Twitter reaction round-up: BT MyDonate closure a 'disaster' for small charities

The commission-free fundraising platform announced yesterday that it will close at the end of June

Small charities will be hit the hardest by the impending closure of the fundraising platform BT MyDonate, reactions on Twitter suggest.

The site, which has offered a commission-free fundraising platform for charities since 2011, will close at the end of June, BT announced yesterday.

The company said it would instead focus its community investments on helping its customers and communities get the most out of the digital world.

It said it had a major new investment in digital skills planned for launch across the UK later this year. This would build, it said, on its national educational Barefoot programme, which had now reached two million schoolchildren across the UK.

Many Twitter users responded to the news by pointing out that small charities would be particularly affected by the loss of the site.

Others pointed out that the loss of BT MyDonate and the closure in March of JustTextGiving amounted to a double-whammy for small organisations.

Some users pointed out that it would take time to find alternative fundraising websites to use. 

BT re-emphasised yesterday's statement that it would assist charities affected by the closure and that it remained committed to investing in community initiatives, including helping people of all ages across the UK to develop essential technology skills and supporting national education programmes such as Barefoot.

About 12,000 charities are registered on MyDonate, of which some 7,000 have received donations in the past six months.

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