Fundraising Policies and
Donor Rights

Fundraising Policies

We solicit funds in a respectful manner and without pressure. If you designate a contribution to a particular program and thus restrict its use, we will honor that designation. Evidence Action is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We issue written tax receipts for all donations that are deemed tax-deductible in the United States. If no goods or services were provided, the tax receipt will state that. If a donor receives anything in exchange for a donation, the tax receipt shall clearly state what portion of the donation is tax deductible.

Gift Acceptance

Gifts to Evidence Action may be made in any amount for the benefit of any of its programs. Gifts may be designated for a specific program or purpose, or gifts may be unrestricted in which case they will be disbursed to the area of greatest need at the discretion of Evidence Action’s CEO or his/her designee. Evidence Action will honor designations requested by the donor that are considered appropriate by Evidence Action in advance of receiving the gift.

Evidence Action accepts the following types of gifts:

  1. Cash. Evidence Action accepts gifts of cash, checks, money orders and gifts via credit card or electronic fund transfer.
  2. Marketable securities. Evidence Action accepts gifts of publicly traded stocks and bonds. Unless its board of directors grants a specific exemption, Evidence Action will immediately sell all gifts of stock.
  3. Planned Giving. Evidence Action will accept gifts where it is named as a beneficiary under an estate plan (Wills, Trusts), annuity, life insurance policy or retirement plan as well as life estate gifts.
  4. Endowments. Evidence Action will accept gifts to create endowments with Board approval.

We do not accept contributions of stock in privately owned companies or Subchapter S corporations. Evidence Action does not currently accept contributions of real estate or other tangible personal property.

It is the responsibility of the donor, with advice from his or her professional advisors, to substantiate any tax deductions and to comply with IRS regulations and policies, including the filing of form 8283.

Donor Rights

Any information supplied to Evidence Action by donors will be used solely to fulfill their donative intent and shall not be shared for any reason (except where legally required), unless the donor grants permission to share such information. All requests to remain anonymous shall be honored.

Evidence Action does not sell or share its donor lists with third parties with the exception of donors who give to us at the recommendation of GiveWell and who explicitly agree to have their name and email address shared with GiveWell.  

Donors who supply Evidence Action with their postal address or email address may be contacted periodically for education or solicitation purposes and/or with information regarding upcoming events. Donors may request to be permanently removed from Evidence Action mailing list by contacting Evidence Action via email, phone, or postal mail. All requests to be removed from Evidence Action mailing list shall be honored.

Additionally, Evidence Action’s donors and prospective donors have the right:

  1. To be informed of Evidence Action’s mission, of the way we intend to use donated resources, and of our capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on Evidence Action’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing Evidence Action of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of Evidence Action, or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that Evidence Action may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.

Fundraising Disclosure Statement

Evidence Action is a District of Columbia non-profit corporation and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity with a mission to be a world leader in scaling evidence-based and cost-effective programs to reduce the burden of poverty. Financial and other information about Evidence Action’s purpose, programs and activities can be obtained by contacting Evidence Action at 1133 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036 USA, 202.888.9886 or [email protected], or for residents of the following states, as stated below. Florida: SC No. CH-46365, A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, 1-800-HELP- FLA (435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR VISITING THEIR WEBSITE WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Georgia: The following information will be sent upon request:  A full and fair description of the charitable program for which the solicitation campaign is being carried out and, if different, a full and fair description of the programs and activities of the charitable organization on whose behalf the solicitation is being carried out; and a financial statement or summary which shall be consistent with the financial statement required to be filed with the Georgia Secretary of State pursuant to Code Section 43-17-5.  Maryland: A copy of the current financial statement of Evidence Action is available by writing to 1133 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036, USA or by calling 202-888-9886. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis MD 21401, (410) 974-5534. Michigan: MICS No. 58568. Mississippi: The official registration and financial information of Evidence Action may be obtained from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office by calling 1-888-236-6167. Registration by the Secretary of State does not imply endorsement. Nevada: Contributions may be tax deductible pursuant to the provisions of section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. § 170(c). New Jersey: INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED BY THE CHARITY DURING THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD THAT WERE DEDICATED TO THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING (973) 504-6215 AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT REGISTRATION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT. New York: A copy of Evidence Action’s most recently filed financial report is available from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Registry at or, upon request, by contacting the Office of Attorney General at 28 Liberty Street, New York, New York 10005, by calling (212) 416-8816 or writing to Evidence Action at 1133 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036, USA. You also may obtain information on charitable organizations from the New York State Office of the Attorney General at or (212) 416-8816. North Carolina: Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 1-888-830-4989 (within North Carolina) or (919) 807-2214 (outside of North Carolina). The license is not an endorsement by the State. Pennsylvania: The official registration and financial information of Evidence Action may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. Virginia: Financial statements are available from the State Office of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218. Washington: Evidence Action is registered with Washington State’s Charities Program as required by law and additional information is available by calling 800-332-4483 or visiting West Virginia: West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305. Wisconsin: A financial statement of the charitable organization disclosing assets, liabilities, fund balances, revenue and expenses for the preceding fiscal year will be provided to any person upon request. CONTRIBUTIONS ARE DEDUCTIBLE FOR U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX PURPOSES IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAW. REGISTRATION IN A STATE DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION OF EVIDENCE ACTION BY THE STATE.