New dinner parties fundraising website

A new business will encourage people to donate money to charity by hosting dinner parties.

Dinner4Good is a sponsorship website similar to Justgiving, but with the specific purpose of getting people to host dinner parties at which their guests donate to a selected charity.

The website handles the invitations and donations for hosts, taking a 6.25 per cent share of each donation before Gift Aid. Not-for-profit donation management service the Charities Trust, which handles the transactions, takes a 4.8 per cent share.

The charges amount to £1.12 on a £10 donation that is eligible for Gift Aid, according to the website.

The scheme automatically claims Gift Aid, all of which is passed on to the charity. After the charges are deducted, 116 per cent of the amount donated will typically be passed on to the charity.

"Our aim is to deliver a service that is simple to use, helps connect charities with supporters and generates lots of additional income," said Bryan Sergeant, chief executive of Dinner4Good.

More than 140 charities have already signed up to the website, including the RSPCA, Robin Hood Ministries and the Monkey Sanctuary Trust.

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