Charity comparison site to go live

The aliveandgiving.com website will give users access to charities' financial and spending information before they donate

Chester Sinclare
Chester Sinclare
  • This story was corrected on 13 October - see final paragraph

A new website that will enable donors to compare how charities spend their money is to be launched this week.

More than 200,000 UK-registered charities will be listed on aliveandgiving.com, which will give donors access to charities' financial information and spending. It goes live tomorrow.

People will be able to search for charities on the site according to sector or location. A list of relevant charities will then appear with information next to each about how much of the donation will be spent on administration and on front-line services.

Each charity will have its own microsite on aliveandgiving.com, where users can make donations to their charities of choice.

A spokeswoman for the site said that the more content charities put on their microsites, the higher up the list they would appear when people searched.

Charities can sign up and edit their microsites free of charge and there will be no annual fee. Aliveandgiving.com will levy a 9 per cent administration charge on each donation made through the site.

Chester Sinclare, founder and chief executive of the site, said it allowed people easy access to financial information about charities.

"This means you can be sure your chosen charity is transparent and effective," he said. "We do not rate or score charities in any way and instead leave it up to the donor to make their own evaluative decisions.

"The idea is not only to help you find a charity that you want to support, but also to reassure you that your money is accounted for."

  • It has since been clarified with Third Sector that rather than charging a flat 9 per cent admin fee, Alive and Giving levy a 5 per cent admin fee on all donations. An additional 3.99 per cent is only charged on Gift Aided donations to cover the card processing costs.

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