Eligibility & Fees

Below is information about nonprofit eligibility and fees. If you need additional support or have a question that isn't answered below, please get in touch with the Washington Gives Support Team through Mightycause.


We invite IRS-approved tax-exempt organizations with a headquarters or service location in Washington to participate in year-round giving on Washington Gives and our two giving events, GiveBIG and GivingTuesday.

Who is eligible?

  • Organizations that the IRS approves for tax exemption, including 501c3s, 501c4s, 501c6s, and 501c19s
  • Organizations located in Washington State or with a Washington State service location, defined as a physical site located in the state or a remote service providing a direct benefit to Washington residents or communities
  • Tax-exempt Washington State government programs like animal shelters or youth programs
  • Fiscally sponsored organizations that meet all other eligibility requirements

Who is ineligible?

  • Washington State approved charities that do not have tax-exempt status from the IRS
  • Organizations who have had their tax-exempt status revoked by the IRS or who are in the process of having their tax-exempt status instated
  • Global or national organizations that do not serve Washington or have a location in Washington
  • Individuals


Why are there fees?

While sponsors, including 501 Commons, donate some support to Washington Gives and the GiveBIG campaign, annual nonprofit fees and donation processing fees are essential.

These fees fund:

  • The Washington Gives platform and year-round customer service provided by Mightycause
  • Credit card and bank processing fees
  • Media and advertising purchases, our promotional partnership with Encore Media Group, website content development, and the social media campaign
  • Nonprofit outreach, fundraising training, guides, videos, and other resources
  • The GiveBIG Campaign Support program for nonprofits based in Black and Indigenous communities
  • Campaign staff time and expertise

What is the donation processing fee?

The credit card processing fee is 2.2% plus $0.30 per transaction. Donors can fully cover the processing fee on their donation. Annually about 88% of donors choose to cover processing fees, meaning nonprofits pay less than 1% of these costs. If a donor does not cover fees, 2.2% plus $0.30 is deducted from the donation ahead of disbursement to the nonprofit. (Please note fees for AMEX transactions will be subject to a slightly higher fee of 6% plus $0.30). Donors who declare an intention to donate via a donor advised fund or IRA do not pay any fee. 

What are the annual nonprofit fees?

Instead of basing your annual registration fee on the amount you raised in the prior year, we have moved to a two-part fee structure of an annual registration fee based on your contributed revenue budget and a participation fee on each donation. These two fees give you year-round use of the Washington Gives platform.  

The registration and participation fees pay for the public media and advertising campaign, nonprofit training, program staffing, and other costs of running Washington Gives. The participation fee is 3.25%, 2% for Mightycause, our platform technology partner and 1.25% for 501 Commons expenses.   Eighty-eight percent (88%) of donors cover fees as an add-on to their donation so, on average, nonprofits pay only 1% of the processing and participation fees. 

What will our registration fee be?

The registration fee is a sliding scale fee you pay when you register for the year. We base your fee on your contributed revenue budget (CRB). Your CRB is what you expect to raise for your current fiscal year, minus earned income, capital campaign funds, in-kind donations, and interest/investment earnings. If you have government grants or contracts, please also exclude these funds from your calculations.

Your Contributed Revenue BudgetYour Registration Fee
Micro: $1 - $500,000
Small: $500,001 - $1,000,000$60
Medium: $1,000,001 - $4,000,000$120
Large: $4,000,001 - $16,000,000$200
Extra Large: $16,000,001+$400

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