Facebook Fundraising 101: How to Sign Up for Facebook Giving Tools

We've got the inside track on how to apply, set up, and utilize Facebook Giving Tools for your 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

April 17, 2023

Meta’s Facebook Giving Tools offers a unique opportunity for nonprofits to engage with supporters and drive donations directly through their social media platform. Since it’s original inception in 2015, nonprofits have been able to grow their mission by adding a viable, new revenue channel and access to an infinitely larger user base than any P2P event could provide.

Yet, there’s still so many questions and unknowns for nonprofits today around social media fundraising and FacebookGiving Tools in general - from signing up to get access to how to make the most of the amazing set of tools that Facebook offers for nonprofits.

In this blog, we’ll show you how to apply, set up, and utilize these tools to grow your organization’s reach and impact while taking control of your new lead and revenue stream. Whether you’re new toFacebook or a seasoned pro, this guide has everything you need to get started on your social media fundraising journey.

Getting Started with Facebook Fundraising

Let’s start at the beginning: if you haven’t already, create a Facebook Page for your organization. A Facebook Page is free and foundational as we walk through using the platform for fundraising, and is crucial to build an online community. Just by getting this off the ground, you get access to follower insights and advertising.

Speaking of advertising—though not the focus of this guide—you might want to set up Meta Business Suite (which is separate from Nonprofit Manager we’ll cover in detail later).

Facebook’s Eligibility Requirements

There are eligibility requirements (which vary by country/region) set by Meta to access Facebook’s Fundraising Tools, and access types are determined by the information you provide when setting up your Nonprofit Facebook Page.

To be eligible:

  • US Only: Be a 501c3, have a tax ID number, have an account registered with a licensed bank, and be registered with the IRS.
  • Be registered with an acceptable nonprofit registry in your country. Find a registry.
  • Be based in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or certain countries in Europe.
  • Set your organization’s Facebook page category to “Nonprofit Organization” or“Charity Organization.”
  • List your organization’s address in the “About” section.

Facebook Giving Tools Application Process

The Facebook Giving Tools application process is fairly straight forward and typically takes 3 weeks to process once completed.

To get started, navigate to the Facebook and Instagram fundraising tools application page.

Verifying your organization:

The application process will also ask for a few official documents (so it’ll speed up the process if you have them on hand to start):

  • Information about your organization like name, address, contact information, and taxID number..
  • Information about your CEO, including name, date of birth, and address
  • Information about your CFO and COO, including name and date of birth.
  • A PDF of a bank statement dated within the last six months with your organization listed as the bank account holder (including a SWIFT code and a bank IBAN number).
  • List your organization’s address in the “About” section.

Choosing a payout method

In your application process, Facebook gives you options on how to receive your donations. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Facebook takes no percentage of fundraiser revenue, so it’s all yours.

Option 1: Meta Pay

Meta Pay is a direct payout system and happens electronically. Once your organization achieves the minimum donation amount ($25, £100, €100or equivalent), you’ll be eligible for payout which occurs every two weeks. This option is direct-deposit and requires banking information to be included in your application.

One other benefit worth noting: if you’re registered with Meta Pay, donors can opt-in to provide additional contact information to your organization(did someone say long-term value?). You can later find this information both in the Transaction Reports and Nonprofit Manager.

Option 2: Network for Good

Network for Good is Meta’s donor advice partner and distributes donations through a donor-advised fund.All donations made within a month are deposited into the DAF (a charitable savings account that gathers interest) and are later directed to the nonprofits they were intended for via check (versus direct deposit). This is the slower of the two options and does not require banking information. You can expect to receive the donations 45-75 days after the initial donation. (Funds can be sent by electronic transfer if your nonprofit is registered with Network for Good directly.)

If you’re a nonprofit that’s registered with your country’s nonprofit registry and hasn’t applied through Facebook, you may be pulled into the Facebook Fundraising Hub automatically. By default, you’ll be paid out through Network for Good’s Donor Advised fund.

What's Next

As we outlined above, the application process takes approximately 3 weeks to process and complete.

If your nonprofit checks the boxes for all the prerequisites and has submitted all needed information, you will have unlocked the biggest step towards social media fundraising that your nonprofit can take, which includes:

Additional Resources

Gaining access to all of these tools can feel overwhelming at first... but you are not alone in this. We've got additional resources to help you work through what tools to focus on first.