Fundraise for Nonprofits using YouTube Giving

Nonprofits can fundraise on YouTube in a few different ways. Eligible nonprofits in the US can be fundraised for with the Donate button by channels with access to YouTube Giving

Nonprofit Eligibility FAQs

I am a nonprofit. Can I fundraise on my own YouTube channel?

To set up a YouTube Giving fundraiser, your channel has to meet certain eligibility requirements.

I want to make sure my nonprofit is eligible to be fundraised for by a YouTube creator with YouTube Giving. How do I do that?

Eligible creators can raise money for your nonprofit with YouTube Giving. To be eligible to get money from a YouTube Giving fundraiser, a nonprofit must:
Learn more about YouTube Giving. 

My nonprofit is eligible for YouTube Giving but can’t be found or requested. Why is that?

To be eligible to receive money from a YouTube Giving fundraiser, a nonprofit must meet the nonprofit eligibility criteria
 
Below are some reasons why the nonprofit you are searching for may not be appearing in the request tool:
  • Your nonprofit has opted out of online fundraising. Nonprofits must give the OK for people to fundraise for them online. Learn more about how to opt-in to receive third-party donations.
  • Your nonprofit is doing business as some other name. YouTube Giving uses nonprofit name data from GuideStar. Try searching by EIN in the request tool. 
  • Your  nonprofit is not a part of Google for Nonprofits. The nonprofit can request a Google for Nonprofits account.
  • Your nonprofit is not a Guidestar registered US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Look them up on guidestar.org to confirm the nonprofit is there. 

My nonprofit is based outside the United States. Can a creator fundraise for my nonprofit?

YouTube Giving fundraising is only available for US nonprofits that meet the eligibility criteria. If your nonprofit isn’t eligible, here are some other ways to fundraise on YouTube.

What is Google for Nonprofits, and how do I request an account?

To be eligible to receive money from a YouTube Giving fundraiser, a nonprofit must have an account with Google for Nonprofits. Learn more about Google for Nonprofits and how to request an account

Learn more about how to set up a YouTube Giving fundraiser.

Donation Disbursement FAQs

How does my nonprofit get the donations raised through YouTube Giving?

Google partners with Network for Good to collect and distribute the donations at Google’s request. To get donations, you will have to opt-in to receiving money from Network for Good.  

100% of contributions go to the nonprofit, and YouTube will pay transaction fees. As required by the U.S. IRS, 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. Learn more about how Network for Good disbursements work.

How does my nonprofit opt-in to receive donation payments?

Before you start: Check if your organization is eligible to get funds from Network for Good by searching their database.
Follow these instructions to opt-in to receive third-party donations through GuideStar.

Payment timing

Donations are disbursed by Network for Good, a U.S. 501(c)(3) and donor advised fund, who collect and distribute the funds to the nonprofits. It may take up to 2 months for a donation to reach your nonprofit. If less than $10 was raised, the funds will be dispersed annually. Learn more about donation disbursement

Update your disbursements

One of the requirements for YouTube Giving fundraisers is having direct deposit set up with Network for Good. Learn more about how to register for a direct deposit.
As required by the IRS, 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 at its discretion.

Nonprofit information on YouTube Giving FAQs

What is a GuideStar profile?

Some of the nonprofit info (name, logo, etc.) displayed by a YouTube Giving fundraiser is pulled from your nonprofit’s GuideStar profile. Learn more about how to create a new GuideStar profile for your organization, or update an existing profile.

How do I update my nonprofit’s logo?

When a channel sets up a Giving fundraiser, they can choose between standard logos and the nonprofit logo in GuideStar. Learn more about how to add, remove, or edit a logo associated with your nonprofit’s GuideStar profile.

How do I update my nonprofit’s name?

Learn more about how to change the name of your organization that displays on your GuideStar profile. 
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