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Giving day prep underway

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Preparation for South Louisiana Giving Day is underway.

The event is a 24-hour push for online giving coordinated by the Community Foundation of Acadiana.

The aim is to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofit organizations, churches and schools. 

Giving Day isn't until May, but today CFA held one of two informational meetings for groups that want to participate in the fundraising. Any nonprofit organization, church or school who wants to participate in South Louisiana Giving Day is required to attend one of the two informational meetings. There is no cost to participate.

As a result of the overwhelming response, an additional informational meeting is scheduled for  Tuesday, February 6 at 9:00 a.m. at Community Foundation of Acadiana, which is located in River Ranch. 

According to CFA materials, an 8% fee is charged on every electronic donation. Each organization has the opportunity to receive 100% of a donation when a donor chooses to "cover the fees". If the donor does not opt into this option, the 8% fee will be withheld from his/her contribution.  On the other hand, if the donor opts to "cover the fees," the organization will receive 100% of the donor's desired contribution.

Of that 8 percent, 3 percent is for a third-party vendor who processes credit and debit cards. Another 3 percent is charged by CiviCore, which is CFA's technology partner for the event. Lastly, CFA gets 2 percent to cover the cost of hosting the event. 

If a donor chooses to bring a donation directly to CFA's office, no fees are charged. 

For more details on the event, or how to join as a non-profit, click here

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