Getting To Know Your ActBlue Express Account
In this article:
- Creating and logging into your account
- Navigating your account
- Viewing your contribution history
- Updating your personal information
- Updating your payment information
- Changing your password
- Searching for campaigns and organizations
- Earning donor badges
- Fundraising for your favorite groups
- Using your account on a mobile device
Supporters like you can create an ActBlue Express account to make giving to or fundraising for your favorite candidates and causes on ActBlue even easier! By saving and managing your personal and payment information in your ActBlue Express account, you don’t have to fill out contribution forms each time you donate — instead, you’ll be able to give with a single tap! And you can see your contribution history in one easy-to-find location. Plus, an ActBlue Express account makes creating your own contribution form to fundraise for your favorite groups simple, including on mobile! Here’s a guide to help you navigate and make the most of your account:
Creating and Logging Into Your Account
Don’t have an ActBlue Express account yet? The easiest time to create an account is right after you donate. Just create a password, and we’ll save your credit card and/or PayPal™ information. Otherwise, you can sign up for an ActBlue Express account by going to https://secure.actblue.com/signup. Save your personal information like your name, address, and employer information and add your preferred payment method, and then you’re all set to donate with just a tap!
You can always log in by heading to secure.actblue.com and clicking the “Sign in” button in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. If you created your ActBlue account using a Gmail or Gmail-affiliated email address, you can sign in without entering your password – just click “Sign in with Google” and select the Google account associated with your ActBlue login in the pop-up!
When you log in, you’ll see your contribution history, which lists all donations you made using your account.
Navigating Your Account
No matter where you are when you are logged in on ActBlue, such as the Directory, you can quickly access your account’s hub for finding donation information and changing your account settings by clicking on the “My ActBlue Express” button at the top right corner.
You’ll be brought to your contribution history, the same page you immediately land on after first logging into your account!
At the top is your navigation bar, which is your go-to place for easily accessing your contribution history, finding your account information, and getting help from our support site!
You’ll find two options in the navigation bar:
- “Contributions” button: Where you can find all information about one-time and recurring donations you’ve made with your account! This is where your contribution history and list of active and cancelled recurring contributions live.
- Account menu: Where you can add and update important personal and payment information, change your password, review activity on your account, find tools for fundraising on behalf of your favorite groups on ActBlue, and sign out.
Viewing Your Contribution History
You can view information about all donations you’ve made using your ActBlue Express account by clicking the “Contributions” button from the navigation bar at the top. (Donors who haven’t saved their personal information in their ActBlue Express account won’t be able to view their contribution history.) On the left, you will see a side menu where you can click the History tab to view your complete contribution history. Click the Recurring tab to view a list of active and inactive recurring contributions. Lastly, you can click the All-time Summary tab to view the total amount you have contributed to groups through ActBlue, as well as a list of all of your contributions organized by the groups you’ve given to.
When you click the History tab to view your contribution history, you will see the following information for each individual donation you’ve made:
- The donation amount
- The group you gave to
- The date you gave
- Payment method
- Whether it was a charitable 501(c)(3) donation
At the top of the History page, you can change the timeframe for the donations shown by clicking on the dropdown and choosing what dates you would like to see contributions from. You can either pick one of the options in the dropdown menu or manually select a custom timespan on the calendar.
You can also filter your contributions if you’re looking to see only your charitable 501(c)(3) donations or your recurring donations by clicking the “Filter” button at the top of the History page.
Next to each donation, you will see the option to resend yourself the email receipt. The receipt will be resent to the email address you used when you made that contribution. If you need this receipt sent to an email that is different than the one you used when donating, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can manually send a copy of the receipt to the email address you want.
You’ll also see an option to donate again to that same group!
At the bottom of your contribution history, you can download your contribution history as a CSV file by clicking the “Download a CSV” button!
Click on the Recurring tab in the side menu to see a list of all recurring contributions you’ve made with this account. You can find recurring contributions that are still active at the top under “Active,” with a green border around each active donation. Completed or cancelled recurring contributions can be found at the bottom under “Inactive.”
Click on each active recurring contribution to see more information about the donation, email the contribution receipt to yourself again, change the dollar amount or recurring schedule, or cancel that recurring donation. Find out how to update or cancel your recurring donation here.
Lastly, you can view a helpful summary and overview of all donations you’ve made using your account by clicking on the All-time Summary tab in the side menu. You’ll see the total amount you have contributed to groups through ActBlue and a list of all of your contributions organized by group.
Updating Your Personal Information
You can update the contact information, employer information, and preferences for tipping ActBlue in your ActBlue Express account. It’s important you keep this information saved to your account up to date, because when you donate with your ActBlue Express account, this information will automatically fill in! You can save and update this personal information by clicking the Account menu and selecting “ActBlue Express Profile” from the dropdown.
In your ActBlue Express Profile, you’ll find options to update the following information:
- Contact Info: Where you can update your name, email, phone (optional for donating), and address. This is the information that will be used when you donate and receive email receipts, so make sure it’s up to date!
- Employment: Where you can update your employer and employer’s address, which is information required by campaign finance law. Most contributions require your name, address, occupation, and employer, but the laws in some states require your employer’s address as well. You have the option to update and save your employer without adding your employer’s address.
- Tip: Lastly, ActBlue is a nonprofit that is powered by small-dollar donors like you. You can choose if you’d like to tip us each time you give using your ActBlue Express account and define how much to tip.
Updating Your Payment Information
You can easily add and update payment methods saved to your ActBlue Express account. You can either click the Payment Methods tab from the Account side menu or choose “Payment Methods” from the Account menu in the navigation bar.
This is where you can make any changes to your payment methods. You can add multiple credit cards and/or a PayPal account to your account, and choose to make one payment method your primary one used by default when donating! Please note that you cannot save your Apple Pay® or Google Pay™ to your ActBlue Express account, but if you have Apple Pay or Google Pay set up on your device, you can use it to make both one-time and recurring contributions.
Changing Your Password
To change the password for your ActBlue account, click on the Account menu and choose “Settings” from the dropdown.
On the Settings page, click “Change password.”
This will bring up a pop-up which will ask you to enter either your current password or a temporary code we email you.Then, enter the new password you would like to use. Make sure to use at least 8 characters, including one number and one letter. You can read full instructions for changing your password here!
Searching for Campaigns and Organizations
ActBlue Express users can easily find campaigns and organizations to give to through the search function in ActBlue Express accounts. You can use the search bar at the top left of your screen, or click the “Find a campaign or cause” link in your Account menu.
You can search for a specific candidate or organization by name or use our filters to search by state or territory, the office a candidate is running for, committee type, fund type (like nominee funds and draft funds), or nonprofit issue area.
Once you find the group you would like to give to, you can donate or create a community form to fundraise for that group right from the search results!
Earning Donor Badges
Donor badges are a new feature as of September 21, 2021 that allow you to celebrate your achievements as an ActBlue Express user! ActBlue Express users earn badges when they take different actions or reach organizing milestones. There are currently twelve donor badges you can earn through your ActBlue Express account. Each badge is earned by completing a different action:
- Grassroots Giver – Create an ActBlue Express account
- Committed Contributor – Add payment information to ActBlue Express account
- Cause Champion – Donate to a 501(C)(3) nonprofit
- Awesome Advocate – Donate to a 501(C)(4) nonprofit
- State Supporter – Donate to a state candidate
- Local Leader – Donate to a local candidate
- National Changemaker – Donate to a federal candidate
- Sustaining Supporter – Make a recurring donation
- Team Tandem – Donate on a Tandem form
- Community Fundraiser – Create a community form
- Movement Builder- Get at least five people to contribute on a community form
- Early Energizer – Donate to a political candidate at least 12 months before Election Day 2022 (11/8/22)
Every pre-existing ActBlue Express user will start out with the Grassroots Giver badge when the badges launch on September 21, 2021. If you also saved your payment information to your account before the badges launched, you will also receive the Committed Contributor badge. All other badges will be awarded moving forward from September 21, 2021.
All badges can be found in your ActBlue Express account. To see your badges, make sure you are logged into your account. Click on the Account menu in the upper right and select “Badges” from the dropdown.
Unearned badges will be grayed out until they are earned. Once a new badge is earned, it will appear in full color in your account.
You can share your donor badges just like how you share your donations! Your recent badge achievements will show up at the top of the Badges page in your account. Just click on the “Share” dropdown menu and select either Twitter or Facebook to share your badges directly with your networks!
You will then be brought to the platform you selected to customize your message.
You can learn more about this feature in our Guide to Donor Badges!
Fundraising For Your Favorite Groups
You can fundraise for your favorite groups on ActBlue and easily access any contribution forms you make! Click on the Account menu and choose “Fundraising” from the dropdown. You’ll be brought to a hub for your fundraising where you can begin fundraising with community forms and find a list of community forms and supporter forms you’ve made. Find out more about raising money for candidates and causes you love here.
Using Your Account On A Mobile Device
You can access your contribution information and account settings just as easily on your mobile device. Sign in at secure.actblue.com like you would on desktop by tapping the “Sign in” button at the top right.
You’ll be brought to your contribution history, just like you would after logging in on desktop. At the bottom of your screen, you will see the “Contributions” button and Account menu in the navigation bar. This navigation bar at the bottom of your screen is your go-to place to find information about your personal contributions and account settings when you are logged into your ActBlue Express account on mobile.
Tap on “Contributions” to view your contribution history, a list of recurring contributions you’ve made, and an all-time summary of donations you’ve given. Tap on “Account” to view a menu of account settings you can update, such as contact information, saved payment methods, and your password. You can also access your personal fundraising pages here.
You can also easily create community forms to fundraise for your favorite groups on a mobile device. Select “Fundraising” in the Account menu pictured above, then select the “Create form” button to start engaging your small-dollar donor community on the go!
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