CrowdRise is a technology platform that lets charities and individuals raise money for charitable causes. We never touch the cash. CrowdRise and its payment processing partners, have Trust & Safety teams, and while our mean lawyers won't let us guarantee anything, we've worked hard to develop a set of procedures to create a safe and secure crowdfunding platform and donor experience.
All US-based charities on CrowdRise are verified charities in good standing with the IRS, based on the information we receive from Guidestar, a company that specializes in telling platforms like CrowdRise that a charity is in good standing with the IRS. All Canadian-based charities on CrowdRise are verified charities in good standing with the Canada Revenue Agency.
Funds raised for non-profit organizations are dispersed in an efficient and safe way. When charities choose to have their donations processed through Network for Good, a check is sent to the address on file with the IRS every 30 days. It includes the donations from the previous month. Network for Good is a donor advised fund registered in all 50 states. Network for Good has its own Trust & Safety team. If the charity chooses to use WePay to process its donations, they go through a fraud detection system at CrowdRise, a fraud detection system at WePay, and the WePay Trust & Safety team. All of this is to help protect the donor. CrowdRise, Network for Good, and WePay are all PCI Compliant.
In times of natural disaster or crisis, CrowdRise may take additional steps to help ensure the safety of donors. We may post additional messaging, remove campaigns until they explain where funds will go, or any other measures we deem necessary to help protect the donor and the beneficiaries. We may work with government agencies, including Offices of the State Attorney General, to make sure the donor and the beneficiary are as protected as possible, and to help make sure the funds go where the campaign says they are going to go. Again, our mean lawyers won't let us guarantee anything so be sure to use your judgment and we recommend you donate to organizations and people you know and trust.
We believe in the power of the crowd to make positive social impact, and we will continue to work closely with our charity partners, our payment processors and regulators to make online fundraising efficient, effective, and safe.
We want to know about any Campaign Organizer that is engaged in misrepresentations or what you believe to be fraudulent conduct. If you need to report a campaign you believe is misrepresenting itself or fraudulent, please visit this link here.