Moderator's FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is reddit Donate?

Reddit donate is a simple tool that allows moderators to place donation buttons on their subreddits, allowing them to raise awareness and collect money for verified non-profits.

Why reddit Donate?

Subreddits have a rich history of mobilizing to exchange gifts, give pizza and donate time (r/randomactsofpizza, , r/assistance, too many to count). Reddit Donate hopes to channel that sense of social good by funneling funds directly to deserving nonprofits. And because we're working with amazing vendors (slightly biased on Dwolla), we're able to do it for the lowest-cost possible, meaning more money goes to more good.

Please, though, keep the pizza's coming to those that need it.

How do I get a button?

Only moderators can add a nonprofit button to a subreddit. First, we'll work with Reddit's API to validate a moderators credentials. From there, moderators are able to select the subreddit they're representing and a partnering nonprofit from our reddit Donate community. You can choose to automatically embed the button to the subreddit or manually embed the necessary code.

You can run a specific campaign for a minute, hour, day, week, month, year, etc. Or you can just add the donate button and leave it there forever. You have total control and flexibility.

Why can't I create my own "cause"?

As a side-project, reddit Donate currently only has the bandwidth to work with 501(c)(3) nonprofits. This designation is regulated and monitored by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. These accreditations provide us with greater transparency and accountability of these organizations than it would without it.

By protecting donors from scams and defend the legitimacy of real, hard-working charities we hope to keep redditors' goodwill as meaningful as possible. Hopefully, we'll be able to change that down the road.

Which nonprofits are involved?

Head over to our nonprofit community page to check out our current partners. If you don't see one you're looking for, let us know by our subreddit, email or Twitter. We'd love introductions!

Are there payment fees involved?

Moving money should be simpler and less expensive. Luckily, we've partnered with nation's best. They are making huge strides in the industry and are paving the way for merchants and nonprofits alike to exchange money in a way that's fast, low-cost and worry-free. Take a look:

Here is fee table to give you a good sense of the process:

Dwolla:
$10 and under = free to send/receive money
$10 and over = flat fee of 25¢

Stripe:
2.9% + 30¢ for any transaction.

What if none of these non-profits fit my subreddit?

Not to be cliche, but "be the change." Assuming they're legit, we'll make the most out of nonprofit introduction and try our hardest to get them on-board as fast as possible. Just remember, this is a passion project, and we still have day jobs, so give us some lead time. Let us know by our subreddit, email or Twitter.

Are there any rules with reddit Donate?

The first rule of reddit Donate is that there are no rules. Just kidding. You can only choose nonprofits that are fully verified on the platform. Down the road we may open it up to any individual or organization, but for now we are trying to protect donors and great non-profits from scams. Learn more about it in our Nonprofit FAQ.

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