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Five ideas for PTA fundraisers this February

Parent Teacher Associations (PTA’s) up and down the country are fundraising to support their schools through these difficult times, however for many it’s becoming more difficult to come up with new and innovative ideas to keep fundraising going.  Whether it’s an online concert or a virtual bake-off, here’s our top… read more

Charity text raffles raise over £28,000 during the festive period

As Christmas lockdowns continued, Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) up and down the country took to text raffles to raise much needed funds. With parents not allowed into school, the PTA’s turned to DONATE™ to provide a virtual raffle.  Schools like The Friary School PFTA in Staffordshire saw parents text their… read more

Hybrid Fundraising into the New Year

Last year many charities found new ways to encourage donations. 83%* small charities had to rethink their fundraising activities and over half found digital fundraising to be a new and important channel for their organisation. There’s no denying that fundraising has dramatically changed in the past year and many of… read more

Top Ten Fundraising Campaigns of the Year

There have been some truly inspirational fundraising campaigns this year from Captain Tom Moore to the Ruth Strauss Foundation raising £289,000 through text giving in the summer with ‘Red for Ruth’. Here are our top ten fundraising highlights of the year: London Marathon Innovation knew no bounds with this year’s… read more

Winter Spotlight – Christmas Special. How small charities are creating a huge impact

Spotlight Infographic_Winter 2020. In this edition of Spotlight we are shining a light on the Festive Fundraising we have seen across DONATE™ by our smaller charity partners. Featuring Schools and PTAs running bumper Raffles, presents for patients and Christmas dinners for doggies.    

Protecting our zoos during Covid-19

The impact of lockdown on charities has been well documented, with many launching appeals to make up for the shortfall. Spare a thought though for zoos; many of which operate under a charitable trust. At their heart, zoos support animal conservation and biodiversity but the two Lockdowns have had devastating… read more

Giving Tuesday – Text giving top tips from DONATE

Text giving can really give a fundraising campaign legs when used to its potential, like with The Ruth Strauss Foundation’s Red For Ruth campaign, which raised £289,523 through text giving alone in July.  Looking to do the same? Here’s our top tips of how to make the most out of… read more

How to understand digital giving platforms and prices

Since lockdown many charities have been looking for ways to fundraise using digital platforms as well as text giving. However for many it’s not the norm and the process of finding a partner can be lengthy and complicated. The key consideration is return on investment. There are a number of… read more

Autumn Spotlight – Virtual conferences, musical marathons and religious giving

Spotlight Infographic_Autumn 2020 In this edition of Spotlight we are shining a light on a community food share CIC that used DONATE text codes on leaflets, a virtual trade conference, and a church that has been receiving donations via text during their Sunday services.

Eight festive fundraising ideas to make planning easy this Christmas

Despite long-term fundraising plans being altered due to the pandemic, Christmas events are still the largest fundraising drive for many charities. Although it’s unlikely we will be able to host many traditional fundraising events this year, the sector can look forward and begin to make virtual and physical plans that… read more