09 December 2012

Fundraising for the Society

Thanks to Society Vice-President Julian Allason we now have a new, improved way for UK members to raise money for the Society without it costing a penny more than normal.

easyfundraising.org.uk helps charities, schools, sports clubs, community groups, and other good causes to raise money when their supporters shop online. It works in a similar way to many other loyalty shopping sites, but instead of earning points when you shop, you raise a donation for your cause instead. You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each will donate a percentage of what you spend. For example, John Lewis will donate 1%, Amazon 2.5% and Body Shop 6%. It’s as simple as that!

Other retailers include M&S, Argos, Virgin, eBay, Debenhams, Tesco, GAP, Boots and Majestic Wine.

The Society is already registered as a recipient, so all you have to do is visit easyfundraising.org.uk, sign up and choose the Society as your chosen charity.

Then whenever you shop online you access your chosen retailer through the easyfundraising.org.uk site. The resulting sale will automatically generate a donation from the retailer to the Society easyfundraising.org.uk – and you will get to see how much each transaction generates.

In a four week trial I have raised almost £20 for the Society just by doing what I would normally do. Now that has to be worthwhile and knocks spots off what we currently earn in commission from Amazon UK sales.

What is even better is that if you are a UK taxpayer you can also Gift Aid the donation you generate. We get told every quarter how much your donations amount to and we claim the tax back from HMRC. (We do not get to see where the money was spent or on what!)
Yes, it really is as simple as it sounds!

You can also raise extra pennies by using easysearch.org.uk. This free search engine raises funds for your good cause whenever you use it. For regular internet users those pennies will soon accumulate into pounds for the Society.

Raising this sort of income for the Society will all help in the battle to stave off increases in membership subscriptions as well as keeping the website, and APLIST going.

There’s a link to easyfundraising.org.uk on our website – so there’s no excuse for not buying those last minute Christmas presents this way!

We’ll add other non-UK equivalent schemes when we find suitable ones.

In case you can’t see/follow those links the URLs are:

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