The National Funding Scheme has announced it has reached a milestone of raising £250,000 for UK charities in the two years since it released its DONATE platform.
Highlights include £75,000 raised in less than a week for the Battersea Arts Centre following a fire, £18,000 raised as a charity cricket match and around £20,000 raised for a landmine charity.
During the campaign on DONATE for the Battersea Arts Centre, 99% of donors allowed their contact details to be passed on so that the centre could build a new long-term relationship with many rather than simply receiving anonymous donations.
DONATE was originally provided only for arts and cultural organisations, and is currently used for fundraising across 350 institutions but has now been extended to all UK charities.
The National Funding Scheme takes a minority share of the Gift Aid from donations, or 2.5% of the total donation when no Gift Aid is given, to fund the mobile and online platform, which it says is half the rate of commercial providers, and hopes that by expanding the service to all charities, not just those in the arts sector, will reduce these fees.
The National Funding Scheme said that its trustees are “hugely thankful for all the support and funding they have received to reach this milestone. This includes significant pro-bono support from a wide range of providers including our Trustees, our lawyers, bankers, accountants and technology providers.”
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