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  • tripitaka
    • #2
    • 6th Oct 10, 3:11 PM
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    • 6th Oct 10, 3:11 PM
    I've just used bmycharity.com for fundraising and with hindsight, I probably wouldn't have chosen them.

    The MSE guide is great, but it only focusses on how much of the donation goes to charity. In reality, sites that enable you to spread the word easily are more valuable because they enable you to raise MORE by keeping your fundraising visible.

    Example: Just Giving.com has a Facebook plugin so people can always see that you are raising and how much. Bmycharity does not have this so all your fundraising must be active rather than passive. Consequently, the overall amount raised was probably less through bmycharity than it would have been through Just Giving or another site.

    Also, I found a large number of my donators had trouble giving through Bmycharity, forcing me to issue bank details so people could do transfers etc. I'd say 40% of my funds had to come in this way.

    I do think that there is more to choosing than just "who gives the most" - that was the benchmark I used and now regret it.
  • krishna
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    • 15th Oct 10, 10:50 PM
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    • 15th Oct 10, 10:50 PM
    What was the reason people couldn't give through bmycharity.com?

    Also, the article doesn't mention that for non-Gift Aided donations, Charity Giving charges nothing, whereas the others still have transaction fees.
    Last edited by krishna; 15-10-2010 at 11:32 PM.
  • Taffy99
    • #4
    • 16th Oct 10, 11:24 AM
    http://www.mycharitypage.com/
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    • 16th Oct 10, 11:24 AM
    I donated through http://www.mycharitypage.com/

    They're up-front with their charges, and I paid 0.28 charge (2.75%), with a 10 donation + gift-aid (12.82) going to the charity.

    Any reason these are not on the review list?
  • hanners1984
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    • 11th Mar 12, 10:29 AM
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    • 11th Mar 12, 10:29 AM
    Everyone should check out BT who are running the ONLY completelt FREE fundraising site:

    my donate- bt

    It's an outrage that companies profit from people giving to charity and it also puts people off from donating as they assume (rightly at times) that not 100% goes to the charity itself...and if you're giving your money away you want to be sure it actually gets to the people/animals/forest etc you're backing!

    Check it out folks and make sure the fundraising you do, actually goes to the charity, not the companies creaming off your good will!

    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 11th Mar 12, 3:36 PM
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    lincroft1710
    • #6
    • 11th Mar 12, 3:36 PM
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    • 11th Mar 12, 3:36 PM
    Everyone should check out BT who are running the ONLY completelt FREE fundraising site:
    Originally posted by hanners1984
    With the amount of money they charge their customers it's no surprise it's free.
  • JustinW86
    • #7
    • 3rd Apr 12, 10:35 AM
    Multiple Charities - One Page
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    • 3rd Apr 12, 10:35 AM
    I am doing a couple of Triathlons this year and family members really want to sponsor me.

    I am finding it difficult to select 1 chairty to sponsor so I would like to setup a fundraising page where the money goes to multiple charities in proportions I select.

    Does anyone know if this exists?
    • andyswarbs
    • By andyswarbs 17th Apr 12, 9:22 PM
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    andyswarbs
    • #8
    • 17th Apr 12, 9:22 PM
    supporting multiple charities
    • #8
    • 17th Apr 12, 9:22 PM
    If you see VirginMoneyGiving "forjane" you will see that we support two charities in equal proportions. This is why we chose VMG as our donation site. You can support any number of charities and allocate funds in proportions you choose. Brilliant feature and easy to do.

    Also VMG is very well connected in social networking terms, ie twitter and blogs.
    • Bushey
    • By Bushey 26th Jul 12, 6:40 PM
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    Bushey
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    • 26th Jul 12, 6:40 PM
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    • 26th Jul 12, 6:40 PM
    Its a very nice thought that all or most of your donation will go to a particular charity, but what I'd like to know is where can one find out what proportion of their donations are used in board wages or directors fees etc, and whats left that actually benefits those in need?
    Bushwacker.
    Retired @55yrs Financially Secure, & Totally Completely, Utterly debt free!
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 26th Jul 12, 8:39 PM
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    Savvy_Sue
    Download their annual report / accounts from the Charity Commission website, or from the charity's own website.
    Still knitting!
    Completed: 1 adult cardigan, 3 baby jumpers, 3 shawls, 1 sweat band, 3 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 2 hats, 2 balaclavas for seamen, 1 balaclava for myself, multiple poppies, 3 peony flowers, 4 butterflies ...
    Current projects: ready to decrease / decreasing on all parts of the mohair cardigan pattern! but moved onto wrist warmers for friends at Christmas ...
  • Sergio Banderas
    Everyday Hero
    I didn't see the platform Everyday Hero on this report. Is anyone able to give feedback on them?
    My Charity has been recommended it by a small hospice who say it's free to register, no monthly or annual fees and cheaper service fees than Just Giving. The important bit I can see from the Hospice website is they are able to brand each each event to the charities preference which is what really got my attention! But it does seem a a bit to good to be true. We are really keen for fundraising pages to reflect our cause and not consumer brands like Virgin or the little exposure we get on Just Giving pages.


    Your thoughts or any user experience would be greatly appreciated, apparently they are fairly new to the UK but are the equivalent of Just Giving in Australia.
    • Saving4Jesus
    • By Saving4Jesus 20th Mar 13, 1:48 AM
    • 13 Posts
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    Saving4Jesus
    I'm using www dot give dot net because unlike some other sites they are 100% not for profit.
  • littlesmasher
    MyCharityPage is worth checking out
    They charge the donor [not the charity] a 2.75% transaction fee. They also allow fundraisers to set up pages for their fundraising event.

    The MyDonate site [charge the charity, not the donor] is a little off-putting for first time donor as it makes them think they have to register first [they don't at all but they do have to click past it a couple of times to get to the payment form].

    Hope this helps
    • kittyscavern
    • By kittyscavern 22nd Apr 13, 8:25 PM
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    kittyscavern
    Charity Giving used to be on the table as a good option, they seem to have disappeared. Does anyone know why they have been removed from the table or am I going blind? Thanks.
    • Jamie1989
    • By Jamie1989 14th Aug 13, 11:48 AM
    • 25 Posts
    • 36 Thanks
    Jamie1989
    I work for a charity and we have a page on our site comparing the three fundraising sites we use (MyDonate, VMG, JustGiving):

    As a new user, I can't post links - but if you Google "sos children online fundraising comparison", it's the 1st (non-sponsored) link!

    It's not comprehensive in that it gives quite a simple explanation of the respective benefits of three sites, but it does show clearly in table form how much more our charity receives from fundraisers who use MyDonate, which is nice
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 14th Aug 13, 7:43 PM
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    Savvy_Sue
    Charity Giving used to be on the table as a good option, they seem to have disappeared. Does anyone know why they have been removed from the table or am I going blind? Thanks.
    Originally posted by kittyscavern
    I don't know what was known back in April, but in July the Charity Commission opened an enquiry into the Dove Trust which was running CharityGiving, and something had clearly gone wrong. More information here.

    I don't think there are any concerns about any of the other online giving portals, so please don't let it put you off using them!
    Still knitting!
    Completed: 1 adult cardigan, 3 baby jumpers, 3 shawls, 1 sweat band, 3 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 2 hats, 2 balaclavas for seamen, 1 balaclava for myself, multiple poppies, 3 peony flowers, 4 butterflies ...
    Current projects: ready to decrease / decreasing on all parts of the mohair cardigan pattern! but moved onto wrist warmers for friends at Christmas ...
  • Malc80
    I'm looking for a little assistance with a fund raiser the I intend to do next year.

    I plan on running the Barcelona and Edinburgh marathons next year. I want to raise money for two organisations. One is a charity, a local hospice and the other is a pipe band that I play in. The band is a non-profit organisation and rely on fund raising like this to survive.

    I would like to have some sort of on-line donation function but as I am doing this for 2 organisations and one is not a charity, I've found this to prove quite difficult. Does anyone know of a site that I could use to collect donations?

    Thanks in advance
  • Ukdavidwoods
    My donate versus virgin giving site
    We have used both sites for the same charity.

    The reason bt my donate was best value for a small charity and cost nothing to set up BUT we had to set up a virgin giving site when one of our donors wanted to collect for 3 charities during the one sponsored event. Virgin Giving has this facility BT My donate does not

    We then had to balance the cost of opening the second account against the likely revenue.

    On this occasion it was worth doing as our share of the sponsored event raised 20 times the cost of opening the account.

    So,it's worth doing a bit more research to see if the options offered meet your needs.

    It's no problem having 2giving sites but in retrospect had we known we would have needed the charity 'sharing' option we would have gone with virgin in the first place.
  • StGregs
    Value isn't the same as cost
    I work for a small charity and agree with some of the comments here. For us it's about balancing cost (no big set up costs when we don't have a huge volume of donations) against quality of service. We use Global Giving a lot and they are fantastic. They give their charities quality free training and proactively promote both their site in general and some of the charities listed there. As a result we've raised thousands of pounds from donors who would never have heard of us without Global Giving.

    Charities Aid Foundation is one of the few sites at the cheaper end that I have discovered that can process regular donations, which is also a huge benefit to charities.

    Lastly, if providers don't invest enough in their site design or servers then donors can be put off. No-one likes it if the page crashes when they try to make a donation. It costs money to run the service, and it requires skilled staff who need to eat and pay the rent, so I don't think it is terrible to pay a small amount for that. In the old days, doing everything by post was also not free.
    • gingerdad
    • By gingerdad 24th May 14, 11:36 AM
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    gingerdad
    i'm involved in fund raising for charity, after being stung quite badly with charity giving/dove trust last year our main event was the day after they shut it down, and we are currently nearly 5k out of pocket with out hope of seeing any or all of it.


    we've gone down the route of using paypal directly it's not too expensive and we get the money straight away, we also use virgingiving as was cheaper and easier to use than some of the other sites - but find allot of our supporters struggle with it.

    looking at options going forward.
    The futures bright the future is Ginger
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