Frequently Asked Questions

Give Local Solano is a online giving event that coincides with #GivingTuesday.  Organized by the Solano Community Foundation, the purpose of GLS is to help our communities thrive by supporting the nonprofits that provide programs and services.  The goal is to build a culture of philanthropy in Solano County.

GLS is held on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving Day each year.

For Solano Community Foundation, #GivingTuesday is the annual launch day for Give Local Solano.  SCF's fundraising campaign will continue to accept GLS donations made through this website through February 28, 2022.

You do not have to live in Solano County to make a donation, anyone can make a gift to any of the nonprofit participants on the GLS website.  Participating nonprofits must be located in or providing services to Solano County.
Using your credit card, you can donate to any nonprofit that has registered to participate. Participating nonprofits will each have a donation (profile) page where you can choose the amount you want to donate and fill in the donation form. If you make a typing error while making a contribution, contact Solano Community Foundation at (707) 399-3846 or send an email to GiveLocal@solanocf.org.
100% of the donation qualifies as a charitable gift. You will receive an email confirming the deduction from the Solano Community Foundation for your records. By selecting a specific charity to receive your donation, your gift is restricted for that charity and will not be given to any other charity.
A minimum gift of $25 is requested, but there is no limit to the amount of each gift or number of donations you can make. All gifts made to SCF through this GLS website are tax-exempt (and non-refundable).
Yes. The Give Local Solano website is a 'mobile optimized platform' that will make it easy to make a gift on www.GiveLocalSolano.org using a PC, tablet, or your smart phone.
Yes, you may make multiple donations to one or more participating nonprofits. Each Give Local Solano nonprofit participant has a donate button on their profile page.
Yes. The GiveLocalSolano.org website is a secure and compliant site for donating to your favorite charities. You can be sure your personal information is protected when you donate through the PayPal giving platform.
Public charities, schools, and religious institutions play an essential role in improving the lives of Solano County residents – in health, arts, environment, education and social services, to name a few. In today’s economic environment, nonprofit organizations need to accomplish much more with much less.
Each donation and amount will be tallied and appear as an increase in the total amount raised and number of gifts made to the charity(ies) of your choice; check the GLS Results tab to view the list of participants and amount of monies raised.
Yes, you can make a gift directly through your PayPal account. However, it may take a bit longer for the information to appear on the leaderboard. 
Nonprofit organizations must first register online (click 'Registration' tab to begin the process) in order to participate in the GLS campaign,.  Registration has to be completed and profile page updates made before October 30th each year to be included as a GLS (#GivingTuesday) participant.  We encourage donors to reach out directly to their favorite nonprofit and urge them to create their profile page with GLS.

You will receive a gift acknolwedgement email from Solano Community Foundation, this will be your tax receipt. You can choose to make an anonymous donation if you prefer.  Anonymous donors will receive a tax receipt from SCF, but contact info will not be forwarded to the nonprofit organization to which the gift was made. 

During the GLS campaign the nonprofit(s) you donated to will receive gift and donor contact info; most will want to send a personal thank you note to their donors. 

No. There is no fee to you as a donor. The PayPal transaction fees for all donations made are paid by SCF at the time the gift payment is made.
Every dollar donated (100%) will go directly to the selected organization. SCF pays the transaction fee (less than 3%) charged to SCF by PayPal for each gift donated. The disbursement (grant) amount made to each nonprofit after the giving cycle ends will equal the amount of their total gifts received.
No.  There is a separate profile page for our Nonprofit Partnership Program (NPP) on the GLS website. Gifts received for NPP will help SCF cover the PayPal gift  transaction fees.  Donations received in excess of the fees are used to support the NPP program and grantmaking efforts.
It should be listed as a donation to Solano Community Foundation (Tax EIN #68-0354961). SCF receives all donations first, then makes disbursements to GLS participants. Use Give Local Solano as the purpose or reason for your donation, and include the charity’s name as a reference.
Go to the GLS Profiles tab; click on 'Profiles A-Z' to see an alphabetical list of nonprofit participnts.  Also, on the GLS Home page, there are 12 'interest categories' that provide a link to a list of organizations grouped by their main mission area.  Participating nonprofits are vetted by Solano Community Foundation to ensure those listed are a qualified 501(c)(3) public charity serving Solano County residents.

After you have made your donation(s), help us spread the word among your friends and family, co-workers and colleagues about www.GiveLocalSolano.org. Share the GLS campaign info and link on your social media networks and ask your followers to make a gift and share their posts.

Encourage everyone you know to learn more about the good work nonprofits do for our communities and help build a culture of philanthropy in Solano County!

Need to Contact Us?

Solano Community Foundation
744 Empire Street
Suite 240
Fairfield, CA 94533