FAQ GIVEOakville 2021

GIVEOakville is the only online community-granting program for local charitable organizations seeking up to $25,000 in Oakville, and is provided by the Oakville Community Foundation.

The Charities listed in GIVEOakville are those that applied for funding through an open call for applications. They serve a broad range of needs, including, but not limited to: arts and culture, environment, health and well-being, heritage, and social services.

For 2021, the dates are November 15 to December 13, 2021. Annually, GIVEOakville takes place mid-November to early December.

Only applications from Halton-based registered charities that directly support and serve Oakville or its residents can participate.

  • GIVEOakville is open to Foundation Fundholders and the general public as an online crowdfunding platform.
  • Donations through GIVEOakville to one or several charities are all tax receipted.
  • 100% of your donation will go directly to the charity/charities you’ve chosen as a grant contribution* (see Q. How do the charities receive the GIVEOakville donations?)
  • Donations may be made via credit card online, or cheque – the cheque must be received by December 13th to be applied and you must indicate the specific Charity Name and amount for each charity.

Equity-deserving communities is a term used by The Foundation to describe groups that are marginalized by societal structures. These communities often experience social and financial disadvantages as a result of systems of oppression, including but not limited to racism, sexism and ableism.

Examples of equity-deserving communities include: Indigenous people; ethnic or linguistic minorities; sexual and gender minorities; and people with mental illness or physical or intellectual disabilities. This list is not exhaustive and is always evolving.

Throughout the GIVEOakville campaign, the funds raised will be visible in live time on The Foundation’s website.

The Foundation, upon conclusion of the GIVEOakville campaign, will issue a grant to the charity for the full amount of the donations received, as well as all eligible top-up contributions, part of The Foundation’s own granting support.

All grants are issued via electronic funds transfer (EFT) to the charity.

The Foundation, upon approval from it’s Board of Directors, uses community grant funds to amplify gifts from donors and Fundholders specific to the GIVEOakville campaign.

In 2021, The Foundation is providing a total of $150,000. Top-up funds are all provided on a prorated basis to those organizations that did not achieve full funding prior to the GIVEOakville closing date of December 13, 2021.

Of the $150,000 in top-up funds for 2021, a pool of 15% will be allocated as a top-up for BIPOC-led charities or gender equity organizations.

100% of your donation will go to the charity/charities. The Foundation covers all transaction fees, ensuring the charities receive your donation fully.

The charity(s) you choose to support will NOT receive your name, however, support received from Foundation Fundholders’ Funds, where permissions have been given, will be provided.  No personal contact information is provided to any charity(s) regardless of relationship with The Foundation.

Yes! Simply visit www.giveoakville.com on your mobile device.

You cannot pre-schedule your donation. GIVEOakville is open from November 15th until December 13th only.

Please contact Sarah McPherson, sarah@theocf.org to discuss ways in which we can support your philanthropy outside of GIVEOakville.

After your gift is processed your tax receipt will be sent to you by email. To ensure your electronic charitable receipt is delivered to your email address, add our email address – no-reply@fcsuite.com – to your “Safe Senders” list.

The Oakville Community Foundation respects its donors regarding the collection, use and disclosure of donors’ personal information. As a regular course of our business, donor names are NOT listed on electronic or printed publications.

For absolute confidence, donors are also welcome to make their gift anonymously. For further information please see our Privacy Policy.

As part of The Foundation’s commitment to be transparent, our publications are sent to donors every year. Donors can also expect to receive the Foundation’s e-newsletter throughout the year with information on recent projects, grants, special events and opportunities related to The Foundation.

The Oakville Community Foundation values your privacy and uses a variety of security measures to protect your personal information. If you have any questions, please contact The Foundation at 905-844-3562 ext 300 or email.