Frequently Asked Questions

Please click on the link to see the answer to some of our frequently asked questions. If you question isn’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  1. Why should I donate to Need by Need?
  2. Are you an IRS designated 501(c)3 Tax-Exempt organization?
  3. How much of the money that I donate actually goes towards the specified need?
  4. What happens if more money is collected than the specified need costs?
  5. Who founded this organization?
  6. Why should I sign up for emails?
  7. How do you keep your overhead costs down?
  8. How do you find organizations to help?
  9. Will I receive a contribution letter notifying me of how much I donated?
  10. How does a business go about partnering with Need by Need?
  11. What types of nonprofit organizations do you help?

Q. Why should I donate to Need by Need?

There are several reasons why you should donate to Need by Need:

1) You know that 100% of your donation will go toward fulfilling the need. Our operating costs and fees are paid for through separate donations from partnerships with have with businesses and individuals.

2) Your donation is tax deductible. Need by Need is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and your donations are therefore tax deductible.

3) You know how your donation is used. Unlike larger organizations, there is no guesswork on who, what or where your money is going. You will know with 100% certainty who you are helping.

4) Your donation will have a big impact on the organization. The organizations we help are small and the needs we are help fulfill will impact their daily operations tremendously.

Q. Are you an IRS designated 501(c)3 Tax-Exempt organization?

Yes, Need by Need Inc. a 501(c)3 organization with a determination letter from the IRS. You can verify our status on the IRS website here or visit our Guidestar profile here.

We are an incorporated nonprofit in the state of Missouri and have registered as an out-of-state nonprofit in South Carolina.

If you have any additional questions about our tax status, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Q. How much of the money that I donate actually goes towards the specified need?

At Need by Need, we can proudly say that if you donate towards fulfilling a need, 100% of your donation will go to that specific need.

We are able to accomplish this in two ways:

1) We keep our operating costs and fees low. Everyone who helps out with Need by Need does so on a volunteer basis. All our programs and tools we use are either free to use, donated to us or have the lowest costs available associated with them.

2) Any costs and fees are covered through separate partnership donations. To ensure that those who want to donate to fulfill a need have 100% of their donation go toward that need, we’ve partnered with individuals and businesses whose donations offset any costs and fees.

If you would like to learn how you can partner with Need by Need, please click here.

Q. What happens if more money is collected than the specified need costs?

If this were to happen, your donation will be rolled over to help with another need this organization presently has or a cash donation will be made to that organization. In either case, 100% of your donation will still go toward helping that specific organization.

Q. Who founded this organization?

Jonathan Williams founded Need by Need, Inc. in September 2007 and is the current president. He felt this was one way that he could help out independent missionary groups and small nonprofit organizations with specific needs AND connect them with a larger network of people to help. Visit the Letter from Our Founder page for more information about why this organization was started.

Q. Why should I sign up for emails?

Our emails are the main way we get in contact with our supporters, volunteers and donors. We try our best not to flood your inbox with messages and strive for the messages to contain pertinent and useful information. If you’d like to unsubscribe, you can let us know by contacting us or by clicking unsubscribe at the bottom of the email.

Q. How do you keep your overhead costs down?

In order to ensure that 100% of donations going towards fulfilling a specific need actually reaches the groups we are trying to help, we have created a hyper-efficient and streamlined organization. For example…

1) Everyone involved with Need by Need is a volunteer and does not receive any compensation.
2) We do not have a physical building we work out of but instead conduct the majority of our work online.
3) We utilize as many free or donated ways to spread our message rather than utilizing paid methods.
4) The operating costs and fees that we do pay are covered by partnerships with businesses and individuals, not taken out of donations going towards specific needs.

Q. How do you find organizations to help?

We rely mainly on churches or word of mouth recommendations of different nonprofit and missionary organizations that we should contact. However, we are always looking for new organizations to help so contact us with any suggestions.

Q. Will I receive a contribution letter notifying me of how much I donated?

Unless you specifically ask for a hard copy, you will only receive an email from PayPal notifying you of your donation. We rely on this in order to help us keep our operation costs down since the cost to mail letters has increased significantly over the years.

Because of federal law requirements, persons who have donated $250 or more at a single time will receive an email shortly after you have made your donation stating the amount of money you donated and expressing that you have received nothing in return for your donation.

However, remember that you do not need to receive a year end letter or specific email from us for your donation to be tax deductible.

For more information about what you, the donor, need and are entitled to, visit IRS Publication 1771.

Q. How would an individual or business partner with Need by Need?

Need by Need relies on partnerships with individuals and businesses to help cover our minimal overhead costs and fees so that when someone donates to fulfill a need, 100% of that individual’s donation goes to help that organization.

To find out how you can partner with us, please click here and fill out the form.

Q. What types of nonprofit organizations do you help?

Need by Need focuses on helping independent missionary groups and small nonprofit organizations. These groups and organizations must be 501(c)3 organizations as determined by the IRS. While we know that there are many small organizations that need help but aren’t 501(c)3’s, this extra layer of vetting helps ensure that your donation is going to a worthy cause.