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Finding nonprofits based outside of the U.S.

Find nonprofits based around the world on Bright Funds

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Written by Michele Torres
Updated over a week ago

If your company offers international giving on Bright Funds, then you can search for nonprofits located around the world. 

You can use the country dropdown on the Explore page and on your search results page to select a country, then search for a nonprofit in various ways.

Want to change your default search country? You can do so in your Account Settings.

Finding your nonprofit by name

The most common way to find your nonprofit based outside the U.S. is by name. This will pull up nonprofits that match the keywords entered in the search.

Finding a nonprofit by keyword(s)

If you are looking for a nonprofit for a particular focus, you can search for that cause.

For example, if you are looking to support nonprofits focused on housing needs, the results page will display nonprofits who have those keywords in their description:

Narrowing your search further

You can narrow your search further by using quotes around your keywords to find an exact match.

In this example, the action of "housing needs" (with quotations) will list nonprofits that have that exact phrase in their description on the results page:

Search by city

You can also search for nonprofits by city name. After you change your dropdown country, you can search for any city or town names to pull up nonprofits that are within the community and eligible on Bright Funds.

In this example, we search Munich under the Germany country search:

I tried looking for a nonprofit outside the U.S., but they are not appearing. Why can't I find them?

The Bright Funds database contains nonprofits outside the U.S. that have been pre-approved by our disbursement subcontractors. For this reason, any nonprofits that have not already been pre-approved by our partners will not be available for donations in the Bright Funds database.

Registered charities in good standing with local regulatory agencies in the following countries are included in Bright Funds:

  • Australia

  • Brazil

  • Bulgaria

  • Canada

  • France

  • Germany

  • India (must be FCRA registered)

  • Ireland

  • Israel

  • Japan

  • Mexico

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Northern Ireland

  • Poland

  • Scotland

  • Singapore

  • Spain

  • UK

The Bright Funds team continues to work on including additional countries and their local charity registration agencies.

Please note that new nonprofits are regularly added to our pre-approved list as well.

Tax deductibility for countries outside the US

All donations made through the Bright Funds platform are made directly to Bright Funds Foundation, a U.S. public charity (EIN 46-2109112), then distributed to global nonprofits. As a result, all donors will receive a donation receipt from a U.S. charity (even if the donation is directed to a nonprofit outside of the U.S.).

Donors will receive that receipt in their email immediately upon making the donation, and can access a full donation summary on their Bright Funds My Donations page. Tax-deductibility of the donation will depend upon the laws of the country in which the donor resides.

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