Countdown to Give Local Bay 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can donate? 


What forms of donations are accepted? 

The easiest and most effective way is to donate online via credit or debit card. This ensures that your funds will go toward helping nonprofits earn a piece of the incentive pie and also be eligible for prizes throughout the day!

Donations via check or cash will also be accepted between the hours of 8:30 am to 8:00 pm on May 1 but will not count toward prizes throughout the day. Stop in and see us at Bay Area Community Foundation at the Pere Marquette Depot: 1000 Adams St, Bay City, MI 48708.

Are gifts tax-deductible?

All donations are tax-deductible.

Is there a minimum gift?

Yes, $10.00. Every donation made on giving day will earn incentive funds from a local pool of funds. Each organization will also be eligible to receive prizes throughout the day.

How will gifts show up on my credit card statement?

Your credit card statement will read: Bay Area Community Foundation.

What organizations are eligible for Give Local Bay? 

Any nonprofit organization that has an designated endowment fund at Bay Area Community Foundation (BACF) is eligible to participate in Give Local Bay. Organizations who desire to open an endowment fund at BACF should contact our office at (989) 893-4438.

How are matching funds determined?

Give Local Bay has an incentive pool of $25,000 for 2018. The more dollars each nonprofit raises, the more of the incentive pool they will earn for their endowment fund. The percentage they will earn of the $25,000 pool will be equal to the percentage of the overall gifts they earn during the event.

For example, if $100,000 was earned throughout the day, and nonprofit X earned $10,000 for their endowment fund, they earned 10% of the total funds. Thus, they would earn an additional 10% of the incentive pool, or $2,500, for their endowment fund.

Organizations are also eligible to earn prizes throughout the day. See our prizes page for more details.

Why can’t I find my favorite nonprofit on the website?

If you can’t find them on the site, they may not have a designated fund at Bay Area Community Foundation. Please encourage the nonprofit to contact us so we can help them get started.

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