MoneySavingExpert charity fund

Grant-giving to grassroots groups & more

If you want to empower consumers, put money in their pocket. This site is dedicated to doing just that... but our charity fund does it even more directly. With nearly £2.4 million donated so far, it's MoneySavingExpert's way of giving back to users.

The money we raise currently goes to support our charity, the MSE Charity, which gives grants of up to £8,000 to groups that provide education, information and support to help people learn how to manage their money better.

But that's not all – we also make one-off donations and, in the past, have donated part of our fund to a range of charities nominated by you, MSE users.

MSE Charity announces latest groups to receive grants

Nine not-for-profit groups are set to receive funding from a total pot of just over £59,000, following the MSE Charity's latest round of funding.

Open in January this year, the round was themed on 'living with long-term challenges', and drew applications from groups from around the UK. The MSE Charity has now selected nine of these to receive its grants so they can carry on their crucial and life-changing work.

The funding will provide vital support to children with disabilities, young people with learning difficulties, and adults in recovery from addiction, as well as many others.

If you're interested in finding out more, see our January 2024 grant round info below.

What is the MSE Charity?

The MSE Charity.

Launched in May 2008, the MSE Charity (registered charity number 1121320) is dedicated to helping people help themselves, by funding activities that make a lasting impact on how people think, behave, and manage their money.

Rather than engaging in any projects itself, the charity offers grants of up to £8,000 to support non-profit organisations, such as social enterprises or registered charities, with specific money education projects. Help is given to a range of projects, from small grassroots groups to more mainstream charities, with the maximum annual income level for an organisation set at £750,000.

The MSE Charity has two themed grant-giving rounds a year and four themes that rotate through a two-year cycle. Its themes are building and developing resilience, living with long-term challenges, raising the next generation, and life changes.

MSE founder Martin Lewis on the MSE Charity's history...

The MSE Charity is now over 10 years old. It was my first foray into the third sector and I've learned much. The MSE Charity is still very much the site's baby, a passion play that allows us to help far more than those who just use the site. It enables us to put money into small projects that may otherwise get ignored, but can have a huge impact on people's lives. Its focus remains on educating people on how to deal with their money and to tackle financial illiteracy.

In the early days MSE and I were the same thing. Now the site has its own independent life, alongside me, which is why I'm delighted it continues to fund the MSE Charity. It was the MSE Charity that educated me into what a privilege having money and being able to put it where it is needed really is. Without it I'm not sure I'd have had the confidence to set up the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute and the other work I do. Thanks MSE Charity.

See more on Martin's personal charity fund work, including his own donations to the MSE Charity, which are separate from MSE's.

Where does the MSE Charity's money come from?

The cash is generated from two sources:

  • An annual donation from this site. A donation of over £235,000 was made to launch the charity, and substantial donations have continued to be made each year.

    All this cash – less some small administrative costs – goes directly to the grant fund. Martin makes a separate personal donation to cover the majority of the running costs of the charity.

    Martin also put money into the Martin Lewis Charitable Fund when MoneySavingExpert joined the MoneySupermarket Group – for more information on this, see Martin's blog.
  • Donations from well-wishers. Anyone who wants to support the charity is more than welcome; for the many who have said they'd like to donate to MoneySavingExpert as it's saved them money, please donate to the charity instead.

How can I make a donation to the MSE Charity?

You can donate online through the MSE Charity's PayPal Giving Fund page.

Any postal donations can be sent to the MSE Charity c/o Moneysupermarket Group, 1 Dean Street, London, W1D 3RB, and if your donation is eligible for Gift Aid, please complete its Gift Aid declaration form.

Who's recently received one of our grants?

Nine organisations that provide life-changing support have been given grants in the MSE Charity's latest round of funding, which was open in January this year and was themed on 'living with long-term challenges'.

Here you can read more about the groups that will benefit from grants totalling just over £59,000.

  • The nine organisations to receive grants

    • Autistic Nottingham is a registered charity which has been providing services since 2019. It provides socialising opportunities in person and online, support services including employment, wellbeing, and training for autistic individuals, and professional development.

      Our funding will enable Autistic Nottingham to deliver the 'Mindful Money' course to autistic adults. The course covers mindful spending tactics, goal setting and vision boards, the psychology of saving, mindful investing and future planning, reflections, and personal action planning. The project aims to reach 150 people over the year.

    • Clean Slate Financial Wellbeing Services is a charity based in Tyne and Wear whose purpose is the alleviation of poverty and financial hardship. It enables and empowers vulnerable adults to regain control of their finances by providing free and confidential guidance and support.

      Our funding will allow Clean Slate to deliver six three-hour financial wellbeing workshops at a community rehab and treatment centre for people in recovery from addiction. The project will engage with over 100 people over the year. The workshops will cover budgeting, financial products and services, access to affordable credit, credit scoring and energy.

    • Laburnum Boat Club is a community boating project based in Hackney. It provides opportunities for the personal development of young people and their families in the community, through participation in a range of water-based activities. Its weekly activities include after-school clubs, an adult canoe club, open access youth club sessions, a vocational training project, and clubs specifically for young adults with disabilities.

      The project we are funding is the Out and About Club which provides life skills and social activities for young people with disabilities aged 16 to 24. The project will fund 18 three-hour financial literacy training sessions, which will increase the independent living skills of 24 young people, promote social inclusion and reduce their financial vulnerability.

    • Little Miracles was founded in 2010 in Peterborough, and now has 14 branches across the east of England. Each of these offers a mix of services and activities throughout the year for families of children with additional needs, disabilities and life-limiting conditions.

      Our funding will enable it to deliver the education charity ASDAN's foundational personal finance short course to six groups of 12 people per half term. This will focus on young people with autism and learning disabilities who are aged 13 to 19 and not in education, and their parents/caregivers, over a one-year period. Topics include managing finances, income and expenditure, planning for the future, and making financial choices. Over the year, Little Miracles will support at least 72 people.

    • The Money Charity is a leading financial capability charity, whose vision is that everyone achieves financial wellbeing by managing their money well.

      We are funding The Money Charity to deliver 15 money workshops to around 150 young people and adults with special educational needs. The participants will develop confidence, knowledge and skills around budgeting and saving, credit, debt and energy, plus learn how to stay safe with their money and avoid scams.

    • Opening Doors is a charity working to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities in Norfolk. Established in 1994, it has been run by and for adults with learning disabilities ever since.

      We will be funding its 'Money Matters' project, which will include workshops designed to teach adults with learning disabilities the skills to manage their money, use cards safely, plan and budget, understand and access safe support around benefits, plus increase their awareness of scams. The project will reach over 60 people during the year.

    • Peak Empower is a registered charity based in Northampton. It delivers a range of services to promote access and social inclusion for everyone, no matter what additional needs they may have. Its goal is to engage and empower people by improving wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence in those who are socially isolated for a range of different reasons, such as health, finance, age, gender or disability.

      Our funding will enable Peak Empower to deliver the 'Money Matters' course as part of its youth empowering programme which supports young people with learning difficulties to learn independent living skills. The course will reach 60 young people. It will help participants develop practical skills on how to bank and shop online and how to purchase in person using phones and debit cards, and will also cover budgeting tools and apps, being safe online, how to avoid scams, and the help and advice that is available should they get into financial difficulty.

    • Rochdale AFC Community Trust is the official charity of national league football club Rochdale AFC. Its mission is to use the power of football and its community standing to raise aspirations and transform lives, and its work is organised into three key areas: community sport, health and inclusion, and education and employability.

      Our grant will enable Rochdale AFC Community Trust to deliver a rolling 10-week workshop programme for individuals with autism and learning difficulties. This will cover budgeting, tracking spending, comparing prices, cooking on a budget, accessing benefits, digital skills, emergency planning, emotional wellbeing and how that relates to money, employment rights, and financial scam awareness. The programme will be delivered five times over the year aiming to reach 80 people, building their confidence and financial capability skills.

    • Spring into Action is a community interest company based in Accrington in East Lancashire. It was set up in 2012, with a vision of an inclusive society where people with learning disabilities can fully participate.

      Our funding will allow Spring into Action to deliver five money-management courses for adults with learning disabilities, with topics including attitudes to money, where money comes from, essential/non-essential spending, budgeting skills, and credit and debt issues. It's hoped the course will reach 60 people over the year, building participants' skills, confidence, and making them less vulnerable to financial abuse.

Visit the MSE Charity website or discuss it in the MSE Forum.

What other donations has MSE made?

Not only has MoneySavingExpert donated towards the MSE Charity's work, over the years we have also gifted cash to charities nominated by MSE users, and made a string of one-off donations, totalling more than £700,000.

The nominated charities include:

While many of MSE's donations have gone towards helping improve people's financial skills, we've also made a number of one-off donations to high-profile fundraising events and a range of charities large and small, including:

  • Children in Need
  • Comic Relief
  • Red Cross
  • Unicef
  • Various charities following natural disasters such as the Myanmar cyclone in 2008, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004

How much has MSE donated over the years?

Here's the MSE donation history since the site launched in February 2003.

This money comes directly from the site, and doesn't include any donations made by private individuals to the MSE Charity. If you're asking: "How does a free site with no ads make these donations?", read our How this site is financed guide.

Donations between 1 Sep 2019 and 31 Dec 2023

The MSE Charity. Unicef.

£439,805

  • Full info

           £430,005
    to the MSE Charity

    Plus one-off donations...

    • Tetanus vaccines to Unicef – Dec 2019

      A donation of £1,800 was given to Unicef to provide tetanus vaccines for 18,000 children.

    • Tetanus vaccines to Unicef – Dec 2020
      A donation of £2,000 was given to Unicef to provide tetanus vaccines for 20,000 children.

    • Covid-19 donation to the World Health Organisation (WHO– Dec 2021
      We gave £2,000 to the WHO to help prevent and treat Covid-19 around the world.

    • Emergency support to the Red Cross – Dec 2022
      We gave £2,000 to the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal to help those displaced by the war.

    • Donation to Unicef – Dec 2023
      A donation of £2,000 was given to Unicef to provide aid, including vaccines, education, sanitation and emergency support, in disadvantaged areas around the world.

Donations between 22 Jul 2008 and 31 Aug 2019

Help for Heroes. Samaritans. Christians Against Poverty (CAP).

£1,389,750

  • Full info

           £966,592
    to the MSE Charity

    Main charities – £319,585 to nominated charities

    Re-Cycle received 20% (£63,917

    Help for Heroes received 20% (£63,917)

    ShelterBox received 20% (£63,917

    CAP UK received 20% (£63,917

    Samaritans received 20% (£63,917

    Plus one-off donations...

    • Start of charity fund donation

      £200 each to St Giles Trust, iT4Communities, Foal Farm, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Citizens Advice, NCH (now Action for Children), £100 to Sightsavers International (total: £1,300).

    • Comic Relief – Mar 2009

      To celebrate Comic Relief 2009, 50p was donated per new recipient of the weekly email for a specified period, meaning a £10,000 donation (once rounded to the nearest £1,000).

    • Haiti Earthquake Appeal – Feb 2010

      To help the Disasters Emergency Committee Haiti Earthquake Appeal, 50p was donated per new recipient of the weekly email for a specified period, meaning a £15,322 donation.

    • Gift of Sight (Sightsavers) – Dec 2010

      A donation of £1,705 was given to Sightsavers for the Gift of Sight for 100 people.

    • Financial Education – Jun 2011

      Donation of £35,000 to the All Party Parliamentary Group supporting financial education in schools. See Martin's blog.

    • Gift of Sight (Sightsavers) – Dec 2011

      A donation of £1,705 was given to Sightsavers for the Gift of Sight for 100 people.

    • Polio vaccines to Unicef – Dec 2012

      A donation of £1,150 was given to Unicef for 10,000 polio vaccines.

    • Comic Relief – Mar 2013

      To celebrate Comic Relief 2013, £1 was given for every new member of our Cheap Energy Club for a specified period, meaning a donation of £22,000 once rounded to the nearest £1,000.

    • Tetanus vaccines to Unicef – Dec 2013

      A donation of £1,375 was given to Unicef for 30,000 tetanus vaccines.

    • Polio vaccines to Unicef – Dec 2014

      A donation of £1,650 was given to Unicef for 15,000 polio vaccines.

    • Red Cross – Sep 2015

      To help the Europe refugee crisis, 50p was donated per new recipient of the weekly email for a specified period, which we rounded up to make a £6,000 donation.

    • Tetanus vaccines to Unicef – Dec 2015
      A donation of £2,040 was given to Unicef for 40,000 tetanus vaccines.

    • UK Athletics – Feb 2016
      A donation of £325 was made.

    • Unicef – Jan 2018
      A donation of £2,001 was made.

    • Unicef – Dec 2018
      A donation of £2,000 was made to pay for health checks for 800 Syrian children.

Donations between 1 Sep 2006 and 21 Jul 2008

Cancer Research UK. Different Strokes. Tools for Self Reliance.

£404,084

  • Full info

                                                                    £254,016
                                                            to the MSE Charity

    Main charities – £111,918 to nominated charities

    Cancer Research UK received 20% (£22,383)

    Re-Cycle received 20% (£22,383)

    Tools for Self Reliance received 20% (£22,383)

    Different Strokes received 20% (£22,383)

    Usable Websites received 20% (£22,383)

    Plus one-off donations...

    • Festive donation

      £3,000 went to Children in Crisis as part of this site's Christmas festive donation.

    • Children in Need

      In the run-up to Children in Need 2007, 50p was donated per new recipient of the weekly email for a specified period, meaning an overall donation of £8,200.

    • Comic Relief

      To celebrate Comic Relief, 50p was donated per new recipient of the weekly email in the run-up, meaning a £7,700 donation.

    • Myanmar Cyclone Appeal

      A total of £7,500 was donated as part of the '50p donation for every new recipient of the weekly email' appeal.

    • Charities Aid Foundation

      £1,100 was given to this charity, which provides low-cost banking, financial and training services to other charities.

    • Govan Law Centre

      Received two donations, £9,000 and £1,000, for providing legal support to the bank charges campaign.

    • National Eczema Society

      Received a donation of £50.

    • JustGiving – cimaracing

      Received a donation of £100.

    • Oxfam

      Received a donation of £500.

Donations between 25 Jun 2005 and 31 Aug 2006

Re-Cycle. Ripple Effect. WaterAid.

£87,248

  • Full info

    Main charities – £78,248 to nominated charities

    Samaritans received 26% (£20,344.59)

    Re-Cycle received 22% (£17,214.65)

    Send a Cow (now Ripple Effect) received 20% (£15,649.68)

    CAP Debt Counselling received 18% (£14,084.72)

    WaterAid received 14% (£10,954.78)

    Plus one-off donations...

    • South-East Asian Earthquake Appeal – 19 Oct 2005

      A total of £2,000 was donated as part of the '50p donation for every new recipient of the weekly email' drive.

    • World Vision – A MoneySavers' Well – 20 Dec 2005

      £2,000 was donated via World Vision to build a well in a desolate part of Africa, providing clean water for 10 villages.

    • World Vision – Solar Panels for Senegal – 28 Feb 2006

      A total of £5,000 was donated as part of the '50p donation for every new recipient of the weekly email' drive to fit solar panels for a health clinic in Senegal. So many people signed up that cash was spare to fund health centre equipment, sewing machines, school toys and classroom equipment.

Donations between 12 May 2004 and 24 Jun 2005

Breast Cancer Now, the research and care charity. Whizz-Kidz - move a life forward. Kidscape.

£39,680

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