Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Napa Valley Give!Guide?
The Give!Guide is a novel approach to year-end giving. It involves a publication and a website, both of which assist donors in giving to a cross-section of nonprofit organizations serving Napa County. You make a choice. You make a difference. Give!Guide makes it easy.

The Give!Guide is inserted in the November issue of Napa Valley Marketplace Magazine, which is distributed to 43,500 homes and businesses. Additional copies are provided to schools, scouts, and located in high traffic areas such as coffee shops and libraries throughout the valley. With the Give!Guide, donors may select one, two or multiple organizations and make a donation online in a single, easy transaction.

What are the Give!Guide goals?
• to raise funds and awareness for fabulous nonprofits serving Napa County;
• to encourage collaboration among nonprofit organizations;
• to cultivate a culture of giving, especially among new, young donors and those of all ages who may never before have seen themselves as philanthropists.
Who is behind this undertaking?
The Give!Guide is a project of Napa Valley CanDo, the grassroots community service organization that connects, inspires, and empowers neighbors to take positive action in our community. CanDo volunteers orchestrate this collaborative project.
Why the focus on young donors?
One of the goals of the Give!Guide is to encourage young people to get involved in philanthropy. If people begin supporting nonprofit organizations at a young age, even at smaller levels, they are likely to continue to give as they get older. The amount of their support is likely to grow with their incomes as they recognize their power to help.
Why should I give through the Give!Guide?
Your donation directly benefits the nonprofit(s) you select. In doing so, you support a culture of giving in the community-at-large. Donating through CanDo’s Give!Guide also provides an opportunity to be introduced to new organizations with which you may not be familiar. In addition, there are a number of special benefits – both to you as a donor and for the organizations to whom you donate. Wednesdays and Saturdays are Big Give Days. Incentives worth $100 or more are offered to three donors each of those days. The recipients are chosen at random. NOTE: There are two days without incentive gifts: November 3 and December 26.

Many nonprofits also offer incentives on other days. You can find these by clicking on the NPO’s photo on the home page. If they are offering an incentive it will be in the Special Opportunities’ box.

What is the minimum donation?
The minimum donation is $10.
When do I have to complete my donation?
As soon as possible! The Give!Guide website features a real-time ticker that tracks all donations given through the Guide. The truth is, the more people who get involved with even a $10 dollar donation, the more exciting the venture becomes for those who may rarely or have never given before. Deadline for donations is midnight, December 31st.
Do you accept checks?
Yes, the Give!Guide accepts donations by check.  1)  From the website, simply write down the transaction number you will be given in the memo space on your check. Send it to the address displayed at check out.  2)  If using the catalog, send a check with the tear-out form at the back of the catalog.

In either case, once we receive your check your donation will be added to your selected NPO(s) and the Give!Guide total.

Checks must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2018.

Are contributions tax-deductible?
Yes​,​ all donations are tax-deductible. Donors will receive an automatic thank you email from Napa Valley CanDo for your Give!Guide contribution(​s). Your donation ​information ​is immediately sent to your selected NPO(​s)​. They will provide ​you with a thank you and tax donation letter by January 31, 2019.

Neither CanDo nor the Give!Guide project take any fees for this service.

May I make my donation(s) anonymously?
Yes. You’ll be asked at check out. If you choose to remain anonymous, your name will not appear as a donor on the Give!Guide website and the nonprofit(s) to whom you give will not add you to their list of supporters.

However, you will receive a one-time thank you from Napa Valley CanDo with a certificate worth nearly $100 in gifts from local businesses and your selected NPOs will send you a tax-deductible receipt.

May I allow my name to appear as a donor but opt-out of nonprofit mailing lists?
Yes
Can I give a donation in honor of someone?
Yes. Simply check the appropriate box on the shopping cart page and provide the name of that person. This must be done as a donation to a single nonprofit, not a transaction that includes multiple nonprofits. If you wish someone to be notified of your donation, we’ll need their contact information.
How are donations tracked?
All donations made through the Give!Guide website are added to an NPO’s total as soon as the transaction is made. The Give!Guide website shows each NPO’s total donations and a list of donors, unless you have chosen to remain anonymous.
How are organizations selected for the Give!Guide?
Organizations are selected by the Napa Valley Give!Guide selection committee which consists of Give!Guide volunteers and community members. To apply, nonprofits must have 501(c)3 status, must have been operating for at least two years and must serve Napa County. We include a range of organizations in the categories of Animals, Arts & Culture, Community, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, and Youth & Seniors. We include organizations of all sizes, and include organizations new to the Give!Guide each year.
How does a nonprofit organization apply to participate in the Give!Guide?
Send a brief email expressing your interest (candogiveguide@gmail.com). We will let you know when a mandatory orientation takes place in the spring. Then, stay in touch. You can do this in one of three ways: Sign up for the weekly CanDo Connection eBlast on the CanDo website; “Like” CanDo on Facebook, or check this Give!Guide website towards early spring.
What is the CanDo Spirit Award?
The CanDo Spirit Award recognizes exceptional young professionals, 30 years of age or under, working in the nonprofit sector. The intent of the award is to encourage long-term commitment to the nonprofit sector and to inspire others to get involved. Winners are selected via an application and selection process and receive a one-time cash grant of $1,000 in recognition of their contributions to the community. Since its inception in 2013, the CanDo Spirit Award has been generously sponsored by the Napa Valley Vintners.
How do I nominate someone for a CanDo Spirit Award?
If you are a Napa County nonprofit organization, whether you appear in the Give!Guide or not, and are interested in nominating someone for next year’s CanDo Spirit Award, the application will be available on this website beginning in May 2019.