Understand Charity Navigator’s Giving Basket donations and data reports

Learn more about Charity Navigator’s Giving Basket, Give Lively's relationship to it and what to do if you receive donations through it.

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Before You Get Started

This information is relevant to your organization if one or both of the following has occurred:

  • Your nonprofit shows donations with the description “Give Lively / Giving Basket” in its Stripe payments that were received by transfer from a Give Lively account (acct_171IIzE7e1hvLgXj).
  • Your nonprofit has received a lump-sum check from the Give Lively Foundation for PayPal (only) donations made through the Giving Basket.

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If you are here, you have probably received donations through Charity Navigator’s Giving Basket and you are looking for more information. Learn more below.

What is Charity Navigator’s Giving Basket?

Charity Navigator is the world’s largest and most-utilized independent nonprofit evaluator and its Giving Basket helps donors easily give to the causes they care about. Give Lively powers Charity Navigator’s Giving Basket.

Why did I receive donations via the Giving Basket?

Like approximately 1 million other 501(c)(3) public charities listed on Charity Navigator, your nonprofit is eligible to receive donations via the Giving Basket because you are in good standing with the IRS and you have not opted out of GuideStar’s third-party donation system.

What do Give Lively and the Give Lively Foundation have to do with the Giving Basket?

Charity Navigator’s Giving Basket is powered by Give Lively. Accordingly, all Giving Basket donations processed by Stripe are speedily transferred to Give Lively members by direct deposit (see more about this below). (Nonmembers who receive Giving Basket donations are mailed lump-sum checks.)

However, PayPal donations made through the Giving Basket must be paid out by check at this time; the lump-sum check you may have received (for Giving Basket donations received via PayPal only) is from the Give Lively Foundation, a 501(c)(3) donor-advised fund that facilitates donation disbursement for platforms like the Giving Basket. We are exploring ways to streamline this process and, as a Give Lively member, you will benefit from any improvement as soon as it’s available.

IMPORTANT: All donations made through your regular Give Lively fundraising pages (both Stripe and PayPal) are disbursed as usual.

Am I paying extra for appearing in or receiving contributions through the Giving Basket?

No. Charity Navigator charges no administrative fees and, as you already know, Give Lively’s fundraising technology is free for nonprofits. However, there are the usual fees charged by third-party services used to process and disburse each donation.

How can I learn who made these Giving Basket donations?

Details about the contributions directed to your nonprofit via Charity Navigator’s Giving Basket will soon be available to you on a special “Reports” tab in the Give Lively Nonprofit Admin Portal. The data will include the donors’ first and last names (when not anonymous), the donation dates, amounts and frequencies, and more.

Do I need to send a receipt for tax purposes to donors who contributed via the Giving Basket?

Give Lively automatically issues receipts to donors with all the necessary tax acknowledgements. There is no need for you to do so. That said, you may wish to consider reaching out to the donors to steward a relationship with them and their giving.

How can I understand what I'm seeing in Stripe about this?

Give Lively utilizes a “Stripe Transfer” to send you batches of funds generated by Giving Basket donations. This is different from the “Stripe Direct Charge” typically used when disbursing individual donations generated from your Give Lively fundraising pages.

To identify and understand incoming Giving Basket donations when they appear in your Stripe balance:

  • Log in to your Stripe account connected to Give Lively.
  • Navigate to your "Payments" tab.
  • In the “Description” field, lump-sum transfers of donations received through the Giving Basket are described as "Give Lively / Giving Basket." (Payments with a description of “Give Lively / Smart Donations” are for donations made through regular Give Lively fundraising pages.)
  • To further confirm that these are Giving Basket transfers from Give Lively, click on any "Give Lively / Giving Basket" payment and look under "Payment method" for the "Account" and "Transfer" alphanumeric identifiers.
  • If the "Account" ID is acct_171IIzE7e1hvLgXj, then you are indeed looking at Giving Basket donations transferred to you by Give Lively.
  • Take note of the "Transfer" IDs. These will help you understand and reconcile the more detailed donor data provided in the upcoming “Reports” tab in the Give Lively Nonprofit Admin Portal.

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