Q. I want to share this as a Facebook fundraiser. Why won’t it let me?
A. It’s in the works! GLAIF is in the process of becoming a verified nonprofit on Facebook. You can still donate through our website or by clicking the “Find out more” button on our Facebook page if you wish to share on Facebook.
Q. I loved the organization I worked with last summer, but I don’t see them as an option. Why aren’t they listed?
A. While all of GLA’s service projects and sites are vetted, not all of our local projects are through organizations that are officially registered as nonprofit in their host countries. The good news is that we are adding new projects all the time, as many long-standing partners have begun to seek certification. For now, we recommend choosing a similar project that is in line with your passions! For example, if you loved helping out at a government school in India, donate to a project in Tanzania or Ghana.
Q. I want to start a fundraiser for physical goods, like backpacks or toothbrushes, to send to the community I was in last summer. How can I make sure they make it to the right place?
A. Unfortunately, this is a bit tricky. In our experience, mail often does not make it to its final destination in many of the countries in which we operate. Often, the cost to get these items through customs is greater than the value of the items themselves. This is why we recommend fundraising for cash donations. These funds can be transferred without cost to the correct person in-country, and can be used for what is most pressing at the time of receipt. Even small amounts help!
Q. Is my donation tax deductible?
A. Absolutely. GLAIF is a certified 501C3 organization. If you need proof of donation and did not get a confirmation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a receipt.
Q. I tried to make a donation and keep getting a “processing” message. What’s up with that?
A. Our apologies! Our system can be slow at times. If you’re not sure if your donation went through, you can either check the transaction history of your credit card or email us at email@example.com to confirm.