Rivernorth Guide to Event Fundraising Websites

There are now a host of websites which will process online donations for charities involved in event fundraising. To help your selection here is the Rivernorth guide to the services and charges of the main players. Please be aware we have tried to compile this list to give an accurate indication of charges,however the data here is based on average credit card donations and is sourced from each service's published data. Charges for debit and credit card services can vary according to the card provider so there may be some variation in return according to how a donor chooses to pay.

There is no doubt these sites provide a very valuable service and will enhance your ability to draw in funds quickly, securely and without much effort. A word of warning, the ones with the lowest charges may not necessarily be the best for your charity. You need to take into careful consideration the preferences of your donors and how easy they find the giving interface to use.

Note - 12th July 2013 - the website Charity Giving has been suspended pending an investigation by the Charity Commission !

Provider 
           

Suspended

 
Not for profit
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Setup costs
0
£100 +vat
0
£150+vat
0
0
0
Annual fee 
0
0
0
0
£75 - £125 depending on turnover 
0
0
Credit card or donation processing fee
1.3%
2%
5%
0
3.30%
3.12%
2.75%
VAT on donations
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
no
yes
Monthly subscription
0
None 
£15+vat
0
0
0
0
Return on credit card gift aided donation of £10 
£12.37
£12.15
£11.74
£12.34
£12.09
£12.10
£12.50*
Automatic gift aid collection 
yes
yes
yes
no
no
yes
yes
Return on credit card non gift aided donation of £10 
£9.87
£9.65
£9.37
£9.81
£9.67
£10.00
£10.00*
Accepts Paypal
no
yes
yes
no
no
no
no

Dedicated facebook application

no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
Text giving service
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no
Ability to split event donations between charities
no
yes
no
no
no
no
no
Mobile phone app
yes
no
yes
no
no
no
no
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Every effort has been made to ensure correct data in this table, but charges can change from time to time so please check with the organisations listed to confirm charges. If there are any inaccuracies please contact us and we will be happy to correct them.

Table last updated January 2013.

* With this service the transaction fee is added after the donation, not deducted from it. Therefore a £10.00 donation will cost the donor £10.28