25 Jun 2015

Donate safely during Ramadan

The Charity Commission has issued advice on how to give safely during Ramadan which falls between June 18 and July 17 this year.

Ramadan is known as a time of very generous charitable giving.

However, as the Charity Commission explains in a video it has commissioned for Ramadan: “Sometimes donations can go missing or fall into the wrong hands. People have a right to feel confident that their generosity is not abused and that their donations are being used for legitimate charitable purposes.”

The video aims to encourage people to check before they give.

Support the causes intended

Sarah Atkinson, director of policy and communications at the Charity Commission says:

“Ramadan is very much a time for giving, but unfortunately there are individuals prepared to exploit this. We want to ensure that the generous donations made by people from Muslim communities end up supporting the deserving causes for which they were intended.”

She adds: “The commission is committed to ensuring that trust and confidence in charities remains high, so we would encourage the public to follow our simple tips before making donations.”

Safe choice

“Anyone keen to donate during Ramadan can put their trust into MyDonate,” says Alice Hunt, BT head of MyDonate and corporate fundraising.

“Not only is the site easy and quick to use but we also check every charity before they join the site to make sure they are correctly registered1.

“Also every donation made via MyDonate is processed by BT Safepay2 ensuring that the transaction is safe and your card details are secure.

“So if you want to donate safely during Ramadan then MyDonate is a great choice.”

* 1 All charities on MyDonate are registered with the Charities Commission in England and Wales and/or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). Charities in Northern Ireland and Community Amateur Sports Clubs need to have charity status with HMRC. This also applies to other charities in the UK who are exempt from formal registration with the Charity Commission or OSCR.

2 Donations are processed by BT Safepay, a PCI DSS Level 1 certified payment gateway. BT Safepay processes more than 35 million transactions each year, For more information, see http://business.bt.com/getting-your-business-online/bt-safepay/

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