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DONATE to be made free to participating charities. Please read press release at:
Launched in March 2013 by the National Funding Scheme (NFS) and now available across the UK, DONATE has been created to allow everyone to be part of our cultural diversity and heritage. We've made it easy for you to give to the things you care about and, if you give your permission, the receiving institution can stay in touch to let you know how its fundraising is going. If you want to stay anonymous, then that's fine too.
DONATE reclaims the Gift Aid on donations from UK tax payers, which is then passed on to the institution, adding as much as 25 per cent to the value of your gift. If you are a UK higher rate tax payer, you can claim back up to 31.25% of your gift through a personal tax reclaim. To do this you must register for Gift Aid but you only need to do this once for your registration to work for all donations made through DONATE. You can log in to your account and see how much you've given - and how much you might be able to reclaim. For more on Gift Aid, please visit the HMRC website.
THE NATIONAL FUNDING SCHEME
The NFS is a registered charity specifically set up to help other charities in the arts and heritage sector to fundraise using digital technology. It does this through the DONATE platform, which it provides FOR FREE to arts and heritage organisations. Because we're a charity, we don't charge our partners a joining or monthly management fee to use DONATE - unlike commercial platforms such as Just Giving. We take a minor share of any eligible Gift Aid (45%) but where no Gift Aid has been added, the NFS will charge 2.5% of the donation to cover text channel, debit- & credit-card transactions, development and administrative costs. In addition, we provide lots of extra services such as case studies, statistical reports, technology updates, signage templates and workshops - as well as offline support - to help organisations make the most of DONATE.
If you're an arts or heritage charity, you can join the hundreds of organisations who've already chosen to adopt DONATE by registering here.
Trustees: Seamus Keating (Chairman), Bernard Donoghue, William Makower, Catherine May, Molly Waiting, Caroline Worboys
Patrons: Robert Dufton, Baroness Lane Fox of Soho CBE, Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, Christopher Rodrigues CBE, Baron Smith of Finsbury PCM