How long does it take to receive donations made through the Giving Basket?

This FAQ addresses Give Lively’s role in processing donations through Charity Navigator’s Giving Basket and may not apply to all Give Lively members.

Two disbursement methods

There are two forms of disbursement: via mailed paper checks and as a direct deposit.

  • Paper checks are mailed once a month within 30 days of the close of the given month and if the total value of waiting funds equals $50 or more. For example, a check for more than $50 of donations made in March will be mailed before the end of April. For donation totals of less than $50, once additional donations push the value over $50, a check will be cut during that month’s processing.
  • Alternatively, and only for Give Lively member nonprofits, Stripe and direct deposit are used to transfer most donations (except those made via PayPal) with no minimum threshold amount, also within 30 days of the close of the given month. Give Lively members (learn how to apply here), additionally benefit from full and free access to all of the powerful and practical products included in the Give Lively fundraising platform, complete with Digital Fundraising, Event Fundraising and Peer-Based Fundraising solutions.

Disbursement processing details

Disbursement speed depends on whether the funds donated through the Giving Basket are processed as contributions straight to the nonprofit organization(s) or are directed to the nonprofit(s) through the Give Lively Foundation. (The Give Lively Foundation is a 501(c)(3) donor-advised fund (tax ID 81-0693451) that can collect and direct donations to nonprofits.) 

The processing method is determined by three primary factors at the moment the donor completes the checkout process: 

  • whether a beneficiary nonprofit is an approved Give Lively member 
  • whether that nonprofit has a Stripe account in good standing and
  • whether the donation was made with PayPal.  

Disbursements to Give Lively members with a Stripe account in good standing (non-PayPal donations only)

If a nonprofit is an approved Give Lively member and has a Stripe account in good standing, and the donation was not made via PayPal, then the funds are processed as a donation straight to the nonprofit. 

When this is the case, the following will occur immediately after checkout: 

  • The donor will see the following details next to any corresponding line items on their receipt:
              Donation to <Nonprofit’s Name> 
              Tax ID: <Nonprofit’s EIN>
  • The nonprofit will see the funds in the "Line Items (Giving Basket)" downloadable CSV and the "Line Items (Giving Basket)" and "Transfers" on-screen reports found in their Give Lively Reports portal.
  • The nonprofit will see their own name and EIN in the "Recipient Entity Name" and "Recipient Entity Tax ID" columns in their "Line Items (Giving Basket)" CSV report.

Note that the funds will still need to be disbursed to the nonprofit via Stripe and direct deposit, as described above.

Disbursements to non-members and to members without a Stripe account in good standing, as well as for all donations made via PayPal  

If the donation is made through PayPal, an organization is not a Give Lively member or the organization’s Stripe account associated with an approved Give Lively membership is not in good standing, then the funds are processed as a contribution to the nonprofit via the Give Lively Foundation. 

For extra clarity: A nonprofit will receive donations via the Give Lively Foundation if any one of the following is true at the moment the donor completes the checkout process:

  • The nonprofit has never applied to be a Give Lively member.
  • The nonprofit applied to be a Give Lively member, but is awaiting approval.
  • The nonprofit is an approved Give Lively member, but disconnected their Stripe account.
  • The nonprofit is an approved Give Lively member, but has a restricted Stripe account.
  • The donor donated through Paypal.

When this is the case, only the following will happen immediately after checkout:

  • The donor will see the following details next to any corresponding line items on their receipt:
              Contribution to <Nonprofit Name>
              Directed through the Give Lively Foundation
              Tax ID: 81-0693451
              (Note: 81-0693451 is Give Lively Foundation’s EIN)

The disbursement and data-sharing process will begin after the funds have been received by the Give Lively Foundation and have been approved for redistribution. The funds are disbursed to the nonprofit via check, as described above. 

As soon as the checks are sent, the following will happen:

  • The nonprofit will see the funds in the "Line Items (Giving Basket)" downloadable CSV and the "Line Items (Giving Basket)" and "Checks" on-screen reports found in their Give Lively Reports portal.
  • When viewing their "Line Items (Giving Basket)" CSV report, the nonprofit will see Give Lively’s name and EIN in the "Recipient Entity Name" and "Recipient Entity Tax ID" columns in their "Line Items (Giving Basket)" CSV report.
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