PayPal Giving Fund Donation Delivery Policy
Donations Made to PayPal Giving Fund
All donations made through PayPal Giving Fund programs are made to PayPal Giving Fund, an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) public charity (Federal Tax ID: 45-0931286), as the charity of record. Donors will receive a date-stamped receipt of donation from PayPal Giving Fund marking the date the donation was made to PayPal Giving Fund. All grants made by PayPal Giving Fund are effected in a manner that is consistent with our policies and applicable laws and regulations.
The PayPal Giving Fund enrollment status of a charity will determine the method and speed at which we grant funds to that charity. As described below, PayPal Giving Fund pursues multiple specified steps to grant donations it receives to its donors’ recommended charities. Pending distribution of grants, PayPal Giving Fund holds all donations in a secure, non-interest bearing bank account.
PayPal Giving Fund grants donated funds to charities enrolled with PayPal Giving Fund (“Participating Nonprofits” pursuant to the PayPal Giving Fund Nonprofit User Agreement) on a monthly basis on or around the 25th day of each month, typically 15 to 45 days after PayPal Giving Fund’s receipt of funds. This schedule enables us to streamline processing and aggregate funds to provide a lump sum payment to the charity, making it simpler for the charity to identify our payments and account for the funds we have raised. We distribute grants to enrolled charities via PayPal as we have determined this to be a fast, efficient, secure, and cost-effective way to do so. Donors can be confident their donations will reach their chosen charities securely, and the charities receive the payments into their PayPal accounts quickly and free of charge. Enrolled charities can also review the donations granted to them by PayPal Giving Fund, including donor details (except when donors choose to give anonymously), on their PayPal Giving Fund dashboard, accessible via their PayPal account.
Through certain partner programs, donors may have the option to recommend that we grant the funds they donate to charities that have not yet enrolled with PayPal Giving Fund. PayPal Giving Fund attempts to grant donations made to benefit charities that have not enrolled with PayPal Giving Fund after making reasonable attempts to contact them and invite their enrollment in PayPal Giving Fund. We receive information about these charities from our partnership with GuideStar. We will grant funds to an unenrolled charity provided that (1) we have been able to confirm that the charity complies with the requirements of our Nonprofit Certification Policy, and (2) we have verified the charity’s identity and conducted an appropriate level of due diligence into the charity, its officers and directors to confirm that it does not promote hate, violence, racial intolerance, and does not engage in money laundering or other illegal activities.
We will first notify an unenrolled charity about PayPal Giving Fund’s intent to grant it funds the month after donors have first indicated a desire to support it, and we will invite the charity to enroll with PayPal Giving Fund, enabling it to receive funds quickly and securely, and to review details of its donors. We will make multiple subsequent attempts to contact unenrolled charities, via email, letter and, in some cases, by phone. If a charity does not enroll with PayPal Giving Fund, we endeavor to deliver the grant funds by other appropriate means, including via check. If a charity does not enroll and we are unable to pay the charity by check (e.g., a check is returned or is not cashed within the time period specified on the check), we may, at our discretion, remove the charity from our directory of eligible charities and reassign funds in the manner described below.
Reassignment of Certain Donations
While we take multiple steps to attempt to grant donated funds according to the donor's identified preference, PayPal Giving Fund retains exclusive control over all donations. If a charity fails to meet the terms of our Nonprofit Certification Policy and/or fails to meet PayPal Giving Fund’s due diligence standards as described above for receipt of a donation at any time, we reserve the right to reassign funds to another charitable organization of our choice. We may also reassign donations in the event we are unable to distribute the funds successfully (e.g., the charity fails to cash the check(s) we send).
The tax-deductible status of a donation does not change if funds are reassigned because PayPal Giving Fund is the charitable organization of record for the donor’s original donation.
When reassigning funds, PayPal Giving Fund will try to select charities that operate in a similar cause area (and sometimes a similar location) to the charity originally identified by the donor. In doing so, we favor charities that have enrolled with PayPal Giving Fund, to enable efficient, secure and cost-effective delivery to charities that have accepted the PayPal Giving Fund Nonprofit User Agreement. For example, if we are unable to enroll, or deliver a check to, an unenrolled local organization providing housing services, we may reassign the funds to a PayPal Giving Fund enrolled national organization, or to a nearby local organization that also provides housing services.