Central Oregon Gives

FAQ

What is Central Oregon Gives?

Central Oregon Gives is our region’s hub for end-of-year, nonprofit giving. Our digital giving platform offers a convenient clearinghouse for donors to learn about and fund more than 80 different nonprofits. With each donation made, the donor receives a perk such as a free cup of coffee or pint of beer, and is entered to win larger prizes. The nonprofits that receive the largest amount of funding through Central Oregon Gives receive prizes of their own from anonymous matching donors. This year, the project seeks to raise $1 million.

When will Central Oregon Gives be accepting donations?

Donations will be accepted for seven weeks, beginning Nov. 10 and ending Dec. 31.

How many nonprofits are a part of Central Oregon Gives?

Each year more and more nonprofits participate in the campaign. This year about 80 nonprofits will be funded by Central Oregon Gives.

Does Central Oregon Gives take a percentage of each donation?

No. The best thing about Central Oregon Gives is that 100 percent of a donation goes directly to the nonprofit. To ensure this, the 2.9 percent processing fee charged by our credit card processor to accept the donation is added on top of the donation amount. For example, a $100 donation will total to $102.90 for approval by the donor. Not a penny of these funds remain with Central Oregon Gives.

What do donors get for contributing through Central Oregon Gives?

Each time a donation is made the donor receives a perk such as a free cup of coffee or pint of beer, and the chance to win larger prizes being offered during that specific week of the campaign. New Incentives will be added to the site each week. By contributing through Central Oregon Gives donors can also help their favorite nonprofit earn enough to qualify for one of the matching grants ranging in value from $2,000 to $15,000.

What are the nonprofit prizes for earning the most in donations?

The nonprofit that receives the most in total funding will receive a $15,000 prize from an anonymous matching donor. The nonprofit that receives the largest number of microdonations of $25 or less will receive a $2,000 prize. And four $2,000 prizes will be awarded to the nonprofits that earn the most in each of the Central Oregon Gives categories (not including the category of the big prize winner). Those categories are Education, Family & Children; Basic Needs; Arts & Culture; Animal Welfare; and Health & Environment.

How can nonprofits maximize the value of Central Oregon Gives?

Nonprofits that actively promote Central Oregon Gives through social media, e-mail campaigns, newsletters, word of mouth and their website have the greatest success in earning extra dollars through Central Oregon Gives above and beyond their normal end-of-year giving expectations. The Central Oregon Gives team offers a Promotional Toolkit that provides all the tools nonprofits need to blow the doors off their end-of-year giving through this campaign.

What are acceptable ways donors can contribute through Central Oregon Gives?

We strongly encourage donations through the website with credit or debit cards. This helps us keep an up-to-date, accurate tally of contributions and increases the chance that all donations will be properly credited toward the valuable nonprofit prizes.

However, if a nonprofit receives a check specifically intended for the Central Oregon Gives campaign, we will count that check toward that group’s total as long as the check includes a notification in the memo line that it is for Central Oregon Gives or is accompanied by a letter of documentation from the donor. Central Oregon Gives does not accept checks directly.

Nonprofit team members can submit Offline Donations by visiting their Nonprofit Profile Page on the Central Oregon Gives site. In your nonprofit’s donation form, enter the amount of the Offline Donation and click the Donate Now button. Then select “Nonprofit Use Only” and complete the form with the donor’s first and last name and your nonprofit’s contact email address.

In order for the Offline Donation to be processed, you must also email a photo or scanned copy of one of the following proof-of-donation documents to COGives@BendSource.com:

1) A check payable to your nonprofit with “Central Oregon Gives” written on the memo line.

or

2) A letter of documentation written by the donor. For example:
“To whom it may concern, I wish for this donation of $[insert dollar amount here] to be accepted as a contribution to the total amount of dollars earned by [insert non-profit name here] for the Central Oregon Gives campaign. My full name is [insert name here] and I can be contacted at [insert phone and email here] with any questions about this donation.”

Offline Donations, including check documentation, must be received by Central Oregon Gives no later than Dec. 24, 2021.

Do the fundraising totals on the website reflect checks given offline?

Yes, totals online will include checks, but it could be up to a week from the time we receive a check from a nonprofit to when the tally is updated. Please remember that checks must be provided directly to nonprofits, not to Central Oregon Gives.

Why is Central Oregon Gives using Stripe?

The Central Oregon Gives team has spent countless hours working to determine the most affordable method for processing the hundreds of donations we receive. Our research showed that the the best option for driving the most revenue directly to nonprofits was Stripe, a well-established and trusted credit card processing company our donors can rely on.

NONPROFIT PRIZES

The gift that keeps on giving! Crown your favorite nonprofit with a cash win for earning the following prizes:

Top Fundraiser Overall: $15,000
Top Fundraiser Per Category: $2,000
Most Donations of $25 or Less: $2,000