Donation FAQ

In short, what is Gapminder?
Does Gapminder have a Donation Policy
Why is Gapminder asking for donations?
Where does my money go?
Is Gapminder charity?
Why should I donate to Gapminder foundation?
What is your donor privacy policy?
Are my donations tax deductible?
Does Gapminder need to pay tax on my donation?
Where can I find more financial information?
Do you support any projects or give any grants?
How do I donate?
Paypal does not accept my donation, what can I do?
Can I send checks?
How can I contact the foundation?
How can Gapminder be non-profit when Hans Rosling charges for his lectures?
Can I donate to Gapminder if I am underage?
Any information you are missing?

In short, what is Gapminder?

Gapminder’s mission is to fight the most devastating ignorance with a free fact-based worldview everyone can understand. We provide free online tools, data and videos to better understand the changing world. All is free to use and most of it can be distributed under cc-license. Gapminder is an independent foundation based in Stockholm, Sweden. It was founded in 2005 by Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Hans Rosling.

Does Gapminder have a Donation Policy

Yes. It’s here: //www.gapminder.org/donationpolicy/

Why is Gapminder asking for donations?

Gapminder is looking for sustainable ways to freely make data about the world understandable and debunk devastating myths. Gapminder needs to stay economically independent in order to be trustworthy and credible. We want to achieve this by relying on donations from many different sources.

Where does my money go?

Your money will help us innovate methods for promoting a fact based world view and make the material freely available. We do not give any grants or donations. Your donation will be used only to support our work. Users should know that our presentations of the changing world is based on the best available data and research consensus. We do not communicate on behalf of somebody else.

Is Gapminder charity?

The Gapminder foundation is not considered a charity by Swedish law. Gapminder is a non-profit organisation based in Sweden.

Why should I donate to Gapminder foundation?

Gapminder wants to promote a fact based world view to all people in the world, free of charge and without advertising. We are non-profit and your contribution will help us achieve that aim.

What is your donor privacy policy?

Gapminder is, for book keeping purposes, bound by the Swedish law to save the following information about each donation: name, address, and amount donated. We will not use the information in any other purpose. We are also bound by Swedish law to save the information for 10 years in order for the tax authorities to control our financial transactions back in time.

Are my donations tax deductible?

Gapminder Foundation is registered in Sweden. Gifts are not tax deductible in Sweden.

Moreover, Gapminder Foundation does not have charity status. (As we are not based in the US, we do not have the granted official tax exempt status (section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) from the United States Internal Revenue Service.)

Read more about Deductibility of donations. Please refer to the list of countries for the details of tax-deductibility.

Does Gapminder need to pay tax on my donation?

No, received donations are not subject to taxation in Sweden.

Where can I find more financial information?

Our annual report is public information and we are happy to send it to you upon request!
Please send email to: [email protected]

Do you support any projects or give any grants?

No, we do not give any monetary grants.

How do I donate?

By clicking here.

Paypal does not accept my donation, what can I do?

In some countries, you cannot use Paypal for personal transactions, please see: User Agreement for PayPal Service
You can also have a problem with your bank. Unfortunately Gapminder is unable to help you with any issues in relation to the Pay Pal payment solution. We are, however, very interested to know what kind of problems you experience so please send an email to [email protected]

Can I send checks?

No, not at present. Please let us know if this is an option you would like Gapminder to add in the future.

How can I contact the foundation?

Please send an email to [email protected]

How can Gapminder be non-profit when Hans Rosling charges for his lectures?

All the surplus Hans Rosling makes on his lectures goes to the foundation.
Hans Rosling, like all other employess, has a fixed salary from the foundation that is not affected by the size of the fee Gapminder invoices for his lectures.

Can I donate to Gapminder if I am underage?

No! You will have to ask your parents permission.

Any information you are missing?

Please let us know by sending an email to: [email protected]


Date Posted: 2010-11-17