How do you become a GiVEr?

Join any time during the year by giving $365 – a dollar a day – to make our community better, and your membership will be good for 365 days. Those daily dollars are pooled with others. Then, once a year, you decide together which organizations you want to receive the money. 

You can pay with a one-time donation or through monthly installments. Want to give more than $365? Donations above and beyond that amount are always welcome. You can also become a Lifetime Member.

How are your dollars spent?

An important aspect of GiVE 365 is that half of all money contributed by members goes towards grants in the upcoming year and half goes into an endowment. An endowment is a way of investing that ensures a permanent source of funds for GiVE 365. In just eight years, members have grown the GiVE 365 endowment to just over $600,000.

The principal of the endowment fund is never spent, and it can grow over time to generate an increasing stream of funding devoted to fulfilling the mission of GiVE 365. Earnings are used to make grants that meet community needs. Your gift—and all future income from your gift—is a permanent source of community funding that makes good works possible, forever.

Gifts are treated as follows:

  • Annual membership gifts, matches, and general donations from $365 to $3,649 may be paid as one-time gifts or installments. These are allocated 50/50 between the GiVE 365 annual grant fund and the GiVE 365 endowment fund.

  • Lifetime Membership gifts of $3,650 or more are allocated at 5% to the GiVE 365 annual grant fund in the year received, and 95% to the GiVE 365 endowment fund. Exceptions to this treatment may be made for gifts with restrictions, such as foundation grants. 

Once you join, how do you get involved?

GiVE 365 membership is inclusive and flexible - so you can engage in a way that fits your schedule and interests. It's this easy:

Submit a grant theme idea and/or vote on the theme. In the fall, you will be asked to submit your idea for that year's grantmaking theme. Give us an idea if you have one! Or sit that one out if you don't. You will have the opportunity to vote on the annual grant theme in late fall, and the theme is announced at the December Holiday Cocktails. 

Join a grant review team. Or don't. GiVE 365 members can be as active as they'd like in the grantmaking process. Some members just contribute financially. Others join the Advisory Team or grant review teams. Some members volunteer at the grantee organizations or attend member events

Vote on your grantee choices. Grant finalists, selected by grant review teams, present their projects at a Finals event in April. Come to the Finals to watch those 3-minute presentations in person (with snacks and wine!) or later, on YouTube. Submit your top choices using a voting link sent in late April.

Watch your dollars at work. We will announce the grantees in May, and you will get to see a year's worth of impact and progress. We will keep you updated on the status of the grants, invite you to engaging events with featured grantees, and give you other opportunities to have fun with fellow GiVErs.

What are you waiting for? It's time to join!