For nonprofits and startups
We offer unlimited use of ALL our address verification services to:
- 501(c)(3) nonprofits, schools, religious organizations, libraries
- Startups younger than 18 months who have monthly revenue under $10,000 (eligibility reassessed after 12 months)
All we ask in return is that you spread the word about our services. Read on!
For everyone else
Everyone can verify addresses for free by creating a free SmartyStreets account. Right away, you get:
- 250 free LiveAddress API lookups / month
As far as we know, we're the only provider of free, CASS-Certified™ address verification services.
Does my organization qualify?
If you are you a church, you qualify. If you are a school (public or private), you do too. Boy Scouts, Red Cross, humanitarian groups, homeless shelters, startups... absolutely. The list is long; you know who you are. If you qualify as an actual 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or if you are an educational institution, then you are welcome to take advantage of this service. We do not consider political campaigns, political parties, or government offices/agencies as "nonprofit" organizations. Our offer is intended for organizations or groups that qualify as either "startups" or "nonprofit" AND benefit the good of society as a whole. If we feel an applicant does not fit this description, we reserve the right to deny the applicant's request.
How long can my organization continue to qualify?
If your organization falls under the nonprofit umbrella (libraries, schools, qualifying 501c3, religious organizations) the offering has no time limit. The startup offering has a duration of 12 months. If you still qualify after the first 12 months is up, you can renew once for another 12 month period.
What am I expected to do in return?
We've got an awesome service for nonprofits and startups and we don't charge a dime for it. Instead, we're asking you to help us spread the word so that other organizations can benefit from it as well. Once you've used it and also think it's awesome, you agree to do one or more of the following:
Mention our service to at least two other people or organizations. There are many ways you can do this. Suggestions are in the next section.
If possible, add a link* somewhere on your website that points to ours. You may use the following link structure and text:
<a href="http://smartystreets.com" title="Validate and geocode addresses with LiveAddress">Address validation</a> by SmartyStreetsThis is how the link will look: Address validation by SmartyStreets
* If you don't have a website, or there are circumstances which prevent you from putting a link on it, there are other ways you can tell people about us, so we will still serve you.
What can I do to tell other people about this?
Since we ask you to share the word with two other organizations (commercial or nonprofit) and link to our site (where possible), here are some ideas to get you started:
- Tweet to your followers about us on Twitter
- Share information about our services when you answer questions on Stack Exchange, Quora, and other similar sites.
- Publish a press release about your new address verification procedures
- +1 us on Google+ and write a little about your experience
- Share our site on Facebook, Pinterest, or LinkedIn.
- People are searching for "SmartyStreets reviews." Blog about us: critique the service, tell people about your experience, and get some extra traffic to your blog.
- Post on forums, especially in response to others' questions
Why give our product away to nonprofits and startups?
There are a few reasons. First, we believe that lots of the best things in life (and on the web) are free. We'd like to get on that list. Also, we support nonprofit organizations and educational institutions which labor for noble and worthy causes. Startups turn into small businesses, and small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy. We support good posture. As always, our stellar customer service is extended to all of our customers, paying or not.
Is it the full service or limited functionality?
The full and complete version of our services (LiveAddress API and LiveAddress for Lists) is offered. Future updates and improvements are also included. We leave nothing out.
What about privacy? Will my data be sold or shared?
How long does your review process take?
Usually just a few business days, and sometimes even same-day. You can help by being sure to include your phone number on your account. If you are in a hurry, just give us a call.
How does address verification make a difference for nonprofits and startups?
Do you have a mailing list? Make sure you don't waste time sending out letters that won't arrive. Do you have a database of names and addresses? Keep your addresses up to date so you can spend time helping people instead of chasing bad addresses. Do you collect addresses on your website? Validate them as they are being entered so you know they are accurate. Your budget is a valuable resource; save every penny that you can!