Supporting Bmycharity fundraisers

We were sorry to hear that Bmycharity have announced that they are withdrawing their online fundraising website and won’t be accepting donations after 19 March.

New Fundraising PageIf you’re currently fundraising with Bmycharity we can help you continue your fundraising. You can seamlessly switch to Virgin Money Giving in just a few minutes, to help you move your page we’ve but together a quick guide below:

  1. Go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com and click ‘start fundraising‘.
  2. Select the type of fundraising activity you’re doing.
  3. Either search for the event you’re taking part in or enter the details of your fundraising activity.
  4. Search for the charity you’d like to raise money for and set your fundraising target.
  5. Create your account by entering your details and creating a password.
  6. Add your fundraising story to your page.

No need to re-write your fundraising page

There’s no need to write your fundraising story from scratch again, you can easily copy this from your BMY Charity page:

  • Go to your Bmycharity page.
  • Select all of the text, right click, and choose ‘copy’.
  • Then ‘paste’ this into your Virgin Money Giving page.

Keeping your fundraising total

Offline Fundraising AmountIf you’ve already made a good start with your fundraising, you can update the totaliser on your Virgin Money Giving page to show what you’ve raised elsewhere.

  • Take a note of the total amount raised on your BMY Charity fundraising page.
  • Add this amount in the ‘offline fundraising’ box just below the thermometer.

You can do this either when you create your new fundraising page, or at any time by signing into your account and choosing the ‘edit page’ link.

Letting everyone know about your new page

You can let everyone know where your new fundraising page is and we’ve got some tools to help you:

  • Facebook:
    Add our facebook application to your profile, and share it with your friends.
  • Email:
    From your fundraising account you can email all your contacts in your address book a link to your new page.
  • Twitter, Facebook, linked in, and MySpace:
    You can share a link to your fundraising page on your social networks, click the icons on the right hand side of your fundraising page to send a link to your friends.
  • Your Blog and Website:
    Add a button linking to your Virgin Money Giving fundraising page to your own blog or website, there’s a guide here showing how to do this.

3 Responses to “Supporting Bmycharity fundraisers”


  1. 1 Eleanor Edwards March 13, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Hi,
    I noticed this post with great interest because we (Give A Brick) are a charity registered with BMyCharity. We would love for our fundraisers to continue all their hard work via your site but unless I’m not mistaken, we would first have to pay £100+vat to register with your site.

    Large charities will probably not have a problem with this. However, not only is Give A Brick still a small charity where every penny is vital, Give A Brick is also probably the only charity that actively encourages their givers to only give £1 and then ask their friends to do the same. To set up with BMyCharity, it took 150 people to all Give A Brick (£1) and if we were to have to pay £100 to yourselves, we’re then looking at another 100 people Giving a Brick.

    I appreciate that since you are a non-profit organization you couldn’t afford to write off several hundred charities registration fees. However, you carry the name of a very generous backer. I wonder if he might consider doing so?

    As I said in a blog post comment on our own blog (http://www.giveabrick.com/bmycharity-apparently-not/#comment-1499) this would be brilliant publicity for your organization as well as being one up on Just Giving and their expensive model.

    Judging by the reactions on Facebook and BMyCharity’s blog, there are a lot of hurt and confused BMyCharity users out there right now. An announcement by yourselves to this end would be a brilliant moral boost and help bring some good out of a difficult time.

    I look forward to hearing what you think,
    Eleanor

    @GiveABrick

  2. 2 James Potter March 16, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Hi Eleanor,

    We have taken some immediate steps to help charities and have streamlined our registration process for those of you moving across from Bmycharity. This means that if you register with us today we will have you up and running in just a few days – helping to ensure that you don’t miss out on any fundraising at this key time.

    As a not-for-profit business we do all we can to keep our fees as low as possible. Our £100+VAT set up fee literally covers the cost of putting each charity live on our website – this is a one off charge and you don’t have to pay us a subscription each month. We believe this is the fairest way to charge because it costs us the same to set up each charity, regardless of size and we believe it would be unfair on other charities using Virgin Money Giving to waive our set up fee for those moving across from Bmycharity.

    Once you are up and running on our website we charge a 2% transaction fee on donations (you mention in your blog this would be 20p on a £1 donation – in fact it’s just 2p) and we don’t charge anything to collect Gift Aid for you (we currently have a fantastic 87% people ticking the Gift Aid box). So, for each £1 donation to Give A Brick you would receive £1.10 net of all fees and with Gift Aid added.

    This link shows how our fees work http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/popup/how-fees-affect-a-donation.jsp

    We would be delighted if Give A Brick used our website for fundraising and we would love to help such a great cause.

    James
    Virgin Money Giving


  1. 1 Virgin to the rescue? It’s possible but we’ll need your help | Give A Brick Trackback on March 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm
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