Is GlobalGiving Legit Or a Scam?

GlobalGiving is legit. In fact, it is the first and the biggest crowdfunding platform in the world, supporting charitable projects.

As per the latest ratings presented by charity evaluator, GlobalGiving is the only nonprofit to achieve a four-star rating, which is the highest, from Charity Navigator.

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Source: Charity Navigator

GlobalGiving met all charity accreditation standards when reviewed by The Better Business Bureau in 2019.

Standards of Charity Accountability



Fundraising & Info

Measuring Effectiveness

  • Board Oversight

  • Board Size

  • Board Meetings

  • Board Compensation

  • Conflict of Interest

  • Program Expenses

  • Fundraising Expenses

  • Accumulating Funds

  • Audit Report

  • Detailed Expense Breakdown

  • Accurate Expense Reporting

  • Budget Plan

  • Truthful Materials

  • Annual Report

  • Website Disclosures

  • Donar Privacy

  • Cause Marketting  Disclosures

  • Complaints

  • Effectiveness Policy

  • Effectiveness Report


Does it donate 100% to charity?

NO. Like with every other donation organization, there are transaction and operational costs that need to be covered. GlobalGiving keeps around 10 to 15% of the donation amount to cover the costs and donates the rest to the specific cause.

In the last 18 years, about 1,178,116 donors have supported them and they have helped more than 320 companies to fund local causes. Services like grantmaking, digital campaigns, global nonprofit vetting and charitable gift cards have enabled their corporate partners to serve the society and also participate in disaster relief.


Is GlobalGiving Legit?

GlobalGiving is genuine and till date they have received grants amounting to $518M dollars. At present, they are operating in 170 countries and have already worked on 27,719 projects. All their projects are legitimate because they make sure to check whether the projects are eligible to receive the donations.

At GlobalGiving, donors can directly get connected to social as well as environmental projects and donors have the liberty to choose a project. The site gives donors all the information pertaining to a project and people working on them along with donation links and photo galleries. When you donate, they will update you on a regular basis about the way your contributions are making a significant impact.

Is GlobalGiving Non-profit?

Yes, GlobalGiving is a 501 US-based charitable organization and they are here to serve mankind. The organization brings together donors, nonprofits and companies from almost all the countries around the globe. This technology platform helps other nonprofits access the funds they need for a particular project and provide them with robust crowdfunding tools.

GlobalGiving enables donors to make contributions to nonprofits irrespective of their size and the place they belong to. They train fellow nonprofits and give them the much-needed support so that they can work even better.

How to donate to GlobalGiving?

You can donate to GlobalGiving easily and safely and there are various ways through which you can contribute to local projects globally.

Take a look at this video to understand the process of donation through GlobalGiving.

The various options have been explained below with the help of a specific project (Project #554).

1. Mobile phone

To contribute to GlobalGiving Fund through your mobile phone, you need to type Give to 554 to (+1)6232GIVING/(+1)623-244-8464. Data rates and message may be applicable.

2. M-Pesa via M-Changa

For this particular project, GlobalGiving will accept KES (Kenyan Shilling) contribution via M-Pesa, in collaboration with online and mobile fundraising platform called M-Changa.

  • Click on “Pay Bill” in M-Pesa menu.
  • Put the business number of M-Changa, 891300.
  • Put the newly created GlobalGiving account number GG554.
  • Put the amount you would like to donate.
  • Put the M-Pesa PIN.
  • Make sure that all the information you have entered is correct.
  • A confirmation of the transaction will be sent to you through SMS.

3. Check, Cashiers Check or Money Order

  • Donors who belong to US, Canada and international (non-UK) locations, need to send the check at the following address:GlobalGiving, 1110 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20005, USA
    • The check should be payable to GlobalGiving.
    • You need to write Project #554 on the memo line.
    • You need to mention your email address if you want to receive email updates related to the project you are donating.
    • They accept all checks that are in US or Canadian dollars.
    • However, you don’t need to worry if you do not belong to US or Canada. Checks irrespective of any currency are accepted by GlobalGiving provided the donations are either equivalent to $200 or more. You will get to know the currency conversion rates from their website.
  • For UK tax payer or UK resident or donors with a GBP account. Donors from UK should send their check at the following address:GlobalGiving UK208A Brick LaneLondon, E1 6SA
    • The check should be payable to GlobalGiving UK.
    • You need to write Project #554 on the memo line or on the other side of the check.
    • You need to mention your email address if you want to receive email updates related to the project you are donating.
    • GlobalGiving will accept all checks that are in Euros, GBP and the one from CAF.

4. Gift card

If you want to use your GlobalGiving gift card for making donations you need to:

  • Select one of the donation options that appear on the right.
  • Click on “Pay With A Gift Card” from your Giving Cart and type the code mentioned on the back of the card.
  • Then the checkout should be completed.

For more information, you can have a look at your gift card page.

5. Wire transfers

If you want to donate through bank wire transfer, you need to use the following information. For domestic as well as international transfers, it is better to specify that the donation is meant for GlobalGiving Fund (Project #554) in the notes field.

  • US Electronic TransfersTo the account of:GlobalGivingc/o TD Bank1753 Connecticut Ave., NWWashington, DC 20009Call 202-232-5784 or write an email ([email protected]) if you need to get in touch with Customer Service.

    Routing no. 054001725

    Account number: 3980455921

  • USD/International Wire TransfersAccount Name will be GlobalGiving and Account Number will be 3980455921SWIFT Code: NRTHUS33XXXAddress: TD BANKNORTH, N.A.One Portland SquarePortland, ME 04112-9540
  • GBP Wire TransfersAccount name will be GLOBALGIVING UK and Account Number will be 03417360.Sort code: 20-71-64Bank: Barclays BankIBAN: GB32 BARC 2071 6403 4173 60SWIFT BIC: BARCGB22

In case of GBP wire transfers, you are requested to mention the project code that is applicable because that will serve as a reference for your donation. Also, write an email to their Finance Officer from UK ([email protected]) once you have paid. This will enable GlobalGiving to allocate the funds properly.

6. Donor advised funds

For individuals possessing donor advised fund, DAF Direct will enable them to make donations for the project directly from their DAF. In case the organization being sponsored is not enlisted, the donor can request them to pay the funds to GlobalGiving Foundation that is supervising GlobalGiving Fund (Project #554).

7. Stock donations

You will get appreciated as well as depreciated stock donation instruction in their website.

8. Monthly recurring donations

You need to make use of the link that appears on the right or below on your mobile to donate to GlobalGiving.

9. Bequest, estate planning and will

You can refer to the sample text mentioned in their website to make a bequest from your estate or will. All you need to do is enter the percentage you would like to donate and specify the project type or the organization you wish to help.

However, it is best to consult an estate planning professional or a lawyer so that things happen in compliance with national, state and/or local rules and regulations.

GlobalGiving is not a scam and it is the most trusted online fundraising platform through which donors can donate to a cause.


  • Judith Peterson

    I am a journalist and content creator who has a passion to learn new things and share it with my readers. I specialize in researching about brands, products and services to share an honest review about them with the audience.

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