Easyfundraising in the press
Birmingham based charity shopping website www.easyfundraising.org.uk has been honoured in the 2007 Currys Awards, winning the title of Best Performing Charity Website and beating off strong competition from several other charity sites to secure the award.
Charity and retail partnerships mean you can give to good causes as well as your relatives this Christmas without spending more than you normally would.
Websites such as Easyfundraising.org.uk allow you to make purchases from a wide range of retailers while benefiting your choice from a list of charities
A novel website, www.easyfundraising.org.uk, is helping animal charities raise money. The site links to hundreds of popular mainstream shopping websites: online shoppers buy normal everyday items via the site and a percentage is given to the good cause of their choice. Dozens of animal rescue centres have registered with the site, with one greyhound charity raising more than £20,000. Why not try it for your Christmas shopping?
If you're buying something online, easyfundraising.org.uk will donate a percentage of your purchase to good causes without incurring extra costs
You can make a difference buying online by purchasing through easyfundraising.org.uk. With access to hundreds of sites, including big players such as Amazon and eBay, easyfundraising donate their "click-through" commission to whichever charity or school you would like to benefit, meaning you can give as you buy at no extra cost.
Buy something online and easyfundraising.org.uk will donate a percentage of your purchase to your PTA without costing you a penny extra!
easyfundraising.org.uk gives a boost to a charity - or school, sporting or community club - of your choice each time you shop online!
..you can still help your cause each time you shop online by visiting a retailer's site via a link at easyfundraising.org.uk. Choose which cause you wish to benefit from the commission each retailer agrees to pay on your purchases.
A simple online donation service, created by Ian Woodroffe in 2005, in the form of revolutionary organisation easyfundraising.
The rise of giving online has also inspired a new way of donating. Website easyfundraising.org.uk allows people to shop online with big-name brands while supporting a specific charity.
Fundraising website easyfundraising.org.uk raised over £300,000 for good causes in the run up to Christmas 2010, bringing its total to £2.2 million since it launched in 2007.
Between October and December 2010, a total of £302,144 was generated by easyfundraising's members as they shopped online with nearly 2000 retail partners.
Shoppers login to easyfundraising, and then simply select a good cause to support before buying with retailers such as M&S, Argos, Vodafone, Comet, Play.com, GAME, Debenhams and House of Fraser. When they make a purchase, the retailer passes a donation to the shopper's chosen cause, which is either a percentage of the total spend or a flat, one-off donation.
Managing Director Gary Thompson said: "We're thrilled to have passed the £2 million donation mark. The easyfundraising supporters are using our service more than ever... We're hoping to raise well in excess of £1m in 2011".
Any not-for-profit organisation can register for free with easyfundraising, including charities, schools and pre-schools, youth groups, animal welfare, sports teams, individual fundraisers and religious groups.
Are you struggling to raise funds for your club or organisation? Have you exhausted all the possibilities of raffles, charity concerts and bring and buy sales? Fear not - fundraising is easy and it can all be done from home!
The folks at easyfundraising.org.uk provide a free fundraising service where you can raise funds for any charity, trust, school, club, good cause or community group you support when you shop online, You can also register your own group and it doesn't cost you a penny.
Choose from over 2000 of the UK's best-known retailers and when you shop using the links on the site up to 15% from every purchase is donated to the cause you choose to nominate. If only I'd known earlier - hundreds of pounds could have been raised from my Doctor Who purchases alone!
Shoppers will generate a free donation to the Foundation of up to 15% from every purchase they make simply by using the easyfundraising site to shop well known retailers.
Purchases won't cost the shopper a penny more with easyfundraising
The Emily Jordan Foundation, has joined fundraising website www.easyfundraising.org.uk and now Emily's family are urging anyone who shops online to use the site to help them raise funds.
Shoppers will generate a free donation to the Foundation of up to 15% from every purchase they make simply by using the easyfundraising site to shop.
Feeling the pinch? Birmingham Mail Consumer Editor Emma McKinney discovers how a Birmingham woman has launched a website that helps shoppers save while raising money for good at the same time.
WHEN Tracey Woodroffe had to watch her husband battle with cancer she wanted to do something to help stop others suffering the same ordeal.
Determined to help, the 41-year-old, from Sutton Coldfield, decided to launch a website that would raise cash for charities working to carry out research into ways to cure the disease.
Almost three years on, the site - www.easyfundraising.org.uk - has now raised more than £600,000 for over 1,500 organisations, including charities, schools and local community groups.
And as a recession grips the nation, the site not only swells the coffers of groups in need, it also helps shoppers to save much-needed cash.
"The premiss of the site really is very simple," explains Becky Coleman, easyfundraising's spokeswoman.
"All people need to do is log on to the site, choose a charity or organisation they want to help support and then simply start shopping."
The site has links to more than 600 big-name retailers, including Argos, Next, Amazon and eBay, which shoppers can click onto and use in the way they would normally.
When shoppers registered to easyfundraising then make a purchase from one of the retailers, some of the cash they paid towards their chosen product is then donated by the retailer to the shopper's chosen cause.
And many retailers also offer recession-busting online deals and money saving eVouchers exclusively to easyfundraising.
The site also offers a price comparison service to help users find the cheapest deals. And anyone searching the web through the site instead of popular engines such as Google also generate cash for good causes, with ten searches a day raising around £20 per year.
Sound too good to be true? It isn't, promises Becky.
"People can be quite sceptical about the site when they first hear about it, but there really isn't a catch," she says.
"It sounds unrealistically generous, but in reality, retailers are happy to give up a small percentage to make a donation to a good cause in exchange for having customers referred to them.
"It's also much cheaper for a store to sell products online as they save on overheads, so they don't lose out by providing a donation from what they have sold.
"In the current economic climate it couldn't be better, saving shoppers money while giving them the feel-good factor knowing that, at the same time, they are helping those in need."
The news comes after a survey by the Charities Aid Foundation and the Association of Chief Executives of the Voluntary Sector has revealed that donations being made to good causes have fallen dramatically over the last 12 months as people tighten their belts in the credit crunch.
Staffed by a team of 12 people working at bases across the Midlands, easyfundraising hopes to grow bigger and bigger and help even more causes, says Becky.
"We seem to grow in popularity simply by word of mouth and Tracey is so delighted that from what started out as being something to help cancer research has grown into a site that helps so many good causes," she adds.
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WHAT IS IT? "easyfundraising is a shopping portal. When a purchase is made, the shops give a commission to www.easyfundraising.org.uk, just as they would to most other internet shopping portals. But with this portal, the commission is automatically given to charity." HOW DO YOU USE IT? Register your details, pick the charity or organisation you wish to support and log in to the site. Then, just shop as you would on any internet site. WHO BENEFITS? Users can donate to charities, scout groups, theatre groups, Rotary clubs, or to sponsored individuals.