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What to expect when working with Bonfire as a Chapter of a Nonprofit Organization

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Written by Bonfire Team
Updated over a week ago

Verified chapters of nonprofits have access to the same privileges available to Nonprofit Organizations.

To learn more about those privileges check out Nonprofit Campaigns on Bonfire.

Connecting your Bonfire account to a Chapter

To connect your account to a chapter, you must first search for the national organization, using their EIN or name. From there the option to “Choose a Chapter” will appear.

If a chapter already exists, you’ll be asked to submit the necessary information to be verified.

To verify your connection to the organization, please be prepared to provide one or more of the following:

  • IRS paperwork with your organization's EIN showing nonprofit status (Determination or Affirmation Letters are perfect!)

    • Documentation must verify that your organization matches the input information; your request must be for the exact organization that you work for

  • Form 990

  • Proof that you are employed by the organization in a management/executive position. If your organization is entirely volunteer based, to be approved, the volunteer applying must have an official title. For a full list of approved titles, please see the bottom of this article*

  • That your organization is not fiscally sponsored by another organization

If the chapter does not yet exist in our system, you can create it by entering a name and mailing address before proceeding with the request process. Simply click “Add a New Chapter”.

Each chapter must have a unique name and mailing address.

Already have a Bonfire account?

From your Dashboard, navigate to the “Account” tab, choose “Organization” and follow the instructions that appear.

Giving Campaigns for the Chapter

Once a chapter has been created, it will show up as an option for all sellers to donate their proceeds to.

Giving campaign organizers will search for the parent organization first. If chapters exist, the user will decide whether to send proceeds to the parent organization or choose a chapter.

If a chapter is selected, Payouts will go to the Chapter organization instead of the National organization.

Profile Page

Each chapter gets its own profile page similar to the National Organization’s page. While logged into the associated Bonfire account, you can customize the profile page by clicking “Edit” on the Chapter’s profile page.

If you need help or have questions, feel free to reach out directly with additional questions via our linked contact page. We’re happy to help!

* Acceptable roles for approval (name variations are okay): Founder/Co-Founder, President, CEO/CFO, Vice President, Executive Director, Board Member, Treasurer, Fundraising Coordinator/Chair, Director of Development, Director of Operations, Community Development Manager, Admin Director, Principal Officer, Manager of Philanthropy, Controller, Managing Director, Financial Director, Foundation Manager.

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