Using online and text giving
There are a number of organisations through which you can raise funds and accept donations online, and through mobile devices. These include: JustGiving; VirginMoneyGiving; MyDonate; JustTextGiving and the National Fundraising Scheme (Donate). All take a fee of some sort, so it is worth doing some research to find the option best suited to your needs.
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Online giving is usually done through a site which offers a page for your charity or campaign. You can then direct your donors to this page, which gives them a quick and easy way to donate. Some sites also give individuals the chance to join and fundraise for one or a variety of charities.
Most online giving sites charge a monthly fee, and may also take a percentage of each donation. This can vary, and special offers are sometimes available so always check.
The National Churches Trust has negotiated a special rate with JustGiving which means that churches, chapels and meeting houses who sign up through us do not pay the usual monthly fee (saving £15 per month). You will also get a free textgiving number, so please do check it out.
Asking for relatively small, one off donations by text can be a great way to boost fundraising. It is best used at the point of emotional contact with your cause, and can be either for a general appeal or made to be very specific (perhaps for a particular monument restoration). Most services offer the opportunity to have more than one number to text, which means that you could ask for donations to more than one appeal at a time. You can also set the amount given up to £10, or give the donor the opportunity to choose.
Charges for these services vary, but it is available free of charge thanks to sponsorship of the JustTextGiving by Vodafone (supported by the Vodafone Foundation, registered charity no1089625). Whatever network you're on, JustTextGiving lets anyone donate to you by text. It's free, easy to set up and every penny goes to charity. However, there is some great information about how to make the most of this kind of fundraising on the National Fundraising Scheme (which offers a similar free service) website so do check both out.
National Fundraising Scheme: DONATE