PayPal Giving Fund Nonprofit Certification Policy

(Last updated on April 12, 2017)
About Our Directory

We believe that a wide array of charity choices is central to increasing overall charitable giving. As such, we provide donors with a large directory of charities to which PayPal Giving Fund may grant funds. All donations are made to PayPal Giving Fund, an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) public charity (Federal Tax ID: 45-0931286). Inclusion within the PayPal Giving Fund directory requires:

  • Verification of the tax-exempt status of the charity in the United States, and confirmation of good standing with the IRS.
  • Confirmation that the charity has not been identified by the United States, European Union, United Nations, or other relevant authority as being subject to sanctions.

The PayPal Giving Fund directory includes Participating Nonprofits (hereinafter “enrolled charities”) that have agreed to the PayPal Giving Fund Nonprofit User Agreement. On certain partner programs, the directory may also include unenrolled charities that have not agreed to the PayPal Giving Fund Nonprofit User Agreement terms. We receive information about the unenrolled charities through our partnership with GuideStar, a 501(c)(3) public charity that collects, organizes, and presents information about nonprofits in an easy-to-understand, neutral format.

Removal of a Charity from our Directory

As a public charity itself, PayPal Giving Fund retains ultimate discretion over all donations it receives and reserves the right to conduct additional vetting of charities in our directory on an ongoing basis. For example, PayPal Giving Fund may investigate suspicious activity, and may remove any charity from its directory based on the outcome of such investigation. PayPal Giving Fund may remove any charity from its directory if it determines that the charity promotes violence, hate, or racial intolerance, or is engaged in money laundering or other illegal activities.

As PayPal Giving Fund’s payments processer, PayPal may request that PayPal Giving Fund remove any charity from its directory for breach of PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy or other relevant policy or regulatory obligation. In addition, from time to time, PayPal Giving Fund may enter into agreements with merchant partners to enable customer giving programs through their own websites. Such partners may choose to remove charities from their websites and programs at any time. Finally, a charity may request to be removed from PayPal Giving Fund’s directory and merchant partner websites and programs at any time by contacting PayPal Giving Fund.

Delivery of Donations to Charities within our Directory

We take multiple steps to grant funds to charities recommended by our donors. However, the listing of a charity in our directory is not a guarantee that it will ultimately receive funds from PayPal Giving Fund’s fundraising programs. In the rare event that we are ultimately unable to grant funds to a charity recommended by a donor, we will reassign those funds to another charity pursuant to the Donation Delivery Policy. The tax-deductible status of the original donation does not change because PayPal Giving Fund is the charitable organization of record for the original donation. See the PayPal Giving Fund Donation Delivery Policy for more details.

How Funds are Used by Charities

PayPal Giving Fund makes unrestricted grants and does not verify how a charity uses funds it receives from PayPal Giving Fund, and assumes no responsibility with respect to the use of funds. Donors may obtain information about the charities’ programs and use of funds by consulting their profiles as presented in the customer giving programs we enable and/or the charity’s website.