We believe in transparency around the costs of fundraising. That's why we don't hide the processing fee for credit card gifts, why we invite 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 offer and sustain GivingEdge — and Big Day of Giving, the annual giving event that it powers — a transaction fee of 5.2% is charged on every credit card donation made using our platform. To make your giving as convenient and impactful as possible, our team at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation has ensured this fee has not increased. The fee is broken down as follows:
No fundraising effort is free, unfortunately, which is why we provide transparency around fees and give donors the option to offset them. The fee makes it possible to provide this website — a secure and convenient way for for local donors and nonprofits to engage — and for the Sacramento Region Community Foundation to coordinate Big Day of Giving.
The last time the GivingEdge fee changed was in 2017, when we lowered it. We don't like fees either! Even as the costs of fundraising (and everything else) rise, our team takes pains to keep GivingEdge fees low, so giving to local nonprofits can be as easy and impactful as possible for area donors.
If you choose to 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.