Why choose Givey?

by Venisha Mehta

5 May 2020

An in depth overview of who we are and what we strive to be for our charities, users and donors!

We are CHAMPIONS of #smallcharities and local communities!

Unlike many other charity donation platforms, Givey are completely transparent on any costs which are part of the process of getting money from the platform to charities. As you will appreciate, all platforms are businesses and need to cover costs, including processing the money donated through payment systems (payment systems charge fees), maintaining the technology (platform) and paying salaries to a core team. The way that various charity donation platforms cover their costs is not always transparent to the donor using the platform.

Givey believes that 100% of what the donor wants to give the charity must be sent to the charity, and allow the donor to see the cost of doing so; whereas other platforms may recoup costs from the charity without the donor being aware how much has been taken from their donation.

Givey charges ZERO fees to the charity to use the Givey platform and receive donations. Usually other platforms charge charities for use of their platform and/or a percentage of the donation as well. There are some charity platforms which also take a portion of the gift aid amount. We believe such practices are not being transparent to either the charity or the donor. The donor doesn’t know the net that the charity received, and the charity may not realise how much of the platform charges, they may pay is passed on to reduce the amount taken per donation by the platform. Givey believes the charity should get 100% of every donation without charge and with no hidden costs for the charity, as that is what we expect every donor would want.

Givey is further differentiated in that we are champions for small charities and local communities, supporting a wide range of good causes, with over 60K registered donors and growing. Donations to small charities on Givey average c£30, therefore the donor pays £1.50 (5%) towards costs which we believe is reasonable. This small amount covers the payment providers fees which Givey has to pay for each transaction, and helps us keep Givey running.

Givey has significantly invested in technology which saves charities millions in software development costs each year, while still providing the charities the online fundraising tools they need to flourish – with no agency fees for software development or ongoing platform fees.

Whilst we very much appreciate the current situation of Covid-19, we are much smaller than our competitors and we survive on a large volume of small donations to support the service we provide. 

I hope the above gives you comfort that we are a Tech4Good company and from day 1 were set up to exclusively focus on the UK small charities sector and local communities in a transparent manner, ensure we save millions of pounds every year on software costs for the charities that they can’t afford, keep up to date with technology and transparently get 100% of the donations made to charities with no hidden costs.

Here is a link to ‘The best online fundraising platforms for charities’ dated 20 April 2020 on Charity Digital website, which says the Givey platform is ‘The joint best for money given to charities’.

https://charitydigital.org.uk/topics/topics/the-best-online-fundraising-platforms-for-charities-5324

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