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Once you set up your Giving Account, you can start supporting charities right away.
The Giving Account lets you support virtually any 501(c)(3) public charity. That should include all the charities you support today, with only a few exceptions, such as private foundations. Our online process makes giving easy. The minimum grant is just $50, and you can support as many charities as you like—with more flexibility and better bookkeeping than ever.
Just find out if it's a 501(c)(3) public charity by checking the charity's website, Guidestar or by calling them directly to ask.
501(c)(3) refers to the tax-exempt status of a nonprofit organization as qualified under IRS rules. Because 501(c)(3) organizations are charitable in nature, they are allowed to receive tax-deductible donations from donors like you.
There are different kinds of 501(c)(3) organizations, public charities and private foundations. Fidelity Charitable can generally only make grants to public charities, which includes most 501(c)(3)s — anything from your alma mater to your local arts council. Fidelity Charitable cannot support certain supporting organizations or most private foundations.
You have two options for using your Giving Account to support causes outside the U.S. You can recommend a grant to an American charity that works overseas, or you can recommend a grant to an American intermediary charity that will, in turn, make a grant to your preferred organization for an additional fee.
The following intermediary charities specialize in various regions of the world, and they can help you support the causes you care about.
Focus: WorldwideLearn more about CAF America
Focus: Asia-PacificLearn more about Give2Asia
Focus: WorldwideLearn more about GlobalGiving
Start by reaching out to the intermediary charities that work in your region of interest, and ask if they work with the charity you have in mind. Then compare fees and timing considerations.
Yes. Please reach out to them directly to find out more.
If you have a region of interest, talk to the intermediary charities that work in that part of the world. They can help you choose a local organization that would benefit from your support. But, keep in mind that lots of U.S.-based organizations do meaningful work overseas, so you don't necessarily have to support an international charity to support causes abroad.
For starters, it’s a good idea to contact the intermediary charity and find out if it works with the organization you have in mind. Secondly, intermediary charities charge a fee for their international grantmaking diligence and associated costs. Finally, while granting to an intermediary is essentially the same as any other U.S.-based charity, you may want to specify a recommended use for the funds.
For example, you can recommend a $10,000 grant to Give2Asia and specify “Cambodian Center for the Protection of Childrens Rights to support their walk-in center for homeless youth,” or simply “for Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children's Rights, where it's needed most.”
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