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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 to fund community-initiated and led projects.

Volunteers and their communities are invited to submit proposals to the PCPP to obtain funding in support of these projects. To receive project funding through the PCPP, the community must make a 25 percent 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.

The PCPP is a proven mechanism for supporting small, community-based grants. Over the past ten years, the PCPP has funded over 7,200 Volunteer projects in nearly every sector, totaling more than $19.8 million in grant funds. In 2019, the 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. The PCPP office is supported by funds Congressionally appropriated for 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 stating the amount of the donation will be sent. This letter can be used as a tax receipt. The name on the tax receipt will reflect the name submitted when making the donation. The 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 stating the amount of the donation will be sent. This letter 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 donate page allows you to explore and search for projects in several 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 sector.

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

If a project is not on the website, or if you need additional information, please e-mail us at [email protected] or call our office at 202.692.2170.

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 who manages the project. 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 a Sector Fund?

Sector funds allow donors to support the Peace Corps Partnership Program projects that address specific issues, such as Agriculture, Health and HIV/AIDS, or Information and Communication Technology. The Office of Gifts and Grants Management applies donations to sector funds on a weekly basis to projects that address the corresponding issue. You can learn more about the types of projects each sector fund supports on the funds’ individual pages.

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 pages.

What is a Peace Corps Memorial Fund?

A Memorial Fund is a special fund established by the Peace Corps. Memorial funds are set up 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 who 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 the Volunteer, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, or staff member who the fund is named after. 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 agency activities that further the mission of the Peace Corps, either domestically or in countries where Peace Corps Volunteers serve.

The Peace Corps Fund can also be used as a mechanism for Peace Corps posts to accept donations over $10,000. If you have any additional questions, please e-mail us at [email protected] or call our office at 202.692.2170.

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 of the Checkout screen on the Giving 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 the 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 [PDF]. If you are donating over the phone, you can provide this information to the person you speak with.

Are there other ways to donate other than online?

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

Call the Peace Corps Partnership Program office at 202.692.2170 to make a donation. We can only accept credit card donations over the phone.

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You can send a check to:

Peace Corps Headquarters
Office of Gifts and Grants Management
1275 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20526

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

It may take your check up to six weeks to be processed, so it's possible that, by that point, the project will be fully funded. If this occurs, your gift will be contributed toward another approved PCPP project.

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?

Does the 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, the 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]

How do I make a bequest to the Peace Corps?

If you wish to include the Peace Corps as a beneficiary in your will, we recommend that you include in the document, “Peace Corps, agency of the United States government.” Because the Peace Corps enters and leaves countries periodically, and because the sectors in which Peace Corps Volunteers serve sometimes change, we recommend that bequests be as general as possible (e.g., “supporting Volunteer projects”). If you wish to specify the sector or country in which you would like your bequest to be used, we recommend 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 202.692.2170.

How should large donors to the Peace Corps Partnership Program interact with Peace Corps?

The Peace Corps welcomes the support of its large donors whose gifts exceed $10,000 or more in a calendar year. The Peace Corps works with its donors to support approved PCPP projects through an established framework. The framework is defined in the PCPP Donor Terms and Conditions [PDF]. These terms and conditions ensure that the Peace Corps can safeguard its Volunteers and ensure that the donor experience is relevant and uniform to all PCPP donors.

What does the Peace Corps do when restricted gifts are made to the agency?

Any unused restricted funds will be redirected to support the Peace Corps’ mission and initiatives.