FAQ

Because the Givio app is made for givers. Like you. Whether you’re an individual who likes to give to charities or schools, or you’re a small business owner who wants to give back to the community that helped make you what you are, you’ll find all your favorite causes (and more) in our database of 1.6M US nonprofits.

Everything about the app has been designed so that you’ll absolutely love the giving experience. With Givio, you can:

  1. Give quickly & go (because we don’t force you to sign up for anything, fill out any forms or pre-load funds)
  2. Choose to stay anonymous if you want to keep your inbox clean or share your information w/ your nonprofit to get updates on their progress
  3. Track all your giving and download your tax records at tax time
  4. Create fundraising campaigns for your favorite causes and share them across all of your networks
  5. Discover new causes that are having an impact in your neighborhood and around the world

Givio is more than a personal giving tool – Givio is great for setting up fundraisers to support your favorite nonprofit. Why? Because Givio makes it so easy to share your passion with others. Turn your 1 gift into 100.

Let’s start with how easy it is to create a fundraising campaign. Search and select your favorite organization in Givio. See that blue rocket button to the upper right? Tap that and launch a campaign. You only need to fill in a few blanks. Launch.

Now, let’s look at how easy it is to share your fundraiser. Nonprofits everywhere need to reach new donors and development new relationships. Givio is designed to maximize these opportunities by allowing you to share your campaign across any social or communication app on your mobile device. Just click the share icon – that curved arrow in the upper right of your giving page – and your mobile device will show you every app at your disposal for sharing. Post your campaign to a Facebook page. Even better, post to a Slack channel where all of your colleagues can join in. Share over text or email. You decide what works best for you.

Next, let’s remember how easy it is for your contacts to give once you share the fundraising campaign. Givio does not require app downloads or registrations in order to give. Anyone receiving your share can JUST GIVE. It’s that easy. If they want to get tax receipts or download the Givio app or use Givio to give again, that’s great, but not required.

Finally, the holy grail of social giving. Everyone you share a give page with can re-share to any of their friends, family and colleagues. Encourage your contacts to re-share. That is the power of social giving.

And that is how you turn 1 gift into 100!

Nope. Just tap, give & go.

You can also share giving pages and campaigns with your networks just as easily. No registration or forms are required.

We do offer a free membership that allows you to save your giving history and all of your tax receipts in one place, create fundraising campaigns for the nonprofits you care about, and keep tabs on all your favorites. We’d love for you to join the Givio community (and we think you’ll like it a lot) but it’s completely your choice.

Yes! Givio makes engaging others in giving campaigns incredibly easy because it’s infinitely shareable and there are no barriers to giving. Anyone can participate in your giving campaigns.

Givio requires no training, no contracts and no software. Just create your business account (it’s free), launch your campaign (takes 3 minutes or less) and share with your entire network, across any communication or social media channel.

Connecting your business, employees, partners and customers with the nonprofits making a difference in your community and around the world is not just easy, it’s impactful!

Yep. We’ve got that, too. A matching gift can be the fuel that lights the fire for any campaign.

Individual givers, businesses and even nonprofit organizations can create matching campaigns. You can recognize the match-gift sponsor or let them remain anonymous.

With Givio, there are no costs to the giver. Both the app and our optional membership are free.

The payment merchant (GooglePay/Stripe) will charge a standard financial processing fee (usually 2.2% + 30¢) which we pass along to the nonprofits receiving the donation. Givio charges a small fee of 3% for the administration of the donation, which helps us keep the lights on. So if you donate $100 to your favorite nonprofit through Givio, your nonprofit receives $94.50.

Fundraising can be expensive. Experts estimate the cost of fundraising ranges from 10% for a large capital campaign to 20% for a direct mail campaign to as much as 50% for a special event.

When the giver controls the experience – and especially when the giver uses Givio – the costs are just about as low as can be in the fundraising world. In fact, the only way for a gift to be cheaper than using Givio is if (a) somebody else pays for the costs of your donation or (b) if you walk into the nonprofit’s office and hand them a check.

Yes! With Givio, you control what happens to your data. Share it or maintain your privacy – you decide. Givio believes that respecting the rights and privacy of donors is the first step towards building trust and raising funds for the causes we love.

Givio does NOT monetize donor data.

Your donation using Givio is immediately received by the Givio Charitable Foundation (GCF), a 501c3 sponsoring a donor-advised fund (DAF). GCF then grants your donation directly to your nonprofit. GCF provides three really important benefits for givers and nonprofits alike:

  1. Security. GCF screens nonprofits making sure they are registered with the IRS and in compliance with certain regs and rules that impact giving.
  2. Acknowledgement. GCF provides the giver immediate acknowledgement and receipting of the donation.
  3. Cost savings. By pooling donations from many donors, GCF reduces the cost of processing funds to recipient nonprofits.

For more information about Givio Charitable Foundation, please see our terms of use or visit Givio Charitable.

Lots of ways! Givio and Givio Charitable Foundation provide services that help the nonprofits achieve their goals, for less.

By making the donation process fast, smooth and reliable, more people are able to successfully make more donations, whenever they are inspired to give. Most nonprofits operated on a shoestring budget. So we have created the technology to streamline the giving process for them. Giving campaigns no longer have to be planned well in advance, required a lot of patience or cost a lot of money.

And with Givio campaigns, nonprofits receive their funds faster – MUCH faster – than with other popular or social media fundraising campaign platforms. We disburse funds every month. In many cases, we can disburse within a few days of campaign wrap up! Other platforms make nonprofits wait up to 3 months or longer to receive funds.

If you represent a nonprofit and you have suggestions for ways we can improve Givio services, please let us know. We are in this together.

Every IRS registered 501c3 nonprofit in the U.S. Plus schools, Native American Nations and a whole lot of churches and religious institutions. And Givio continues to work to expand the giving options for our givers.

No. You decide. If you want to receive updates on the cause you care about, you may want to give them your name and email so they can keep in touch. But if you would rather maintain your privacy, you can do that too.

Not only should donors be able to control access to their personal data, but we believe that respect for the donor is the first step in building trust and better donor relationships.

Sometimes finding the correct nonprofit is harder that it should be. Givio depends on multiple data sources to provide you with the most complete list of nonprofits eligible to receive tax-deductible donations. This includes IRS approved data.

Unfortunately, not every cause a donor supports is actually a nonprofit that is eligible to receive tax-deductible donations. For example, political organizations can be nonprofits, but donors cannot make tax-deductible donations to them. Also, not every tax-exempt organization has up-to-date information on record with the IRS. We do our best, and we will continue to strive to do even better.

If you can’t find your nonprofit, school or Native Nation using our search tool, try these steps:

  1. Spell out the full name. Sometimes your nonprofit may popularly be referred to by an acronym or a shortened name. The name filed with the IRS is the first search result you will find. Sometimes if the IRS registered name is different enough from the acronym or shortened name, you may not see anything similar show in up your search results.
  2. Check the name, check the spelling. Are you entering the name of a program, for example, but the actual organization name is different? Could the organization be sponsored by a government agency rather than a nonprofit?
  3. Search by EIN number. If the EIN number doesn’t produce results, the nonprofit may not be in our database.

If you’re a giver, looking for your favorite nonprofit, fill out this Nonprofit not found form.

If you’re a nonprofit, fill out this Add my nonprofit form and we’ll make sure your nonprofits gets added to our database with a free Givio page.

Just fill out this short form and we will reach out to update your record. Coming soon, Givio will enable nonprofits to ‘claim’ a free account in Givio that will enable you to edit certain information (like photos and descriptions), and create campaigns.

Get the Givio app today, and start doing some good!

Get the Givio app today, and start doing some good!