Give DeKalb County Nonprofit Eligibility Policy

General Guidelines

To participate in Give DeKalb County, an organization must be:

  • Located in, serving, and/or conducting organizational activities in DeKalb County, Illinois
  • Legally recognized by the IRS as 501(c)3
  • Legally registered with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office
  • 2024 DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP) members by March 1, 2024

Churches & Schools

Churches and K-12 schools are not eligible to participate in Give DeKalb County. However, distinctive, ongoing programs that benefit the community offered by churches or schools that have 501(c)3 status may be eligible (e.g., childcare programs, food pantries, scholarship assistance). One-time projects of churches or schools are not eligible.


Give DeKalb County is not intended:

  • To raise funds for a capital campaign
  • For a donor to fulfill an existing donation pledge
  • For organizations that conduct their own large-scale giving day


Participating organizations attest that they do not discriminate based upon actual or perceived race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex and gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, pregnancy, veteran status, military obligations, marital or parental status, political affiliation, or any other improper criterion prohibited by applicable law.


The DeKalb County Community Foundation and DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership are not regulatory organizations. Nonprofits that participate in Give DeKalb County attest that they meet the preceding eligibility criteria. An organization's participation in Give DeKalb County does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of a nonprofit or its mission by the DeKalb County Community Foundation, DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership, Give DeKalb County, or any other giving day partner.

If you have questions about your organization's eligibility please contact