Friday, December 9, 2016

Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before You Donate


3 comments:

Rob North said...

I just made a donation to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation which you list as a "Charitable Foundation". When I received my receipt is specifically says donations to the HRC are NOT tax deductible. What do I need to see on your website to know an organization is tax deductible?

Sandra Miniutti said...

Rob, Thank you for your question. While our site has a listing for every nonprofit, we only rate is a 501c3 public charities (to which donations qualify for a tax deductible). Did you give to this rated charity: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6229? If so, it should be tax deductible. I suggest you call the org directly for more clarification.

Rob North said...

Here is a very good explanation I got from Shannon of the CN Development Team:

From: Development Team (Support staff)
Hello Rob,
The short answer is that every organization listed on our site should be able to accept tax-deductible donations because their information is provided to us by the IRS based on their 501(c)3 status and IRS 990 filings. Donations to 501(c)3's are, by IRS definition, tax-deductible.
Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF), the organization listed on our site, is a 501(c)3 and donations to HRCF are tax-deductible. This is the research arm of Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a membership organization that lobbies Congress. Because of the lobbying work, HRC is classified as a 501(c)4, which is still a nonprofit organization that needs to fundraise, but cannot provide tax deductions for those contributions. When you went to their website to contribute, your gift went to HRC rather than HRCF -- thus the difference. You can find a bit more explanation from HRC here: http://www.hrc.org/support/frequently-asked-questions
I hope this information helps. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.
Best,
Shannon