FAQs

The following FAQs reflect questions you may have as a donor, as a prospective participating non-profit, or as a representative of the media.  Should you not see a response to your question, please visit the contact page to submit your question.

What is #GivingTuesdayâ„¢?

#GivingTuesday™ (#GT) is a national movement to create a day of giving added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The sixth annual #GivingTuesday is on November 28th, 2017.

What is #GivingTuesdayChesCo?

#GivingTuesdayChesCo is part of the national celebration of generosity. It’s a day to build awareness and give a gift that makes an impact—right here in Chester County. #GivingTuesdayChesCo gives you the chance to contribute to important causes in our county.

I am a member of the media. How can I learn more about #GivingTuesdayChesCo?

Please email Emily Hibshmam at emily@kultivate.net or call her at 610-295-7662.

Why should I support #GivingTuesdayChesCo?

#GivingTuesday celebrates giving and by continuing a conversation about ways to give more, give smarter, and put personal philanthropy back into the giving season. Imagine the impact your gift will have and the leverage power when combined with online donors throughout our county and beyond - all for the benefit of Chester County non-profits and the communities they serve!

Does #GivingTuesday recommend where to donate or volunteer?

No. This website is a volunteer led effort, and nonprofits who have chosen to participate have stated that they are a qualified 501(c)(3).  #GivingTuesdayChesCo does not recommend, support, or endorse any specific participating non-profit. Online resources like Charity Navigator and Guidestar enable donors to access relevant information before making a donation.

Why should my non-profit participate in #GivingTuesdayChesCo?

In 2012, more than 2,500 recognized #GivingTuesday™ participants from all 50 states of the United States took part in the movement. The collective efforts of partners, donors and advocates helped fuel a marked increase in charitable giving on GivingTuesday. In 2016, 379.89 billion dollars were raised in the U.S. alone to celebrate #GivingTuesday.  Your organization will have the opportunity to join over 10,000 partners around the world to enhance the philanthropic sector as a whole; just as the retail world has benefitted from coordinating national shopping days across many brands and platforms, #GivingTuesday will do the same for giving.

How does my non-profit organization become an official #GivingTuesdayChesCo participant?

Very easily! Please click on the Join tab for the participant form. Eligible #GivingTuesdayChesCo participants must be a registered, 501(c)3 non-profit with a service and program area that includes Chester County. Participating non-profits must also be able to accept online giving via their website. Once you sign up and complete the participant form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. #GivingTuesdayChesCo steering committee members will review the information and if complete, will upload the information in the participant section. Participant submissions will be accepted until 5:00 pm on November 14th, 2017.

Can my non-profit organization receive donations through the #GivingTuesdayChesCo website?

No. Eligible non-profit organizations participating in the #GivingTuesdayChesC0 must be able to accept online donations through their website. The #GivingTuesdayChesCo website will link to those web pages; it does not accept or distribute donations. All donations are made directly to the participating non-profits, and need to be made through participant websites.