How to link Facebook’s new ‘Donate Now’ button to your Virgin Money Giving charity page

If you’re a Virgin Money Giving charity and you’re using a Facebook page to share the latest news, fundraising appeals, and to showcase the great work that your charity is doing, there’s a new feature rolling out that you’re going to want to make the most of.

Some time ago Facebook added a ‘call to action’ button on the header image of all Facebook pages. You can see one of our charity members Mind using it here to encourage visitors to contact them.

Mind Facebook Page

There are several call to action types available which allow you to choose a label the button and provide a URL for it to link to.

But for Facebook pages which are ‘non-profits’ there’s a new option currently rolling out to make that button say ‘Donate Now’ and what’s more you can point that button directly at your Virgin Money Giving page.

Setting it up for your charity page is really straight forward for you (or your Facebook page admin).

  1. Head to your Facebook page and make sure you’re signed in and ‘managing’ the page.
  2. Click the call to action button in your header image (if you’re already set it as something else pick the ‘Edit Call to Action’ option from the menu). It’ll only be available if your Charity page is set to the type of ‘non profit’ or ‘Charity Organisaion’. If your page is set to something else here’s how you update it.
  3. Now on the options popup select the type of button as ‘Donate Now’ and copy/paste in your Virgin Money Giving donation URL (this can be a direct to charity donation, campaign page, or a specific fundraising page).
    Facebook Donate Now Button
  4. Once you’re setup just click ‘Save Changes’ and you’re done.

Measure your progressFacebook will also help you track the clicks, so you can see how many people are clicking the button.

When managing your charity page take a look at the stats on the right hand edge, you’ll see the number of clicks your call to action button is receiving (in the example to the right the button is set to ‘Watch Video’.

You can of course change the button action from time to time, but it’s another great way to help drive donations for your charity from your fundraising page. There are lots of other ‘Call to Action’ options that might suit different campaigns such as:

  • Watch Video
  • Sign Up
  • Contact Us
  • Book Now
  • Use App

With all of these options you simply provide the URL you’d like the button to link to, but of course a Donate Now button linked to your Virgin Money Giving is of course the best option!

Summer competition winners


Meet three of our competition winners:

We’re delighted to be the official fundraising partner of the London Duathlon, which takes place on 20 September in Richmond Park. To celebrate this partnership, we gave London Duathlon fundraisers the chance to win an Apple Sport Watch and are delighted to introduce the winner, Robin Drysdale. Robin is fundraising for NSPCC – congratulations Robin!

Each month between March and September, one Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon (RPFH) fundraiser will win our Royal Parks April’s On your Parks. Get Set. Go. competition; every donation received on a RPFH fundraising page in that month gets the fundraiser one entry into the draw to win, amongst other prizes, a £50 Runners Need voucher, afternoon tea for two at Grosvenor House and, of course a £100 donation to their Virgin Money Giving page. This month’s winner is Danni Livett who is fundraising for Multiple Sclerosis Society. After winning the prize, Danni told us “One of my closest friends has MS and I know all the money I can raise will help to fund more research into fighting this horrible illness.” There is only one more chance to win this prize so get those donations rolling in.

Also occurring every month, we give one fundraiser the chance to win a Pamper Package: every donation received in that month gets the fundraiser one entry into the draw. The Pamper Package prize includes chocolates and champagne from Virgin Wines, a Pamper Day package from Virgin Active and a £100 donation to the winner’s Virgin Money Giving page.  This month’s winner was Paula McGrath, who is also taking part in Royal Parks and is fundraising for Macmillan.

Good luck to our fundraisers for next month.

Our Fundraiser Video competition winner – Iain Fryatt

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At the end of May, we launched a competition which would send one inspirational fundraiser to New York City. We asked fundraisers up and down the country to send us a 90 a second video showing us their fundraising, telling us why their charity was important to them and what motivated them to undertake the challenge.

We received a huge number of incredible entries, each one an inspirational story, whether it be overcoming hardship, supporting a loved one or fundraising in memory of someone special. After managing to create a shortlist of ten, it was an extremely difficult job to pick a winner. One story, however, stood out: an incredible story, an arduous challenge and a truly inspirational fundraiser.

We are delighted to introduce the winner of the Fundraiser Video competition, Iain Fryatt.

At the age of 9, Iain was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia; a disease which causes progressive damage to the nervous system and can often result in heart muscle disease and diabetes. 18 years later, the disease means that Iain has problems with his balance, speech, swallowing and spine and is in a wheelchair. Despite the issues with his health, in October of last year – accompanied by his dad Graham, dad’s partner Karen, brothers Callum and Craig, cousin Billy and Nick the mountain medic – Iain took on one of the world’s toughest challenges, he ascended Mount Kilimanjaro and became the first person to ever complete the challenge on a Mountain Trike.

Iain and his companions raised over £11,100 for Ataxia UK – the leading national charity for people with ataxia, their families and carers, providing support and aiming to find treatments and cures. We believe that Iain is an extremely deserving winner of this competition, a sentiment mirrored by Disabled Motoring UK who have shortlisted Iain for their O A Denly award. This award will recognise a disabled person who has taken on a truly inspiring challenge.

You can still donate to Iain’s Virgin Money Giving page. A huge congratulations to him and those who ascended the mountain with him, we hope he has a fantastic trip to New York.

Sure Run to the Beat 2015

Sure Run To The Beat 2014

Virgin Money Giving is proud to be the official fundraising partner of the 2015 Sure Run to the Beat, with a huge line up including Danny Howard, Jameela Jamil and Marvin Humes!

Taking place on Sunday 13th September, a unique music running event and this year it’s an epic 10k at Wembley Park. Joining the top DJ’s will be Jay London, Kat & Birdy plus DJ Goofey, who will all be playing top tracks to keep you motivated.

Places are still available, so you can run for one of the 50+ associated charities. Visit the Sure Run to the Beat website here for more details or to secure your place.

Already got your place? Set up your page here.

To help your fundraising get off to a good start, check out our competition to win an exclusive Pamper Package. Every month between 1 March and 31 December 2015, any fundraiser who uses us for their 2015 fundraising, has the chance to win one of these exclusive ‘Pamper Packages’.

#RideLondon Fundraising Hero – championing disabled kids in sport

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It takes a hero to take on a challenge to help better the lives of others. It takes a superhero to overcome their own injuries, and disregard their own personal setbacks, to help people less fortunate than themselves. JJ Chalmers is just the kind of superhero who uses his astounding amount of strength and determination, to push himself to the limit to give the less fortunate the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest.

JJ was fighting in Afghanistan in 2011 when he was severely injured by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). He returned to the UK to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he underwent numerous reconstructive operations on several different parts of his body. He has lost two fingers and has undergone surgery on his face and both of his legs. Doctors took muscle lining from his leg to replace a severed tendon in his tricep, and at one point during his recovery had his arm grafted to his body to keep it supplied with blood whilst doctors tried to repair the joint with titanium. When speaking about his rehabilitation JJ said “The road to recovery does not go in one straight line. Every time you take a step forward you suffer a knock back. However, when you get over that set back you find yourself further forward than ever before.”

In 2014 JJ’s battle against his injuries was complete, and he was victorious. He took part in the Invictus Games of 2014, a sporting event specifically for injured Service men and women set up by HRH Prince Harry to give people like JJ the chance to prove that their lives aren’t going to be ruled by their injuries, and that they are still just as capable of competing in sporting activities as anybody else. When talking about why he continues to take part in sporting activities he said “Sport has always been a part of my life and so disability sport has been a crucial part of my recovery and has allowed me to stay fit and active as well as providing me with some unforgettable experiences”.

The ability to do sporting activities is something that everybody deserves, and is something that JJ really believes in. That is why he is taking part in the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on a Recumbent Trike for the charity Get Kids Going! “It is a simple fact that if an able-bodied person wants to exercise all they need to do is pop out and buy a pair of trainers and off they go. However, the challenge is very different for the disabled person. They will need bespoke equipment which has been adapted to meet their individual needs and that comes at a price. Get Kids Going! Helps to level the playing field so that kids who are ‘otherwise able’ can have the support they need to enjoy an active involvement in sporting activity.” JJ is passionate about making sure that disabled children get the same opportunities that he has had to compete in a sporting environment.

You can support JJ on his Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 by going to his Virgin Money Giving page.

Are you a #RideLondon Fundraising Hero?

If you’re riding in the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 this Sunday, there’s still time to set up your fundraising page today.

And if you already have a fundraising page, you can find more fundraising tips here.


#RideLondon fundraising hero: Helping others like me

Amanda Love for Ride London

Imagine cycling 100 miles. Now imagine having to cycle it with the use of only one working leg. Despite never having entered the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 before, this is the challenge Amanda Love is facing after having a discectomy (operation to her spine) and experiencing nerve damage to one of her legs.

Not content with just putting herself through her paces on the road to recovery with a 100 mile cycle, Amanda has become a #RideLondon fundraising hero by giving back to a small charity, Aspire – which helps those with spinal injuries.

Amanda tells us “I’ve suffered with a bad back’ for many years, however in January 2014 everything came to a head, the pain made giving birth to twins feel like a walk in the park, and  I underwent a discectomy”.  Her recovery has been slow with several setbacks and even nerve damage in her leg.  

The charity Amanda is fundraising for, Aspire, was founded in 1982 to provide practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury. The charity point out that “Every eight hours someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury. It can happen to anyone at any time and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure.

Starting her training from scratch has not been easy, especially due to the nerve damage Amanda sustained, meaning she will be powering round the 100 mile course with only one working leg. She tells us “I was completely unable to cycle after my operation, I kept feeling like I was falling off” but after starting with very short, flat rides and “lots of stops for coffee and cake“, after 18 months Amanda says she’s reached a point where hills are her friends.

One of the things helping to keep her motivated to stick to her training is how fortunate she feels to be able to do the things she can do. Amanda adds, “Others were not as fortunate as me in their recovery. I work with a guy the same age as me who has had the same operation as me, and is now using a wheelchair as he can’t walk any distance and is constant pain.”

Amanda also adds some fundraising advice, saying that setting a tangible target, one that will buy something specific or provide a specific service, has been a real help. Amanda is trying to raise enough money for Aspire to buy two sets of Dragon Voice Recognition software for a computer, for people with serious spinal injuries. So why not give her a boost and donate via her Virgin Money Giving page?

Are you a Prudential RideLondon Fundraising Hero?

If you’re riding in the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, set up your fundraising page today.

And if you already have a fundraising page, you can find more fundraising tips here.

Tommy’s Splashathon


Tommy’s have joined forces with Water Babies and Peppa Pig to bring you the Tommy’s Splashathon! Babies and toddlers are sponsored to complete swimming challenges to raise money to help save other babies’ lives. Tommy’s are aiming to raise over £500,000 through the Tommy’s Splashathon to help fund our pioneering medical research and pregnancy information service.

Tommy’s currently funds three research centres in London, Manchester and Edinburgh dedicated to preventing stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage.  Your Splashathon fundraising will help us to open a fourth centre committed to preventing early miscarriage, helping mums like Kate who went through the heart ache of 14 miscarriages to have her 3 beautiful children:

My husband and I were so happy and excited when I first fell pregnant.  But just forty-eight hours after celebrating, I miscarried.  It took two more miscarriages before we were taken seriously. My next pregnancy I was put onto low dose aspirin and given weekly scans to check for a heartbeat.  The result was our wonderful Theodora.

I went on to have 5 further miscarriages over the next 3 years.  We saw a heartbeat at around 6 weeks for each baby but the treatment wasn’t working.  I was to take daily injections of Heparin, as well as the aspirin, in the next pregnancy.  It was terrifying with a lot of bleeding. But gorgeous Edgar made it.

We were both from big families and our plan had been 4 children.  After Edgar I fell pregnant easily again, followed the same programme, and made it through the scary weeks of bleeding to have lovely Lola.   We did try for a 4th child but over the next 4 years I had 6 more miscarriages, so we decided to stop and be content with our beautiful family. 

We would not have had any of our wonderful children with the benefit of pioneering research.  But, there is just still much more to be done which is why your support is so important.

You can also win fabulous prizes with the event!

  • Raise £1+ and get a certificate.
  • Raise £30 and get a cloth sew-on Peppa Pig badge.
  • Raise £100 and get an exclusive Peppa Pig Splash DVD.
  • Raise £200 and get a limited edition Peppa Pig bag and goodies.
  • Plus, the highest overall fundraiser will win tickets for a family of four to Peppa Pig World along with one night’s hotel accommodation!

Open your fundraising page today.

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