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What is the Peace Corps Partnership Program?

The Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) connects Volunteers and their communities with the private sector in the U.S. and around the world in order to fund community initiated and led projects.

Volunteers and their communities are invited to submit proposals to PCPP to obtain funding in support of these projects. In order to receive project funding through PCPP, the community must make a 25% contribution to the total project cost and outline how the project will remain sustainable after funding has ended.  The Peace Corps then posts the project online to raise the approved amount of funds.

PCPP is a proven mechanism for supporting small community-based grants.  Over the past ten years, PCPP has funded over 7,200 Volunteer projects in nearly every sector, totaling more than 19.8 million dollars in grant funds. Last year alone, PCPP funded 930 projects in 57 countries, touching the lives of 1.5 million people across the globe.

How much of my donation will go to a Volunteer Project?

Every penny! Your entire donation to the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) will be directed to a Volunteer project. No part of your donation will be used to cover staff or overhead costs, as the PCPP office is supported by congressionally appropriated funds to the Peace Corps.

Is my donation to the Peace Corps tax-deductible?

Yes. All donations to the Peace Corps are gifts to the United States for exclusively public purposes within the meaning of section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code and are deductible as charitable contributions under section 170(a). After a donation is made, a thank you letter will be sent, stating the amount of the donation, which can be used as a tax receipt. The name on the tax receipt will reflect the name submitted when making the donation. 

Peace Corps’ tax identification number is 52-1240194. 

Will I get a receipt to use for my taxes?

Yes. After a donation is made, a thank you letter will be sent, stating the amount of the donation, which can be used as a tax receipt. The name on the tax receipt will reflect the name submitted when making the donation.

I would like to search for a specific volunteer project. How do I do that?

The website allows you to explore and search for projects in a number of ways. If you would like to find a project being implemented by a specific volunteer, you can sort by a Volunteer’s last name or by a Volunteer’s home state. If you would like to search for a particular project, you can search by project country or project issue.  

Additionally, there is a keyword search option that can be used to find projects by typing in words associated with a project. 

Why isn't the project I’m looking for showing up on the website?

There are a couple reasons a project may not appear on the website. Occasionally, projects have not yet been received by Peace Corps Headquarters and are not yet fundraising.  In other cases, projects may have already reached their fundraising goals and have been taken off the website.

If a project is not on the website or if you need any additional information, please e-mail us at [email protected] or call our office at 855.855.1961 x2170.

My child/friend/relative has a project that was funded. Why haven't they received their money yet?

After a project has been fully funded, Peace Corps staff work with the Peace Corps Budget Office to transfer the funds to the Volunteer. The entire process can take two to three weeks.

What happens if a project receives more than the requested amount?

Projects are only able to fundraise online up to the amount that a Volunteer requests. Donations made by mail after a project has reached its fundraising goal will be handled on a case by case basis.  

What is the Global Fund?

The Global Fund allows donors to support the Peace Corps Partnership Program if they do not have a specific project, country, or issue in mind. The Peace Corps' Global Fund provides vital support to Peace Corps Volunteers and their communities as they engage in impactful projects around the world. 

What is an Issue Fund?

Issue funds allow donors to support Peace Corps Partnership Program projects worldwide that address specific issues, such as Agriculture, Health and HIV/AIDS, or Information and Communication Technology. Donations to issue funds are applied to projects that address the corresponding issue on a weekly basis by the Office of Gifts and Grants Management. You can learn more about the types of projects each issue fund supports on the funds’ individual webpages.

What is a Country Fund?

Country funds allow donors to support PCPP projects in a particular country. Every active Peace Corps Country has a country fund. You can learn more about the types of projects each country fund supports on the funds’ individual webpages.

What is a Peace Corps Memorial Fund?

A Memorial Fund is a special fund established by the Peace Corps at the request of the family of a Volunteer who has passed away during service or of a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer or staff member who has made a lasting impact on the Peace Corps as an agency or has died in distinguished service to the United States. Creating a Memorial Fund allows friends, family, and others to donate to the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP), or any other aspect of the Peace Corps' mission to honor the life and service of a Volunteer, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, or staff member. Your entire donation to a Memorial Fund will directly support PCPP projects and other aspects of the Peace Corps mission that honor the legacy of the Volunteer, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, or staff member. 

What is the Peace Corps Fund?

The Peace Corps Fund was established so that donors could donate to the broader Peace Corps mission. Donations to the Peace Corps Fund  are allocated at the discretion of the Director of the Peace Corps and can support any activities, domestic or in countries where Peace Corps Volunteers serve, to further the mission of the Peace Corps.

The Peace Corps Fund can also be used as a mechanism through which Peace Corps posts can accept donations over $10,000. If you have any additional questions, please e-mail us at [email protected] or call our office at 855.855.1961 x2170.

I'd like to make a donation in honor of/in memory of someone. Is that possible?

Yes. If you are donating online, please select “I wish to donate in honor or memory of someone” under the Options section on the Giving Checkout page. Here you will be able to note the person you are making the donation in honor of/in memory of. If you would like Peace Corps to send a letter to the person (or family of the person) who you are honoring, please include their name, address, and any message you would like to share. 

If you are going to mail a check you may include this information on the donation form. If you are donating over the phone you can provide this information. 

Are there other ways to donate other than online?

Although donating online is the fastest way for Volunteer projects to get funded, you may also donate by mail or over the phone.

You can send a check to:

Peace Corps Headquarters
Office of Gifts and Grants Management
1111 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20526

Please make checks payable to “Peace Corps Partnership Program” and complete this donation form. Please also note the Volunteer’s name or fund name in the memo section of the check. 

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Call the Peace Corps Partnership Program office at 855.855.1961 x2170 to make a donation. We can only accept credit card donations over the phone. 

Does Peace Corps accept in-kind donations?

In-kind donations to the Peace Corps are considered on a case-by-case basis.  All donations must support  the mission of the Peace Corps Act and be accepted by the Office of Gifts and Grants Management at Peace Corps Headquarters or by a Country Director.  Additionally, Peace Corps should not incur a cost burden when accepting an in-kind donation.  If you have a question regarding an in-kind donation, please email [email protected]

I would like to donate, but I don't live in the United States. How can I donate?

The easiest way to make a donation from outside the United States is on our website. Online donations can be made via credit card or ACH. In very rare circumstances, you may encounter issues with address verification. If this happens, you can also make a donation by mail or over the phone. For more information, please see Are there other ways to donate other than online?

How do I make a bequest to Peace Corps?

If you wish to include the Peace Corps as a beneficiary in your will, we recommend that you include, “Peace Corps, agency of the United States government.” As Peace Corps enters and leaves countries periodically, and as the sectors in which Peace Corps Volunteers serve change, we recommend that bequests be as general as possible (e.g. “supporting Volunteer projects”). If you wish to specify in which sector or country you would like your bequest to be used, we recommend that you include language to allow for any possible changes in Peace Corps programming. For example, “If my bequest cannot be used to support the specific projects I have identified, I authorize the Peace Corps to use the bequest for other activities that further the mission of the Peace Corps.”

If you have any additional questions about bequests, please e-mail us at [email protected] or call our office at 855.855.1961 x2170.

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