Website encourages donors to give to projects worldwide

A website encouraging donors to give their money to UK charities' international projects is launched today.

Globalgiving.co.uk, a charity, helps donors to search for and give directly to more than 500 projects in 70 countries, mostly in the developing world.

Projects must submit regular progress reports, which donors can access to see how their money is being used. Visitors to the site can also buy gift certificates for friends, set up wedding lists or donate on behalf of someone else.

The charity will take 10 per cent of all donations to cover costs and social lender Venturesome has pledged £200,000 to kick-start the site.

Many small and medium sized UK charities as well as larger organisations, such as VSO, have projects listed on the site.

"It's a great way for charities to attract new donors who may never have heard of their work and to give existing donors a new way of giving," said Sharath Jeevan, chief executive of Globalgiving.co.uk. "We are helping donors feel they have more choice and control in their giving and helping charities take advantage of that."

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