Posted by William Charles on December 31, 2014

Published on December 31st, 2014 | by William Charles


Donate To Charity, PayPal Will Match 1% Of Your Donation + Get 5% Back With The Discover It

The Offer

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It’s almost the end of the year so I imagine a lot of you are making charity donations (we just gave $1,200 to charity ourselves). Paypal is running a promotion at the moment where they will match 1% of your donation when you give to a charity. This means if you donate $100, they’ll give $101 to that charity.

paypal giving fund

The Fine Print

  • Donation must be $10 or more
  • Valid until December 31, 2014 at 11:59:59 PDT

PayPal Fees

PayPal does charge non profit fees, how much they charge is dependent on how much volume the charity does.

  • $0 – $100,000: 2.2% + 30¢
  • $100,000+: 1.9% + 30¢

It’s not clear if these fees are being waived, I think they are though. When you go to a selected charity it has the following fine print (emphasis mine):

Gifts that do more good. Your donation will be processed and disbursed to your selected nonprofit by the PayPal Giving Fund, an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID: 45-0931286). You will receive a tax receipt for your gift and thanks to PayPal’s support, 101% of your donation will reach the nonprofit of your choice.

I don’t think they could realistically make this claim if they were charging the charities 2.2% + 30¢ so it looks like these fees might be waived.

5% Cash Back

It’s usually possible to get 5% cash back on charity donations by using the US Bank Cash+ card, but because you’re donating through Paypal this might not work. Instead you could use your Discover it (or Discover it secured) card which is earning 5% cash back on online purchases, Paypal has been confirmed as working for this so it should work. Although if it codes as a charity contribution, it might not.

[Read: Best credit cards for charity contributions]

Our Verdict

Obviously this isn’t a money maker, but anyway you can get extra cash back whilst the charity your donating to gets more of your donation is a good thing in my eyes.

Thanks to Happy_Harry from for the idea

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Barry Kryshka

We’re a paypal recognized nonprofit, and as of Dec27, we were charged 2.2% + 30c for donations.

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