Frequently Asked Questions

What is a giving circle?

“According to the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers' More Giving Together, a giving circle "is formed when individuals come together and pool their dollars, decide together where to give the money (and other resources such as volunteer time), and learn together about their community and philanthropy." (from GrantSpace)

Are there other giving circles in Omaha?

There are, but none dedicated specifically to investing in the lives of Black women and girls. IBBGives is a member of the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network.

Why did IBBG start the giving circle?
Philanthropy in Omaha looks and operates the same. IBBGives is a platform created to change the landscape of philanthropy in Omaha and invite Black women to give in a way that is meaningful to them.

What is Philanthropy?

It means the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

Is there an application process to join? What are the membership criteria?

There is not an application process to join. To be considered a member, you must:

  • Identify as a black woman

  • Give a minimum of $150 by December 31, 2019

I am not a black woman, but want to support this initiative. Can I still donate?

Yes! However, only investors who donate $150+ and identify as black women will be able to participate in the decision making process.

I can’t afford to give $150. Can I still donate?

Yes, you can still donate but only investors who give a minimum of $150 will be able to participate in the decision making process. Monthly installment plans are available.

Does joining in a given year obligate you for the next?

Not at all. You're free to evaluate your membership commitment each year. Participation is on an annual basis and requires a new gift each year.

May I contribute more than $150?

Absolutely! $150 is the minimum donation to participate.  Every member is awarded one vote regardless of the level of your gift.

Do I have to pay everything upfront, or can I pay over time?

You do not have to make all payments right away. Many members are making their donations over time & to meet the milestone of their $150 pledge by December 31

What payment method can I use to make my donation?

We prefer you give online. If you’d like to give via check, you can mail your donation to the Women’s Fund: The Mastercraft, 1111 N 13th St #106, Omaha, NE 68102.  Please print off the donation form and mail it in with your check. Be sure to put IBBG in the memo line of your check.

When will the grant application process open?

The grant application process will open in Spring 2020.

How will we decide who receives funds?

Each investor who gives a minimum of $150 will have the ability to vote on the grant application(s) of their choice. You can view the inaugural grant recipients here.

How many grants will be made and in what amount?

The number/dollar amount of grants depends on the total funds raised by December 31. The IBBG Advisory Committee will determine the final number of grants available and for what amount.

Are there any restrictions on what organizations can apply?
All potential recipients of and participants in an applicant’s programs and services have access and receive services, and all employees and applicants from employment in the performance of said programs and services, without regard to race, sex, education, ethnicity, socio-economic status, religion, ability/disability, sexual orientation, gender self-identification, age, country of origin, first language, marital status or citizenship. No funds from the Women’s Fund/I Be Black Girl may be used to proselytize directly or indirectly on behalf of any religious faith, doctrine or belief.

What are the giving priorities?

  • Projects that serve primarily black women and girls

  • Projects that are lead by women of color

  • Provides IBBG members an opportunity to volunteer with or engage in the project

What is I Be Black Girl?

This project was born out of the need for Black women in Omaha to connect in a genuine and intentional way. We aim to provide a network and intentional space for organic mentorship, support and patronize black women owned businesses as well as have collective impact through philanthropic dollars we raise and invest ourselves.

This is about a space where you can do all of the mentioned above and just be a Black Girl or Woman—whatever that means to you.

What is the involvement of the Women’s Fund?

The Women’s Fund of Omaha serves as IBBGives fiscal agent. This means the organization collects funds on our behalf and provides marketing/administrative support. They are a key partner in this work and believe in the vision of IBBG. IBBG has a MOU with the Women’s Fund that governs our working relationship.  

Learn more about the Women’s Fund.

Is there an overhead or administrative charge?
There is not. The Women’s Fund does not charge IBBG for the services provided. When making an online donation, you are asked if you’d like to cover the processing fee of your donation - this is optional (but greatly appreciated!)

Who oversees the funds?

The Women’s Fund and the IBBG Advisory Committee oversee all funds. Funds collected are reconciled on a monthly basis between the two entities.

Where does my money go?

Your donation is pooled with other members of the giving circle and are donated to projects/initiatives selected by the group. The Women’s Fund does not retain any of your donation for operations.

Is IBBGives a 501c3? Is my donation tax deductible?

IBBGives is not a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Tax-deductible status of your donation is possible through IBBGives’s relationship with the Women’s Fund. You will receive a tax receipt from Women’s Fund for your tax records.  Donations will be made to the Women’s Fund, and allocated to a cost center specifically for IBBGives.

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Support Black Women in the Omaha metro.

Thanks for your donations! Your gift will make a difference in the lives of Black women and girls in the Omaha metro. The IBBGives Donation form is open from May 1 - December 31, 2019.