What is Give as you Live Online?
It's an easy way to raise free funds for charity, just by shopping online.
Where can funds be raised?
We work with over 4,000 online retailers including eBay, John Lewis & Partners, Booking.com and Sainsbury's. You can find retailers for everyday shopping and gifts, booking a holiday and ordering office products.
Where do the donations come from?
As a "thank you" for sending sales to them, the retailers give us a reward - we pass this onto the charity of the member's choice - which could be you!
We already work with over 10,000 UK charities, including
How to get your charity involved
Tell your supporters
Use our free marketing materials to encourage your supporters to sign-up.
The more your supporters use Give as you Live, the more you raise!
What you get when you register your charity
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Give as you Live is an award-winning online fundraising website for UK charities, helping people raise money through their everyday online and in-store shopping, as well as through direct donations and fundraising pages.
We've helped raise over £13 million so far for thousands of deserving causes.
We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator - see our page here - and our credentials include multiple awards from the Institute of Fundraising, with whom we've worked closely for many years.
We work with thousands of charities from multinationals to local volunteer-run causes.
The types of charities who can use Give as you Live include:
- Charities registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales
- Charities registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)
- Charities registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
- Organisations registered as a 'good cause' with HMRC
- Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs)
- Community Interest Companies (CICs)
It's free for charities to join - there are no sign-up fees or monthly subscriptions. It's also free for your supporters.
Direct donations are subject to a small transaction fee. All other funds, including online and in-store shopping, are paid to you in full with no deductions.
For online and instore donations, as a 'thank you' for sending sales to them, our retailers give us a reward, From this reward, we make a donation to you.
Charities receive 50% of the reward we receive from retailers. Let's take Booking.com as an example - we say that you can raise a 2.5% donation there. We actually get paid a 5% reward by Booking.com which is split 50:50 - so we get 2.5% and the charity gets 2.5%.
Because we also get a share, we are able to offer our services for free to members and charities.
Every charity gets their own dedicated page on our website - share this page with your supporters so that they can sign up and start supporting you in just a few clicks.
You will also have access to a bespoke marketing toolkit which includes a wide range of free materials including website content, social media posts, banners and posters - all automatically customised with your charity name and link.
For raising online, supporters can sign-up and browse our retailers using our website. They click the 'shop & raise' button to visit the retailer's website and then continue to shop as normal. Once the retailer tells us about the purchase, we'll email the supporter to let them know how much has been raised.
We also offer a 'Donation Reminder' tool - this reminds supporters about participating retailers as they browse, without needing to visit our website first. It's free and easy to use.
And we have an app for iPhones and iPads. This also reminds supporters about participating retailers as they browse. It's free and available from the Apple App Store.
For in-store shopping cards, these can be purchased from our website. They are then delivered to the customer ready for them to use in-store. They are used for payment instead of a debit/credit card.
There are a few things to be aware of. A small number of online retailers only donate if it's your first ever purchase with them - including some grocery retailers like Tesco and ASDA - whilst utility and subscription renewals are not usually eligible.
In addition, if you visit the retailer via a voucher code, cashback or price comparison websites, or via an advert or sponsored Google result, then this can block the donation as the retailer will only reward one 'source' for each purchase.
Lastly, adblockers will block donations, but we do have a white-list available which enables Give as you Live whilst still blocking most ads.
Once you've fully registered, you'll have access to your Charity Admin panel. Here you can edit your charity page (e.g. add a logo or update your charity name) and view payment and supporter reports. So you'll be able to see who is raising money for you and how much.
We pay charities quarterly via BACS. Unfortunately we can't pay by cheque.
Funds are paid once we've received them from the retailer - typically it takes about 4 months from purchase to payment. There's a minimum payment amount of £15.
In order to pay you, we do need bank details to be provided - these are asked for during the registration process.
And in order to verify the details provided, we ask that some documents are sent to us - specifically a charity letterhead and a piece of formal, pre-printed bank stationery. This is explained at the relevant stage and ensures that your donations go to the right place.
If you wish, you can start using and promoting Give as you Live before providing these.
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Give as you Live Card
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