Why does FirstGiving charge a fee?

FirstGiving deducts a total fee of 7.5 percent from each donation. Our transaction fee covers:

  • Securing and hosting the site so you can feel comfortable providing your credit card details
  • Vetting 501 (c) nonprofits
  • Processing your donations securely
  • Providing exceptional support: When you contact us, you speak to real people. Get to know us better.
  • Ensuring the money you raise gets to the nonprofit quickly and safely; learn how.

We believe in giving all nonprofits the same opportunity to raise huge amounts of money, including the smaller ones who can't afford to spend a lot on technology, freeing them up to concentrate on their primary goal, whether it's medical research or running the local play group.

We added the Pay the Fee option for your donors. Learn all about it here.

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