How donations are sent

Find out how your donations are sent to your nonprofit based in the U.S.

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Written by Michelle Marinas
Updated over a week ago

By default, donations to U.S. based nonprofits are sent via mailed check to the address they have registered with GuideStar. This address can be found at the top of the nonprofit's page in Bright Funds, right under their name:

If you are in contact with your nonprofit, we do encourage them to sign up for ACH! You can share this article with them on how to get started.

Not sure if your nonprofit is already registered with ACH? Feel free to reach out to our Support Team with the nonprofit name or EIN, and we would be happy to check for you!

100% Cost Transparency

While nonprofits typically spend a significant portion of their budget on fundraising (to hire personnel, contact donors, send mailers, plan fundraisers, etc), with Bright Funds, the maximum cost to a nonprofit is a small transaction fee consisting of payment processing and fundraising costs.

Processing costs may already be covered by your employer. If not, you have the option to cover the payment processing costs. A disbursement cost may apply according to the nonprofit’s payment method.

Payment processing costs

Payment processing costs include applicable fees from card processing merchants, international donation services, and other transaction services used by Bright Funds to process and disburse funds.

Fundraising costs

Fundraising costs include a small fundraising fee assessed by Bright Funds in order to provide the technology and services to efficiently process and disburse donations to nonprofits, thereby reducing nonprofit fundraising costs while providing a delightful giving experience for donors.

Disbursement costs

US-based nonprofits receive donation disbursements through ACH payments or paper checks.

Paper checks may incur a per-check fee to accommodate the administrative costs associated with paper checks. The $25 check fee is applied to donations if the below are met:

  1. Nonprofit receives disbursement via mailed check AND;

  2. The total donation is $500 or more

We encourage every nonprofit to sign up for ACH payments, which do not incur a check fee. If you are in touch with your nonprofit, please feel free to share this article with them regarding ACH sign-up.

Nonprofits based outside of the US receive funds through wire transfer. Wire transfer fees may apply depending on the nonprofit’s bank.

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