Frequently Asked Questions About Donating to PETA
What credit cards do you accept?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Can I make a donation in honor of someone? Or in memory of someone?
Yes, we gratefully accept donations of any amount made in honor or in memory of a special human being or a beloved animal.
Should you wish to make a gift in memory of a departed friend, family member, or animal companion, our True Friends Memorial Program will honor and preserve the memory of the special animals who were your true friends as well as those individuals who were true friends to animals.
Memorial donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. With a donation of $100 or more, your memorial will also be acknowledged on a special recognition page in PETA’s annual review, a keepsake publication highlighting our past year’s accomplishments in behalf of animals. We will, at your request, also send notification of the memorial gift to a family member or other individual you have designated.
Through the True Friends Web site, you also have the option of creating a free online memorial page.
Does PETA accept stock donations?
Yes, donating stock is an easy, wonderful way to help fund PETA’s programs to end animal suffering. For more information on the benefits of donating stock, please click here.
How much of my money will go directly toward helping animals as opposed to going toward administrative and other nonprogram costs?
PETA is a leader among nonprofits with regard to the efficient use of funds. PETA undergoes an independent financial audit each year. In fiscal year 2013, over 84 percent of our funding went directly to programs to help animals. PETA’s fundraising costs are far below the “maximum acceptable” for the Better Business Bureau.
I live in Canada. Can I get a tax credit for my donation?
Unfortunately, no, unless you have income that was generated in the U.S.
Although PETA is registered in the U.S. as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, we are not registered as a tax-exempt charity in Canada, primarily because most of our animal protection campaigns would not be categorized as “charitable work” under Canadian law, which states that only activities directly related to the health, education, and welfare of people constitute charitable activities. That has been interpreted to cover animal sheltering and rescue work but not other campaigns, such as those that PETA undertakes.
For that reason, we are not a registered Canadian charity and, therefore, cannot provide you with a receipt for your donation that would be tax-creditable with regard to your Canadian income taxes.
However, if you do have any U.S.-generated income, your donation would be tax-creditable with regard to that income.
Please be assured that any activities conducted by PETA in Canada fully comply with all Canadian and U.S. legal requirements and that we are working hard to put your contributions to the best possible use for animals in Canada, the U.S., and around the world.
For Canadian donations or inquiries, please contact our U.S. address or:
P.O. Box 1051
Fort Erie, ON L2A 6C7
By getting fur out of people’s closets, we also help get it off the streets and provide a way for former fur-wearers who have had a change of heart to turn something negative into something positive. We use the furs that are donated to us to create interesting displays and demonstrations to spread the word that millions of fur-bearing animals are cruelly killed every year to produce fur garments.
To donate a fur garment, please ship it to our office:
Attn.: Fur Campaign Dept.
501 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23510
We do not have any other offices or drop-off sites that accept donated furs. If you know what type of fur it is, please make a note of it with your donation.
Donors are entitled to charitable income-tax deductions for the fair-market value of the donated items. PETA cannot legally determine the value of the item, but we will send a letter acknowledging receipt of the item. You might wish to have the item appraised before sending it or consult with a tax adviser.
How can I update my mailing address in your records?
You can update the information by calling 757-962-8242 or e-mailing [email protected].
How do I make changes to my monthly gift (pledge) to PETA?
To change your dollar amount, gift date, billing address, e-mail address or phone number, please e-mail your request to [email protected]. To change your payment information, such as your credit card, bank account or PayPal details, please call 757-213-8757.
How can I get more involved with PETA’s work?
For lots of ideas on meaningful ways to help animals in your community and around the world, please visit PETA’s Action Center.
What is PETA’s federal tax identification number (also known as the employer identification number, or EIN)?
Where can I download additional financial information about PETA?
What other forms of payment does PETA accept for donations?
PayPal, bank account withdrawal (EFT/ACH), and wire transfer. For more information about any of these options, please fill out the contact request form below.
Will you accept donations in Bitcoin?
PETA is a donor-driven organization, and it is our responsibility to be prudent with all monies raised. As such, we do not accept gifts in currencies not backed by the full faith and credit of an issuing government. We will continue to monitor Bitcoin usage and may revisit this position should circumstances change.
Can I donate my American Express points to PETA?
Yes! If you are an American Express cardholder, you can donate your membership reward points to PETA by clicking here. You can redeem your points in increments of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 50,000, and 100,000 points, and PETA will receive $10 for every 1,000 points redeemed. If you would like to redeem more than 250,000 points, please contact AmEx directly at 1-877-660-2639.
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