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About DONATE

About DONATE

DONATE is a new way to give to the things that inspire and move you. It's been designed to make it easy for you to make donations to cultural causes using your mobile phone.

DONATE began in 12 venues in England and is now available nationally.

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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 information on Gift Aid, please visit the HMRC website.

The NFS is a registered charity set up to specifically support other cultural charities; 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 also take a smaller percentage of the donation than commercial providers (no more than four per cent). In addition, we provide lots of additional 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.