How it all started
Just as drips of water over millennia can carve out caves and canyons, one small mitzvah multiplied several times over can move mountains as well.
That’s the belief of Dr. Jonathan Donath, a chiropractor in White Plains, New York, who got an epiphany in 2018 while dropping a dollar bill into the tzedakah box at his shul. “No matter how much money I give to charity, I still get a mitzvah every time I drop a dollar in,” he thought. “How can I guarantee that I do this mitzvah every day for a buck?”
He looked for an organization that was doing this and couldn’t find one. So, he and a couple of his friends had a website built and created a nonprofit: dailygiving.org.
Rabbi Hershel Schachter • Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff • Rabbi Paysach Krohn • Rabbi Shmuel Greenberg
How often will I be charged?
There are two choices – once a month or once a year. Due to the credit card transaction fees, it would not be prudent to charge your credit card daily. Daily Giving Inc. will be your messenger and distribute your dollar on a daily basis whether you are charged monthly or annually.
Can I give more than $1 each day?
Of course! Currently $1 a day is the lowest amount we can take. Most people give $1 a day, but many give $1 a day for additional family members or even on behalf of someone who is sick or for those who are no longer with us.
Can I dedicate my donation in memory or honor of someone or an event?
Yes, when you sign up there is an optional space to write who you will be making the donations for. If it is in honor or a gift for a loved one, you can also request that you both receive our daily emails as a reminder of your gift to them. We can also write an email on your behalf telling them of your donation
How much of the money raised goes to the actual charities?
One hundred percent. We are committed to seeing your full daily dollar support a worthy cause. Therefore, a small surcharge to cover the credit card transaction fees has been added to your donation to ensure that your full dollar goes to charity.
How do I receive a Tax-deductible Receipt?
Tax receipts are sent out in January/February for the previous tax year.
Can I donate if I live outside of the United States?
We use a payment platform called Stripe which will convert your payment to USD no matter where you are from.
Can I change from Monthly to Annually or vice versa after I already signed up to be a donor?
Yes, we would be happy to make those changes for you. You can reach out to us using the contact page on our website.
If we are automatically giving a dollar every day, what happens on Shabbos or Holidays?
A dollar will be given for each day of the week but will not be given on Shabbos. All funds will be distributed on Fridays before Shabbos and Saturdays after Shabbos.
When a holiday is 2-3 days, the funds will be distributed either before or after the holiday for those days.
I already give lots of charity on a regular basis - sometimes daily. Does this endeavor still apply to me?
Of course! We are certain that many of our enrollees already give a lot of charity, and many are already giving to the needy in their communities. The beauty of Daily Giving is that your dollar automatically combines with your friend’s, your neighbor’s, and so many other members of the Jewish community to become, G-d willing, hundreds of thousands of dollars, all given to one cause each day. The power of your dollar, and the good that you can do by committing to Daily Giving, goes far beyond that which the few coins in a tzedaka box can amount to, and can supplement any amount of personal giving you already do. There is no limit to giving charity, and only good can come from doing this mitzvah even more often. Combining all of these small contributions has the potential to make a monumental impact.
Daily Giving chooses the charities that receive our donations each day. What if I am not familiar with these charities?
We expect and hope to have thousands of people join Daily Giving. It is impossible to pick charities that all of our participants will be completely familiar with. Feel free to review our list of charities and click on the links to their websites in order to learn more about them. We are confident that you will be impressed with each one and with its unique mission. No matter if your passion is helping the infirm, strengthening religious life, or feeding the hungry, all of our selected charities are worthy causes, and all assist in areas that need our collective attention. We hope that our diverse list may broaden our participants’ scope of interest to areas of chessed that may not currently be their priority but could become one.
Please note that the charities to which we are dedicating our efforts and dollars have, and must, meet the following criteria:
- They must be a 501c3 certified non-profit organization.
- They must serve the greater Jewish community – not one specific community, school, or shul.
How can I get my organization to become a beneficiary of Daily Giving?
You can apply. Please send us a one-page description of the charity and why you think it fits in the mix of other Daily Giving charities. Please explain how that charity can share Daily Giving with its own donors. There have been hundreds of requests from incredible nonprofits around the world asking to be included on Daily Giving’s platform. It was taking a significant amount of time for our volunteers to respond to everyone. To create an efficient process that respects the time of applicants and ensures quick turnaround and deployment of resources, Daily Giving cannot respond proposals at this time. We add new organizations each year and will reach out to those qualified when the time comes. Thank you for your understanding.