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About Fees

Transparency in giving

We believe in transparency around the cost of fundraising. That's why we don't hide the processing fee for gifts, why we ask for donors to add a little extra to their gifts to help offset the cost of the fee, and why we share more about exactly why this fee is necessary.

In order to sustain GivingEdge — and Big Day of Giving, the annual giving event that it powers — a transaction fee of 5.2% is charged on every donation made using our platform. When you make a donation on GivingEdge, you can elect to help cover the fee on behalf of your chosen organization. 

If you choose to help offset the fee, your donation will increase by 5.2%. (For example, if you make a $100 gift and opt to offset the fee, your total donation will be $105.20.) Note that your entire contribution amount is tax-deductible, including the processing fee. 

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During our last giving event, 87% of donors helped cover the fee for the nonprofit(s) they supported. We thank them for their generosity!

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Why should I offset the fee?

We aim to promote a healthy giving culture in the Sacramento region. By covering the fee, 100% of your intended donation goes directly to the organization(s) you support. Offsetting the fee creates a healthy dynamic where donors can partner with their favorite organizations to help cover some of the costs of doing business.


What's included in the fee?

The 5.2% fee is broken down as follows:

  • 4.2%: Used directly to pay processing fees charged by credit card companies and to help cover the cost of maintaining and enhancing this secure technology platform. 
  • 1.0%: Used by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation to sustain GivingEdge and Big Day of Giving, this portion is invested directly back into Sacramento region nonprofits:
    • Expanding the way we grow giving through the Foundation's philanthropy initiative, including managing the year-round effort to coordinate Big Day of Giving.
    • Providing programs and resources to assist capital area organizations as they enhance their work, collaborate with each other, and strengthen the impact of the entire sector in our community.

Have more questions? Please refer to the GivingEdge Donor Resources & FAQ and our Nonprofit Resources & FAQ.

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