Frequently Asked Questions
Give to Lincoln Day is a giving day event that encourages everyone to contribute to Lincoln and Lancaster County nonprofit organizations through a single online giving platform between May 1 and May 26. Give to Lincoln Day is coordinated by Lincoln Community Foundation, in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. Every donation given makes a bigger impact because nonprofits also get a proportional share of a $500,000 challenge match fund provided by Lincoln Community Foundation and the sponsors listed on this site.
Since the first Give to Lincoln Day in 2012, the event has raised more than $40 million for local nonprofits.
What is the goal?
The purpose of Give to Lincoln Day is to promote philanthropy in Lincoln and Lancaster County. There are three primary goals:
- Introduce new donors to our nonprofit organizations.
- Help Lincoln nonprofit organizations tell their stories and educate Lincoln about the positive impact they have on our lives.
- Shine a community spotlight on this day of charitable giving to raise a substantial amount of new money to assist the local nonprofit network.
Give to Lincoln Day is intended to be a bonus fundraising opportunity for local nonprofits in our community.
On May 26th, gifts can be made to participating nonprofits online at GiveToLincoln.com from 12am to 11:59pm, or in person at Lincoln Community Foundation office between 8am and 5pm.
Donations can be scheduled online in advance, starting May 1. Scheduled gifts will be counted in the dollars raised on Give to Lincoln Day and qualify for matching funds.
Donations may also be made in person by cash or check at the Lincoln Community Foundation office from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Thursday, May 26th. Checks must be written to “Lincoln Community Foundation” with the nonprofit name specified in the memo line. All donations are final and cannot be refunded.
The minimum donation on givetolincoln.com is $10. There is no maximum amount an organization may receive.
- Gifts made to satisfy prior pledges are not eligible for matching funds.
- Household gifts exceeding $10,000 per nonprofit will be eligible for match fund dollars up to $10,000, and any amount in excess of $10,000 will not be eligible for the match fund.
- Lincoln Community Foundation reserves the right to deny, condition, or modify the distribution of match grants if deemed necessary in the judgment of its Board of Directors.
Nonprofit organizations will receive their donations (less a 2.9% fee), proportional share of the match fund and a list of offline donors approximately one month after the event.
All donations on givetolincoln.com will be made to the Firespring Foundation; a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which permits donors to advise a re-granting of their donations to other IRS recognized qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations. Firespring Foundation will re-grant 97.1% of each contribution to the qualifying organization as advised by the donor, retaining 2.9% plus $.30 per transaction for credit card transaction costs, unless the donor chooses to pay the fees. All donations are final and cannot be refunded.
There are four ways to make a gift for Give to Lincoln Day:
Donations to participating charities are made online and will be updated in real time on the leader board at www.givetolincoln.com on May 26. Online donations may be made beginning May 1. Gifts made between May 1 and May 26 will count toward the event, show on the leaderboard when the giving day begins on May 26, and be eligible for the challenge match fund.
2. Offline (Checks)
Donations may also be made via check and mailed to the address below. Gifts must be postmarked by May 18 to count toward the event, show on the leaderboard, and be eligible for the challenge match fund.
Lincoln Community Foundation
215 Centennial Mall S Ste 100
Lincoln, NE 68508
Checks must be written to “Lincoln Community Foundation” with the nonprofit name specified in the memo line (if you are donating to multiple nonprofits, write one check for the total and include a separate list of nonprofits and amounts to each). LCF will charge the same 2.9% fee as Firespring Foundation charges for online gifts. Fees received from offline gifts are directed to grants for local nonprofits.
Donors may also drop off donations between May 1 and May 26 at Presenting Sponsor, West Gate Bank’s Lincoln branches via the lobby or the commercial drop drawers. Visit https://westgate.bank/locations for lobby hours.
3. Lincoln Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund
Those who have a donor advised fund administered by Lincoln Community Foundation may recommend grants from their fund to participating nonprofits (no fee is assessed on donor advised fund grants). When using a donor advised fund, there is a minimum $100 grant per nonprofit. Grant recommendations can be submitted through the My LCF Login at www.lcf.org, and are encouraged to be made before May 19.
4. Individual Retirement Account – Qualified Charitable Distribution Gifts
Donors who are 70½ or older may make qualified charitable distributions from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to charities participating in Give to Lincoln Day. For more information on this giving method, click here.
IRA owners must complete the IRA Give to Lincoln Day Distributions Form found on the Toolkit page and submit it to the Lincoln Community Foundation by May 16, 2022 via mail to the address above or emailed to email@example.com. The IRA owner must also contact their IRA administrator and initiate the gift to the Lincoln Community Foundation by May 9 in order for the gift to be included as part of Give to Lincoln Day. Gifts from IRAs will be subject to the 2.9% fee assessed on other offline gifts.
You can help us reach our Give to Lincoln Day goal of $100,000!
- Schedule your Give to Lincoln Day donation today.
- Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with our Give to Lincoln Day Campaign.
- Challenge your friends and family to support City Impact.