WHY DONATE THROUGH MONTEREY COUNTY GIVES?
You can donate to one or all 158 organizations on the Monterey County Gives! website. You can easily donate different amounts to each organization, if that is your wish. And best of all, every organization you donate to through Monterey County Gives! will receive an additional amount on top of your donation through the overall match. This overall match is based on a percentage each organization raises, up to $75,000. In addition, some organizations also have individual Challenge Gifts. Your support goes a long way when you donate through Monterey County Gives! It’s a win for everyone.
IS MY ONLINE DONATION SECURE?
Yes. Your online donation is made through a secure server.
WHEN DOES THE CAMPAIGN START AND END?
Monterey County Gives! kicks off on Thursday, November 9, and ends at midnight December 31 (PST).
CAN I DONATE THROUGH THE MAIL?
Yes. Donors who do not wish to donate online may mail donations to:
Community Foundation for Monterey County
Attn: MC Gives!
2354 Garden Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Checks must be maid payable to the Community Foundation, and indicate on the memo line that it is for MC Gives! and to which organization you are donating. Include your address, phone, and email address. If donating to multiple organizations, please combine onto one check and include a list of the individual amounts you’d like applied to each organization.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM DONATION?
The minimum donation accepted is $5.
WHY AN INCENTIVE FOR DONORS 18-35 YEARS OLD?
Nonprofit organizations depend on a variety of people to make their organizations flourish. When young donors get involved with a nonprofit organization, they can have an important long-term impact, not only in helping to raise funds, but as volunteers, engaged participants, maybe ultimately as members of the board of directors. We want to encourage younger people to participate with the nonprofit community, to become lifelong partners with the nonprofit of their choosing. If you are a donor in this age range, please enter your birth year on the checkout page when you make your donation.
HOW WERE THE ORGANIZATIONS SELECTED?
A request for proposals was published in Monterey County Weekly and on www.MontereyCountyWeekly.com for several weeks during the summer. Our panel selected from the eligible organizations that submitted applications by the deadline. To be eligible for next year’s campaign an organization should look for the announcements in the Weekly (typically during July) and follow the application instructions.
CAN I DONATE STOCK?
CAN I MAKE A DONATION ON SOMEONE ELSE’S BEHALF?
Yes. On the checkout page, you will have the option to select a dedication option: “This is an honorary or memorial gift.” You will then be prompted for more information, including the person you wish to acknowledge, and the option to send an email to someone to let them know about your gift. Please note that if you are donating to multiple organizations at one time, each organization will receive notification of your honor/memory gift.
ARE DONATIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes. Donors will receive an email receipt immediately after making an online donation. In addition, you will receive an acknowledgement letter from the Community Foundation for Monterey County (Tax ID #94-1615897) for donations of $250 or above.
WILL CASH DONATIONS BE ACCEPTED?
Cash donations can be made at the Monterey office of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. The address is 2354 Garden Road, Monterey, and the offices is open 8:30 AM-5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Please roll coins or convert to dollars. Also, be sure to include the name of the organization to which the donation applies. If the cash donation is from multiple donors, include the total number of donors and total number born between the ages of 18-35 so that we may count them for the additional awards.
WHO HANDLES THE MONEY FROM THE DONATIONS?
All donations are overseen and managed by the Community Foundation for Monterey County. In February of next year, the Community Foundation will disperse 100% of all donations each individual nonprofit organization receives during the campaign, adding to this total the pro rata match.
CAN MY DONATION BE MADE ANONYMOUSLY?
Yes, please specify that you would like to remain anonymous when you submit your donation.
HOW WILL THE OVERALL MATCH BE APPLIED?
The overall match will be divided based on the percentage of the total donations received during the campaign by each organization. This match will only apply to the first $75,000 raised by an organization.