One of my favorite ways to give is to send money (or gifts) anonymously.
I love the thrill of sneaking around like James Bond, without the threat of getting shot or going to prison if you get caught.
Still a thrill, but not much downside risk if I do get caught.
And I still have people who I have sent gifts to anonymously who have no idea it is me, and I love it.
Kind of a weird obsession, I suppose, but it’s fun for me!
But regardless, giving is a basic principle of proper money management. It is not only commanded in Scripture, but it is truly the most fun one will ever have with money.
The joy received when we see someone blessed by some type of gift–whether it is money, a service, or a present–far outweighs the cost of that gift.
There are times when you should give anonymously
There are times in our lives, when we do not want recognition for giving. And while public recognition should never be the driving force behind any of our giving, there are times when we do not want any recognition at all.
Possibly it is for safety’s sake, but usually it is because we simply want to bless someone with nothing in return.
Anonymous giving is a high level of charity, because it gives the gift without causing any friction on the other person or organization to feel as if they have to return the favor to you.
You simply bless a person, organization, or cause and then watch them use that money or gift from afar.
So with that, let’s look at some ways you can send money anonymously.
5 Ways to Send Money Anonymously
So, how can we give while remaining anonymous? Here are a few steps to consider.
1. Create an alter-ego email address on Paypal.
This may sound strange, but most online sites only require a valid email address and proper bank information (account number or card number). By using an email address not tied to your name, you fulfill those requirements while remaining anonymous to the person receiving the money.
You might just create a Gmail account with the name “Anonymous Donor,” or “Giving Back” as the name, then send the money. This is how you can give money anonymously through PayPal.com.
2. Use money transfer services.
The most well known service is WesternUnion.com, but there are others, like Xoom.com. Each of these services allows you to transfer money to someone anonymously.
The best way to do this is to simply transfer the money directly to the other person’s account. You can have money ready to be picked up or sent to their address, too, but this might tip the person off if you are close.
3. Have a third party deliver cash.
Obviously, this needs to be someone who is trusted, but you can simply ask someone you trust to give someone money on your behalf.
This is hard to do without being “found out,” but if you choose someone the other person or company does not really know, it can work.
And, of course, you want to send cash (or a gift card).
4. Contribute to a Gofundme anonymously.
If there are several people pooling money together to give, simply join in that group. Most groups will allow you to join in without listing your name. Some will simply list those participating, and then, at the end, have a notation that there were “others involved who wished to have their identities withheld.” By using the plural (“others”), you should be in the clear.
5. Get a blank check printed
If you have a checkbook your name is likely printed on it, but if you go to the bank and ask them to print you a single check, they will likely be able to print one with your account number, but not your name listed.
This way the recipient will be able to deposit the check while you successfully send them money anonymously.
6. Go through a charity organization.
Obviously, this is another post entirely, but you need to do your homework before working through an agency. You need to be sure your money will actually be used for the purpose you intend. If you find a charity you feel comfortable with, nearly any organization will help you funnel your money to worthy individuals or causes while helping you remain anonymous. Often, if you are giving a large sum of money, this is the best way to go about it, because these organizations are experts in stretching large donations.
There are other ways to give anonymously, but these five are a good place to start. You may never choose to go this route, but I highly recommend it from time to time. It is a wonderful way to make sure your ego is in check, even as it relates to your giving because you are helping someone and there will be no way you could ever “hold it over their head,” since you chose to not disclose your identity.
In addition to everything you read above, I covered a few other ways in my latest video so check it out below if you want more ideas!
What other tips would you give? What are some great anonymous giving stories you have seen or heard about? Leave a comment below!
Really like idea 4. Your anonymous gift leveraged with that of others can go even further! Nice article.
Jason Clayton says
Giving anonymously can be easily done through the church if you have honorable leadership that will keep it anonymous and place the money where desired. As the treasurer of our church I see this happen all the time where people want to bless others in need, but don’t want to be identified.
One thing to remember: It’s important to know that when doing this your gift is not tax-deductible under IRS rules for non-profits – so the church should not include it in your taxable giving when reporting back to you your yearly giving report.
OBONDI DARIUS says
The anonymous giving is a gift from the Lord.
My former primary teacher paid his money to need children to clear their school fees and now the teacher is staying peacefully with his children who are all in good employment.He Is also operating a very good business liked by many.
The book of mark 9:41 says that, whoever gives a cup of water to drink in the name of God because he belongs to to Christ surely will never by no means lose his reward.Amen.
The Ruth Group in Kenya is requesting in the Name of the Lord to be assisted financially for it is poor and need.
The Group started as away of assisting one another in providing themselves with basic needs and other provisions and disappearing from poverty.
It contributes monthly among members and give a member the contribution at a time until each member gets in a circle.
It also offers devotional Prayers in their member houses in the evenings.
In the Name of the Lord i do believe and trust that, the Ruth Group will be assisted as a request in the Lord.Amen.
How to send money anonymously?
I found one way! You need have legit PayPal account! Then create another “fake” PayPal account, with fake name and info, then create NEW fake email, don’t provide any bank accounts or any legit PayPal accounts. Then after you created fake account transfer money from Original paypal to fake one, send as friend and family. Then send money from fake account to whoever you want.
Doesn’t the recipient have to have a Paypal account?
Paul Pedigo says
I give anonymously through networkforgood.
#1 – “Then send the money.” – Where do you send it??? The recipient has no Paypal account.
#2 – “Simply transfer the money directly to the other person’s account. You can have money ready to be picked up or sent to their address.” How can you possibly know someone’s bank account number? (You’ve never seen one of their checks.) How will the recipient know the money is ready to be picked up? Per their website, Western Union doesn’t send notifications to recipients. How will it be sent to their address?
Bob Lotich says
1. they don’t need a paypal acct to get notified that money has been sent to them.
2. True, you would need to know there acct number. So in this case of course, you would need to be close enough to them (or have access to someone who is) to get that
Paypal and western union always send your name.. how on earth you set up gofundme pages without getting hold of account details for them and thus speaking to them.. who knows. Some promising ideas .. most do not work.