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Donation Fees

Being a nonprofit ourselves, we realize that every dollar taken away in fees is a dollar that won’t be helping your favorite organizations further their mission—which is why we don’t charge a platform fee to donate through our site. We want every dollar possible to increase the impact that great nonprofits can make.


Donations are made to PayPal Giving Fund, an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) public charity, and is subject to PayPal Giving Fund’s policies and terms of service for donors. PayPal Giving Fund receives the donation, which is typically tax deductible, net of payment processing fees of 1.99% + $0.49. PayPal Giving Fund typically grants funds to recommended charities within 15-45 days, or 90 days, if the charity isn't enrolled with PayPal Giving Fund.​

Comparisons with Competitors


GreatNonprofits provides tools to enable donors and volunteers to find, donate to, and share stories about great nonprofit organizations.

Razoo empowers organizations, showcases the generosity of communities, bolsters teamwork, gives individuals a voice, and provides a place to share what you support.

Fundly empowers people and organizations to support and nurture the causes and communities they care about.



Processing Fees

Does not charge a platform fee!

5% personal fundraising fee

4% charitable fundraising fee

4.9% platform fee

1.99% + $0.49 per transaction​

2.9% + 30 cents processing fee

2.9% + 30 cents processing fee

Total Fees

1.99% + 49 cents total fees

6.9% + 30 cents total fee

7.8% + 30 cents total fee

Once you know that there is a fee, you may think that giving directly to a charity would be a way to avoid all the costs.


However, the nonprofits themselves incur fees when processing donor gifts. The difference is that we are explicit in explaining those costs.

For donors, GreatNonprofits:

  • is completely transparent about its fees;

  • its fees are tax-deductible; and

  • allows you to donate anonymously.

For nonprofits, GreatNonprofits:

  • has the ability to process donations to support nonprofits via donations made to PayPal Giving Fund; and

  • provides easy access to reports on those donors who choose not to give anonymously.

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