General Info

Q. What is #NYGivesDay?

#NYGivesDay is a 24-hour online challenge to celebrate nonprofits across the state of New York. Nonprofits from across the Empire State will work together to raise awareness, collect donations, and build a stronger sense of philanthropy throughout their local communities.

Q. When is #NYGivesDay?

#NYGivesDay 2017 will be held on #GivingTuesday, Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 12 AM Eastern Time - Midnight. The giving takes place online at www.NYGivesDay.org.

Q. Why is #NYGivesDay being held on #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is a nationwide day of giving that occurs on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday each year. #NYGivesDay builds on the focus of #GivingTuesday by engaging many of the major nonprofit networks and leaders in New York State to encourage more nonprofits and donors to participate. Experience with such days of giving shows that when participation increases, donors have more choices and overall giving to nonprofits increases.

Q. Who is leading #NYGivesDay?

The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) and United Way of New York State (UWNYS) along with their technology partner, GiveGab, formed a partnership to launch #NYGivesDay in 2016 for New York’s first ever statewide day of giving. NYCON and UWNYS work throughout the year to strengthen and support nonprofits around the state. GiveGab is a year-round platform that nonprofits can leverage for online fundraising, supporter engagement, and donor management. Now in its second year, #NYGivesDay 2017 will bring resources and attention to the nonprofit sector and the crucial role it plays in New York’s communities. Other nonprofit networks and organizations that support nonprofits are welcome to join in and promote New York Gives Day.

For Nonprofits

Q. Who should I contact with registration questions?

Please send all inquiries to info@NYGivesDay.org.

Q. Why should nonprofits participate in #NYGivesDay 2017?

#NYGivesDay aims to help nonprofits in communities across the state of New York by raising awareness and funds for a variety of causes. The following are just some of the many reasons nonprofits should participate:

  • Generate funds easily via online donations, prizes, and matching gifts
  • Leverage the marketing power of both statewide and #GivingTuesday communities to increase donations and engagement
  • Raise awareness and attract new donors
  • Inspire as many people as possible to give locally
  • Enrich your community’s spirit of giving
  • Promote and support nonprofits in our local communities within New York State
  • Raise money for community good

Q. How can my nonprofit participate?

To participate, your nonprofit must be a 501(c) organization that is in good standing and is either incorporated or operates in the state of New York. You can view registration requirements here. Nonprofits that service New York State residents may also participate and can reach out to info@nygivesday.org.

Q. Does my nonprofit have to be registered with New York State to participate in the day?

Yes. Any organization that is based in New York State, or serves New York State residents, and wishes to fundraise, must register with the Attorney General's office. To see if you're registered with the Attorney General's office, you can search for your organization here. You can also learn more at CharitiesNYS.com.

Q. Does it cost anything to participate?

There is no upfront cost to participate in #NYGivesDay 2017. A small GiveGab platform fee of 2%, a management fee of 1% for the United Way of New York State and NYCON, and a standard credit card company fee of 2.2% + 30¢ for all major credit cards (3.5% + 30¢ for American Express) on a per transaction basis will still apply. Donors have the option to cover this fee for the organization.

Q. Who is GiveGab?

GiveGab is an online crowdfunding platform designed exclusively for nonprofits. The platform helps nonprofit leaders raise money, engage donors, and manage volunteers quickly and efficiently. Nonprofits who participate in New York Gives Day can also utilize GiveGab year-round. GiveGab is based in New York State with offices located in Ithaca, NY.

Q. Do we have to use the www.NYGivesDay.org website in order to take part in the day?

No. NYCON and UWNYS know that many successful regional and local giving initiatives have been in place across the state for years. You may even do one just for your nonprofit. We think that’s great. Please do what works for you.

However, for many of our nonprofit members and affiliates there is no organized, affordable platform that provides one place to learn all about day of giving best practices, provides online tools, resources and assistance as well as access to a trusted, user-friendly technology platform. While we encourage you all to do your research, we wanted to provide at least one trusted tool you could use.

Additionally, if you would like to be eligible for prizes offered by New York Gives Day and its sponsors, you will need to use the platform, as only online gifts processed through www.NYGivesDay.org will count toward the prizes.

Q. How reliable is the #NYGivesDay platform?

GiveGab, the technology provider for #NYGivesDay, GiveGab, has a track record of 100% uptime with no performance degradation for ALL of their 30+ Giving Days. GiveGab runs on highly-available, secure, scalable, market-best Cloud provider technologies. Their data and sites are fault-tolerant with numerous “real-time” backups.

You can read a full article about how they have architected their system here: Giving Day Platforms: Technology Choices with Major Impact