JustGiving accused of taking £20m from donations while paying staff up to

first_imgCharities deserve the best, not the cheapestJustGiving The information states: “Charities pay a five per cent fee on each donation made through the site, with partner charities that raise large volumes paying as little as two per cent. The service is free for individuals.“Charities can either pay a subscription fee of £15 or £39 (depending on usage) for access to a sophisticated suite of reporting tools, support and training, or use the free option called the ‘Start’ plan, which enables them to start a Campaign at no cost.“JustGiving reinvests all of its surpluses into product development, innovation, charity training and support, in keeping with JustGiving’s mission to ensure that no good cause goes unfunded.” A spokesman for the website said that fundraisers chose the site because “we help them raise more, net of fees”.“Charities deserve the best, not the cheapest. We help good causes raise more money, precisely because we make a profit, all of which we re-invest back into making our platform bigger and better,” she added.”Charities need successful, sustainable commercial partners to deliver the technology innovation they need to grow, and JustGiving is proud to play a leading role in making the non-profit sector stronger and better equipped for the future.”Richard Taylor, chair of the Institute of Fundraising and executive director at MacMillan Cancer Support, described JustGiving as a “pioneer of online fundraising” as he spoke out in support of the website.”Thanks to Zarine and Anne-Marie’s vision and leadership and continued investment in world-class technology, charities of all sizes can simply use JustGiving and keep their focus on raising more money, and the entire sector is stronger for it,” he added. JustGiving has been accused of taking more than £20million from fundraisers at the same time as paying staff up to £200,000.The website takes a cut from most donations. While some of the money is used for maintenance, product development and charity training, accounts allegedly show that more than £10million was spent on staff costs last year.This reportedly includes an average salary of more than £60,000 for some directors, sales and administration workers, while the boss of the firm is said to have earned an estimated £198,000, an investigation by the Daily Mail found. @JustGiving really disappointed to find out today for donations you receive you guys take 6% of that sum, raking in 20 million a year— zam (@zammo70) February 7, 2017center_img The website, which has millions of registered users, was last night labelled greedy by one charity chief executive. The Telegraph has contacted JustGiving for comment.Ashley Fulwood, the chief executive of OCD-UK, a small charity that provides information on OCD and similar conditions, told the paper his fees had increased last year by more than £300.“I understand they have to cover their overheads, but half of the money is going on wages,” he said. “They are taking people’s hard-earned money for themselves. It is greed. It is hard to stomach.”Information about JustGiving’s fees are accessible on its website. It shows that if a £10 donation is made including Gift Aid, which takes it up to £12.50, then the total amount taken from the charity would be around 0.76p.This includes the website’s five per cent fee amounting to 0.63p and a card processing fee, usually at 1.3 per cent or 0.13p. I understand they have to cover their overheads, but half of the money is going on wagesAshley Fulwood, the chief executive of OCD-UK Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Teenagers who murdered vulnerable woman apply to extend anonymity

The issue will go before the High Court next month, where their legal teams will argue the media’s ban on reporting their identities should be extended.The current interim injunction applies to media reports, and all other internet postings.During the original trial it emerged that the older of the two girls had attempted suicide on four occasions once in the court lavatory where she had tried to strangle herself with her own hair. Angela Wrightson died following a sustained attack in her home Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Angela Wrightson died following a sustained attack in her home The judge praised a female member of the court staff saying her quick actions had literally saved the girl’s life.The judge revealed that the younger girl had also been self-harming during the trial.During the murder, which is believed to have taken place over a five hour period, the girls posted images of themselves laughing on social media.They later called the police to ask for a lift home and posted an image of themselves laughing in the back of the police van.The court heard the Miss Wrightson would have suffered considerable mental and physical pain during what was described as an attack of “gratuitous degradation.”She was hit with a shovel, a TV, a coffee table and a stick studded with screws after she let the girls into her home. Two teenage girls who beat a frail and vulnerable woman to death during an attack of “gratuitous degradation” are taking legal action to prevent their identities being made public.The teenagers were aged 13 and 14 when they were jailed for life with a minimum of 15-years in 2016 for the murder of 39-year-old Angela Wrightson, in her Hartlepool home.Sentencing them Mr Justice Globe condemned their actions as “cowardly” as he revealed that Miss Wrightson had suffered 70 separate slash injuries and more than 50 blows to the head as she had desperately tried to defend herself.But the judge banned the media from naming the pair on the grounds that being identified could lead to their suicide.Now legal teams for the killers have obtained an interim injunction extending their anonymity, although one of them has turned 18. read more