Every year we organise the Paddle Round The Pier Beach Festival in Brighton. This event has grown massively and last year had over 30,000 people attend the weekend, with £35,000 raised for the three chosen charities.
I wanted to find out if anyone knew of some secure online donation websites we could use to allow people to donate – normally donations are made:
a) via collecting buckets on the day
b) from trade stand revenue
c) from sponsorship monies raised by people taking part in various events across the weekend
By allowing people to donate pre and post event I’m sure we can raise even more money.
Also as a bonus, if the people raising sponsor money could also have online donations for their individual fundraising that would be a bonus.
All of the main online donation platforms in the UK were set up to serve registered charities – JustGiving, Bmycharity, Virgin Money Giving, AltaContact etc. So, your only option is PayPal.
As well as ‘buy now’ buttons it offers ‘donate’ buttons too for your links. It offers charities a discounted rate, but that might apply just to registered charities. It’s worth asking though.
And on the subject of the word ‘charity’, it does have a meaning in law. So, if you are not a charity then you technically shouldn’t refer to your events as a charity event. ‘Charitable’ is fine, oddly enough. Not that I’m a lawyer…
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