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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 make a donation?

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

    Givey comes top, giving charities the full £12.50 from a £10 donation with Gift Aid. It has no charges for the charity itself, and has grown rapidly in the last few years, with 8,000 charities now signed up, including seven of the top 10.

  • Widest range of charities, incl smaller charities

    Every Click hosts the UK's 220,000 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.

Amounts 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:
Givey
£12.50
£0
£0
8,000
MyDonate
£12.35
£0.15
£0
3,500
Charity Choice
£12.25
£0.25
£0
4,000
Virgin Money Giving
£12.15
£0.35
£120.00 - one off
9,000
Every Click
£11.92
£0.58
£0
220,000
JustGiving
£11.74
£0.76
£15 - monthly
8,000
Donate to global causes:
The Big Give
£12.00
£0.50
£0
9,700
Global Giving
£11.25
£1.25
£0
600
Donate and fundraise through online sales:
Paypal Giving Fund
£12.50
£0
£0
4,000

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 £12.50).

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

Givey

Givey £12.50 to charity per £10 donation with Gift Aid

My donate

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

Charity Choice

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

Virgin Money Giving

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

Allows fundraising for every UK charity Every Click

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

Just Giving

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

Donate to global causes

Online donations only Big Give logo

The Big Give £12.00 to charity per £10 donation with Gift Aid

Global Giving

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

Donate and fundraise through online sales

donate and fundraise through PayPal/eBay Paypal Giving Fund

PayPal Giving Fund£12.50 to charity per £10 donation with Gift Aid

Charity giving: other ways to donate

Buy from high street & online retailers through charity sites

You can support both the RNLI and Macmillan Cancer Support by following a link from their sites and buying from Amazon. In return, Amazon promise to donate a minimum of 5% of the value of all orders made to the charity concerned.

Other retailers also have charity partners. Shop at John Lewis, M&S, eBay, Amazon, Argos, The BodyShop & more through charity portals Give as you Live or easyfundraising.org.uk and the retailers pledge to donate up to 6% of your spend to your chosen cause.

There's a big number of charities you can support, or you can set up a cause if you're fundraising for a specific local project or running a marathon.

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