There's no doubt that 2012 has been a massive year for Virgin Money Giving, here's five reasons why it will live long in the memory...
1. Bucking the trend in donations
Back in November the annual CAF report was published highlighting a 20% decrease in donations through the year. However on-line donations through Virgin Money Giving have been bucking that trend. In 2012 theyve seen a 26% increase in the value of donations.
2. Big numbers from fundraisers
In this year alone theyve seen over 69 million donated to charities (up until December 13th) through Virgin Money Giving, and have reclaimed over 11m in Gift Aid from the Taxman.
And whats even more significant than those big charity donation numbers, is because Virgin Money Giving is not-for-profit, 2.26 million more has been received by member charities.
3. Working with member charities
The Charity Help Desk has been super busy in 2012.
Theyve held over 150 free on-line webinars with member charities to get the most of the Virgin Money Giving. And theyve put on 31 free charity workshops in Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Norwich & London, where people shared tips, best practice, and feedback.
4. Making a mark
Theyve run lots of competitions through the year for fundraisers using Virgin Money Giving, including donation prizes for Royal Parks Half Marathon, Great North & South Run, and Virgin London Marathon.
And after all the excitement over the summer theyve been offering a 2012 donation each month through October, November & December. Not forgetting theyre currently giving away free Kit Bags for fundraising Virgin London marathon runners.
5. Growing the family
And finally, but most importantly through 2012 over 1,700 new charities have joined the Virgin Money Giving community.