Recurring Donations

Monthly recurring donations make it easy to support your favorite project(s) on GlobalGiving and help them achieve their funding goals over time. You can create a monthly recurring donation for any project on GlobalGiving for as little as $10. Just find the project that you want to support and select "monthly recurring" from the drop down menu above the donation options on each project.

Making a recurring donation

Making a recurring donation is the easiest way to give - and ensure your favorite projects receive ongoing support.

When you choose a project(s) to support, you'll be asked to specify whether this is a "one time" or "monthly recurring donation." Select "monthly recurring donation" and indicate the amount you wish you give ($10 minimum). To complete your recurring donation, you'll need to create an account on GlobalGiving, which will allow you to keep track of your donations in a central place, and make changes to your recurring donation(s) if necessary. Currently, you must use a credit card (including Visa, MasterCard, American Express) to set up a recurring donation.

When you are ready to complete your transaction, go to your Giving Cart and review the items - donations are labeled "one time" or "monthly recurring." When you check out, your card will be charged the monthly recurring amount immediately, and then will automatically be charged the same amount each month going forward. You will receive a receipt after the initial transaction, but not after each subsequent monthly donation. However, through your GlobalGiving account, you can access your donation history at any time and get a snapshot of your total donations made to date. And, in January of the coming year, we will send you (via email) an aggregated receipt for tax purposes reflecting all of your donations during the year.

Managing your recurring donation

Through your GlobalGiving account, you can make changes to your recurring donation easily. The following variables can be modified by logging in to your account:

  • Amount of monthly donation
  • Project you are supporting
  • Credit card
  • Billing address
  • Email address

If you wish to support an additional project on a monthly recurring basis, you'll need to go through the process described earlier on this page - you cannot add a project through your account.

If a project you are supporting on a recurring basis becomes fully funded, or is retired from the GlobalGiving website for any other reason, we will send you notification via email and you will have the opportunity to substitute another project. If we do not hear from you, your recurring donations will be redirected to the GlobalGiving Matching Fund.

Cancelling your recurring donation

If you wish to cancel your recurring donation, you can do this through your GlobalGiving account. If you terminate your recurring donation and wish to re-start it, simply go through the process described above to set up a new recurring donation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a recurring donation?
A. A recurring donation is a great way of supporting a favorite project over time. Instead of making a one-time donation, you provide credit card information and we automatically charge your card in the specified amount each month.
Q. Can I change the frequency of my recurring donations?
A. Unfortunately, at the present time, our system is only able to make monthly recurring donations. We hope to add this enhancement in the future.
Q. What if I want to change the amount I am giving through my monthly recurring donation?
A. Through your GlobalGiving profile, you can easily change the amount of your donation. Just go into the "Recurring Donation" tab of "My Profile," select "Edit/Change/Remove Projects," enter the new amount you would like to give each month, and then hit "update." Changes will take effect with your next regularly scheduled monthly payment.
Q. I need to change the credit card I am using for my recurring donation. How do I do that?
A. Go through your GlobalGiving profile, select the "Recurring Donation" tab, and "Edit/Update Billing Info." You can enter new credit card/billing information here.
Q. Will I receive a receipt that I can use for tax purposes when my credit card is charged each month?
A. When you set up your recurring donation, you will be charged for the first month's payment, and will receive a receipt at that time. You will not receive additional receipts after each subsequent monthly donation. However, through your GlobalGiving account, you can access your donation history at any time and get a snapshot of your total donations made to date. And, in January of the coming year, we will send you (via email) an aggregated receipt for tax purposes reflecting all of your donations during the year.
Q. Can I set up a recurring donation using my PayPal account?
A. Unfortunately, we don't currently have the capability of using PayPal for recurring donations at this time. You can set up a recurring donation using any major credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover).
Q. Can I give a "recurring" gift - set up a recurring donation in honor of someone else?
A. Yes, you can - simply indicate "make this donation a gift" when you check out and follow the prompts to enter the gift recipient's name so we can send them a gift card and let them know that you've contributed in their honor. Each month, we will charge your credit card for your monthly donation, but we will not send a gift card every month.
Q. How do I stop my recurring donation?
A. Ongoing support is important to enabling projects to continue their work, so we encourage donors to continue to contribute to projects over time. If you must cancel your recurring donation, you can do so by going into the "Recurring Donation" tab of "My Profile," and select "Stop/Cancel Your Recurring Donation."
Q.What happens when a project I am supporting reaches its fundraising goal?
A.It's great when a project reaches full funding! When this occurs, we notify you and temporarily redirect your monthly recurring donation to the GlobalGiving Matching Fund, which supports a broad array of projects, including projects that are part of specific campaigns and those that are closest to reaching their funding objectives. You can then go into your GlobalGiving account and choose another project that you'd like to support through your recurring donation. If we don't hear from you, your contribution will continue to go toward the GlobalGiving Matching Fund.