Thank you for your support of Destination Imagination (DI) and for helping to make our teams’ journeys exceptional this season. Your donation makes all of the difference to the team you are sponsoring, allowing them to travel to and present their award-winning Team Challenge solution in front of the world at Global Finals—the largest celebration of student creativity in the world. In addition to competing with the world’s best and brightest at Global Finals, teams will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet like-minded DI participants from around the world and engage in a range of educational experiences that continue to challenge their creativity and imaginations and extend their knowledge.
All donations are payable to Destination Imagination, Inc. and will be applied to the team’s account. All donations will be subtracted from the team’s account balance. The primary attending Team Manager can log in and view any donations posted to their account.
Some donors and sponsors prefer to send donations to a registered 501c3. If your team is receiving donations for Global Finals, please be sure to review the donations protocol on this page. It is very important that any donation received on your team’s behalf include your Team Number.
Destination Imagination Global Finals team donations that are received at Destination Imagination, Inc. (DII) corporate headquarters in Cherry Hill, N.J. can only be applied to registration fees for the team. It is important to track your team’s donations carefully to ensure that you don’t send more donation money than needed to cover your team’s registration fees. Due to Destination Imagination’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, the IRS rules state that any donations that exceed the total amount needed to cover a team’s registration fees cannot be returned to the team. For example, if a team’s invoice balance is $4,000.00 and the total donation received (applied) by DI on behalf of that team is $4,200.00, Destination Imagination, Inc. MUST retain the amount of the donations in excess of those expenses (i.e., $200) and apply them to DI’s overall mission. However, payments made individually by the team can be refunded when donations do not exceed the team’s balance for housing and registration. For example, if a team paid the entire balance of $5,500 and received a donation totaling $2,000; DII will issue a $2,000 refund check. The refund check will be payable to the specific person or school (depending on who made the most payments). Please note that Destination Imagination, Inc. reviews all incoming Global Finals checks to determine whether they are donations for a team’s Global Finals registration or payments from a parent or guardian. Individuals and corporations are responsible for their own tax returns, and ultimately, the IRS, who will review and determine if the donation is tax-deductible.
A team cannot use the DII EIN (Employee Identification Number) for any donations that they keep rather than forwarding them to DII for application to a team’s registration. They cannot advise a donor that the donation they are keeping is tax deductible since the team is not a 501(c)(3).
A team cannot, under any circumstances, set up a bank account using the DII EIN number.
To make a donation to a specific DI team, mail a check payable to Destination Imagination, Inc. to:
Destination Imagination, Inc., Attn: GF Donation Dept., 1111 South Union Avenue Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
**Please make sure the Team Number is included with all donation checks so funds can be properly attributed to team charges. If you do not know the Team Number, you can acquire it from the team’s Team Manager.
Destination Imagination is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; donations are tax-deductible. Our EIN is 22-2415554. Please notify your tax advisor if you have questions about your donation.