EA Giving Tuesday

United States, donating $2,500 or more

Important announcements

  • On Giving Tuesday, due to our uncertainty about whether "Confirm Your Donation" dialog will be present or absent for donations of $500 USD and up, you MUST check our homepage 5 to 15 minutes before the match for essential updates based on our latest testing.

In brief

  • This year, we expect the $2 million in 100% matching funds to run out extremely fast.

  • We recommend that you start submitting multiple donations 1-2 seconds before the match begins for the best chance of directing the most matching funds.

  • The match begins on December 1st at 8 a.m. EST / 5 a.m. PST.

  • Do not plan to make any single donation greater than $2,499 -- not even $1 more!

  • To get matched, it will be necessary to open the donation dialog in multiple tabs a few minutes early so you can click the final donate buttons 1-2 seconds before the match begins.

  • Become familiar with the Confirm Your Donation dialog, and be prepared to check our website 5-10 minutes before the match begins to know whether to expect it.

  • We strongly recommend practicing on our simulator (instructions, video) and making practice donations (instructions, video) on Facebook.

Donation amounts and timing

Donation amounts

  • The limit per donation is $2,499 per donation. Do not plan to make any individual donation larger than this -- not even $1 more!

  • The match limit per donor is $20,000. To approach $20,000 in donations, plan 8 separate donations of $2,499 each.

When to submit donations

We are recommending that donors submit their donations 1-2 seconds before the match begins:

  • If you're making 1-2 donations, then start at second :59. A good target is to submit 2 donations before :00.

  • If you're making 3-6 donations, then start at second :58. A good target is to submit 6 donations before :01.

  • If you're making 7-8 donations, then start at :58. A good target is to submit 8 donations before :02.

  • If you're making 8+ donations to donate more than $20,000, then start at :57.

Are you having difficulty donating fast enough on the simulator (instructions, video)? We'd suggest practicing more. But if you are unable to reach these targets, it's OK! You still have a good chance of getting some of your donations matched.

Why donate 1-2 seconds early?

We think that donors who start submitting their donations 1-2 seconds early (at seconds :58 and :59) have the best chance of directing the most matching funds. See our research (optional).

Why donate so fast?

We think donations submitted during second :01 may be the last donations eligible for matching at 100%.

Preparation (1-7 days in advance)

Important

  1. Find the nonprofit you’d like to donate on our fundraisers spreadsheet.

  2. Pledge your donation.

  3. Add multiple payment methods in Facebook. To avoid declines, prepare to split your donations across as many payment methods as possible and alternate between them.

  4. Become familiar with the Confirm Your Donation dialog.

  5. Practice making donations on our simulator (with and without the "Confirm Your Donation" dialog -- see our instructions or video).

Suggested

  1. Practice making multiple $5 test donations (instructions, video) on Facebook.

  2. Read our suggestions on preparing your computer.

Optional

  1. Not persuaded by our recommendation to donate 1-2 second early? Here's the research we've done in support of this recommendation.

On Giving Tuesday

Important

  1. The match begins on December 1st 8 a.m. EST / 5 a.m. PST. To see this in your time zone, click here.

  2. Be prepared to be ready and alert at least 20 minutes before the match start time.

  3. Open one web browser tab of the appropriate fundraiser for each of your donations. Each donation will need its own tab.

  4. Set a different payment method in each tab, alternating between as many payment methods as you've added.

  5. Open time.is/just (an accurate clock) in a new window and place it next to your fundraiser window so you can view both together.

  6. Click the first Donate button to open the donation dialog. Fill in your donation amount, and alternate between different payment methods in each tab.

  7. At 5-10 minutes before the match begins, go to our website (eagivingtuesday.org) to learn whether or not you need to trigger the Confirm Your Donation dialog a few minutes early in each of your tabs.

  8. On each tab, start submitting your donations 1-2 seconds before the match start time (see "Donation amounts and timing" above).

Click this button to open the donate dialog


Check our website 5-10 minutes before the match to learn whether you need to click this button a few minutes early

Donating more than $20,000 (optional)

If you have more than $20,000 to donate and are interested in potentially directing more matching funds, see this optional strategy.

Pledge your donation on our main page.

Questions? Read our FAQ, ask in our Facebook group, or email us at contact@eagivingtuesday.org.