If your company offers international giving, Bright Funds works with multiple international disbursement partners to wire donations to nonprofits based outside of the US. Donations are typically sent to our disbursement partner two months after your donation, and our disbursement partner wires the funds to the nonprofit a few weeks later.

Here are the status updates you will see along the way!

"Scheduled" - your donation has been received by Bright Funds, and is scheduled to be sent out in our next monthly disbursement.

"Disbursed" - your donation was disbursed to the nonprofit.

"Held" - there was a hitch with the disbursement of your donation, and our team is working on it. You can contact our team using the chat bubble in the bottom corner!


Timeline for matching donations to nonprofits based outside the U.S.

Matching gifts will typically be sent to our disbursement partner the month after it is approved, and our disbursement partner wires the funds to the nonprofit a few weeks later. Here is a general step-by-step timeline:

  1. If your company offers matching, after a match request is created, it is approved as long as it meets your company’s matching gift criteria. 

  2. Once approved, the status changes from “Awaiting approval” to “Awaiting transfer.”

  3.  On the 1st of the following month, Brights Funds invoices your company for the matching funds.

  4. Once we receive the matching funds from your company, Bright Funds queues the funds to send to our partner, and the status of your gift will change to “Matched.” 

  5. The following month, Bright Funds sends the funds to our international disbursement partner.

  6. Our partner queues the match for their next disbursement cycle and wires your match to the nonprofit, typically within the month or the following.*

Example:

  1. You submit a match request in January. It is approved within that same month.

  2. The status changes from “Awaiting approval” to “Awaiting transfer from your company.

  3.  On the 1st of the following month, in this example February 1, Brights Funds invoices your company for the matching funds.

  4. When the invoice is paid by your company (typically before the end of the month), the status of the matching gift will change to “Received by Bright Funds" - in this example this would happen in February.

  5. You will then see the status update to "Scheduled" meaning the funds will be transferred to our international disbursement partner in the middle of the following month - in this example, mid-March.

  6. In March, our partner queues the matching gift for their next disbursement, typically to be done in the following weeks, and wires your matching gift to the nonprofit.

  7. The nonprofit can expect to receive the funds around the end of the month, or into the beginning of the next month - in this example, end of March or beginning of April.

  8. If there was a hitch with the disbursement of the match, the status will display as "Held", and you can reach out to our team using the chat bubble to get more information.


*Please note for matching donations, the two-month timeline is contingent on Bright Funds receiving the matching funds from the matching company, and may extend beyond that timeframe.


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