YouTube Giving FAQs

YouTube Giving allows creators to support the charitable causes that they care about. Eligible channels can fundraise for nonprofits by adding the 'Donate' button to their videos and live streams. Viewers can donate directly on the video watch page or in live chat. 

Donor FAQs

I see a 'Donate' button on a video watch page. How does that work? What are Live Chat Donations?

When a creator adds a fundraiser to a live stream or premiere with live chat enabled, viewers will see the 'Donate' button appear in the live chat. When a viewer donates with Live Chat Donations, they can choose to add their name to their donation in the live chat. Learn more about Live Chat Donations

Which countries have YouTube Giving?

You can currently make donations if you're located in the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Bolivia
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Montenegro
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United States
Is my donation tax deductible?

See donor tax information based on location here

How much of my donation will reach the nonprofit?

100% of the money that you donate will go to the nonprofit. YouTube also covers credit card transaction fees.

Can I get a refund on my donation?

Voluntary donations to nonprofits are non-refundable. If you're having trouble making a payment, you may contact our support team.

What information do you share with the nonprofits when I make a donation?

When you make a donation, your contact information isn't shared with the nonprofit or creator. If you choose to make a 'public' donation when giving on live chat, the creator hosting the live stream can see your account name and how much you've donated. You can learn more about how your information is used here

Creator and fundraiser FAQs

How can I get YouTube Giving on my channel?

YouTube Giving is currently in beta, and is available to a small group of creators in the US, UK and Canada. We're working on expanding in the coming months. Those in beta can raise funds for eligible US-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits from their videos or live streams with the 'Donate' button or Live Chat Donations. 

I see that I have access to YouTube Giving. How do I set it up?

What are community fundraisers?

Community fundraisers allow you to collaborate with other creators to raise funds for the same cause. Learn how to create or join a community fundraiser.

What happened to Super Chat for Good?

Super Chat for Good is now Live Chat Donations. Creators will still be able to host fundraisers on their live streams, and viewers will still be able to donate directly from the chat window. Super Chat and Super Stickers will be turned off for live streams with donations to avoid confusion. With Live Chat Donations, you can monitor viewer donations in the Live Control Room with the Viewer Activity Widget
To enable Live Chat Donations, add your scheduled live stream to your fundraiser. Learn how to set up a YouTube Giving fundraiser. Live streams with live chat will have the 'Donate' icon  in the chat. Live streams without live chat will have a 'Donate' button next to or below the stream.

Can I still monetise on videos or live streams that have a fundraiser? 

Ads will not be impacted when you add a fundraiser to your videos and live streams. To avoid confusion, Super Chat and Super Stickers aren't available on live streams with Live Chat Donations. Creators will not be able to activate Memberships on a live stream with live chat. 
How do nonprofits receive the donations?

Google partners with Network for Good to collect and distribute the donations at Google's request. 100% of your contribution goes to the nonprofit, and YouTube will pay transaction fees. As required by the US IRS, Network for Good has exclusive legal control over the donations once received. Please note that if Network for Good cannot disburse the funds to the nonprofit selected by the YouTube creator, Network for Good will distribute the funds to an alternate qualified US nonprofit. Learn more about how Network for Good disbursements work

What if the nonprofit designated to receive my donation becomes ineligible?

If Network for Good, Google's donor-advised fund partner, is unable to distribute funds for a project to the intended nonprofit for any reason (including that the nonprofit is not a valid United States 501(c)(3) organisation), Google will work with Network for Good to select an alternate qualifying nonprofit.
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