What is a Primary Representative?

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In 2018 the United States Department of Treasury, through Section 326 of the Patriot Act, made a new requirement for financial technology institutions. This federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record personal information that identifies a primary representative for the organization. Givelify must document a primary representative for each account.


Who is primary representative?

The primary representative is someone with significant responsibility for managing your organization’s legal entity, such as:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Senior Managing Member
  • General Partner
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Senior Pastor
  • Any other individual regularly performing similar functions

You will need to provide the name, address, date of birth, and social security number for this individual. 


Why do I need to provide this individual’s social security number? How will I know it will remain secure?

As part of this federal law, Givelify is required to verify the personal information of the primary representative, including their social security number. Givelify does not report this information to government authorities, but we are required to prove that we have it.  

We recognize this is sensitive private information. We use state-of-the-art encryption to ensure the utmost security for transactions and personal information.


How do I update my place of worship’s primary representative?

To add or update a primary representative for your place of worship, follow these simple step-by-step instructions.


Why can’t I use a PO box for the primary representative’s address?

The federal law requires the primary representative to provide their home address. This address cannot be a PO box.


After I enter this information, can I go back and replace or change this later if needed?

Yes, you can always go back and update the primary representative’s information in the Analytics Studio. Follow these step-by-step instructions to change or update your organization’s primary representative. 



Feel free to contact our Customer Support team at support@givelify.com if you have any further questions.

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