Give DeKalb County Nonprofit Eligibility Policy

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
  • 2022 DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP) members by March 1, 2022

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, (e.g., childcare programs, food pantries, scholarship assistance) may be eligible. One-time projects of churches or schools are not eligible.

Give DeKalb County is not intended to raise funds for a capital campaign or for a donor to fulfill an existing donation pledge, nor is it intended 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.

If you have questions about whether or not your organization is eligible to participate, please contact

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 Nonprofit Partnership, DeKalb County Community Foundation, Give DeKalb County, or any other giving day partner.