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Shareagift.com goes free to become the future of personal fund-raising

Shareagift.com goes free to become the future of personal fund-raising

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02/03/2013

 
 
Shareagift.com goes free to become the future of personal fund-raising
Group gifting site offers alternative to Just Giving without taking slice of the pieGlobal group gifting service, Shareagift.com, announced today that it is now a freeservice, offering an ideal solution for personal fund-raising and group gifting.In a week when the press is full of stories about the Just Giving model following therece
nt tragedy of Claire Squires’ death during the London Marathon, Shareagift’s
announcement is aptly timed. There is a rising sentiment that models like JustGivingare profiteering, and more and more people are looking for alternative fund-raisingsolutions
that don’t skim profit from the donations.
 JustGiving charge charities £15 / month for membership and take a 5% cut of eachdonation. Last year their income for £14m. As of today, Shareagift.com charges
ZERO
admin fees on donations and the only fees involved are transaction fees
deducted by PayPal, Shareagift’s secure payment provider, when the user collects
the funds.
The rise of personal fund-raising
Shareagift has seen the site used for some fantastic causes offering a perfectsolution for people raising money for small, personal causes, not just big charities. AGift Page was recently set up on the site by a company to raise money for a holidayof a lifetime for a colleague who is terminally ill. The Gift Page(www.shareagift.com/giftpageforeamonnmartin1)has received 82 contributions, raising over £5,500 to date.
Great Gifts, Great Causes
Shareagift has seen the site used to buy some amazing gifts
 –
from designerhandbags and pool tables to Lemur-feeding;and for some great causes
 –
 memorialgift,a fund to help with funeral costs,even a Gift Page to help raise money when a
. These are not big, faceless charities, but real people who need some help, and nowthe site is free of admin fees, Shareagift.com is even better placed to help facilitatethat.
Shareagift CEO, Justine Angelli said, “It’
s been an incredibly touching outcome of ourlaunch and given a whole new dimension to our offering. We always thought the sitewould be used for gifts
 –
and that does remain the most significant reason people
use it (40% of our users set up Gift Pages for birthdays), but we’ve been
overwhelmed by the response of people also using it for really great causes
 –
on a
small, day to day scale. That’s something traditional fund
-raising sites like
JustGiving can’t offer, and it’s where we’re especially delighted to help make adifference”.
 
For more information, interviews and images please contact:Tessa Pettman
 –
 tessa@shareagift.com +44 (0)20 3204 1130

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