How to Check if Your Contribution is Tax Deductible

What qualifies a contribution as tax deductible?

Not all campaigns can offer tax deductions. According to U.S. tax laws, contributions must go directly to a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in order for the contributor to be eligible for tax benefits.

Indiegogo offers FirstGiving as a nonprofit payment processor to ensure that your contribution will be tax deductible by U.S. tax law and disbursed directly to the campaign's nonprofit beneficiary. Campaigns that use FirstGiving will be marked with a badge that reads "Verified Nonprofit Campaign". Any campaign marked by this badge will be able to offer tax receipts to U.S. contributors.

If you're a campaign owner seeking to run a Verified Nonprofit Campaign, please visit:  How to Raise Funds for a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

Some Indiegogo Partners offer tax deductions.

Indiegogo partners with a number of fiscal sponsor organizations that offer tax deductions for all of their campaigns. A fiscal sponsor is a nonprofit organization that offers their legal and tax-exempt status to an individual or group. If you would like to see a list of Indiegogo's fiscal sponsor partners, please check out the left column of the Projects page.

When in doubt, reach out.

If you are still unsure whether your contribution is tax deductible, we recommend reaching out to the campaign owner directly. You can post a comment to the Campaign page, or you can send a direct message to the campaign owner.

To post a comment:

  • Go to the Campaign Home page

  • Click on the Comments tab, type in your comment and click Add a Comment

  • If you would like to keep the comment private so that only the campaign owner can see it, click the box that says, “keep private” before adding a comment.

To send a direct message:

  • Go to the Campaign Home page

  • Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the name of the campaign owner (beneath "Created By" or the first name beneath “Team on This Campaign”)

  • Click on the campaign owner’s name to visit their Personal Profile

  • To the right of their username, click on "CONTACT USER".

Where do I get a tax receipt?

If you contribute to campaign with  a "Verified Nonprofit Campaign" badge, you will receive an email from FirstGiving confirming the tax-deductible status of your contribution. We also recommend reaching out to the campaign owner directly—the beneficiary organization may provide you with an additional tax receipt. 

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