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.
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. Projects that do not raise at least $5,000 from at least 40 unique donors by December 31, 2020, at 23:59:59 EST 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.
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.
Donation Methods & Eligibility
The Accelerator is best-suited for organizations with supporters who can donate online. 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.
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.
Any activity not in the spirit of requesting separate individuals to support donations is being moderated by GlobalGiving and GlobalGiving reserves the right to permanently disqualify organizations for any attempts of misconduct.
Donations made to a project using any of the following methods will count towards your total raised during the 2020 Giving Season Accelerator:
Donations must be made by the account or credit card holder.
Donations received via any other methods will not count towards your total raised during the 2020 Giving Season Accelerator. Ineligible donation methods include, but are not limited to:
cash donations, wire transfers, CAF checks and CAF Online, donations made on a GlobalGiving corporate or organizational giving site, and donations made directly to an organization rather than a project
At the end of the 2020 Giving Season Accelerator, GlobalGiving will award additional prizes to the top-performing projects in various categories.
Projects must raise
at least $5,000 USD in donations from at least 40 unique donors
to be eligible for prizes.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top-performing projects in the following categories:
Most Received in Donations: $3,000, $1,500, $500
Most Donors: $2,000, $1,000, $500
Most New Monthly Donors: $1,000, $500, $250
Monthly Giving Offers!
Monthly Donors Count x2
To encourage donors to set up recurring donations in support for your project, each active, unique recurring donor to your project will count as 2 unique donors towards your goal of 40 unique donors and donor bonus prizes. (For example: if a project gets 3 unique recurring donors, those 3 donors will count as 6 unique donors towards the Accelerator graduate goal of 40.) If a recurring donation is cancelled before the end of the campaign, the unique donor will only count once.
This multiplier will remain active until December 31, 2020, at 11:58:59 EST.
For example, your organization gets one $50 monthly donor during the 2020 Giving Season Accelerator. After their fourth monthly 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 at least $5,000 from 40 unique donors during the 2020 Giving Season Accelerator.
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 January. We will also disburse funds raised by non-US organizations that raise at least $100 in late January.
Non-US organizations that raise less than $100 will not receive their funds in late January.
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, and Vetting
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.
NOTE: 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.
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.
If you are interested in accessing the lower fee immediately, you have the option to pay a small start-up fee. This offer expires November 26, 2020, and only online payments are accepted. To learn more and check your eligibility, visit the advanced fee payment page.