EA Giving Tuesday Instructions

UK, Sweden, $500 USD or more

Announcements

  • (2pm EST 2nd Dec) US Donors are no longer seeing the "Confirm Your Donation" dialog at donations $500 and up. This dialog still appears in the UK, but there is a chance Facebook might remove it from UK donors between the time of this announcement and the start of the match. We haven't recently tested in Sweden. We suggest UK and Swedish donors trigger "Confirm Your Donation" dialog 1 second before the match time (second 59) to maximise the chances of getting matched.
  • Given the uncertainty about "Confirm Your Donation," we are now also recommending that all donation amounts be made in a single donation.
  • UK and Swedish donors are still seeing "Confirm Your Identity." See below for details.

In a nutshell

  • Only Facebook donations to US non-profit organizations are eligible for matching, and non-profits that are registered in multiple countries (e.g. AMF) will be using their US branch to accept Giving Tuesday Facebook donations. Therefore UK donors will not be able to claim Gift Aid, and all non-US donors will lose tax benefits that they’d receive by donating to nonprofit organizations registered in their own country. Since it’s not guaranteed that donations will be matched, the matching funds might not compensate for the loss in tax benefits and Gift Aid.
  • UK donors may want to instead consider the PayPal 10% match and retain their eligibility for Gift Aid and tax deductions.
  • Last year the matching funds ran out in 15 seconds. We expect it to run out much faster this year. Try to click the final "Donate" button within the first second after the match start time of December 3rd, 2019, at 01:00:00pm GMT (02:00:00pm CET). To see this in different time zones, click here
  • Donation limits are larger when donations are made in US dollars.
  • If you haven't used Facebook to donate much before, you may be limited to donations of approximately $277 USD, however you can increase it by going through these steps. After that, you are likely to be able to successfully donate up to $9,999 per donation.
  • We strongly recommend making a single donation, not multiple. You can try donating up to $9,999 (low risk of declines) or up to $19,999 (high risk of declines).
  • If you lose tax benefits by donating on Facebook, then do not retry any declined donations. The match has probably already ended.
  • Each donor is eligible for up to $20,000 USD in matched donations.

Preparation (1-7 days in advance)

Important

  1. Find the organization you’d like to donate on our fundraisers spreadsheet.
  2. Pledge your donation here.
  3. If you plan on donating more than $277 USD, increase your donation amount limit with these steps. After that, you are likely to be able to successfully donate up to $9,999 per donation. Otherwise, you may be limited to $277 USD per donation, and other limits may also apply.
  4. We strongly recommend making a single donation, not multiple. You can try donating up to $9,999 (low risk of declines) or up to $19,999 (high risk of declines).
  5. Add your payment methods in Facebook.
  6. While you are in the Facebook payment settings, change your currency to USD.
  7. Get familiar with the "Confirm Your Donation" dialog. However, there is a chance that Facebook will remove this before the match starts.
  8. Practice making a $5 USD donation fast.

Suggested

  1. Read our suggestions on preparing your payment method.
  2. Read our suggestions on preparing your computer.

On Giving Tuesday

Important

  1. The match begins on December 3rd, 2019, at 01:00:00pm GMT (02:00:00pm CET). To see this in different time zones, click here.
  2. Be prepared to be ready and alert at least 20 minutes before the match start time.
  3. Open a web browser tab of the appropriate fundraiser for a single donation.
  4. Open time.is/just (an accurate clock) in a new window and place it next to your fundraiser window so you can view both together (see image below)
  5. Click the green “Donate” button as soon as you see the clock change to ONE SECOND before the match start time (second 59).
  6. It's likely you will then need to quickly click on an additional gray "Donate" button on a "Confirm Your Donation" that pops up.
  7. If you lose tax benefits by donating on Facebook, then do not retry any declined donations. The match has probably already ended.

Questions? Read our FAQ, ask in our Facebook group, or e-mail us at contact@eagivingtuesday.org.