What does the value of the Giving Basket check I receive represent?

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.

If you are not a Give Lively member, the check (sent once a month) is for the net value of one or more recent contributions directed to your organization via the Giving Basket, powered by Give Lively. It’s a lump sum, minus third-party payment and check processing fees, and can be used for general purposes, unless otherwise designated. Importantly, there are no other conditions attached to these funds, and the donors have already received tax acknowledgements. Donation data about contributions disbursed via check is available in the Giving Basket Reports portal; click on “Checks” in the left-hand navigation bar. Learn how to access the Reports portal here.

If you are a Give Lively member, the check is for the net value of one or more recent contributions directed to your organization via the Giving Basket only by users who donated using PayPal. While all other donations are disbursed monthly directly to you through Stripe -- and all donations made through your regular Give Lively fundraising pages (both Stripe and PayPal) are disbursed as usual -- PayPal donations made through the Giving Basket, specifically, must be paid out by monthly lump-sum check at this time, minus third-party payment and check processing fees. Give Lively is exploring ways to streamline this process and Give Lively members will benefit from any improvement as soon as it’s available. Once again, there are no conditions attached to these funds, and donors have already received tax acknowledgements. Donation data about contributions disbursed via check is available in the Giving Basket Reports portal; click on “Checks” in the left-hand navigation bar. Learn how to access the Reports portal here.

Remember: As well as the payment processing fees, there is a $0.85 check processing fee per monthly check. This is subtracted from the lump-sum check, applied proportionally across all donations included in the check (see the “Fractional Disbursement Fee” column in your CSV export of donor data). At present, it is not eligible to be covered by donors.

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