How does ActBlue work?

ActBlue is a nonprofit tech organization that builds digital fundraising tools for Democratic candidates and committees, progressive organizations, and other nonprofits. These groups use ActBlue’s fundraising platform to create online contribution forms, securely process donations, and track their contributions from grassroots supporters.

Here’s how it works:

  1. A candidate or organization creates a contribution form on ActBlue.
  2. That candidate or organization asks supporters to make a contribution on the form (through a fundraising email, an ask on their website, at an in-person event, etc).
  3. The supporter makes a contribution on the form.
  4. We process the contribution and send it straight to that candidate or organization.
  5. We report the contribution to the relevant reporting body (like the FEC, IRS, or your secretary of state).

It’s helpful to remember that when you’re donating to a candidate or organization, you give through ActBlue, not to ActBlue!


Additional Reading

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Why did I get an email from a candidate or organization that directs me to a contribution form on secure.actblue.com?

ActBlue is the fundraising platform of choice for thousands of candidates and organizations! These groups use our tools to build their own contribution forms, and then we host those…

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How much does it cost campaigns and organizations to use your tools?

We want as many groups on the left to be able to use our tools as possible, which is why there is no cost to use our platform (we’re…

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How can I fundraise for my favorite candidate or organization?

There are two types of ActBlue contribution forms: managed forms and community forms. If you are an admin for an entity that uses ActBlue, you’ll use managed forms. Admins…

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What happens to my money when I donate?

Campaigns and organizations use ActBlue as their online fundraising platform. Your entire donation goes directly to the group(s) you specify on a contribution form, except for a 3.95% credit…