It’s free for any nonprofits to join GlobalGiving. We don't charge any application fees, monthly fees, or annual fees to nonprofits, but we do retain 15% of every donation. Why? Because we will amplify the impact of each donation. With a $100 donation, we’ll use $15 of it to raise, on average, an additional $20 for your chosen nonprofit. And while we’re at it, we’ll provide them with tools, training, one-on-one support, and access to a new crowd of supporters.
Here’s the nitty-gritty: when a donor makes a $100 donation, $85 goes to the project(s), $3 goes to cover credit card or transaction fees, and just $2 goes to keep GlobalGiving running. Then $10 goes to fund our many programs and services that ultimately drive more funding. This is where the magic happens.
In 2015 alone, GlobalGiving drove an additional $10 million to our nonprofit partners through: our marketing efforts, matching funds, corporate partner donations, bonus rewards, and gift card redemptions. That money that didn’t come from nonprofits’ fundraising work; it was just a benefit of being part of our community. Accounting for all the extra funding that GlobalGiving delivers, the net cost for a typical nonprofit is actually zero. They’re not even out the credit card fees! The benefits of using GlobalGiving—access to tools, training, one-on-one support, and our trusted platform—literally pay for themselves, and then some!
Most importantly, GlobalGiving helps nonprofits have more impact. That’s what makes GlobalGiving unique: we exist to help our partners get more resources to do their important work, and to help them become more effective with the resources they do have. No other crowdfunding platform helps drive more dollars to important causes, and helps nonprofits improve their day-to-day performance on the ground like GlobalGiving.
So you can feel good about it! The 15% is worth the investment!