Diabetes Challenge, JustGiving, Virgin Money Giving – what’s the difference?
Online fundraising is a fast, effective and safe way to raise sponsor money – more and more people are using online fundraising sites to collect sponsorship for events they are taking part in. There are many sites that can be used, but which one is best for you? Each site will suit different fundraisers – this guide highlights the key features of, and differences between, the most popular sites available.
Diabetes Challenge is Diabetes UK's own fundraising site. It was set up in September 2009 and is already home to more than 700 challenges set up by supporters. The site allows users to challenge themselves or friends to raise money for Diabetes UK, and all pages can be shared through your Facebook or Twitter page.
You can also import videos from YouTube and photos from Flickr to keep friends and family updated on how your challenge is getting on. Diabetes UK receives 100 per cent of any donations made.
Visit www.diabeteschallenge.org.uk to find out more, or to set your own challenge.
JustGiving is the largest online fundraising site in the UK. It is used by more than 9,000 charities and has helped raise over £700million for good causes. Justgiving charges a small fee (5 per cent plus VAT) on each donation, and charities pay £15 a month to use its services. It provides help and support for both charities and users, and allows users to link their fundraising pages directly to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
Visit www.justgiving.com for more information.
Virgin Money Giving
Virgin Money Giving was set up in 2009 as a result of Virgin Money’s sponsorship of the London Marathon, and has already helped raise more than £25million for good causes. Fundraisers can create a fundraising page for life and keep the same web address for every event they take part in, and can also raise money for different charities at the same event. To use Virgin Money Giving, charities pay a one-off fee of £100 and there is a 2% transaction fee charge to cover costs.
Visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com to try out the site.