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Why should you donate to the British Red Cross? Here are the answers to all your most frequently asked questions. Can't find what you're looking for? Call us on 0207 877 7587.  

Why should I give an unrestricted donation?

What distinguishes the British Red Cross from other international aid organisations?

What are the benefits of donating to the British Red Cross?

How will my grant be acknowledged?

What methods of payment are you able to accept?

How can I be sure that the money is going to the people who need it?

Why should I give an unrestricted donation?

With the exception of large-scale emergencies, we usually ask for donations to our general funds because it allows us to allocate support where and when it is needed most. Although it’s sometimes possible to restrict your donation to a particular country, this can limit the effectiveness of our planning and, crucially, our ability to respond.

What distinguishes the British Red Cross from other international aid organisations?

The British Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the world's largest independent humanitarian network. It reaches 150 million people in 188 countries through the work of over 13 million volunteers. The volunteer base of the organisation means we have local knowledge that benefits the community. Our neutrality provides us with unparalleled access in situations where other agencies may not be able to operate.

What are the benefits of donating to the British Red Cross?

The wide breadth of our work across the globe and in the UK almost certainly guarantees there is an aspect which will be of interest to you.

We offer flexible reporting. While we normally send our donors annual updates, we are happy to accommodate more frequent reporting requirements.

We see our donors as partners in our work and enjoy involving them with the work they have supported and showing them the outcomes and the impact that their support has achieved. To this end, there are a range of opportunities that the Red Cross can offer to bring you closer to the work you’re supporting, including:

  • social events
  • briefing breakfasts and learning events
  • Outlook magazine – our trust-specific magazine issued twice a year, which features some of the work we have been able to carry out thanks to the support of charitable trusts
  • project visits and opportunities to meet and talk with project staff who are on the ground making the work happen.

How will my grant be acknowledged?

All donations received are acknowledged in writing. Grants over £5,000 can be acknowledged in the British Red Cross’ annual report and accounts. We can also feature our supporters in Outlook magazine or on the website.

What methods of payment are you able to accept?

The British Red Cross is able to accept most methods of payment. If you would like to donate by cheque/CAF Cheque or CAF voucher, you can easily do so by sending this along with a completed copy of our downloadable donation form to: Trust and Statutory Fundraising Team, British Red Cross, 44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL. If you would like to make a donation via BACS, please contact Marco Greco in the trust and statutory fundraising team, either by telephone on 0207 877 7587, or via email at MGreco@redcross.org.uk.

How can I be sure that the money is going to the people who need it?

When the British Red Cross transfers funds to overseas projects, the money sent remains within the Red Cross Movement. We do not fund partner organisations. This ensures that we can maintain rigorous control over our finances and are transparent and accountable.

If you have any further questions, or would like to make a donation, contact us on 0207 877 7587.

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