Friends of El Refugio Hogar Animal Costa Ballena Inc (or simply “Friends of El RefUgio”) is a nonprofit organization that was established in the United States to raise awareness of and promote the charitable activities of El RefUgio Hogar Animal Costa Ballena in Costa Rica, as well as to provide financial support when possible. Friends of El RefUgio is a public charity having been granted tax-exempt status by the IRS under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3).
If you are a United States taxpayer and would like to contribute to further the the goals of El RefUgio in Costa Rica AND would like an income tax charitable deduction in the United States, consider making your donation directly to the U.S. charity Friends of El RefUgio. (Please note that contributions by U.S. taxpayers directly to foreign charities are generally NOT deductible.)
(Note: Click here to view the Letter of Determination from the IRS granting tax-exempt status to Friends of El RefUgio.)
How to donate to Friends of El RefUgio
You can donate to Friends of El RefUgio in several ways, including credit card, PayPal, bank transfer, or even creating a fundraiser on Facebook!
Note: If you are a Costa Rican taxpayer seeking a charitable tax deduction in Costa Rica OR do not need a U.S. income tax charitable deduction, you can make contributions directly to El RefUgio. Please see our Donate page for more information.
Donate by PayPal or credit card
You can make a monthly or one-time donation to Friends of El RefUgio via PayPal below. You have the option to use your PayPal account or a credit card. You can also donate directly on the PayPal website using the email address email@example.com.
Make an ongoing monthly donation
Make an ongoing monthly donation to Friends of El RefUgio using your PayPal account or a credit card.
Make a one-time donation
Make a one-time donation to Friends of El RefUgio using your PayPal account or a credit card. (You will be prompted for the amount you would like to donate when you click the Donate button below.)
Donate by bank transfer
Donations may be made to Friends of El RefUgio’s Bank of America account by direct deposit, electronic or wire transfer. For information on donating by bank transfer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create a fundraiser on Facebook
You can now create a fundraiser to raise money for Friends of El RefUgio on Facebook. Simply create a fundraiser page using their quick form, select Friends of El RefUgio as your designated charity, share with people you know, and people can donate to your fundraiser directly through the Facebook fundraiser page! The funds are automatically transferred to Friends of El RefUgio after the closing date of your fundraiser. All donors receive an email receipt for their donation. Donations are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers. To create a fundraiser for Friends of El RefUgio, visit our Facebook page and click Fundraisers.
Donating to El RefUgio in Costa Rica
El RefUgio Hogar Animal Costa Ballena has been formed as a nonprofit association in Costa Rica. It has requested tax-exempt status in Costa Rica and expects approval in the near future. In the meantime, those donors who would like to receive an income tax deduction on their Costa Rica tax return OR do not need a U.S. income tax charitable deduction can make contributions directly to El RefUgio. Please see our Donate page for instructions on how to donate.