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Charitable donations

Campaign committees can give gifts to charity. The amount donated to a charitable organization cannot be used for purposes that personally benefit the candidate.

Reporting on candidate forms

House and Senate committees report making charitable donations in the “Other Disbursements” category on Form 3, Line 21. The committee must itemize the donation on Schedule B for Line 21 if payments to the same payee aggregate more than $200 for the election cycle.


The committee reports their charitable donation to the Mount Vernon Historical Society on Line 21, and includes the organization's address, date the donation was given, amount, and a clear purpose of disbursement, "Charitable Donation."

Reporting with FECFile

To enter a charitable donation, go to the Summary Page tab, right click on “Line 21 Other disbursements” and select ”new.”

Learn more about reporting disbursements in FECFile