If you can’t find a specific nonprofit on the app, get in touch with the Groundswell team. After a quick vetting process, we can get the nonprofit added to our database.
Many schools and houses of worship are eligible to receive donations, but because they are not required to report to the IRS in the same way the 501c3 nonprofits are, they are not included in the IRS dataset that we populate our platform with.
Submit a request here. If possible, please include the following information when you reach out:
- Nonprofit name
- EIN (employer identification number)
Which charities can I give to on Groundswell?
The Groundswell app includes 1.5 million+ charities. These are all certified 501(c)3 organizations in good standing with the IRS that are eligible to receive tax-deductible donations. For organizations not listed in the IRS’s database but eligible to receive tax-deductible donations (such as some houses of worship or schools), Groundswell staff conduct due-diligence to ensure that the organization meets the IRS’s standards. Groundswell does not process donations to organizations denoted as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Using the Groundswell app, you can search for charities you’re already familiar with, or you can discover new charities to support. If you can't find the charity you're looking for, send us a request at email@example.com
How much can I donate to charity?
A minimum amount of $1 is required for each donation transaction. There’s no maximum limit, you can be as charitable as you like!
What are recurring donations?
Recurring donations enable you to consistently support your favorite charities, so they can continue their important work. Charities rely on regular donors to plan for the future and more accurately forecast their fundraising efforts.
How much can I contribute to my Groundswell account?
When it comes to both contributing funds to your personal account and donating to charities, a minimum amount of $1 is required for each transaction. There’s no maximum limit, you can be as charitable as you like!
Keep in mind that if you’re part of a workplace match program, the program will come with a match limit. This means your employer will match your contributions up until a certain point. They will let you know what this limit is and we’ll remind you in the app.
What are recurring contributions?
Recurring contributions allow you to consistently fund your Groundswell account on a monthly basis. If match funds are available from your employer, these recurring contributions will be matched.
Setting up a recurring contribution is a great way to save money for future donations. Whether you’ve got an annual giving goal in mind, or something occurs, like a natural disaster or a social justice issue, and you’d like to meet the moment with a donation to charity, recurring contributions can help you get there.
Can I contribute stock or crypto to my Groundswell account?
Today, you can contribute stock to your Groundswell account. In the future, you’ll be able to contribute crypto.
How does Groundswell calculate its exchange rate?
Groundswell uses Open Exchange rate to generate the preview in your local currency. This exchange rate may differ from the rate used by your bank. Please contact your bank for further information regarding their specific rates.
Does Groundswell charge fees for contributions?
For contributions made with a debit or credit card, Groundswell charges a variable card processing fee. This fee is assessed to cover card processing. It is tax-deductible.
Does Groundswell charge fees for contributions made internationally?
For contributions made with a debit or credit card, Groundswell charges a variable card processing fee. This fee is assessed to cover card processing.
Groundswell does not charge any additional fees for contributions made by users outside of the US. However, a foreign transaction fee may be charged by your bank. Please contact your bank for further information.
Donation disbursement - timing and processing
Donations are batch processed on the 6th business day of the following month after a donation, so if you donate sometime in January, your funds will be sent on the 6th business day of February.
We prioritize sending payments to charities via ACH, but in some cases will issue paper checks if requested by the charity or if ACH information isn’t available. In the case of mailing paper checks, it can take up to 5 additional business days for the non-profit to receive the money due to shipping times.
Charities receive one payment per month from the Groundswell Charitable Foundation that covers all individual donations from the Groundswell user base. Each individual donation is acknowledged, unless the donor has opted to donate anonymously.
Getting started with Groundswell is easy. Employees can follow the steps below to join their workplace giving program.
Step 1 - Join your company's giving program
First, your program admin will will send a Groundswell invitation to your work email address. Select the "Accept my invite" button. This step should be completed within 7 days, before the link expires.
Step 2: Create an account
Next, you can create an account with your email and password credentials. You can expect to receive an email to confirm these credentials.
Step 3: Download the Groundswell app
Download the Groundswell App using the QR code, so you can login and finish setting up your account! Once you login you can, explore charities, and start giving!