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How to use the Giving Basket

Step 1: Add charities to your Giving Basket

There are two ways that you can add charities to your giving basket.

The easiest is by simply clicking on the green ‘Donate to this charity’ button on the charity’s page. This button is at the top of each charity's profile page.

You can also add organizations saved to your account to your basket. To do so, start by logging into the site and going to ‘My Charities.’

Then, click on the green ‘Donate’ button on the right hand side of the charity that you wish to support.

Just like on the organization’s page, you can opt to donate to rated or unrated charities.


Step 2: Enter the details of your gift

On the next screen, you’ll have the option to enter the amount of your gift (minimum of $10) and set the frequency of your gift (one-time, monthly, quarterly, and annual). You then have the option to designate your gift for a specific activity / purpose or donating in honor of someone special. Finally, you can decide if you want to give anonymously or if you’d like to share your contact information with the charity receiving your gift.

If you’d like, then you can repeat Step 1 and add more charities to your Giving Basket.

Finally, so that you can keep a history of your donations, you’ll want to consider signing into the site or registering for a free membership. This benefit makes it easier for you to pull a record of your giving history at tax time or to confirm that you’ve supported your favorite charity this year. 


Step 3: Checkout

In your Giving Basket, you have the ability to easily edit or remove donations.

Once you are satisfied with the donations in your Giving Basket, you can proceed to checkout by credit card or PayPal. (However, recurring donations - those made automatically on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis - can only be funded by direct credit card transactions. Our partner Network For Good is not accepting recurring donation transactions through PayPal at this time.)

If you have not donated to Charity Navigator, then you’ll be asked to include a donation to Charity Navigator. Why? Because Charity Navigator is a charity itself and we rely on donations from users of our site, like you, to ensure that we can continue to identify great charities like the one(s) you are supporting today.

Then you'll arrive on the final checkout page where you’ll be able to once again confirm your donation selections, deduct or add the processing fee (which is tax deductible) and complete the transaction. Shortly thereafter, you will receive a receipt by email.

Error Message 

If you see the following error message while trying to checkout, then please contact us at helpandsupport@charitynavigator.org for help.

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