General FAQs

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Q. What is Fremont Area Big Give?

The Fremont Area Big Give is a 24-hour online giving event organized by the Fremont Area Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the Greater Dodge County area. Our goal is to increase public awareness of the impact local nonprofits make in addressing our area's social challenges, bring nonprofits and donors together, expand online giving, connect people to the causes that matter to them most and, of course, make giving FUN. By turning giving into a shared experience, we can move the Fremont area forward, together!

Q. When is Fremont Area Big Give?

This year's event is scheduled for May 7, 2024 beginning at 12:00 AM CST and ending at 11:59 PM CST. Early giving begins on May 1st.

Q. Who is behind the Fremont Area Big Give?

While the Big Give is underwritten and organized by the Fremont Area Community Foundation, many area businesses and individuals are committed to its success! Fremont Area Big Give Pacesetters and Partners have provided sponsorship dollars to be awarded throughout the 24-hour day of giving in participation and hourly prizes. 

Q. If I have other questions, who should I contact?

Please e-mail with any questions or call the Fremont Area Community Foundation at (402) 721-4252

Donor FAQ

Q. Who can make a donation?

Anyone can donate and support the work of registered nonprofit organizations at

Q. Who can donate?

Anyone can donate to a nonprofit that is registered to participate in the Fremont Area Big Give! We’ve made it simple and easy to give online.

Q. Is there a minimum donation? Is there a maximum donation? 

The minimum donation is $10. There is no maximum donation.

Q. What forms of donations are accepted?

Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express via the Fremont Area Big Give website. 

Bank Account: Donations can be made directly from your bank account. Learn more about using your bank account for your donation by clicking here.

Cash Check: Donations can be made by check but must be mailed/delivered to the Fremont Area Community Foundation or the participating nonprofit of your choice by May 7th, 2024, and marked with “Fremont Area Big Give” in the subject line. Contact your preferred nonprofit for more information.

Donor Advised Funds: See question below.

To give gifts of appreciated securities or use IRA Charitable Distributions, please contact Leigh Feala at

Q. Can donors make contributions from a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) at the Fremont Area Community Foundation or elsewhere? 

Yes! Individuals can elect to give from their FACF Donor Advised Fund during the online checkout process via . Donors with FACF DAFs can also contact Amy Vanek at 402-721-4252 or to request transfers from their fund to support a participating organization. 

To give from a DAF established elsewhere, please contact that entity directly to make a distribution to the FACF to benefit a participating organization.

Q. Is my donation tax-deductible?

Donations made through Fremont Area Big Give are 100% tax-deductible.

Q. Will I receive a receipt for tax purposes?

Yes, immediately after an online contribution is processed, a donor will receive an e-mailed receipt acknowledging their gift.

Q. How much of my donation will go to the nonprofit? 

The organization(s) will receive the full donation less the third-party charges of up to 4.9% in processing and credit card fees, and 30 cents per transaction. You are provided the option to help cover this fee during the online checkout. 

Please note, there are no fees assessed on prize dollars, matching funds, or contributions made from FACF Donor Advised Funds.

The Fremont Area Community Foundation does not receive fees of any kind for the Fremont Area Big Give.

Q. Who will receive a donor's contact information?

The nonprofit organization(s) will receive notice of online donations in real-time and will have access to an online donation report including names, mailing addresses and e-mail addresses of the donors during and after the Fremont Area Big Give Day. This information is used solely to send thank you messages, provide the option to receive future notifications, and to notify you of future activities. 

Donors also have the option to donate anonymously during the checkout process. Selecting “Yes” to the anonymous donation question at checkout will make your gift completely anonymous to the nonprofit

Q. Is my gift safe and secure? 

Yes. The Fremont Area Big Give site is powered by GiveGab/Bonterra, and is a secure PCI-Level 1 compliant site for donating to your favorite charities. For your security, payment information is not saved. You can be sure your personal information is protected when you donate through

Q. Additional Questions?

Please contact

Nonprofit FAQs

Q. Who can participate in the Fremont Area Big Give?

There are no restrictions based on an organization’s size; however, you must:

• Be a 501(c)3 in good standing with the IRS and the Nebraska Secretary of State

• Have a visible presence and provide services that directly impact the Fremont/Dodge County area

• Use funds raised during the Fremont Area Big Give for charitable purposes in the Fremont area. 

All participants must have a completed organization profile by February 29.

Q. When does my organization register?

Nonprofit registration will open on January 8, 2024. Organizations are required to apply to participate through

Q. What is the deadline to ensure my participation?

Registrations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on February 29. Once approved to participate, organizations will have until April 10 to customize their individual donation page on the Fremont Area Big Give website. 

Q. What is required for organizations to participate? Is there a fee?

There is no fee to participate. However, you should be prepared to devote time and energy to promoting your organization before and during the Fremont Area Big Give event. You will need to engage your donors and communicate timely updates through your social media networks. Individual promotions are at the expense of the organization. The Fremont Area Community Foundation is working to secure incentive prizes. Participating organizations will have access to online tools through the website.  

Q. My organization has multiple programs. Can I register all of them to receive Fremont Area Big Give donations? 

No. Only one listing per Federal Identification Number is permitted. Donors can designate gifts to an organization, and are provided the opportunity to direct a contribution to a specific program or project of the organization

Q. How can I help make the day a success for my organization and our community?

Make the Big Give a strategic part of your annual fundraising plan, pick a specific project for which to fundraise, and leverage your social networks by taking advantage of the marketing materials in the Fremont Area Big Give Nonprofit Toolkit. Follow the Fremont Area Community Foundation Facebook page to see important and fun Big Give updates to share with your staff, board and donors. Promote your participation in the Big Give and have fun! Your creativity and energy will make it a success

Q. How do the incentive prizes work? 

The Fremont Area Community Foundation is currently working to secure prize sponsorships from local partners to help promote excitement, participation, good-natured competition and momentum for the Fremont Area Big Give. These funds are awarded throughout the day in the form of incentive prizes and random drawings to boost organizations’ fundraising totals. Once an organization has received an incentive prize, it may or may not be eligible to receive another one.

Q. How much of the donations go to my organization?

The nonprofit organization(s) will receive the full donation, less the third party charges of up to 4.9% in processing and credit card fees, and 30 cents per transaction. Donations from a bank account (eCheck) will be charged $3 per transaction. At the point of transaction, donors will be provided the option of boosting their gift to help cover these third-party fees. The Fremont Area Big Give Team has worked diligently to minimize the fees for this event and will not receive any funds or fees from the Fremont Area Big Give.

Q. When will my organization receive its Fremont Area Big Give donations?

Final payment is issued by the Fremont Area Community foundation via mailed check or ACH direct deposit within 60 days of the event. Payment will include total donations received, less any transaction fees plus any matching funds or prize dollars awarded. Each organization is responsible for providing an accurate mailing address if electing to receive funds by check or sufficient bank account information for an ACH transfer.

Q. Does my organization need to send letters for donor tax deductions?

No. The donor will immediately receive an email confirming the gift made during the Fremont Area Big Give event. Please note that all donations must be tax deductible (no additional benefits). However, we encourage you to acknowledge donations by following-up with donors to express gratitude, and let them know what you will do with their donation.

Q. Will my organization receive donor information for acknowledgments?

All participating organizations can access and download an Excel file of their donations through their administrative dashboard in the Fremont Area Big Give account. The report is updated in real-time and will include the donor’s name and contact information unless the donor has elected to donate anonymously.

Q. When can my organization promote the event?

We encourage your organization to begin heavy promotion starting April 1st using platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, emails, newsletters and your direct mail campaigns. Promotional vehicles used by participating organizations will be at the organization’s own expense. 

Q. Can we encourage donations by giving away prizes or free gifts?

No. All donations must be tax deductible. Therefore, donors cannot receive an incentive of value or discounts to entice giving during the event.

Q. If I have other questions, whom should I contact?

Please call Melissa Diers or Leigh Feala at the Fremont Area Community Foundation at (402) 721-4252.