Donate Anonymously to Women’s Reproductive Rights Organizations

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After the historic Supreme Court decision was issued last week, we fielded donations from many donors looking to support women’s reproductive rights organizations. We have heard countless times about how highly controversial topics, such as Roe v. Wade and the long-stranding debate around abortion, invite apprehension on behalf of donors, much to the detriment of the causes and potential impact these organizations may have on people’s lives. We want people to know that they can use Silent Donor to donate fully anonymously to any women’s reproductive rights organization that they feel passionate about.

We realize that there are a lot of people who may want to donate to such causes under conditions of complete anonymity, so we are trying to spread the word to individuals and organizations that we can help! There are countless organizations that are working in this space to choose from, ranging from local orgs to national programs. Our platform uniquely allows for you to send anonymous donations to any organization that you want, just as long as it is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. We will perform the due diligence for you after you submit your donation, so don’t worry about that process – any well-known charity or nonprofit will be totally fine. We will reach out to you if we have any inquiries, and also you can use this greattool to searchthe nonprofit status of any organization.

If you would like to send a completely anonymous donation to support an organization, just fill out a donation formhereor click the button below. We accept donations via credit card, ACH transfer, or cryptocurrency.

Donate to Ukraine through the Zagoriy Foundation Today!

Summary: As the world witnesses the war in Ukraine, a lot of donors have reached out to us asking how they can offer direct support to citizens on the ground in Ukraine through donations. We are happy to report that we have partnered with theZagoriy Foundationin this pursuit. Led and ran by native Ukrainians in Ukraine, they are extremely well-networked, have a fierce commitment to transparent giving, and are in a perfect position for facilitating grassroots-level, direct philanthropic support in our view. Donate to Ukraine directly today by credit/debit card, cryptocurrency, or ACH transfer! Every donation on our platform is fully anonymous and we fiercely protect donor privacy.

An exemplary Ukrainian organization, we first met their leadership team in 2020. We are very confident in the Zagoriy Foundation’s capacity to provide ground-level immediate aid to people in Ukraine due to their exceptionally deep knowledge and expertise in the Ukrainian philanthropic landscape (a lot of which they helped personally develop over the years), their values of transparency and robust record-keeping, and their extensive charitable network within the country. We encourage our donors to send all donations meant for Ukraine through their Foundation on our donation forms. Simply write “Zagoriy Foundation” or “for Ukraine” as the recipient organization on our form and our charitable partnerThe AnonDo Fundwill send all donations to them directly. We firmly believe that there is no organization better suited to deploy immediate funds as effectively and responsibly in Ukraine right now than their Foundation. The Zagoriy Foundation’s giving efforts are focused on providing immediate assistance to local NGOs and charities that are now mostly dealing with humanitarian aid throughout the country.

A lesson in leading by example: displaying unyielding loyalty and grit, the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Eugenia Mazurenko, a native of Bucha who was recently forced from her home, has made it a point to remain in Ukraine during this war. She feels the Foundation she leads is in a position to help many people in Ukraine and she wants to stay to see that vision come to fruition – a clear sign of her deeply-held conviction for the people of Ukraine and her commitment to supporting its broad philanthropic and humanitarian mission, even as the harsh realities of war set in around her and her team.

The Zagoriy Foundation has long held a reputation as a thoughtful steward of donations and grants, and has consistently remained a strong voice of philanthropic accountability in Ukraine over the years. They are frankly in the best position possible to make the most informed decisions on where to facilitate donations on the ground in Ukraine. Case in point – they swiftly published theresults of a surveythey conducted this month (April 2022), identifying the most pressing needs of local charitable organizations and NGOs in Ukraine to help organize and allocate resources more effectively. The also rolled out a newCharity Matcheducational training program to offer “Updated information taking into account the activities during the war: optimization of teams and activities, communications during the war, submission of grant applications to international organizations, legal peculiarities of the non-profit sector” to any organization interested. Almost 200 have signed up. They created and maintain a CRM database of almost 500 local charities. Moreover, as the Zagoriy Foundation has been coordinating the Giving Tuesday movement in Ukraine for four years, they have gathered 556 charitable organizations in Ukraine on theMap for Good. As you can clearly see, they are an authority on the needs of local charities and are doing everything they possibly can to serve as the hub of information and knowledge for philanthropic efforts in wartime Ukraine, and they have our trust in this endeavor.

Please read articles on the Zagoriy Foundation’s Media of Great Storiespage, which effectively outline harrowing life events endured by Ukrainian volunteers and charities on the front-lines and underscore their immediate need for increased philanthropic support. They wrote to us that “the scale of needs is growing, so we continue to inform our international partners about the activities and the collected list of sector needs to raise financial support to reliable NGOs and charities operating in Ukraine centrally through our foundation.”

Thanks to the robust network of the Zagoriy Foundation, we also know that the local charity system in Ukraine has not disappeared because of the war. In fact, the Foundation conducted an April 2022 survey among its network of domestic charity organizations and found that over 61% of participating organizations have not stopped their non-profit activities despite the war and 33% have moved to a part-time model to continue to provide aid and relief in their respective focus areas. The largest focus area now is on providing humanitarian aid.

For background, the Zagoriy Foundation was created in 2015 with the unique view of developing a giving culture in the country and increasing the institutional capacity of Ukrainian charities. They have committed years to building:

  • Extensive research on charities/overall philanthropic landscape in Ukraine
  • Providing institutional support and educational opportunities to local charities and NGOs
  • Strong communication and networks
  • The promotion of information on institutional philanthropy in Ukraine
  • The development of transparent and efficient charitable institutions to increase trust from donors and philanthropists

The Foundation has doubled-down on their strengths and decided to focus solely on assisting and coordinating nonprofit organizations during the war and post-war period, making them a perfect partner for donation efforts in the country. Donate to Ukraine today!

Silent Donoris a trusted partner and the largest anonymous donation platform in the US, allowing for people and companies to donate to any organization they are passionate about with full anonymity. The mission is to allow donors to privately donate funds wherever they like, without receiving any unwanted attention or future solicitations. If you would like to contribute a higher-value donation to this cause, please contact Silent Donor at [email protected].

Anonymous Donors Emerge as Heroes of Giving Tuesday

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This year’s Giving Tuesday, the largest single day of giving in the US, saw what has become a familiar trend: more and more donors looking to give back anonymously. Whether it was through matching gifts or single donations, anonymous donors again proved that the desire to give back, and also the desire for privacy, remain two very important ideals for philanthropic-minded people and institutions.

We wanted to highlight some of the efforts of anonymous donors that made it into the news for their generosity. You can see that these anonymous donations went to a wide-range of institutions and had a tremendous impact on Giving Tuesday campaigns. From very large, to more modest donations – everything went to a great cause.

This tiny sampling above represent millions and millions of dollars every year that are donated anonymously. The impact of anonymous donations, within the landscape of philanthropy in the US and abroad, has become nothing short of unmistakable. This #GivingTuesday further showed that privacy has revealed itself to be a cherished ideal among donors. If you want to give back (to a charity, nonprofit, university, and more) and also remain private, please click “Donate Now” below to fill out our easy donation form! Also, if you are an institution that collects donations and you want to appeal to these growing privacy-minded donors, contact us today to find out how we work with organizations to quickly set them up to accept anonymous donations through our platform (email: [email protected]).

Anonymous Donations to Universities Skyrocketing

We have been following a sustained trend that has hit higher-education institutions for a few years now: the rise of anonymous donations to universities. The desire among donors to remain private in their gifts to universities includes everything from millennials sending small sums, to wealthy donors giving gigantic $252 million donations. Read more to see just how prevalent anonymous giving has become in donating to universities.

The choice to pursue anonymity as a donor is becoming more attractive for a variety of reasons (for more on the ‘why’ behind the choice to be anonymous, see our article here). However, the traditional way of giving “anonymously” to a university almost always means that the university actually knows who the donor is, but simply agrees to keep it confidential. Some institutions try to set up private foundations to help conceal the donors’ identities, but, as this Chronicle article reports,In college fund raising, anonymous donors typically aren’t truly anonymous. Someone on campus — the president, or a top fund raiser who worked with the donor — knows the identity of the person who gave the gift.

Many times this current system fails both the donors and the recipient universities, as the donor is not getting the actual anonymity they desire and now famously bureaucratic universities have to fight to keep their identity under wraps – lest they risk angering and/or exposing their anonymous donor, which is exactly what happened to a $100 million anonymous donor to Oregon Health & Science University. Or this $2 million anonymous donor to Myers University, who was outed by the Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor.

More people are turning to Silent Donor to accomplish what they want – to give back to their favorite schools, but to do so in a manner that is consistent with the level of privacy they are comfortable with. In line with this, anonymous gifts have exploded over the past few years and have in fact regularly become the largest donations that universities have ever seen. We have a few of them chronicled below, representing both large and small institutions from all across the United States:

Silent Donor allows donations to universities (and nonprofits) all over the country (and world) in order to help these institutions fundraise in a way that connects with their donor-base. As we can see, a look at the US donor-base reveals a predilection towards anonymous giving, rather than following tired “ask-and-give” patterns.

7 Anonymous Donations

We decided to launch a quick public campaign of #7DaysofAnonymousDonations on our social media pages to highlight 7 impactful anonymous donations that have taken place within the past 30 days to display the power and prevalence of anonymous giving in the world, especially in combatting some social effects of COVID-19. These anonymous donations impact many different areas – universities, the arts, hospitals, ecological preservation, small businesses, and more. Whether millions of dollars, or much less, each donation is responsible for creating impactful change in the communities they are given. These aren’t just monetary donations – they represent improvements to people’s lives and they represent opportunities for change. Be someone’s anonymous donor!

  1. Day 1: UNIVERSITIES– The University of Miami received the largest donation in the school’s history, $126 million, from an anonymous donor. This gift will be given to their Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. As an aside, we have seen many gifts given to universities anonymously. The largest gift ever given to UC-Berkeley took place this year ($252 million) and was also donated anonymously for example. Read more here:
  2. Day 2: HOSPITALS – A $2.5 million anonymous donation was given to French Hospital Medical Center to support a critical hospital expansion in the wake of COVID-19. Anonymous medical-related donations have skyrocketed to help combat COVID. Read more here:
  3. Day 3: FOOD BANKS – an anonymous donor gave $100,000 to a food bank in Sarasota Florida. Since the pandemic, the food bank has “seen an overall increase in need of approximately 120%, with new clients increasing by nearly 45%.” The food bank says demand for food will remain critically high as people continue to face significant financial strain. Read more here:
  4. Day 4: SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS: The Boys & Girls Club of San Benito received a $65,000 anonymous donation. This donation will enable them to facilitate virtual learning assistance to children of frontline workers and otherwise busy parents. This funding will help them make sure the children in their club do not fall behind in school despite all the challenges brought on by virtual classes. Read more here:
  5. Day 5: NATURE PRESERVATION – an anonymous donor funded the restoration of a hiking trail in Colorado which had been in a state of disarray due to a previous lack of funding. Get involved in a cause you would like t support and send a donation anonymously! Read more here:
  6. Day 6: THE ARTS – an anonymous donor pledged to match up to $75,000 in donations to the Berrien Community Foundation to support ten art institutions in Michigan, including the Children’s Music Workshop, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Citadel Dance & Music Center and more. Read more here:
  7. Day 7: JUSTICE – an anonymous donor has raised Shawnee County Crime Stoppers Reward by $20,000 for info leading to an arrest in the double homicide of a mother and her 13-year-old daughter. You can have a HUGE social impact as an anonymous donor.

No matter the cause or organization you choose to support, now, more than ever, people & organizations need donations to survive. To donate anonymously to any organization you want to support, simply fill out our easy online donation form!

Send an Anonymous Donation to a Nonprofit or Small Business Today!

Difficult financial times hit a little harder for small businesses and organizations that largely rely on outside donations to survive, like local nonprofits. This is especially true with state and local governments closing certain establishments in the interest of public health, such as your favorite local bars and restaurants and nonprofit fundraising events. We think that everyone can agree – life isn’t really the same without these institutions in our lives. That is why we are reaching out to everyone with a unique ask: send an anonymous donation to your favorite nonprofit or small business today! Click here to go to our secure donation page!

When we come out on the other side of this pandemic, like most of you, we want to see our favorite small businesses and nonprofits maintain their roots in our communities. While nobody thought the quarantine measures would have lasted as long as they have, the reality is that more of our favorite organizations are facing make-or-break payments as each day passes. They need your support now more than ever. For some great external motivation, there was an anonymous donor in the news who sent an anonymous $40,000 donation to local eatery Bill’s Cafe in Naples, Florida.

Silent Donor will send your donation to the organization that you choose (make sure you are as specific as possible on our donation form so we know to send it to the right place!) without your name attached to the donation. You can be as generous as you’d like and you will remain private.

Silent Donor is the largest anonymous donation platform in the US, with many people donating to charities, nonprofits, universities, small businesses, and more!

Stop Donation Shaming Public Figures

Whether it’s for COVID-19 relief, the Australian fires, or any other big event, wealthy public figures continuously choose to donate their money to help alleviate the financial stress of these global issues. However, more and more public figures are now met with online backlash as a result of their donations – some users even shame them for their giving. Donation shaming is dumb, it does nothing but invite negativity, and what’s worse is that it may dis-incentivize public figures from donating in the future. Many wealthy people don’t donate at all…why shame the ones that do? Where is the wisdom in that? This issue is part of why so many people have turned to using Silent Donor to send an anonymous donation.

Social media is the biggest culprit of donation shaming, with Twitter users leading the charge. Take this recent example of a verified Twitter user with almost 200,000 followers shaming Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, and Bill Gates who funded a $25 million coronavirus research group because this user thinks $25 million is an insignificant amount of money relative to Zuckerberg’s net worth.

Using the ‘net worth versus donation amount’ argument has proved to be a popular argument for many people, who appear to insist on shaming public figures instead of acknowledging that they freely and willingly donate millions of dollars to the public good when they don’t have to. That seems to be the part that gets lost on these people: nobody forces wealthy people to donate. They do it to better the lives of others. It shouldn’t matter if a public figure or your neighbor donates $100, $10,000, or $10,000,000. All these figures are better than $0 and will go towards improving the lives of an untold amount of suffering people. Here is another example of such a tweet after Jeff Bezos gave donated $1 million AUD to Australia to aid against the fires that ravaged the country.:

This user chose to compare the million dollar donation to Bezos’ ever fluctuating, on-paper net worth that this user arrived at after putting in all of one google search into researching it, instead of recognizing that nobody has to donate money ever. They do it to help.

Donation Comparisons

Another dangerous and slippery slope that public donations invite is donation comparisons. In that link, CNBC focuses on pointing out how much money different celebrities have donated to Australia for the fires. What does this mean for you if you are a public figure? People compare either the amount you donated to the amounts that other people donate, or they compare the amount you give to one cause vs. a different cause (and they then unfairly lay claim that you therefore view one cause more favorably/significantly than the other).

Luckily, many Twitter users are recognizing that donation shaming high-profile people is not an effective use of anyone’s time. It is unnecessary at best, and can scuttle future donations from public figures at its worst. Use Silent Donor to send an anonymous donation today to any organization that you are passionate about. Keep the impact of your donation, but lose the unwanted attention.

Why Send An Anonymous Donation?

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We have found that answers to the question of, Why send an anonymous donation? differ greatly from person to person/company to company. We get this question a lot, so we figured we would address some of the big reasons why people choose to give privately. We at Silent Donor encourage all people to donate to causes you feel strongly about – publicly if you are ok with that exposure, or privately with us.

Very quickly summarized, donors have different levels of exposure depending on which organizations they choose to send donations. Certain tax-exempt organizations must report the name and address, and the occupation and employer (if an individual), of any person that contributes in the aggregate $200 or more in a calendar year. Private Foundations must list every donor who has donated over $5,000. 501(c)(3) organizations have to provide the names and addresses of their contributors on their 990 tax forms. Even in cases where the IRS is supposed to redact the names of donors on charity tax returns, we have seen cases in the past where they instead leaked the entire donor list.

Now, we’ll get into some of the major reasons why people choose to donate anonymously.

1. Probably the most frequently cited reason for giving anonymously is because donors, especially millennials, hate receiving endless solicitations (calls, texts, emails, physical mail) to send another donation. Some organizations share their contact lists with other organizations, which compounds the problem. It’s extremely annoying and a hassle that donors want to do without.

2. Religion can play a part in the desire for anonymity. Many religious traditions teach that anonymous giving is more spiritually rewarding than gifts that are accompanied by public acclaim. As early as the twelfth century, for example, the Jewish philosopher Maimonides taught that anonymous giving was among the highest forms of philanthropy.

3. Others may be shy or naturally humble and are not comfortable being in the limelight for any reason, including the acceptance of recognition for making a significant charitable gift.

4. In today’s day and age (social media saturation, 24-hour news cycles, our “cancel” culture), some donors simply want to avoid negative public attention because it can bring unwanted and lasting consequences against a person or a company (think Chik-fil-A or Soul Cycle for example) through the form of boycotts, public defamation, negative media coverage, lost partnerships, social shunning – all of which can negatively affect the economic, political, and social capital (even personal security) of the donor.

5. Some give anonymously because they do not want to raise expectations that they will make a similar gift in the future. Such donors may have received an inheritance or other one-time economic windfall and do not expect to regularly repeat the gift. Remaining anonymous serves to relieve this pressure.

6. Other donors may not want their family or friends (perhaps including a spouse) to know they are making certain charitable gifts. Here, anonymity may stem from a perceived disapproval by others of the mission of the charitable recipient or of the giving behavior in general.

7. An often-mentioned reason for anonymous giving, especially in lean economic times, is the concern by donors that they will be identified as a source of major philanthropic support and will be deluged with appeals from other entities. Board members and volunteers who understand how “donor research” is conducted may be especially prone to this concern.

8. In still other cases, a donor may have succeeded financially in an environment in which many of his or her peers suffered losses. This donor may believe decorum and good taste dictate that large gifts be made anonymously.

9. In some instances, donors don’t want their gifts to one organization compared to their gifts to another. After making relatively modest gifts or reducing their gifts to some charitable interests, donors may wish to conceal larger gifts and/or a decision to increase their giving to other organizations.

10. Wealthy donors have also been targets of charity shaming if the public thinks they did not give enough money to a given cause. We saw this when Jeff Bezos was attacked for “only” donating $1 million to help Australia after the brushfires, or when Keith Urban “only” donated half a million to the same cause.

11. A donor may be concerned that the publicity surrounding a larger gift could discourage others from giving either out of concern that a smaller gift compares unfavorably or perhaps that the nonprofit’s needs have been met.

12. In the case of schools and certain other types of charitable recipients, a donor may wish to remain anonymous out of concern that a gift could bring unwelcome attention to a child or other loved one who is a student, employee, or is otherwise associated with the institution.

13. Donors involved in politics or who otherwise lead public lives may be sensitive to the controversy they themselves may inspire and therefore give anonymously to protect the recipient from the possible backlash of their own detractors.

14. Lastly, some donors might even be concerned for the safety of their family, fearing that large, public gifts could make them targets for kidnapping or other criminal activity.

Some items listed were originally posted in a great article written by Robert F. Sharpe Jr., which you can find here.

Whatever reason you choose, send an anonymous donation today!!

The Purpose Behind Silent Donor

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Silent Donor was created because there did not exist an easy, accessible way to send an anonymous donation. There was also no easy way for charities/nonprofits to accept them.

Our experienced staff has worked both in public corporations and 501(c)(3) organizations for years and most “anonymous” donations are set up something like this: a person or company reaches out to the organization to set up a donation, and then the organization’s personnel agrees to publish the donation as ‘anonymous’ (even though they know exactly who gave the gift). Then, as pointed out in a Forbes article on the topic: “all it takes is one slip-up, whether it’s an overheard cell-phone conversation or an e-mail message sent to the wrong person, and you’ve lost the [anonymity] you’re trying to protect.” We wanted to create an easy way to send an anonymous donation, and also a way to empower nonprofits and charities to be able to easily accept anonymous donations from privacy-minded donors. The current process was not only unreliable and inefficient, but it also opened up the donor to a lot of unwanted attention and liability.

Simply put, a lot of people want to send anonymous donations and the reasons why differ from person to person and company to company. To make matters worse, we are living in an era defined by “cancel culture,” a 24-hour news cycle, and constant social media saturation. If word gets out to someone who opposes your point of view that you (or your company) donated money to X cause, suddenly you or your company are thrust in to the forefront of public discussion. See some real-world examples of this playing out with disastrous effects in these other blog posts here, and here.

We looked at the current landscape and saw three big problems:

  • First, by not allowing for effective anonymous donations, the people/companies that donate to certain causes are penalized for giving. These ‘penalties’ range from unwanted public unveiling, possible backlash from media, boycotts, lost partnerships, kidnapping attempts, social shunning – all of which can negatively affect the economic, political, and social capital (even personal security) of the donor. 
  • Second, this current landscape also robs worthy organizations of the donations they need to help a given cause because some donors may be afraid of what others will do/say in response if people find out!
  • Third, once you donate, you will be constantly solicited via email, text, phone calls, or physical mail for another donation until the end of time, which is a universal pain point among donors. 

We found these three big problems with no current solution. We believe we are filling a truly needed void in the industry – one that provides an unfaltering stance on protecting the identity of donors and simply provides peace of mind in an era characterized by data breaches, obtrusive social media policies, and general unease. Our donation form lets donors maintain control over where their donations end up. We accept donations via credit/debit card, bank wires, check, or cryptocurrency to provide a diverse array of options to donors. We are living in an era where people want to take back their privacy. At the end of the day, Silent Donor is empowering all people/entities to give back – privately.

That’s why we came up with Silent Donor. Use our services today and see how easy it is to send an anonymous donation!