FAQs

What is El Paso Giving Day?

El Paso Giving Day is an on-line charitable giving campaign designed to shine a light on the essential work of nonprofit organizations and ignite the spirit of giving in our community. Founded in 2016 by the Paso del Norte Community Foundation and partner organizations, El Paso Giving Day has raised nearly $4 million from thousands of donors for over 200 nonprofit organizations.

When is El Paso Giving Day?

The 5th Annual El Paso Giving Day is set for Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. El Paso Giving Day includes an early giving period that begins on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. to give donors additional time to make their tax-deductible gifts.

Which organizations can participate?

Organizations that are verified 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits that are headquartered or provide services in the Paso del Norte region may participate.

Can I donate offline?

Absolutely! Checks may be made to the Paso del Norte Community Foundation with the nonprofit organization you wish to support on the memo line. If there are several organizations you wish to support, you may include a letter with the organization names and amounts you wish to donate through a single check. Checks may be mailed to: Paso del Norte Community Foundation, 221 N. Kansas, Suite 1900, El Paso, TX, 79901, or hand-delivered on Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

How will donations be distributed?

Each donation made to a participating nonprofit will be disbursed via direct deposit as soon as possible after El Paso Giving Day and include any available incentive prizes or matching funds.

How much of my donation goes to the nonprofit?

The only fees associated with El Paso Giving Day are the credit/debit card processing fees, which are 2.2% + $0.30 per gift (required by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover). Donors are given the option to cover the credit/debit card fees. If you choose this option, 100% of your online charitable gift will go to the designated organization(s). There are no other fees to the donors or nonprofit organizations. The Paso del Norte Community Foundation does not retain any of credit/debit card fees or any other fees.

Who will receive my contact information?

The organization(s) you choose to support will have access to your name, address and email address. This information is used solely to send thank you messages, provide the option to receive future notifications, and to notify you of future activities.

Can I make donations via a mobile device?

Yes! Simply visit https://elpasogivingday.org on your mobile device.

Can I pre-schedule a donation for El Paso Giving Day?

You cannot pre-schedule your El Paso Giving Day gift, but you may make a donation to a participating nonprofit before or after the El Paso Giving Day. In order for your donation to be counted towards prize incentives awarded on El Paso Giving Day, it must be made on October 15th between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m.

What if my preferred organization is not listed?

Please send an email to cpedregon@pdnfoundation.org to request that we contact the organization to invite them to participate.

How can I ensure my organization receives its donations?

In order to receive your donations via ACH transfer, the Paso del Norte Community Foundation requires a checking account eligible to receive ACH transfers and withdrawals. Your donations will be deposited as soon as possible after El Paso Giving Day.

Who can donate?

Anyone may make a tax-deductible donation to one or more nonprofit organizations via credit/debit card through the El Paso Giving Day portal with a minimum donation of $10. All donations will be processed by the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, who will issue the tax-receipt to donors and distribute gifts to the designated nonprofit organizations. Participating nonprofits may send thank you letters for gifts designated to their organizations but may not issue a tax-receipt.

All donations through El Paso Giving Day must be 100% tax deductible; consequently, no goods or services may be exchanged for the gift. A participating organization nor any person raising funds for an organization can offer any kind of incentive (time, product or consideration) in exchange for donations made through El Paso Giving Day.

El Paso Giving Day will not share or sell donor information to any other organization or entity, but El Paso Giving Day and Paso del Norte Community Foundation does reserve the right to communicate with donors for the purpose of user surveys, newsletters and general education about philanthropy.

El Paso Giving Day is a program of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation (PDNCF) and all donations are subject to the ultimate control of the PDNCF and its board.