YouTube Giving FAQs
You can donate to U.S. nonprofits on videos and live chat through the “Donate” button and Live Chat Donations. You can learn how to donate on YouTube here.I see a "Donate" button on a video watch page. How does that work?
Learn how to donate using the “Donate” button here.
Voluntary donations to nonprofits are non-refundable. If you're having trouble with a payment, you may contact our support team.
We do not give your contact information to the nonprofits or charities. We also don't give your contact information to the YouTube creator.
Your donation history from Google's donation initiatives (One Today and Google crisis response campaigns) is stored under a common account.
You can delete your account on One Today. If you chose to delete this account, any actions you've taken on the One Today platform will be anonymized. Donations made with Fundraisers, Community Fundraisers, and for Google crisis response campaigns are already anonymous.
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, and their donation will be announced to the organizer and other viewers. Super Chat / Super Stickers will be turned off for live videos with donations to avoid confusion.
Creators no longer set up fundraisers in the live stream’s chat settings. To turn on Live Chat Donations, set-up your live stream. Then go to the Giving section of YouTube Studio (under Monetization) to add your fundraiser to the live stream.
Nonprofits in the United StatesHow are nonprofits selected to participate?
YouTube creators can select any U.S. 501(c)3 public charity in good standing. Nonprofits are not endorsed by YouTube or Google.
The nonprofit will get all of your donation. Google will cover the processing fees during the pilot period. Unless mentioned otherwise, your donation is unrestricted, so funds may be used by the nonprofit at it sees fit. It may take up to two months for a donation to reach the nonprofit.
Google partners with Network for Good, a U.S. nonprofit donor advised fund, to collect and distribute the donations to nonprofits made on YouTube. As required by the Internal Revenue Service, Network for Good has exclusive legal control over the donations once received. 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 U.S. nonprofit.
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) organization), Google will work with Network for Good to select an alternate qualifying nonprofit.
You can currently make donations in the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- Great Britain
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico
- United States
Google partners with Network for Good, a U.S. nonprofit donor advised fund, to collect and distribute the donations made to the nonprofits on YouTube. For each transaction, you will see a line item on your credit card receipt that notes you made a donation through Network for Good.
Google partners with Network for Good, an industry leader in donor advised funds, to collect and distribute the donations at Google’s request. 100% of your contribution during the pilot period will go to the nonprofit (YouTube will take care of processing fees). As required by the U.S. IRS, Network for Good, as a donor advised fund, has exclusive legal control over the donations once received. Please note, 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 U.S. nonprofit.
If you are in the U.S., donations to 501(c)(3) organizations are generally tax deductible, but please check with your tax professional to be sure. You will receive a confirmation email from Google, which serves as your donation receipt and confirms that no goods or services were received.
Please check with your tax adviser. Your donation may not be tax deductible if you are a resident of Canada.
Your donation is not tax deductible if you are a resident of one of the following countries:
- New Zealand
If you are in the United Kingdom, tax benefits are not available for your donation. You will receive a confirmation email from your Google Payments account, which serves as your donation receipt. Users who make donations will not receive anything of value for their donation.
Creators/FundraisersThere is a nonprofit that I support. How do I raise money for it on my channel?
YouTube Giving is currently in beta and available to a small group of creators. We’re working on expanding in the coming months. Those in beta can raise funds for eligible U.S.-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits by adding the “Donate” button or Live Chat Donations to their videos.
501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations registered in the U.S. will receive donations through Network for Good's Donor Advised Fund. Funds are given to the nonprofit about 90 days after the end of the month that the donation was made. For example, if the donation was made January 1, the nonprofit would get the donation 90 days after January 31.