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Friday, December 9, 2016

Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before You Donate


5 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

Pattty Grassman said...

I donated to American Refugee Committee but it said Network for Goodles first. What is that? Also said it wasn't tax deductible and something about being flagged? I want to know my money went to my cause and it is as reputable as I was told!

Sandra Miniutti said...

Hi Patty,
Thank you for your question.
We use Network for Good to process donations through our site. Any donation that they process is potentially tax deductible (depending on if you itemize on your taxes).
Here's more information on our Giving Basket, http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=2013, including common questions, https://charity-navigator.tenderapp.com/kb/questions-about-donating-through-the-giving-basket.
If you have questions specific about your account or anything else, then please contact us directly at info @ charitynavigator.org.