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Virtual giving programme

Over the last few years charities have found new ways to encourage donations using digital channels. During the Pandemic, 83% of small charities had to rethink their fundraising activities and over half found digital fundraising to be a new and important channel for their organisation. Fundraising has dramatically changed with the development of virtual fundraising…

Digital Gift Aid

Collecting Gift Aid through DONATE™ Gift Aid is a vital source of revenue for all charities in both its traditional and digital forms. In 2020, 31% of all digital transactions given through DONATE™ attracted Gift Aid generating significant additional income for our charitable partners. However, the rules and processes around Gift Aid can be confusing…

5 Steps to a Great Text Giving Campaign for your Charity

The average person in the UK spends more than 24 hours a week online (that’s one whole day every week). In April 2020 this increased by 37 minutes more each day per online adult compared with January 2020 [i] Text Giving for Charities Text giving allows charities to accept donations and donors to make donations…

How To Incorporate Contactless Giving Into Your Venue

With attractions and tourist destinations reopening their doors to visitors this month, introducing contactless giving is a great way for many to recoup income in an easy and cash free way. DONATE™’s easy to use contactless giving provides an efficient  way of encouraging donations throughout your venue. These can be monitored through the DONATE™ portal…

Spotlight Spring. How small charities are creating a huge impact

Spotlight Infographic_Spring ’21 pdf . In this edition of Spotlight we review the spring Fundraising we have seen across DONATE™ by our smaller charity partners. Featuring Animal conservation, essential and personal fundraising campaigns.

Networking from home – how to best handle the pandemic as a furloughed fundraiser

Working from home for the last year has left over half of furloughed employees feeling an impact on their mental health. According to Westfield Health, 61% said financial concerns were the cause of this impact. The desire to network, to meet colleagues again and to feel connected to work are very real issues for those…

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 ideas to keep fundraising going,…

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 £5 text raffle entries, raising…

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 the new channels will continue…

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 London Marathon, as 36,000 runners…

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 effects on visitor numbers and…