanthropic.
Encourage Giving – Together we have the power to raise thousands of dollars and have a significant impact on the future of our community.
Encourage Growth – Enable each participating cause to build capacity through an online giving platform. Give BIG Lexington provides them with an online presence and access to online giving not just on November 10th but throughout the next year.
Encourage Community – When we work together lives can be changed, our community can grow stronger and our nonprofits, programs and projects will thrive.

Who can donate?

Donations are accepted from individuals, groups, organizations and businesses…. ANYONE can donate through Give BIG Lexington!

How do I make a donation?

Donations can be made on-line using your phone, tablet, laptop or computer. This event is for 24 hours on Thursday, November 10, beginning at 12a.m. and ending at 11:59 p.m. Donations must be made during this time to qualify for the matching funds.

The LEXINGTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION will also receive gifts from individuals who prefer to make their gifts in person instead of online. People can come to the Foundation office at 607 N. Washington St. between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Do I need an account on Razoo to donate?

No, you do not need to create an account to make a donation. However, if you plan to give multiple times during Give BIG Lexington, creating an account means you only have to enter your credit card information once. Your account also collects your tax receipts in one location and enables you to track your donation, review the charities you support and schedule future giving.

Can I make my donation early for Give BIG Lexington?

Yes! In the weeks leading up to Give BIG Lexington donors will be able to schedule their donations in advance, while still having them count toward the giving day.

Is there a minimum or maximum donation?

Minimum donation is $5 and there is no maximum donation limit. Donations up to $25,000 per donor/per organization, qualify to receive a proportional share of the incentive fund of $75,000 given by the LEXINGTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION.

Can I get a refund?

All donations are final and cannot be refunded.

How much of the donation will go to the nonprofit?

100% of your donation made through Give BIG Lexington will go directly to the organization. The LEXINGTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION is covering the 6.9% plus $0.30 per transaction fee charged by the Razoo Foundation for expenses and campaign costs (including credit card transaction costs). Donors have the option to cover these fees during the checkout process.

What is the Incentive Fund?

The LEXINGTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION will contribute an incentive fund of $75,000. Every participating nonprofit will receive a proportional share of this fund, based upon qualifying donations received and their percentage of the total dollars raised.

For example, if a nonprofit organization raises 3% (in qualifying donations) of the total Give BIG Lexington donations, then they will receive an additional $2,250 from the incentive fund.

Who will receive my contact information?

The organization(s) you choose to support will receive donor name and address, unless the donor chooses to make an anonymous contribution. As host of Give BIG Lexington 2016, Lexington Community Foundation will receive the contact information for donors who participate in Give BIG Lexington and do not give anonymously. This information is used solely to thank the donor for participating in Give BIG Lexington.

How do I get a tax receipt?

Your tax receipt is e-mailed to you immediately by Razoo Foundation upon successful processing of your online donation. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please retain your email donation receipt as an official record. If you misplace this email, you can view your giving history and receipts by logging into your Razoo account, or request a duplicate receipt by e-mailing support@razoo.com. Please include your full name, date of donation, amount of donation and name of your designated nonprofit. Offline donations will have a tax receipt mailed to them from the Lexington Community Foundation.

How can I find out more about Give BIG Lexington?

Stay tuned to this website, follow the tag board on the Home page #GiveBIGLex or the Lexington Community Foundation website: http://www.lexfoundation.org/ for more information. You can also "like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LexingtonCommunityFoundation and follow us on Twitter @LexFoundation and stay updated on new challenges and opportunities as the event draws near.


FAQs for Nonprofits

Who is eligible to participate in Give BIG Lexington?

All local nonprofit organizations that serve the Lexington area are welcome to participate in this event. This includes health and human service organizations, arts and culture, children and families, education, animals, parks and recreation and many more Lexington nonprofit groups. Organizations that exist primarily for religious or political activities are excluded.

How do I register my nonprofit to participate?

Contact the Lexington Community Foundation at jawnakuck@lexfoundation.com or (308) 324-6704 to confirm your organization is eligible to participate. Then you will be asked to assist the Foundation in creating your online giving page.

How much of a donor’s gift will be re-granted to my organization?

Your organization will receive 100% of your Give BIG Lexington ’16 donations.

How do I earn Incentive Funds?

The LEXINGTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION will contribute an incentive fund of $75,000. Every participating nonprofit will receive a proportional share of this fund, based upon qualifying donations received and their percentage of the total dollars raised.

For example, if your organization raises 3% (in qualifying donations) of the total Give BIG Lexington donations, then you will receive an additional $2,250 from the incentive fund.

Is there a fee to participate?

No. There is not a fee to participate. All Give BIG Lexington donations are made to the Razoo Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which permits donors to advise a re-granting of their donations to IRS 501(c)(3) organizations. 100% of your online charitable gift is receipted and advised for re-grant to your chosen cause. The LEXINGTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION is covering the 6.9% plus $0.30 per transaction fee charged by the Razoo Foundation for expenses and campaign costs (including credit card transaction costs).

How will donations made through Give BIG Lexington be distributed?

Each donation made to your organization and a list of donors will be disbursed directly to you around the 15th of December. Each organization will also be given the donors address so that you will have the opportunity to personally thank them for their support of your organization through Give BIG Lexington.

Do I need to issue a tax receipt to my donors?

No, donation receipts will be provided by the Razoo Foundation or the Lexington Community Foundation. However, we do encourage you to send a thank you note to your donors letting them know how much you appreciate their support.

How can I find out more about Give BIG Lexington?

Stay tuned to this website, follow the tag board on the Home page #GiveBIGLex or the Lexington Community Foundation website: http://www.lexfoundation.org/ for more information. You can also "like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LexingtonCommunityFoundation and follow us on Twitter @LexFoundation and stay updated on new challenges and opportunities as the event draws near.

The Lexington Community Foundation Board of Directors can modify any restrictions or conditions if, in the sole judgment of the Board of Directors, such restriction or condition becomes unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment or inconsistent with the charitable needs of the community. As such, Give BIG Lexington reserves the right to deny or condition the distribution of prize grants if, in the judgment of its Board of Directors, such restriction or condition becomes necessary.