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Top charity giving sites

Choose the best fundraising site

When running the marathon in a gorilla suit, or climbing the three peaks for charity, many people pick the best-known sites JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving to host their page. But it's worth doing your homework, as they're not the best payers.

The amount your charity gets can vary vastly depending on which website you pick - this site-by-site guide helps you decide where to set your fundraising page up.

What happens when you donate?

How much does a charity actually get from a donation?

You might be forgiven for thinking that a £10 donation made by a friend online means a £10 donation directly to your charity of choice. In reality, however, it can be much more or much less, depending on the site and whether or not the donation includes Gift Aid.

Some of the factors affecting the amount the charity ends up with include:

Admin fees

Card charges

VAT

Tick the Gift Aid box

Gift aidUK taxpayers making online donations always have the option to pay via Gift Aid. This allows charities to claw back your tax from the HM Revenue & Customs on either one-off or regular donations, meaning your donation's increased by 25% or more.

All the charity needs is your name, address and a declaration that you're a UK taxpayer. As this can be verbal, it can also be done over the phone.

How does Gift Aid benefit you and the charity?

What happens to donations?

The top giving sites

Online giving sites can be private companies, not-for-profit sites or actual charities and this affects where your money goes (see the individual sites section for a full breakdown).

While you might prefer a site that gives the biggest proportion of donors' money straight to your charity, you might find your favourite charity isn't registered on that site, or even that it has to pay a hefty fee for the privilege of being registered there.

Here's a run-down of what we found, we've compared by the amount you'd expect a charity to get, including Gift Aid.

  • Max cash to your charity and free for it to use

    MyDonate comes top, giving charities the £12.35 from a £10 donation with Gift Aid. It has no charges for the charity itself, and has around 8,000 charities signed up, including all of the top 10.

  • Widest range of charities, incl smaller charities

    Every Click hosts over 200,000 UK registered charities in partnership with the Charities Trust. It's free for charities to use, and £11.92 of your £10 donation with Gift Aid goes to the charity.

  • Online selling for charity

    If you want to sell online and have the proceeds go to charity, PayPal Giving Fund (formerly MissionFish) gives the full £12.50 per £10 to your chosen charity. It's a collaboration between PayPal and eBay, and allows you to choose what percentage of sale proceeds you want to go to charity. The drawback is that it doesn't support fundraising efforts that rely on sponsorship.

Amount passed on by sites for a £10 donation + Gift Aid (if debit card used)
Amount given directly to charity Transaction fees/ VAT Charges to charity Number of charities signed up
Donate to UK charities:
MyDonate £12.35 £0.15 £0 8,000
Charity Choice £12.25 £0.25 (1) £0 4,000
Virgin Money Giving £12.15 £0.35 £120 - one-off 9,000
Givey (2) £12.00 £0.50 £0 8,100
Every Click £11.92 £0.58 £0 200,000+
JustGiving £11.70 £0.80 £15 - monthly 11,000
Donate to global causes:
The Big Give £12.00 £0.50 £0 9000+
Global Giving £11.25 £1.25 £0 600
Donate and fundraise through online sales:
Paypal Giving Fund £12.50 £0 £0 8,500
(1) Donors can choose to pay the fee. If they don't, it's passed onto the charity. (1)Givey will also allow people to donate to global causes.

Online giving sites - full breakdown

Here's our guide to nine of the biggest online fundraising sites (those with the most registered charities) along with how they work, and exactly how much your charity will get from online donations. For each site, we've highlighted the amount the charity would receive from a £10 donation made on a debit card with Gift Aid (max possible £12.35).

Click to see the top 10 charities hosted

It's worth noting that while most of the sites work on a standard fundraising-style page, some work on a project basis: you find the cause which interests you and register to raise funds through a specific project.

Raise money for UK charities

My donate

MyDonate £12.35 to charity per £10 donation with Gift Aid

BT launched MyDonate in 2011 and it's funded by 1% of BT's profits. This means it's free for charities, barring the 15p/13p debit/credit card processing fee.

Which charities can I give to, and how do I set up a fundraising page?

How easily can charities set up a page?

How easily can individuals set up a page?

Charity Choice

Charity Choice £12.25 to charity per £10 donation with Gift Aid

Charity Choice charges 25p to process donations made by card. It does, however, give donors the choice of whether to pay this fee, in which case the charity would receive the full donation and Gift Aid totalling £12.50. Charity Choice tell us most donors choose to pay the admin fees. If they choose not to, the fee is passed onto the charity.

It's free for charities, unless they choose to sign up to the premium service, in which case there's an £89+VAT charge.

Which charities can I give to, and how do I set up a fundraising page?

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Virgin Money Giving

Virgin Money Giving £12.15 to charity per £10 donation with Gift Aid

Not suprisingly, Virgin Money Giving is the online fundraising arm of Virgin Money. It's a not-for-profit site borne out of the company's sponsorship of the London Marathon, and is a relatively large site with around 1,600 charities currently on its books.

Virgin Money Giving takes 2% of donations as its ongoing admin fee to charities.

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Givey

Givey £12 to charity per £10 donation with Gift Aid

Givey launched in 2012, and describes itself as a 'social donation platform'. It makes its money from its business arm and from a transaction fee added to your chosen donation, meaning it's free for charities and fundraisers.

It's also free for charities to register and set up a page too. It used to be the site that gives the most to charities from donations thanks to no transaction fee on donations however, due to global expansion plans, it now charges a 5% fee if you donate through it.

Which charities can I give to, and how do I set up a fundraising page?

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Every Click

Every Click: £11.92 to charity per £10 donation with Gift Aid

Every Click has a slightly different way of doing things, as it allows fundraisers to select a charity even if it isn't registered on the site by contacting them separately once funds have been raised. It also allows registered users to raise money for charities when they shop on the web through its Give as you Live portal.

Every Click is a profit making company.

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How easily can charities set up a page?

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Just Giving

JustGiving £11.74 to charity per £10 donation with Gift Aid

JustGiving is probably the best known of the online fundraising sites with over 11,000 causes to donate to.

It is a profit-making site and attracts the big names such as Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation, but this does come with a big £15 monthly fee for charities, which the bigger organisations can probably afford more than the smaller charities.

Which charities can I give to, and how do I set up a fundraising page?

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Donate to global causes

Big Give logo

The Big Give: Online donations only £12.00 to charity per £10 donation with Gift Aid

The Big Give is a not-for-profit website, with all running costs covered by the Reed Foundation (the charitable arm of recruitment giant Reed). Its charges are from the Charities Trust (a not-for-profit HMRC approved donation processor, and a registered charity) to cover credit card processing and admin costs.

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Global Giving

Global Giving £11.25 to charity per £10 donation with Gift Aid

Global Giving counts the Guardian Media Group and Marriott Hotels among its corporate partners.

It charges 10% on each donation (inc Gift Aid) as an admin charge.

Which charities can I give to, and how do I set up a fundraising page?

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Donate and fundraise through online sales

Paypal Giving Fund

PayPal Giving Fund: donate and fundraise through PayPal/eBay £12.50 to charity per £10 donation with Gift Aid

PayPal Giving Fund (formerly Mission Fish) is a registered charity which allows charities to raise money online through eBay sales or PayPal usage. It allows sellers to donate a proportion or all of their profits, or allows one-off donations to charities on its site.

Uniquely, it charges no fees or commission, so a £10 sale means that £12.50 is donated to the charity (if you choose to donate 100%). However, you must sell in the normal way on eBay, which means you can't use this to raise money through sponsored events.

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How easily can charities set-up a page?

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