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Frequently Asked Questions For Donors

What is GiveBermuda.org?

GiveBermuda.org is an online resource of The Bermuda Community Foundation created to inform, empower and enrich charitable giving in Bermuda – benefiting donors, nonprofits and the community at large. GiveBermuda.org furthers the cause of philanthropy in our region by promoting nonprofit transparency and putting nonprofit information at the fingertips of community members in an easy-to-use, searchable online database.

GiveBermuda.org contains detailed profiles of local nonprofit organizations, and is FREE to nonprofits and public users who register before March 31, 2017. After March 31, 2017, nonprofits will pay a one-time registration and setup fee of $150.

What is Guidestar.org?

GiveBermuda.org is powered by GuideStar. GuideStar connects people and organizations with information on the programs and finances of more than 1.9 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. Guidestar has adapted its platform to serve Bermuda's philanthropic needs, at the request of the Bermuda Community Foundation. GuideStar serves a wide audience inside and outside the nonprofit sector, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media. GuideStar is revolutionizing philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.

What is a GiveBermuda.org Profile?

Today’s donor wants accessible information in order to make strategic giving decisions. GiveBermuda.org profiles are designed to offer a wealth of information so donors can give with confidence. On GiveBermuda.org, you can FIND detailed programmatic, operational and financial information on local nonprofits, programmes and donor funds at BCF. LEARN about emerging issues facing Bermuda communities, and GIVE directly to the nonprofit(s) of your choice with a secure online donation.

Where does the information come from?

GiveBermuda.org profile information is provided on a voluntary basis by area nonprofits. Over time, BCF staff will verify the information including financial data (which is obtained from financial statements), and Bermuda Government compliance. Profiles are updated at least once annually by the organization; if an organization lapses, their profile will be marked as “Declined to Update.”

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Information provided in the financial charts and graphs is entered by GiveBermuda.org staff. BCF receives financial documents from nonprofits. Our staff analyzes these official financial documents and enters financial figures to the site. Original financial documents are available to the public on GiveBermuda.org for download. A nonprofit’s ED/CEO has an opportunity to comment in the financial section; these comments can be helpful in understanding nuanced financial trends and changes within an organization.

Does GiveBermuda.org endorse organizations?

GiveBermuda.org does not endorse or recommend nonprofit organizations.

What does the Reviewed icon mean?

The Reviewed icon indicates a nonprofit’s profile is complete and has been updated within the last year. Reviewed profiles have been reviewed by GiveBermuda.org staff to ensure that financial information is consistent with official documents (audited or unaudited financial statements). If a nonprofit has not updated key required sections within the last year, the profile is marked as “Declined to Update.”

Does GiveBermuda.org guarantee the accuracy of data?

The narrative information in each profile is voluntarily provided by the nonprofit. GiveBermuda.org does not guarantee the accuracy of any such data, make any representations or warranties with regard to nonprofits in the database, or guarantee they are in compliance with all state and federal requirements. However, GiveBermuda.org seeks to include the most accurate data available through document verification and a due diligence process.

What standards should I look for when evaluating a nonprofit organization?

GiveBermuda.org does not evaluate or rate nonprofits, but information on best practices will be provided in the scroll-over "help text" which can be found on most profile pages by placing your cursor over the yellow question marks. For in-depth information on nonprofit standards of excellence, visit Standards, Outcomes, and Indicators and the Standards for Excellence Institute.

Why are some nonprofits not included?

GiveBermuda.org profiles registered onprofits or project funds at BCF centralized office to raise money in Bermuda. GiveBermuda.org does not profile religious organizations operating for religious purposes (i.e. churches, synagogues, mosques). If your favorite organization is missing, we welcome an opportunity to profile them in GiveBermuda.org. Information on how to create a profile is available on the GiveBermuda.org homepage.

How are gifts made through GiveBermuda.org processed?

All online donations through GiveBermuda.org are considered donations to The Bermuda Community Foundation and are directed to the nonprofit of the donor’s choice as a grant. Donors will receive auto-generated documentation of their gift via e-mail at the time the gift is made and the nonprofit will receive a check within 60 days. Donations through GiveBermuda.org are 100% tax deductible for US Tax payers. GiveBermuda.org cannot be used to sell tickets, products, services or any items where the donor receives a market value.

What fees are associated with donations made through GiveBermuda.org?

All online donations are handled by Embolden and processed by First Data Global Gateway Services. Some fees are assessed from each gift by payment processors and vendors, i.e. banks. Donors can get information on fees here and are given the option to donate an additional amount to cover these costs:

  • 5% of each gift is assessed for credit card processing fees charged to defray all 3rd party charges and administration costs.
What is The Bermuda Community Foundation?

The Bermuda Community Foundation is a leader, catalyst and resource for philanthropy in Bermuda. Since 2014, BCF has helped donors and nonprofit organizations realize their charitable intentions and make an impact. BCF exists to connect generosity with need, bringing good people and good causes together to enrich the quality of life in Bermuda. How do we do it?

  • We are a local organization with deep roots in Bermuda, working to build a permanent and growing endowment for the community’s changing needs and opportunities.
  • We provide flexible and cost-effective ways for civic-minded individuals, families and companies to contribute to the community. BCF is a nonprofit publicly-supported foundation made up of more than 40 charitable funds addressing causes from education and health and human services to arts and the environment and beyond.
  • We strive for excellence in strategic grantmaking to address our community’s needs.