Frequently Asked Questions

What's New for #ILGive 2019:

Community Pages:

As #ILGive grows, we are building stronger partnerships with community leaders across the state. Four communities have volunteered to host their own dedicated pages highlighting their unique nonprofits. Now you'll see Fox Valley, Knox-Warren, Springfield, and Quincy celebrating the spirit of giving. 

Business Fundraiser Pages:

Our friends in the business community will now be able to have their very own Business Fundraiser Page on #ILGive. Companies can support #ILGive by encouraging their employees to give generously to the causes they care about. Your colleagues will identify themselves when they make their donation. These companies compete on #ILGive for the title of most generous business in their community! 

Local businesses who participate in #ILGive inspire their neighbors to make a difference in their community by connecting employees with causes they are passionate about. Business Fundraising on the platform provides an easy, fun and efficient way for your entire company to give together while helping local nonprofits. Learn more about Business Fundraiser pages here.

Nonprofit FAQ

Q. What is #ILGive?

#ILGive (pronounced 'I’ll Give') is Illinois' official Giving Tuesday campaign. #ILGive is a 24-hour digital fundraising event that connects individuals with the causes that matter to them, and empowers donors to give to the local nonprofits that tackle our communities' most critical issues. #ILGive raises money for our communities, brings new donors, and increases awareness about local nonprofits while leveraging the national marketing of #GivingTuesday.

#ILGive is an initiative of Forefront, Illinois’ statewide membership association for nonprofits, grantmakers, advisors, and sector allies. Forefront works to build a vibrant social impact sector for all Illinois. Through #ILGive, Forefront mobilizes Illinois nonprofits and foundations to increase individual giving across the state. Last year, donors gave $13.4 million to Illinois social good organizations on #ILGive!

Q. When is #ILGive?

#ILGive will begin at midnight on December 3, 2019, and ends 24 hours later at 11:59pm.

#ILGive is a day to celebrate generosity. To maximize impact this year, donors will be able to give starting Monday, November 25 at 12am until Friday, December 6 at 11:59pm. This extended donation window allows nonprofits to familiarize themselves with the site, and gives special VIP donors (think board members, matching grants, and peer-to-peer fundraisers) more time to contribute. All the #ILGive marketing and social media outreach will still champion December 3 as our day of giving.

Q. Is my organization eligible to participate?

Organizations that are verified 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits that are headquartered or provide services in Illinois are eligible to participate in #ILGive. Additionally, organizations must be registered as charitable organizations with the Illinois Attorney General's office. All participating nonprofits will be required to attest that they are in compliance to state mandated fundraising laws prior to being able to collect donations. To check your registration status with the Illinois Attorney General's office, please visit Illinois Attorney General's website

Q. Why should my organization participate?

#ILGive is a great way to tell your organization's story to a new, broader audience and boost your fundraising efforts! #ILGive helps nonprofits reach new donors and provides the type of brand visibility that only a state-wide effort can generate. To help organizations make the most of their efforts, the #ILGive platform allows organization's to custom-brand their profiles with pictures, video, and specialized donation fields. We also recommend ensuring that your profile is on the site well ahead of November 27th! Read testimonials from past participants here.

Q. How can my nonprofit participate?

Search for your organization by name or EIN here. If you do not see your organization listed, you can register and create your organization’s profile. You can check out the support articles to walk you through the process, or you can email for more information.

Q. How much does it cost?

In 2019, the per-donation fees include a 2.5% platform management fee to GiveGab, and 2.2% plus $.30 per credit card transaction (including American Express transactions).

#ILGive allows donor-friendly mobile giving, peer to peer fundraising, robust training schedule for nonprofit fundraisers, matching gifts, prizes, and much more. Our resources and training prepares your nonprofit for digital fundraising - not only for #GivingTuesday - but year-round; learn how to steward donors, use storytelling to illustrate your impact, and get your board engaged with fundraising throughout the year. Note: In all previous #ILGive campaigns, 70% of donors chose to cover the fees in their entirety.

ILGive Compared to Other Platforms:

#ILGive 2019   4.7% + 0.30 total including credit cards and admin fees
CivicCore 6% total including credit cards and admin fees
Razoo 6% total including credit cards and admin fees
Acheive 6.1% total including credit cards and admin fees

Q. What is GiveGab?

GiveGab is the platform that hosts #ILGive. GiveGab is an online giving platform that helps nonprofits raise money, engage donors, and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. GiveGab offers a full portfolio of simple and easy-to-use products that allow organizations to function in a more streamlined manner.

Q. What is the deadline to register for #ILGive?

The deadline to register and have guaranteed inclusion in #ILGive is Tuesday, November 12, 2019. But why wait when you can register today? It's never too early to start thinking about your year-end fundraising and the tools provided on the platform, from volunteer engagement to profile customization, are available now. 

Q. Why do you require date of birth and the last four digits of the nonprofit administrator's Social Security number for a nonprofit's donation payouts?

As an online platform that collects, processes, and distributes money in the form of donations from supporters to organizations, GiveGab must abide by the rules, regulations, and compliance laws of the United States. In particular, they are required to verify that the individual registering an organization to collect donations is authorized to do so and is who they say they are. Additionally, GiveGab needs to verify that the organization is a legitimately registered corporation.

Collecting this information helps us streamline donation processing and payouts with our underlying payment processor (Stripe) and the financial institutions that Stripe works with.
More importantly, we have a duty to our users. When donors choose to support a cause with a monetary gift, it is essential that they trust that their donation is going where they expect it to go! You can read a full explanation here, including how this information is stored.

Q. Can more than one person claim admin access on our organization’s page?

Yes, pending approval from existing administrators. All administrators will need to create profiles on GiveGab. Every person who has administrative access will receive emails about updates to their page.

Q. How much of the donation will go to our organization?

GiveGab retains a 2.5% campaign management fee from all donations. Credit card processing fees are an additional 2.2% + 30¢ for all major credit cards (including American Express) on a per transaction basis. Donors are given the option to cover the fees and if they do, 100% of their charitable gift will go to your organization. We're happy to report that donors choose to cover these fees on average 70% of the time! Any donations processed outside of the Giving Day Period, through, or subsequent recurring donations are subject to transaction fees outlined on the pricing page:

100% of all donations are tax- deductible for the donor. All donations will be officially receipted for tax purposes by GiveGab.

Q. When will we receive the donated funds?

Organizations will receive all donations (less any uncovered processing fees), within 5 business days via direct deposit as long as bank routing and account information has been verified. GiveGab uses a PCI Level I compliant payment service, Stripe, to ensure that all financial data is secure.

Q. Will our nonprofit receive donor contact information? How?

All organizations that participate in #ILGive will be able to access and download a .CSV of their donations via their administrative dashboard on GiveGab. The report is updated in real-time and will include the donation payout date for bank account reconciliation, donation information (including a breakdown of the fees), and the donor's name and contact information. Click here to download a sample donation report.

Q. How can our organization be most successful with the #ILGive Day event?

We are here to do whatever we can to make your #ILGive campaign successful! There's a great Nonprofit Toolkit full of resources and how-to guides, and throughout the year we offer free webinars on digital fundraising, #ILGive campaign strategies, tutorials on the #ILGive/GiveGab platform, and more. We recommend following #ILGive on Facebook and Twitter for updates on available webinars, useful tips and tricks, and to connect with other participants!