Why are some donations anonymous?
As part of Network for Good's mission to unleash generosity, NFG makes it easy for donors to give to their favorite causes, even if the donors have not been directly solicited by the nonprofit. This is possible because the donor gives to a nonprofit Donor Advised Fund (EIN 68-0480736), which then grants those funds to the charity that the donor has selected. For more information about this, please click here.
One of the benefits that we provide to donors is that the donations can be made anonymously. This means that when NFG passes on the donation funds to the nonprofit chosen by the donor, the donation shows up as anonymous in the nonprofit's check or donation history, which is available through the free NFG DonateNow Lite account. For more information on accessing donation histories, please click here.
Example of Anonymous Donations
One example of when donations appear as anonymous is when NFG disburses donations that are made on Facebook. Facebook has partnered with NFG so that it can allow any of its millions of users to donate to almost 1 million 501(c)3 nonprofits. There are two types of nonprofits on Facebook:
- Nonprofits that have signed up with Facebook Payments to get donations directly from Facebook users
- Nonprofits that have not signed up with Facebook Payments and use Network for Good's Donor Advised Fund as the default disbursement engine.
Due to Facebook privacy policies, users that are giving to nonprofits through Network for Good do not share their donor information with third parties. Therefore, when Network for Good sends the donations to the nonprofits, the donations show up as anonymous. If nonprofits would like to see donor details for any future fundraisers, they can sign up for Facebook Payments. For more information on this partnership, click here.