Frequently Asked Questions

What is Red Nose Day?

Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc., a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity.

Red Nose Day brings people together to have fun, raise money and change the lives of kids who need our help the most.

Red Nose Day launched in the US in 2015, dedicated to ending child poverty, both in the US and in some of the poorest communities in the world. The money raised by Red Nose Day in the US has benefited programs for children and young people in all 50 states and in 34 countries internationally.

Globally, Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion since its launch in the UK in 1988. 

Who is the organization behind Red Nose Day?

Red Nose Day is run by Comic Relief Inc., a U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity.

Red Nose Day is on a mission to end child poverty - one Nose at a time. Money raised supports programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated. 

Half of Red Nose Day's grant money will be spent right here in America on projects close to home. The other half will be spent in some of the poorest communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia. 

Beneficiaries of Red Nose Day grants include charity organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children's Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; UnidosUS; Save the Children; and the Global Fund. 

When is Red Nose Day?

Red Nose Day returns to America Thursday May 23, 2019.

Where can I buy a Red Nose?

Walgreens is the exclusive retailer of the Red Noses, available at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide between April 2, 2018 and June 2, 2018.

Apart from buying a nose, what else can I do?

There are lots of ways you can get involved, join the fun and support Red Nose Day, including donating online, or joining or organizing a fundraiser.

If you would like to raise money for child poverty, start by downloading one of our fundraising kits, which are chock full ideas for how to fundraise with your classmates, colleagues or community.

To make it super simple to organize a fundraiser, we also have a bunch of ideas to get inspired where you can get creative, set up a personal fundraising page and invite your friends and family to donate directly to the cause.
Spread the Red to your friends and family and post your Red Nose Day photos on social media using the hashtag #RedNoseDay.

Where does the money go?

The money raised by Red Nose Day benefits children in some of the neediest communities in the US and some of the poorest communities in the world. Partner charities include Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children’s Health Fund; Covenant House; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; UnidosUS; Save the Children and The Global Fund.

All of Red Nose Day’s grant money supports projects to keep children and young people safe, healthy, educated and empowered. You can find out more about the amazing programs we fund through Red Nose Day at

Can I apply for a grant from the Red Nose Day Fund?

The Red Nose Day Fund does not accept unsolicited grant applications. Organizations who receive grants are invited to submit proposals that deliver against the goals of the Red Nose Day Fund.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Comic Relief Inc., the parent organization of Red Nose Day, is a 501(c)(3) organization with Federal Tax ID 01-0885377. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Can I use payroll giving to make a regular donation to Red Nose Day from my pay?

Yes – if your employer operates a payroll giving scheme then you can set up a regular deduction from your pay and request that it comes to Red Nose Day. Please ask your employer for more information.

I know that my employer operates a matched giving scheme. How can I get them to match my donation?

Ask your employer for a matched giving form and send it along with your check, online payment reference or bank receipt to:

Comic Relief Inc Red Nose Day Fund
PO Box 419828
Boston, MA 02241-9828

Can I allocate my donation to go to US or International projects or a specific project only?

Unfortunately, we cannot allocate your money to a specific project or country but every dollar distributed through the Red Nose Day Fund has the potential to save and change the lives of children who are in need, in America and around the world.

I’ve collected some foreign cash currency. Can I donate to Red Nose Day with it?

We are only able to accept cash donations in US dollars. In order to donate the foreign currency to us, you could convert the money at a bank or foreign exchange teller and then donate it to Red Nose Day.

I would like to donate. How can I send in my contribution?

Donate Online - Credit Card or PayPal

Donate Online at

Check or Money Order

Made payable to “Red Nose Day” and mailed to:

Red Nose Day Fund
PO Box 419828
Boston, MA 02241-9828

Donations to the Red Nose Day Fund are tax deductible to the extent provided by U.S. law.
*If you held a fundraiser where you collected donations from others, please see fundraiser pay-in instructions below.

I held a fundraiser. How do I turn in the money I raised?

Credit Card or PayPal

Online here.

Check or Money Order

Made payable to “Red Nose Day” and mailed to:
Red Nose Day Fund
PO Box 419828
Boston, MA 02241-9828

Want to tell us more about your fundraiser? We’d love to hear from you. Tell us about where you fundraised, how much you raised, and feel free to share lots of photos! E-mail with the words “My Fundraiser” in the subject line.

*Please note if you are turning in money raised through a Red Nose Day fundraiser you are not able to claim a tax deduction for that contribution amount.