April 2021 Accelerator Terms + Conditions


  • The Accelerator is GlobalGiving’s virtual onboarding program for nonprofits interested in joining the GlobalGiving community as permanent partners.
  • The Accelerator experience includes being vetted by GlobalGiving, participating in a free virtual training program, submitting your GlobalGiving project page, and fundraising in a three-week crowdfunding campaign.
  • GlobalGiving does not provide donors to your project or promote your Accelerator project. The Accelerator crowdfunding campaign is the final stage of GlobalGiving’s rigorous vetting process. The crowdfunding campaign helps us determine whether your organization has a community of supporters that cares about your work. The Accelerator is also your opportunity to try GlobalGiving’s donor management tools and decide whether you’d like to move forward in your GlobalGiving journey.
  • Your organization must raise at least $5,000 from 40 unique donors during the crowdfunding campaign to graduate from the Accelerator and become a permanent GlobalGiving partner.

  • The Accelerator is best-suited for organizations with supporters who can donate online. Please read the “Donation Methods + Eligibility” section to learn more about eligible and ineligible donation methods.

  • During the campaign, GlobalGiving deducts a fee from each donation to your project. Please see the “Tax-Efficient Giving, Fees, & Vetting” section to learn more.
  • GlobalGiving determines unique donors using numerous criteria, including name, email address, credit card number, mailing address, and IP address. We monitor these and other parameters in our system to ensure that unique donors count towards the Accelerator thresholds and cash prizes.
  • Leaderboards: During the campaign, you can track your fundraising totals and prize progress on the leaderboards.
    • The Main Leaderboard will capture all fundraising activity from the start to finish of the campaign.
    • The Bonus Day Leaderboard will only capture fundraising activity during the 24-hour Bonus Day.
  • Projects that do not raise at least $5,000 from at least 40 unique donors by April 23, 23:59:59 ET will no longer be visible on the GlobalGiving website or able to receive donations. If you still have approved due diligence, we’ll invite you to participate in the next Accelerator, which will be in September 2021.

Important Dates

  • March 17: Welcome webinar - register here.
  • March 22 - 25: Free, virtual training program - register here!
  • March 26: Project submission deadline
  • March 31: Optional deadline to lower your fee
  • April 5, 09:00:00 ET: Crowdfunding campaign begins!
  • April 14, 00:00:00 ET - 23:59:59 ET: 24-hour Bonus Day
  • April 23, 23:59:59 ET: Crowdfunding campaign ends.
  • Late May 2021: GlobalGiving disburses funds raised during the Accelerator. Please see the “Disbursements” section for more details.

24-hour Bonus Day Terms + Conditions

  • From 00:00:00 ET - 23:59:59 ET on Wednesday, April 14, all Accelerator participants will compete for a share of GlobalGiving’s $20,000 Incentive Fund and two $1,000 bonus prizes.
  • Only ONLINE DONATIONS up to $5,000 per donor per project will count towards winning a portion of the Incentive Fund.
  • Your portion of the Incentive Fund will be displayed and fluctuate on the Bonus Day Leaderboard throughout the day. The leaderboard will recalculate every 3 minutes.
  • The Bonus Day Leaderboard will lock at 23:59:59 E.T., and you can check how much you have won in incentive funds in the column labeled “Matching.”
  • $20,000 Incentive Fund: Will be distributed to participants proportionally based on final fundraising totals during the day. At the end of Bonus Day, the project that brings in the most dollars will win the most significant slice of the Incentive Fund, and every project that activates donors will earn something. Your final share of the Incentive Fund will not be determined until Bonus Day ends on April 14, 23:59:59 ET.
  • Each participants’ portion of the Incentive Fund is determined as follows: [Total Project Donations on Bonus Day] ÷ [Total Donations To All Projects on Bonus Day] * [$20,000] ≈ Your portion of the Incentive Fund
  • GlobalGiving will indicate in your donation manager, which donations count towards your total raised on Bonus Day based on the time of the donation, the method of payment, and the unique donor criteria.
  • There will be two Bonus Day Cash Prizes.
    • Most Funds Raised: $1,000
    • Most Unique Donors: $1,000
  • Prize money (incentive funds and bonus prizes) does not count towards the $5,000 and 40 donor thresholds.
  • Recurring Donations: On Bonus Day, any new, unique recurring donors secured will count as two individual donors towards the Most Unique Donor prize as well as towards the project’s overall donor count in the Accelerator. Additionally, new recurring donations up to $200 per donor per project will have their initial donation matched 100% after the fourth donation. See the “Monthly Giving Offers!” section for complete details.
  • GlobalGiving reserves the right to make final decisions on all matters concerning the allocation of cash prizes.
  • Please note that all donations are final. GlobalGiving cannot change the time, date, or status of a donation after processing takes place.
  • Information on tax-efficient giving, fees, exchange rates, disbursements, disqualification, unique donors, and vetting applies to the Accelerator Bonus Day.
  • Only organizations participating in GlobalGiving’s April 2021 Accelerator are eligible to participate on Bonus Day.

Overall Prizes

  • At the end of the Accelerator, GlobalGiving awards cash prizes to projects in the following categories:
    • Most Funds Raised: $3,000, $1,500, 500
    • Most Unique Donors: $2,000, $1,000, $500
    • Most Recurring Donors: $1,000, 500, 250
  • Promotional prizes: Awarded to all projects that meet the corresponding thresholds at the end of the Accelerator:
    • Homepage Time: Projects that raise at least $10,000 from 60 unique donors during the Accelerator will earn a spot on GlobalGiving’s homepage for a full day in 2021.

Monthly Giving Offers

  • Monthly Donors Count Twice: To encourage donors to set up recurring donations supporting your project, each active, unique recurring donor to your project counts twice towards your goal of 40 unique donors and donor bonus prizes.
    • For example, if an organization gets three unique recurring donors, those three donors will count as six towards the Accelerator graduate goal of 40.) If a donor cancels the recurring donation before the Accelerator’s end, the unique donor will only count once.
  • Recurring Donation Match: During the April 2021 Accelerator, new recurring donations up to $200 per donor per project will have their initial donation matched 100% after the fourth donation.
    • For example, your organization gets one $50 monthly donor during the April 2021 Accelerator. After their July 2021 payment, GlobalGiving matches the initial donation at 100% with $50.) If the donor cancels the recurring donation before the third automatic payment, the match will not be applied.
    • Recurring donations made by project leaders or staff of the recipient project or organization are not eligible for matching.
  • GlobalGiving will cancel all recurring donations to organizations that do not raise $5,000 from 40 unique donors during the April 2021 Accelerator.

Donation Methods + Eligibility

  • Eligible Donations: Online donations (credit card, debit card, PayPal, ApplePay, and individually purchased GlobalGiving gift cards) and mobile donations through M-Changa will count towards your Accelerator progress.
  • Donations must be made by the account or credit cardholder.
  • Ineligible Payment Methods: Cash, checks, text-to-give, CAF check, CAF online, wire transfers, ACH, DAFs, donations made by JustGiving, corporate gift cards, donations made on GlobalGiving corporate or organizational giving site, donations made directly to an organization rather than a project, or donations made through Facebook.
  • GlobalGiving is moderating any activity not in the spirit of requesting separate individuals to support organizations.
  • GlobalGiving reserves the right to disqualify organizations for any attempts of misconduct permanently.
  • Please note that all donations are final. GlobalGiving cannot change the time, date, or status of a donation after it is processed for any reason.


  • The exchange rate will be estimated at the time of the donation but may be subject to change until the donation settles with the donor’s bank or credit card. GlobalGiving disburses funds using the exchange rate based on the settlement value of each transaction.
  • GlobalGiving disburses funds raised by US-based organizations during the Accelerator in late May 2021. We will also disburse funds raised by non-US organizations that raise at least $100 in late May 2021.
  • Non-US organizations that raise less than $100 will not receive their funds in late May 2021. GlobalGiving will hold these funds until your organization reaches the $100 threshold in a future Accelerator for as long as your due diligence is valid. If, after two years, when due diligence expires, your organization has not raised the dispersible amount, GlobalGiving will reallocate the funds.
  • Please note that GlobalGiving maintains the right to make a final decision on all matters concerning the adjudication of unique donors and the Accelerator’s final results.

Tax-Efficient Giving, Fees, & Vetting

  • Tax Efficiency: GlobalGiving is a registered nonprofit charity in the United States and England and Wales. Donations made by eligible donors in the United States can be claimed as tax-deductible contributions on United States tax returns. Donations made by eligible donors in the United Kingdom can claim Gift Aid (an extra 25% added to eligible donations by the UK Government) when they donate in GBP.
    • Gift Aid does not count towards project totals in the Accelerator but will appear in your Donation Manager once HMRC receives the payment. It may take up to 2 months for Gift Aid transactions to show up in your Donation Manager.
  • Fulfillment Fee: GlobalGiving retains a 12% nonprofit support fee plus a 3% processing fee on the organization’s first $5,000 raised on the platform. After organizations raise $5,000 on GlobalGiving, the nonprofit support fee reduces to 5% for U.S. and U.K. registered organizations and 7% for organizations registered outside the U.S. and U.K. The 3% processing fee remains fixed.
    • The fee does not apply to bonus prizes or matching funds awarded in the Accelerator. The GlobalGiving fee helps cover the costs we incur to vet, onboard, and support our nonprofit community —and enable donors to make online contributions safely.
    • Are you interested in accessing the lower fee immediately? Participants have the option to pay a small start-up fee in advance of the Accelerator start date. This offer expires March 31, 2021, and only online payments are accepted. To learn more and check your eligibility, visit the advanced fee payment page.
  • Vetting: GlobalGiving may conduct additional due diligence on your organization both during and after the Accelerator campaign. We reserve the right to remove your project from the site at any time if your organization does not comply with our vetting standards, Non-Discrimination, and Faith-based Activities policy, or any other GlobalGiving Terms + Conditions.

Have questions? Check out the Accelerator Resource Center, Accelerator FAQs, and join the Accelerator Facebook group. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at accelerator@globalgiving.org. We typically respond in one-three business days.

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