What are service costs on donations?

For donations made via CNN articles, there is an optional flat charge of $3.00 per donation to help defray service costs.

For all other donations, service costs include processing fees for Braintree (our payment processor) and Donate Well (a nonprofit Donor Advised Fund who distributes the donations). These costs are comparable to other leading platforms. Donors can choose to cover these costs.

Public Good works with DonateWell to make sure that donations are handled in compliance with IRS and other relevant regulations. Using DonateWell also allows individual donations to be split among several nonprofits and allows Public Good to provide the level of accounting and reporting required by our media partners and sponsors. 

For more specific information, please refer to the tables below.

If the donor chooses not to cover any service costs:

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If the donor chooses to defray service costs:

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