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Donation card FAQ for creators

Be aware that private foundations with 501(c)(3) classification are not currently supported for donation cards on YouTube.

YouTube creators can raise funds and awareness for U.S. and U.K. nonprofit organizations using YouTube's donation cards. Use the information below to get answers to your questions about using donation cards. Learn more about YouTube creators.

Nonprofits in the United States

How do I select a nonprofit?

You can select any U.S. 501(c)3 public charity in good standing. When you're adding a donation card to your video, you can start typing the name of a U.S. nonprofit (e.g. "Red") into the dialogue box, which will refine the results for you to select from.

How are nonprofits paid?

The funds raised are collected and disbursed by Network for Good, a U.S. nonprofit donor advised fund, to the U.S. nonprofit you selected.

As required by the Internal Revenue Service, Network for Good has exclusive legal control over the donations once they are received. If Network for Good cannot disburse the funds to the nonprofit you selected, Network for Good will disburse the funds to an alternative qualified U.S. nonprofit.

Who can donate?

As of 11/09/15, users in the following countries are able to make donations using Google Payments:

Countries

You can currently make donations using donation cards in the following countries:

  • United States
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • South Korea
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Philippines
  • Sweden
  • Slovakia
  • Taiwan
  • Switzerland

Nonprofits in the United Kingdom

How do I select a charity?

Within the dialogue box, search for "Cancer Research." For the initial launch, this is the only U.K. charity you will find.

How are charities paid? 

The funds raised are collected and disbursed by Charitable Giving, a U.K. charity (registered number 1128013), to the U.K. charity selected. If Charitable Giving cannot distribute the funds to the charity selected by the YouTube Creator for any reason, Charitable Giving will distribute the funds to an alternative charity with input from Google. 

Who can donate?

As of September 3, 2016, users in the following countries are able to make donations to U.K. charities using Google Payments.

  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Who should not use Donation Cards?

You should not create a donation card without first seeking appropriate legal advice if:
  • You are receiving any payment or other benefit in connection with the fundraising;
  • You are acting in the course of/representing a business; or 
  • You are acting on behalf of a charity.
Learn more about using donation cards in the YouTube Help Center.
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