FAQs


About the Event


What is Give Local Lancaster?

Give Local Lancaster is an annual event designed to celebrate the causes that matter to Fort Lawn, Great Falls, and Lancaster County. Each year, supporters can get involved by donating funds or giving time in support of our important nonprofit organizations. Launched in 2016 by the Arras Foundation and supporting partners (City of Lancaster, Lancaster County Community Foundation, and Lancaster County Partners For Youth), Give Local Lancaster has raised over $868,700 for more than 55 nonprofit organizations. 


When is Give Local Lancaster 2021?

Give Local Lancaster will be held on Monday, November 15, 2021.


Why did we choose this date?

November 15 is National Philanthropy Day! In the original Greek translation, the word philanthropy means the “love of humanity.” We choose to highlight this day as we recommit ourselves to extending goodwill to all people; to helping our own communities stay safe and strong; to lifting up our neighbors and friends in need; to striving toward a brighter future, and to celebrate all those that share this vision!


If I have additional questions, who should I contact?

If you have other questions, feel free to use the "little blue chat bubble" located in the bottom-right corner of your screen or email CustomerSuccess@GiveGab.com. You can also contact the Arras Foundation at givelocal@arrasfoundation.org or by phone at 803-286-8772.


Giving


What forms of donations are accepted?

Credit Card: Donations made with MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express credit or debit cards will be received through the website and will be tracked as a part of the Give Local Lancaster crowdfunding effort. 

Bank Account: You can also make a donation directly from your bank account using Plaid with a donation minimum of $100. You can learn more about using your bank account for your donation by viewing this article.

Check: Donations can be made by check, but must be written out and mailed to the nonprofit of your choice, dated November 15, 2021, and marked with "GLL" in the subject line.  Contact your favorite nonprofit for more information.

Do you have a large donation or required minimum donation that you would like to distribute to multiple organizations? The Arras Foundation will be happy to assist! For more information, please contact Arras Foundation at 803-286-8772 by Wednesday, November 10, 2021 to process.


Is there a minimum gift?

Yes, a minimum donation of $10 is required to participate in the Give Local Lancaster campaign.


How will the donations be reported on my credit card statement?

When you receive your emailed receipt following your donation, you will see a preview of how your credit card statement will report your gift. Your credit card statement will typically read: {Organization’s Name}.


How can I donate anonymously?

There are a few options here. During the donation process, you can choose to hide your name, or dollar amount from the Recent Gift wall. You can also choose to be super anonymous and hide your name and information from the nonprofit that you are donating to. Here are the three different options:

  • Please do not display a name publicly.
  • Please do not display the donation amount publicly.
  • Hide my name from this organization and the public.


May I designate how a nonprofit uses my gift?

Give Local Lancaster gifts are considered unrestricted donations to the nonprofit organization(s) you support. No goods or services may be received in exchange for donations.


How much of my donation will go to my selected nonprofit organizations?

As with any credit card transaction, there are typical transaction fees assessed by the credit card companies as well as technology and processing costs to execute the event. The processing fee for credit card transactions will be 6.5% + $.30 per donation (credit card fees + technology fees). Donors will receive a tax deduction on the full donation amount. For donations made using your bank account, the minimum transaction is $100 and the processing fee is 4% + $3.00 per transaction (bank account processing fee + technology fees).

Want your nonprofit to receive the full donation amount? Cover the transaction fee! Donors have the option to help cover the fees when they checkout, allowing more of their donation amount to go to the nonprofit. In 2020, more than 90% of donation fees were covered, resulting in over $4,000 in additional funds to participating nonprofits.


Can I make my donation over the phone?

Smart phones that allow you to make a credit or debit card donation online enable you to contribute via phone during Give Local Lancaster, however you may not "call in" a donation.


Is my donation tax-deductible? How do I get a copy of my receipt?

Donations through the givelocallancaster.org website and campaign are tax-deductible and cannot be refunded. Online donations will be received and receipted by GiveGab.


When will my selected nonprofit organization(s) receive my donation?

Stripe disburses all donations via direct deposit, minus technology and processing fees, typically between 5 business days following the donation.


If I have questions while making my donation who can I contact?

If you have questions while making your donations, please contact us at GiveLocal@arrasfoundation.org or by phone at 803-286-8772.  Additionally, feel free to use the "little blue chat bubble" located in the bottom-right corner of your screen.


May I use my Giving Day donation to buy event tickets, museum memberships, or other things that provide me a benefit?

Donations may not be used to pay for anything that might be perceived as a material benefit to the donor, advisor or other disqualified person – including dinner tickets, membership fees, golf fees, admission tickets or other gifts. All donations made through givelocallancaster.org are final, irrevocable and non-refundable. Nonprofit organizations may not promise or provide goods or services in exchange for your donation.


Nonprofits


What organizations are eligible for Give Local Lancaster 2021?

Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization who serves the communities of Fort Lawn, Great Falls or Lancaster County and are in good standing with the IRS can participate in Give Local Lancaster.  Supporting documents must be submitted during the registration process.


What is required for organizations to participate? Is there a fee?

There is no fee for your organization to participate. However, to make the most of Give Local Lancaster, you should prepare to devote time and energy to promoting the giving day among your own donors and social networks.


What if I can't find my favorite nonprofit on the website?

If you can't find a nonprofit organization on the site, they may not be participating in the event this year. However, we encourage you to share Give Local Lancaster with them in hopes that they can join us next year! 


When will my selected nonprofit organization(s) receive my donation?

Stripe, the trusted payment processing platform, disburses all donations via direct deposit to the nonprofit’s checking account, minus technology and processing fees, typically 5 business days following the donation in a lump-sum payment.