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Siouxland Big Give
Beyond a donation, how can I support my favorite nonprofit on this day?
You can spread the word among your friends and networks about Siouxland Big Give and the good work nonprofits do in our community. Your favorite nonprofit may also have an online media campaign or other ideas to promote the day. The Toolkits portion of provides additional materials, templates and samples to support your efforts.
Can I donate using my phone?

Yes. is a “mobile optimized platform” that will make it easy to make a gift on your smartphone.

If you have the Venmo App, you can also use this to make a quick donation.

Send your donation to "Siouxland Big Give" with @SiouxlandCommunityFoundation as the handle. Make sure you verify that you have the right recipient and make sure you let us know which nonprofit you want your donation directed to.

Note: All donations that do not specify a charity, will be put in the "general fund" to be split among charities as SCF administration deems best. If you list a charity that is not a qualified participant, the donation will also be put in the "general fund."

Can I give to more than one organization?
You may make donations to multiple organizations. Only the nonprofits registered on may receive gifts during this event. You can add multiple organizations to your “cart” as you’re browsing the participants for added convenience when submitting donations.
Can my organization host a special event?
Yes! We encourage you to host an event for October 6, 2020. Try partnering with other participating nonprofits, ask board members and volunteers to assist as hosts to your nonprofit, or connect with a local business to raise awareness about Siouxland Big Give!
Does it cost anything to give on
There is no fee to you as a donor. You will receive an immediate thank you and tax receipt for 100% of your donation. A 3% credit card transaction fee will be deducted from each credit card transaction.
Does my organization need to send letters for their tax deductions?
No. The donor will immediately receive an email confirming the gift receipt from the Siouxland Community Foundation during the event. Note that all donations must be 100% tax deductible (no additional benefits to the donor can be given from the nonprofit in exchange for their gift). We strongly encourage you to acknowledge donations by following-up with donors to thank them and let them know how their gifts will fuel your mission. Please do NOT include any tax information or list the amount of the gift.
How can I help make the day a success for my organization and our community?
Once you have set up your organization profile at, you will have access to a toolkit for making the day a success for your organization. If you are not currently on social media, set up accounts for your organization now. The Siouxland Community Foundation will provide a communications toolkit to participating organizations to educate you on the giving platform and how to be successful through Siouxland Big Give Finally, get excited and have fun – this is your charitable holiday, a great big give-together!

Organizations must contact donors and are required to share social media posts for results.
How can I make a donation?
To participate in our THIRD ANNUAL 24-hour challenge on October 6th, 2020 there are several ways to give:
  • Schedule donations on this website two weeks in advance, Sept 22 - Oct 5 and they will be processed on October 6th
  • Make your donation on this website on October 6th 12:00 AM through 11:59 PM CST
  • On October 6, Make a donation via Venmo App on your phone - send money to username: Siouxland Big Give @SiouxlandCommunityFoundation - see QR code below)
  • On October 6, stop by one of our four Hy-Vee store locations - Sergeant Rd., Hamilton Blvd., Gordon Dr. or So. Sioux City. 
  • Pick two! Schedule your planned gifts ahead of time, then give some boosts to your favorite nonprofits on October 6th as the day unfolds
Please note: Donations made via Venmo and at Hy-Vee giving sites will NOT be reflected in the live totals during the event. They will need to be processed before we can announce final numbers. If you give via Venmo, make sure you clearly list a participating charity in your notes so that it gets credited properly. 

How can the community support the cost of Siouxland Big Give initiative?
The Siouxland Community Foundation (SCF) hosts the Siouxland Big Give as part of our mission of inspiring giving throughout the Siouxland area and celebrating the community’s nonprofits. SCF provides an opportunity for anyone in the community to support Siouxland Big Give by adding an optional donation during the checkout process that would go directly towards subsidizing the costs associated with the giving day.

During the checkout process, you will be asked if you would like to Donate to Siouxland Big Give. If you choose to donate, you can select an amount of your choosing for a one-time donation to the SCF. This donation will be added to your total. By supporting Siouxland Big Give you are helping us to support our region's wonderful nonprofit community!
How does it work?
The Siouxland Community Foundation has set up an online giving platform at with searchable profiles of participating nonprofits. All donations will be processed through this website, which allows nonprofits and donors to track the giving on October 6 via the site’s leaderboards. Anyone can donate to their favorite participating nonprofits via
How does my organization register to participate?
Registration closes on September 20, 2020. Organizations are required to complete a registration form at by that date. Organizations are not approved for participation until their profile is visible at
How much of my donation goes to the nonprofit?
For every donation made a 3% fee will be deducted.
How much of the donations go to my organization?
Your organization will receive at least 97.00% of the total donations received the day of the event and 100% of any prize money obtained during the event. There will be a credit card transaction fee of 3% deducted from the amount donated to your organization via credit card. There are no fees deducted from donations made through SCF donor accounts.
How will I be recognized as a donor?
You will receive an immediate thank you and tax receipt from the Siouxland Community Foundation. Your chosen nonprofits may also send a thank you to let you know how your donation will make a difference. You can choose to make an anonymous donation if you prefer. Anonymous donors will receive a tax receipt, but will not receive a thank you from the nonprofit organization to which they contributed.
Is my gift safe and secure?
Yes. The website is supported by Apt Web Development, Inc., and is an SSL secured site. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral.
Is my gift tax deductible?
Donations through Siouxland Big Give are 100% tax deductible. Once your credit card donation is processed, you will receive an email confirming the deduction from the Siouxland Community Foundation. Please save this email for your records. By selecting a specific charity to receive your donation, your gift is restricted for that charity and will not be given to any other charity. You cannot designate your donation for a specific program at a nonprofit.
What are the minimum and maximum donation amounts?
The minimum donation amount is $10. There is no maximum donation. All gifts made on are non-refundable.
What if I can’t find my favorite nonprofit on the Siouxland Big Give site?
While we encourage participation in Siouxland Big Give it is not required that nonprofits participate. If your favorite nonprofit does not have a profile on the Siouxland Big Give site, you cannot use to donate to them and they will not be eligible for prizes. We’re happy to assist you with your charitable giving outside of Siouxland Big Give Please email us at for more information.
What if I still have questions about Siouxland Gives?
Contact the Siouxland Community Foundation, at (712) 293-3303 or email
What if the amount my nonprofit expected based on the initial Siouxland Big Give results does not match the final disbursement?
Although each nonprofit will be able to see their gifts in real time, please be aware that reconciliation must be completed and, even though gifts are considered nonrefundable, a donation can be revoked for a variety of reasons from the time of receipt to the time of disbursement. Therefore, donation reports cannot be considered final until the nonprofit receives the disbursement from the Siouxland Community Foundation. Participating organizations will have access to all donation information, with the exception of contact information of those donors who prefer to remain anonymous.
What is required for organizations to participate? Is there a fee?
Each year, an organization will need to enroll or re-activate their profile and agree to pay an annual participation fee of $50. Your organization should prepare to devote staff and/or volunteer time to promoting Siouxland Big Give among your donors and social networks. The Siouxland Community Foundation provides the website platform, community-wide marketing, and a communications toolkit to help you get started and be successful. We have seen a direct correlation between the time an organization puts in to the Siouxland Bive and the dollars an organization raises.
What is the Siouxland Big Give?
Siouxland Big Give is a 24-hour, online giving event organized annually by the Siouxland Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the Siouxland area. The event will take place this year on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020. The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations. Siouxland Big Give is based on other successful giving days hosted by community foundations across the country.
What organizations are eligible to participate?
  • An organization must be a 501(c)(3) public charity, recognized by the IRS as a qualified recipient of tax-deductible gifts, serving Siouxland.
  • One organization per tax identification number is eligible to participate with the exception of Siouxland Community Foundation not for profit funds.
  • Funds raised through Siouxland Big Give are used for services to support Siouxland.
  • The Siouxland Community Foundation has final discretion in approving organizations for participation.
What organizations are participating in Siouxland Gives?
Organizations that are headquartered or provide services in the Siouxland area are invited to register for Siouxland Big Give The Siouxland Community Foundation verifies that each participant is a 501(c)(3) public charity in compliance with IRS 990 requirements.
What's the benefit to participating in Siouxland Big Give?
Siouxland Big Give has the potential to be one of the largest giving days in the country. On this one day, more than 10,000 people are focused on the nonprofit community thanks to the efforts of our media sponsors, event sponsors, and the participating nonprofits. This community-wide celebration is the only day fully focused on the incredible work of local nonprofits in our region.
When will my organization receive their Siouxland Big Give donations?
You nonprofit will receive all donations and prize money in a single disbursement at a check presentation event in November. Once the Foundation announces the exact date, please plan to have a representative attend the event (one of your staff, board member, trusted volunteer). All disbursements will be made by check. Please be patient as our finance department performs a financial reconciliation on all transactions. To ensure accuracy, this process takes some time as the event continues to grow.
Who can make a donation on Siouxland Gives?
Anyone can donate to a nonprofit that has a profile on You do not have to have an account with the Siouxland Community Foundation or live in the Siouxland area to donate.
Who created Siouxland Big Give?
The Siouxland Community Foundation organized the event and created the online giving platform The Foundation’s mission is to promote local philanthropy. We serve over 1,000 donors that give through the Foundation to local nonprofits. The Siouxland Community Foundation works with local foundations, donors, and corporations to underwrite the event and secure prize money. For more information about the Siouxland Community Foundation, visit
Why give through
We encourage the support of local nonprofits with year-round giving, but Siouxland Big Give was created as a charitable holiday. It’s our day to celebrate Siouxland’s spirit of generosity and support the work of nonprofits.
Why is there a fee on donations made through
The Siouxland Community Foundation (SCF) is committed to transparency about the costs of online fundraising for Siouxland Big Give. 

The fee taken out of each online donation through is a third-party merchant processing fee at a customary rate at 3%.  

SCF leverages its own resources of staff time and finances to support and subsidize the majority of the cost of the giving day. To assist in covering these costs, nonprofits are required to pay a small, $50 participation fee to secure their spot, while helping underwrite the cost of marketing materials and the giving platform.

 The Foundation works to ensure that Siouxland Big Give is a cost-effective and successful fundraising day for all nonprofits involved. Our fees are one of the lowest in the country for giving platforms.
Why should my organization participate?
Siouxland Big Give is your opportunity to:
  • Raise awareness about your organization
  • Grow your donations and receive prizes
  • Reach new donors
  • Build your online fundraising skills
Will my organization receive donor information for acknowledgments?
Yes, you will have access to donor information. We encourage you to reach out to your donors after the event and thank them for supporting them your organization.
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