Frequently Asked Questions

GVNG is a revolutionary platform which enables individuals to start, run and operate a 501(c)(3) non-profit today! We think doing good should be fast, affordable, and easy, and that is why we are democratizing philanthropy, and making it accessible to all people.

  • MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
    • Does GVNG really give me my own nonprofit?

      Starting a nonprofit with GVNG allows you to have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit status. This means your programs and operations are exempt from federal and state taxes. Although you won't have your own EIN number, setting up your nonprofit with GVNG allows you to operate as a 501(c)(3). We take care of the mountains of paperwork and bureaucratic maneuvering involved in starting a nonprofit, so you can focus on doing good right away, in just a few clicks.

    • Do I need a Board of Directors?

      No. You don't need your own board of directors. However, you may choose to have an Advisory Board if you wish. Your Advisory Board can informally oversee your programs and operations and give advice and strategic guidance on your nonprofit programs. All nonprofits created through GVNG are overseen by GVNG.org's Board of Directors.

    • In the simplest terms, what can (and can't) I do as a nonprofit with GVNG?

      In a nutshell, you can build your own nonprofit website, you can run programs, give grants (i.e., give away money), work with volunteers, hold fundraising events, sell tickets to fundraising events, run crowdfunding campaigns, pay vendors, lease office space, send tax-deductible receipts, buy equipment and hire employees. But it really all depends on the GVNG plan you choose. Some plans offer more tools and benefits than others, so it's important to review all the plans and choose one with the features you need to run your nonprofit.

      Here are two very important things you cannot do as a nonprofit: (1) You cannot spend or take money for anything that doesn't support your charitable mission.

      And...

      You cannot pay a private person or company unless they have provided a service or product to your nonprofit (that's just common sense). But even then, you cannot pay them more for that product or service than it would normally be worth (also known as Fair Market Value, or FMV).

    • What if I already have 501(c)(3) status? Can I still use GVNG?

      Yes. If you already have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit but wish to use GVNG for fundraising or other purposes, you can set up an account with us. However, the money and assets you raise through GVNG's platform will be associated with your new GVNG nonprofit only.

      If you wish to fundraise through GVNG, you can transfer funds raised by your existing nonprofit to your GVNG nonprofit in the form of a grant, or vice versa, you can give a grant from your GVNG nonprofit to your existing nonprofit, as long as your existing organization is in good standing with the IRS and state where it is incorporated in.

      Alternatively, you can always close your existing 501(c)(3) and request to transfer the remaining assets and funds to your new GVNG nonprofit. If you wish to do this, please contact us to request a transfer of assets and funds. Please include your contact information, the name of your organization and all other relevant details in this request. We will be in touch with further questions or instructions.

    • Can I create a nonprofit to help a single person or small group?

      No. All nonprofits must have a charitable mission broad enough to include an entire cause or charitable class. 501(c)(3)s cannot limit their grants or program services to one person or a very small group of people. In serving any members of a charitable class, a nonprofit must benefit the entire class— not just a specific person. For instance, you cannot create a nonprofit to exclusively help John who is a victim of a hurricane destruction in Texas, but you can create a nonprofit to help hurricane victims in Texas in general, and of course John may benefit from your nonprofit's services since he is part of that charitable class.

    • Can I use my nonprofit to support a political candidate or group?

      No. All 501(c)(3) organizations are considered public charities and are prohibited from supporting or opposing any candidate for political office.

    • How do I use GVNG's platform?

      Is your nonprofit connected to a large organization or corporation? Click here.

      Are you an individual? Click here.

    • Can I get a tax deduction for giving money to my own nonprofit?

      Yes. You can give money to your nonprofit through GVNG, and if you are eligible to deduct charitable contributions on your taxes, you can claim the deduction.

    • Can I personally withdraw money from my GVNG nonprofit?

      No. Everything donated to a nonprofit is forever dedicated to charitable purposes, so you cannot personally withdraw money from your nonprofit. However, you can pay for expenses related to your nonprofit's charitable work through the GVNG platform. You can even reimburse yourself for costs associated with running your nonprofit. For example, with certain types of GVNG plans, you can pay a vendor who caters a fundraising event or you can pay yourself back for buying the office supplies your nonprofit needs.

    • How do I access my nonprofit's website? What is my website's domain, and can I change this domain?

      Your website is live on the internet, searchable on Google and ready for customization as soon as you start your nonprofit with GVNG. Your initial website domain will be a subdomain of GVNG.org (for example, www.BooksForKids.gvng.org). You can however change your subdomain to a custom domain through the GVNG platofrm whenever you want. This feature is enabled through GVNG's partnership with GoDaddy.

    • How do I show proof of my 501(c)(3) status?

      If you or your donors need to show proof of tax-exempt status in a Letter of Support, please contact us to request this document. Please include your contact information, the name of the organization and all other relevant details in this request. We will be in touch with further questions or instructions.

    • What are the most important rules of running a nonprofit that I need to know?

      As a nonprofit on GVNG, you are subject to all of the rules applicable to 501(c)(3) organizations. All donations to nonprofits on GVNG are strictly for charitable purposes and must be donated to other 501(c)(3)s or used to pay for services or products that help you achieve your nonprofit's charitable mission.

      Nonprofits cannot give anyone a "private benefit." This means a person or company cannot profit from any nonprofit. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS REQUIREMENT CAN RESULT IN IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF YOUR 501(c)(3) STATUS AND FORFEITURE OF ALL OF YOUR NONPROFIT'S FUNDS ON THE GVNG PLATFORM.

      However, depending on the GVNG plan you choose, funds can be used to pay someone or a company a fair market price for a product or service they provide, as long as the product or service helps your nonprofit accomplish its charitable goals. Don't forget that if you are planning to enter into a contract with a person or entity, you'll need to contact us to facilitate it. Your signature alone will not validate a binding contract between your nonprofit and the other party.

      To learn more about these rules, we suggest you visit the Nonprofit University section on GVNG.com.

    • Can I accept donations from anyone?

      You can accept donations from any person, company or other nonprofit that is allowed to spend money in the United States.

    • Where do donations for my nonprofit go when they are processed through GVNG?

      Through a strategic partnership with Bank of America, we manage secure bank accounts that contain donations made to nonprofits on the GVNG platform. This unique banking infrastructure is legally maintained by GVNG, but you will always have 24-hour access to your nonprofit's funds via your dashboard.

      Your dashboard contains all the tools you need to manage and run your nonprofit. You can view your nonprofit's donations and balance of funds on your GVNG dashboard, grant money to other nonprofits, pay expenses related to running your nonprofit and charitable programs, and much more.

    • How much does it cost to use GVNG?

      We currently have four plans our nonprofits can subscribe to. The price of each plan varies based on your ideas and needs for managing your nonprofit. Whether you need a simple plan to launch a nonprofit and raise money, or you're developing a foundation that will hire employees or buy/rent office space, find a plan with the tools and benefits you need here.

    • What is the difference between GVNG and GoFundMe or CrowdRise?

      GoFundMe and CrowdRise are simply crowdfunding platforms that allow people to fundraise and transfer money to other people or organizations. These platforms do not offer 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and are not set up to review the legal or technical requirements for staying in compliance with state and federal laws for operating a nonprofit. Most importantly these platforms do not allow you to operate as a nonprofit, they are just money raising platforms.

      GVNG is the only online platform that facilitates 501(c)(3) status. Our platform also gives nonprofits a crowdfunding system to power fundraising campaigns, a click-and-build website tool and easy-to-use event ticketing capabilities.

    • What is the difference between a nonprofit on GVNG and a Donor Advised Fund (DAF)?

      A DAF severely limits the types of activities the individual or organization operating it can participate in. For example, a DAF can't run charitable programs, pay private entities (such as a vendor or business), or solicit donations from the general public.

      On the GVNG platform, nonprofits can do all of these: fundraising, nonprofit-operating, charitable mission-achieving activities (and much more).

      Additionally, if users wish to use the GVNG platform like a DAF they can do so as well by donating their own funds to their GVNG nonprofit and receiving an instant charitable deduction and tax receipt.

    • Is GVNG a crowdfunding platform?

      GVNG provides our nonprofits with all of the tools and technology needed to run a successful crowdfunding campaign, but this platform offers much more. We give charitable groups and individuals the legal, organizational and financial infrastructure to start and run a nonprofit online. We take care of the mountains of paperwork and bureaucratic maneuvering involved in starting a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit, so our nonprofits can focus on doing good immediately.

    • Can I pay myself as an independent contractor or employee of the nonprofit?

      Yes—although it depends which GVNG plan you select. Because there are strict rules that apply to nonprofits with paid staff, we offer tiered plans that compliment simple or complex organizational infrastructure based on your nonprofit's needs.

      With the Philanthropist and Humanitarian plans, you can pay yourself as a contractor. As a Visionary, you can actually become an employee of your nonprofit. The distinctions between contractors and employees are important and defined by law, so make sure you're well-informed. In either case, you can only pay yourself (or anyone, for that matter) less than or equal to fair market value for the services you provide.

      Remember: You must submit a detailed invoice through the GVNG platform to request payment.

    • Can I pay a private, for-profit company for goods and services?

      Yes, if you choose a plan with this capability, a nonprofit on GVNG can pay private businesses or individuals, as long as the goods or services the payee provides support the nonprofit's charitable purpose and the amount paid is at or below fair market value. You are also required to submit receipts and/or detailed invoices so that these payments can be reviewed for compliance and processed through the GVNG platform. If any payment you intend to make is related to a contractual obligation, you must contact us so we can help facilitate your contract.

    • Can I give money to international nonprofits?

      No—however, you can give away your nonprofit's funds to a domestic 501(c)(3) organization that conducts or funds overseas charitable activities and organizations. By definition, 501(c)(3) organizations are based in the United States, but that doesn't prevent these organizations from doing or funding great work at an international level. However, you cannot send payments to individuals or companies that are located outside of the U.S. (for now). We are working on this feature so stay tuned!

    • Can I run programs overseas, pay overseas vendors, or grant money to organizations overseas?

      No, unfortunately at this time, GVNG does not support international programming or international payments. We are working on this feature though, so stay tuned!

    • What can I do with my nonprofit funds?

      You can donate money to other 501(c)(3) organizations in the form of grants, you can run charitable programs and pay expenses related to supporting your nonprofit's charitable mission, and you can even reimburse yourself for costs associated with running your nonprofit. For more information about defining your charitable mission and ensuring you stay in compliance with IRS rules, click here.

    • Do I have to give away all of the money I raise?

      All funds you raise as a nonprofit are earmarked as charitable dollars, which means the funds can only be used to support your nonprofit's charitable mission and/or "serve the public good." This means you can give money to other 501(c)(3) nonprofits in the form of a charitable grant, and you can spend your nonprofit's funds on charitable programs you create, such as an after-school or tutoring program.

      You are not required by law to give away all of your nonprofit's funds, but they will forever remain charitable in nature. If you do use these funds, they must be spent according to the IRS rules that govern nonprofit funds.

    • How do I access my funds?

      Any and all of your nonprofit's finances are accessible through your GVNG dashboard. You can accept donations, give money to other charitable organizations, and you can make payments to people and vendors who help you run your nonprofit's charitable programs.

    • How do I issue tax receipts to donors?

      When someone makes a charitable donation online, GVNG automatically sends donors a tax receipt from your nonprofit, with all of the information required by the IRS. You can also review these transactions on your dashboard.

    • Do any other online platforms provide this type of financial/legal service for starting and managing a nonprofit?

      In a word: no. GVNG is a trailblazer in this field. We spent years developing a proprietary platform that enables individuals and organizations to easily (and quickly) start and manage a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We are the first (and only) technology platform to facilitate this type of financial and legal vehicle for nonprofits and this level of service.

    • Does GVNG vet people who work with (or for) my nonprofit?

      Yes. Our team conducts background checks on everyone who starts a nonprofit on GVNG, as well as organizations and people who interact with your nonprofit. We review potential volunteers, as well as anyone who receives a payment from a GVNG nonprofit, in order to verify that all of these individuals or businesses are qualified to work with nonprofits in the United States.

    • How does GVNG prevent fraud?

      GVNG partners with world-class financial compliance and risk-management companies that review all of your nonprofit's revenues received and expenses paid to ensure that your nonprofit does not receive money from or pay money to anyone who is not authorized to engage in financial transactions in the United States. GVNG has also built several levels of fraud prevention and protection into the platform. We are constantly updating our fraud-prevention policies and technology to ensure the highest level of security.

  • GETTING STARTED
    • How old do I have to be to start a nonprofit on GVNG?

      You must be at least 18 years old to start a nonprofit on GVNG.

    • What is a Form 990 and do I need to file one for my nonprofit?

      A Form 990 is the annual tax return nonprofit organizations must file with the IRS. Every year, GVNG.org files a Form 990 and it includes all the information about your nonprofit's activities on GVNG, so you do not have to file a separate Form 990.

    • Where do donations for my nonprofit go when they are processed through GVNG?

      Through a strategic partnership with Bank of America, we manage secure bank accounts that contain donations made to nonprofits on the GVNG platform. This unique banking infrastructure is legally maintained by GVNG, but you will always have 24-hour access to your nonprofit's funds via your dashboard.

      Your dashboard contains all the tools you need to manage and run your nonprofit. You can view your nonprofit's donations and balance of funds on your GVNG dashboard, grant money to other nonprofits, pay expenses related to running your nonprofit and charitable programs, and much more.

    • How do I receive donations?

      People can make donations directly through your nonprofit's website, via the "donate" button or through a specific campaign your are running (e.g. crowdfunding campaign). Additionally, you can throw fundraisers and sell tickets on your website directly to your supporters as well.

      You can also give money to your own nonprofit by adding money via the dashboard (you will receive a tax deductible receipt for this as well). Depending on which plan you select, your GVNG nonprofit may also be able to receive donations via paper checks.

    • Is GVNG a crowdfunding platform?

      GVNG provides our nonprofits with all of the tools and technology needed to run a successful crowdfunding campaign, but this platform offers much more. We give charitable groups and individuals the legal, organizational and financial infrastructure to start and run a nonprofit online. We take care of the mountains of paperwork and bureaucratic maneuvering involved in starting a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit, so our nonprofits can focus on doing good immediately.

    • Can I create more than one nonprofit through GVNG?

      Yes—though we do require that you use two separate email addresses.

    • Is my monthly fee tax-deductible?

      No. Your monthly fee is not deductible as a charitable contribution. However, if you are a business, your monthly fee may be a tax-deductible business expense.

    • Do I get a tax write-off for contributions to my GVNG nonprofit?

      Yes, your contribution to your own nonprofit is considered a donation. All donations to 501(c)(3) organizations, even your own, are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about IRS qualifications for charitable contribution deductions, click here.

    • Can I issue tax receipts to donors?

      GVNG automatically generates tax receipts to donors for all donations accepted through the GVNG platform. Please contact us if you'd like to send receipts for tickets to a fundraising event not sold through the GVNG platform, items auctioned at a charitable fundraiser or in-kind donations.

    • Do I need a Board of Directors?

      No. You don't need your own board of directors. However, you may choose to have an Advisory Board if you wish. Your Advisory Board can informally oversee your programs and operations and give advice and strategic guidance on your nonprofit programs . All nonprofits created through GVNG are overseen by GVNG.org's Board of Directors.

    • Do I have to use GVNG's website builder, or can I use my own website for my nonprofit?

      You can use your own separate website. GVNG has a customizable donation widget you can integrate with an existing website. The widget will enable you to accept charitable donations for your nonprofit on an external site. Just make sure all donations made through your website go through this widget, so that they're tax-deductible and we can send receipts to your donors. You can still use GVNG's platform to manage and run your nonprofit.

    • Can I use my own bank account?

      No. You cannot use your own bank account. If any donations are deposited to a personal bank account, they will not be considered tax-deductible and your donors will not be able to claim a charitable contribution.

    • How much does it cost to use GVNG?

      We currently have four plans our nonprofits can subscribe to. The price of each plan varies based on your ideas and needs for managing your nonprofit. Whether you need a simple plan to launch a nonprofit and raise money, or you're developing a foundation that will hire employees or buy/rent office space, find a plan with the tools and benefits you need here.

    • Can I pay for GVNG's monthly fee from donations I receive?

      Only if you have a plan other than the Giver. Just pay your monthly fee as usual, then reimburse yourself through the platform.

    • Can more than one person use my GVNG account?

      Not yet. At this time, GVNG nonprofits can only be created by and accessed by a single user. However, one person can create multiple nonprofits on GVNG with separate email addresses.

    • Can I transfer my 501(c)(3) status to another individual?

      Yes, but you must alert the GVNG team so we can do a background check and properly vet your replacement. If you plan on transferring your 501(c)(3) status to another individual, please contact us.

    • Can I start my church, religious institution, or religious school through GVNG?

      Unfortunately, no.

    • Can GVNG help me set up and manage my GVNG nonprofit?

      Yes! GVNG has an amazing staff of philanthropy experts. If you'd like additional and/or ongoing guidance, please contact us here. Please be as detailed as possible with your request and include your contact information so we can reach you if we have any questions.

  • FUNDRAISING AND RECEIVING DONATIONS
    • What is the difference between GVNG and GoFundMe or CrowdRise?

      GoFundMe and CrowdRise are simply crowdfunding platforms that allow people to fundraise and transfer money to other people or organizations. These platforms do not offer 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and are not set up to review the legal or technical requirements for staying in compliance with state and federal laws for operating a nonprofit. Most importantly these platforms do not allow you to operate as a nonprofit, they are just money raising platforms.

      GVNG is the only online platform that facilitates 501(c)(3) status. Our platform also gives nonprofits a crowdfunding system to power fundraising campaigns, a click-and-build website tool and easy-to-use event ticketing capabilities.

    • Can my nonprofit accept donations by check?

      If you are a Humanitarian or Visionary, your GVNG nonprofit can accept donations by paper checks. Please advise donors to write their preferred email address in the memo section of the check so we can send them a receipt. If you have further questions, your dedicated Philanthropy Account Manager will be able to answer them. Accepting check donations is not a feature of the Giver or Philanthropist packages.

    • Can I accept donations from anyone?

      You can accept donations from any person, company or other nonprofit that is allowed to spend money in the United States.

    • Can I accept donations from people in other countries?

      You can accept donations from anyone who is authorized to make payments in the United States, even from overseas!

    • Can I accept in-kind donations?

      Yes, but please be prepared to tell GVNG what in-kind donations you received before the end of the year.

      If you need to report an in-kind donation, please contact us here. Provide as many details as possible with your request and include your contact information so we can reach you if we have any questions.

      In kind donations are defined as goods and services given for charitable purpose, in lieu of giving money. Examples of in-kind goods donations include food, clothing, medicine, furniture and office equipment.

    • Does GVNG provide tax receipts for in-kind donations?

      GVNG will issue a tax receipt to an in-kind donor if the value of the donation is at least $250. However, all in-kind donations must be reported to GVNG regardless of value. Please contact us here if you want us to report an in-kind donation or request a receipt.

    • Can my GVNG nonprofit host a fundraiser that incorporates a raffle or bingo, poker, blackjack or other games with cash prizes?

      Yes, but there are special rules about nonprofits and gaming, so you must contact us here if your GVNG nonprofit wants to host one of these types of fundraisers. Please be as detailed as possible with your request and include your contact information so we can reach you if we have any questions.

    • What is the fee deducted from each donation?

      4 percent is withdrawn from each incoming donation as well as credit card transaction fees.

    • Will my donors be charged any fees?

      GVNG doesn't charge your donors any fees, but our payment processor charges a 2.2 percent fee plus $.30 for each transaction. These will be deducted automatically once the transaction is completed.

    • Can I use my own bank account?

      No. You cannot use your own bank account. If any donations are deposited to a personal bank account, it will not be considered tax-deductible and your donors will not be able to claim a charitable contribution on their taxes.

    • Is there a limit on how much money I can raise?

      Absolutely not! The more you raise, the more you can give. We hope that by leveraging all the tools and expertise GVNG offers, you'll be able to raise all of the funds you need to accomplish your charitable mission.

    • Can my GVNG nonprofit apply for grants?

      Yes, as a Humanitarian or Visionary, you can apply for and accept grants. But, due to IRS and funder requirements, GVNG must approve all grant applications and grant reports. Please contact your Philanthropy Account Manager (PAM) in order to facilitate the process, or consider upgrading your plan to accommodate this type of activity.

    • What is unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) and what does GVNG do if my GVNG nonprofit has UBTI?

      UBTI refers to revenues nonprofits receive that are not related to the nonprofit's exempt purpose. For example, if a 501(c)(3) owns a space where they run a summer camp for low income children, they could rent out the space for company retreats during the year, but that income is not exempt from taxation. A nonprofit can lose its tax-exempt status if it receives too much UBTI or spends too much time on activities that produce UBTI.

      Therefore, YOU MUST contact GVNG here if you want to start doing things that are unrelated to your charitable mission but generate money to support your GVNG nonprofit OR if your GVNG nonprofit receives UBTI. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS REQUIREMENT CAN RESULT IN IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF YOUR GVNG NONPROFIT AND FORFEITURE OF ALL THE FUNDS IN YOUR GVNG NONPROFIT'S ACCOUNT.

    • How do people who donate to my nonprofit get receipts?

      GVNG automatically emails a tax receipt to your donors every time your GVNG nonprofit receives a donation—you don't have to do a thing!

  • GRANTMAKING AND SPENDING FUNDS
    • What can I do with my nonprofit funds?

      You can donate money to other 501(c)(3) organizations in the form of grants, you can run charitable programs and pay expenses related to supporting your nonprofit's charitable mission, and you can even reimburse yourself for costs associated with running your nonprofit. For more information about defining your charitable mission and ensuring you stay in compliance with IRS rules, click here.

    • What is the difference between a nonprofit on GVNG and a Donor Advised Fund (DAF)?

      A DAF severely limits the types of activities the individual or organization operating it can participate in. For example, a DAF can't run charitable programs, pay private entities (such as a vendor or business), or solicit donations from the general public.

      On the GVNG platform, nonprofits can do all of these: fundraising, nonprofit-operating, charitable mission-achieving activities (and much more).

      Additionally, if users wish to use the GVNG platform like a DAF they can do so as well by donating their own funds to their GVNG nonprofit and receiving an instant charitable deduction and tax receipt.

    • Can I integrate my existing fundraising tools to my GVNG nonprofit bank account?

      No. Your GVNG nonprofit can only use GVNG's fundraising tools.

    • Can my GVNG nonprofit write checks?

      Your GVNG nonprofit account does not come equipped with personalized checks. However, your nonprofit can pay vendors through the GVNG platform and a check will be mailed to the address they provide to GVNG.

    • Can I pay myself as an independent contractor or employee of the nonprofit?

      Yes—although it depends which GVNG plan you select. Because there are strict rules that apply to nonprofits with paid staff, we offer tiered plans that compliment simple or complex organizational infrastructure based on your nonprofit's needs.

      With the Philanthropist and Humanitarian plans, you can pay yourself as a contractor. As a Visionary, you can actually become an employee of your nonprofit. The distinctions between contractors and employees are important and defined by law, so make sure you're well-informed. In either case, you can only pay yourself (or anyone, for that matter) less than or equal to fair market value for the services you provide. Remember: You must submit a detailed invoice through the GVNG platform to request payment.

    • Can I pay my friend for services to my nonprofit?

      Depending on the plan you choose, you can pay your friends less than or equal to the fair market value for the service or product they provide to you nonprofit. Remember: You must submit your friend's detailed invoice through the GVNG platform to request payment.

    • Can I pay a company for goods and services?

      Yes—although it depends on the GVNG plan you select. If you choose a plan with this capability, a nonprofit on GVNG can pay private businesses or individuals, as long as the goods or services the payee provides support the nonprofit's charitable purpose and the amount paid is at or below fair market value. You are also required to submit receipts and/or detailed invoices so that these payments can be reviewed for compliance and processed through the GVNG platform. If any payment you intend to make is related to a contractual obligation, you must contact us so we can help facilitate your contract.

    • Where do I find information about making charitable grants?

      Charitable grantmaking is an interesting, complicated process. We recommend researching information from reliable resources, like the IRS, GuideStar and other reputable organizations. We'll also have some information about grantmaking on Nonprofit U very shortly.

    • Can my nonprofit make international grants?

      Not at the moment, however, you can give away your nonprofit's funds to a domestic 501(c)(3) organization that conducts or funds overseas charitable activities and organizations. By definition, 501(c)(3) organizations are based in the United States, but that doesn't prevent these organizations from doing or funding great work at an international level. However, you cannot send payments to individuals or companies that are located outside of the U.S. (for now). Stay tuned for this feature coming soon though!

    • How did GVNG choose its list of recommended charities?

      GVNG selected these charities based on our in-house expertise and a composite analysis of reviews from leading charity-rating services. We cannot make any guarantees, but we believe these organizations are high-performing entities based on how they report their results, their financial health and overall transparency.

    • Does my nonprofit have to give away the money I raise?

      All funds you raise as a nonprofit are earmarked as charitable dollars, which means it can only be used to support your nonprofit's charitable mission and/or "serve the public good." This means you can give money to other 501(c)(3) nonprofits in the form of a charitable grant. And, if you choose any plan other than the Giver, you can also spend your nonprofit's funds on charitable programs you create, such as an after-school or tutoring program. You are not required by law to give away all of your nonprofit's funds, but they will forever remain charitable in nature. If you do use these funds, they must be spent according to the IRS rules that govern nonprofit funds.

    • What is lobbying, and can I participate?

      Lobbying is when you encourage a government official to pass or veto a law, or when you encourage a government agency to include or exclude language in a rule or regulation. You can engage in lobbying in a number of ways, and the IRS strictly regulates how much lobbying public charities can do.

      Be aware of the rules surrounding lobbying and advocacy, and check out GVNG's guide to lobbying on Nonprofit U and GVNG.org's lobbying resources as well.

      If you want your GVNG nonprofit to lobby, contact us here before engaging in any of these activities. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS REQUIREMENT CAN RESULT IN IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF YOUR GVNG NONPROFIT AND FORFEITURE OF ALL THE FUNDS IN YOUR GVNG NONPROFIT'S ACCOUNT.

    • How do you prevent fraud?

      GVNG partners with world-class financial compliance and risk-management companies that review all of your nonprofit's revenues received and expenses paid to ensure that your nonprofit does not receive money from or pay money to anyone who is not authorized to engage in financial transactions in the United States. GVNG has also built levels of fraud prevention and protection into the platform. We are constantly updating our fraud-prevention policies and technology to ensure the highest level of security.

  • PROGRAMMING
  • CONSULTING
    • Do I need nonprofit consulting services, and if so, how can I access these through GVNG?

      The short answer is maybe. If you anticipate that your GVNG nonprofit will engage in more complicated programming and/or incur high mission-related expenses, then we definitely recommend signing up for our Visionary of Humanitarian packages, which include consulting services. Email us to find out more.

    • What do consulting services include?

      When you sign up as either a Humanitarian or a Visionary, your nonprofit is assigned a dedicated Philanthropy Account Manager (PAM), who will guide you through the process of starting and running your nonprofit.

      Think of a PAM as your nonprofit guidance counselor who will help you structure, manage and run your operations. You'll be able to have one-on-one conversations with your PAM a few times a month and get the personal, customized guidance you need to navigate the exciting world of building a successful nonprofit.

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