F.A.Q.

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Donations

  • How much money is a Heart worth?
    100 Hearts are worth around $1. We know, $1 for 100 Hearts seems like small potatoes, but many small potatoes come together to make a big potato.  🙂  A typical user will generate around $3 in donation value every month.  That makes $36 a year from each supporter.  So, a non-profit that gets 1000 supporters on GiveHearts.org will earn around $36,000 a year.  A non-profit with 10,000 supporters will earn around $360,000 a year. (<--Big Potato) Best of all, all of this happens passively.  People doing what they do anyway, browsing the web, can generate money for great causes!
  • Do I need to click on ads to make money for my charity?
    Absolutely not. You earn money for your charity every time you see an ad. Now, if you find an ad for a product or service you're interested in, you can absolutely click on it.  But clicking is not required to earn Hearts or money for your charity.
  • Can I add any charity I want?
    Yes and no. If you let us know, we will be more than happy to add any registered 501(c)3 non-profit that is either U.S. based or has an office in the U.S. Why only 501(c)3's?  If we transferred money to non-501(c)3's, we'd have to pay income tax on the money beforehand.  Having to pay taxes on donations would make our contributions much lower and not nearly as exciting - about 35% less exciting.
  • How do I know you’re really giving money to my charity?
    That's a good question.  We're skeptics too. We thought about this for a while.  We thought, maybe we can publish our financials.  But we quickly realized that the accounting responsibility that would create would generate a lot of overhead & cost and at the end of the day we'd still be asking you to rely on data we're providing. So, instead, we thought we'd work with our partner charities to validate our giving.  If you have questions or concerns about your charity actually receiving contributions from us, let us know and we'll reach out to your designated charity to ask them for a letter/document confirming our contributions.

General

  • Why are there ads on my new tab?
    The ads on the new tab are how GiveHearts generates the money that we then allow you to donate to your charity. However, we go to extreme lengths to make sure that the ads we allow to run on the new tab are safe and appropriate for all ages.
  • How do I uninstall the GiveHearts extension/add-on
    You can uninstall the GiveHearts extension/add-on the same way you installed it.  Since we don't make any changes to system files on your device, uninstallation is super easy.
    • In chrome, go you Settings > Extensions and uninstall the GiveHearts extension.
    • In FireFox, go to Settings > Add-on and uninstall the GiveHearts add-on.
    • In Safari, go to Preferences and change your HomePage to any other page you'd like.
     

Installation

  • Can I use GiveHearts on my phone/tablet?
    For now, GiveHearts only works on desktop & laptops on both Windows PCs and MacOS/Apple devices. We're working on extensions for mobile & tablet devices but there are a lot of hurdles.  If anyone knows of a way to set new tabs on iOS and Android browsers, please let us know.

Privacy

  • Are you tracking me?
    Not at all.  We're just like a website and don't see any more information than any other website would. As far as our browser extension goes, we intentionally request as little permission as possible - basically just permission to set the new tab.  We created GiveHearts with limited privileges in mind so we wouldn't need to ask for additional rights, like storage or history. To make things even better, we don't even require you to sign up or log in.  When you first start using GiveHearts, we generate a random string of numbers and letters and use that as your ID.  We store that number in a cookie so we can keep count of your collected Hearts.  Other than that, we don't have any other info about you. If you choose to sign in (using the Google Signin we've provided) the only additional piece of information we get is your email address. Other than that, our extension doesn't allow us to see what sites you visit or what you do on other sites.

Security

  • How do I know this isn’t malware?
    That's a really good question.  There are two parts to GiveHearts - the browser extension and the new tab page that shows up on your new browser tabs. The extensions we have for Chrome and Firefox are reviewed and hosted by the respective app stores - Chrome and Firefox.  They review our code to make sure we're not doing anything bad and verify that we're following the terms they've set in place for user safety and security.  We don't have an extension for Safari, so Safari users just get the new tab page. The new tab page (background, clock, etc ) is really just a simple web page.  If you're inclined, you can view our source in any browser.  If you're not sure how to get started viewing source, we have a link here. And, of course, if you have remaining questions or concerns about the safety/security of GiveHearts, you can always contact us directly.
  • Is this safe?
    Yes. The only thing GiveHearts does is replace the blank tab in your browser with our new tab page.  It's like visiting any other website.  Except we load it every time a new tab is opened so you can raise money for your non-profit. As far as the code in the extension and new tab page, aside from the ad serving (which is done with Google Ad code) and some standard web development libraries (like jQuery), we have written all of the remaining code in-house.  We've intentionally kept everything as simple as possible so we can constantly monitor what the code is doing and make sure it's safe. We think it's as safe as the internet can be.  Safe enough to install on our moms' computers.