Giving Days

Giving Days are an opportune strategy to engage residents, donors and non-profits in your community. Because of the value Giving Days can provide many community foundations the Council created this resource page for Council members that will allow them to connect directly with each other and utilize many Giving Day resources. We encourage you to consider hosting a Giving Day after careful consideration to determine if this is the right path for your foundation and your community.

Why Now?

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first community foundation, The Cleveland Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then over 700 community foundations have been created in the United States and countless more globally. The Council, recognizing the critical and unique role of community foundations encourages members to consider utilizing a Giving Day strategy in their community as one of many methods to build awareness about the foundation and its efforts within the community.

This webpage provides resources about Giving Days and a map of all Council on Foundations community foundation members that have notified us they are hosting a Giving Day. Please do not hesitate to contact a Council staff member at (703) 879-0645 or membership@cof.org to inquire whether a Giving Day is an option for you and your community.

Map of Community Giving Days

Our Giving Day map displays all Council on Foundations community foundation members that are hosting a Giving Day during the year. Please contact us at membership@cof.org if you are hosting a Giving Day. We will add you to the map so that you will be recognized as part of the national giving day effort.

Click on the pin to see information about each community foundation hosting a Giving Day event.

Resources

Take advantage of these resources that can help you determine if a giving day is the right strategy for you. The Council staff team is always happy to talk with you as well to help you determine if a Giving Day is the right strategy for you.

Knight Foundation Giving Day Playbook

The Giving Day Playbook is a free resource provided through the Knight Foundation’s effort to support all community foundations interested in planning a Giving Day. It includes best practices, examples and templates from Giving Day organizers across the country in one easy-to-use guide.

Giving Day Campaigns & Service Providers

GIVE LOCAL AMERICA!™

GIVE LOCAL AMERICA! is a national match day initiative designed to increase awareness of community foundations and coordinate community foundations to hold a giving day on one day to build more awareness about community foundations nationally. The initiative builds on the successful match day concept that many community foundations are already utilizing. This is a unique opportunity for the field to work together to elevate community philanthropy in the national media.

GIVEMN.ORG

GiveMN is a collaborative venture to transform philanthropy in Minnesota by growing overall giving and moving more of it online. The idea is actually simple – GiveMN.org is a website that features Minnesota nonprofits and schools. GiveMN markets giving opportunities and donor tools to people who care about Minnesota. GiveMN helps them find, connect and engage with the causes that they care about.

Kimbia

Kimbia is an online fundraising platform that enables you to create fundraising campaigns that develop a deeper donor relationship by leveraging the unique strengths of mobile, social and online fundraising.

Razoo Foundation

Razoo manages online Giving Days that unite thousands of nonprofit organizations of all sizes —from local community efforts to nationwide events. They host 24-hour, online fundraising events that unite communities and causes through common goals and friendly competition.

Additional Resources

Many community foundations work with other giving day service providers not currently included on our resource page. If you work with another provider and would like to include them and would be willing to talk with your community foundation peers about your experience with a vendor please contact the Knowledge Center at membership@cof.org.