Put simply, that means if you do your household food shopping online, at Waitrose or Tesco, for example, and are signed up to Give as you Live, the retailer (yes, the retailer – not you!) will make a percentage donation to WLT.
The same goes for online purchases from hundreds of other retailers and suppliers including John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Viking and Amazon, as well as tickets through sites including Ticketmaster, Legoland and Virgin Experience Days – perfect with half-term coming up.
Donations mount up
The donations may be small – at between 1-6 per cent of the purchase price – but donations swiftly mount up if enough people opt in.
Bishop Gilpin Parents & Teachers Association, for example, raised more than £1,000 in a year to renovate the school playground, and that was just a few mums and teachers who got together and committed to doing their online shopping through Give as you Live.
So far £466.75 has been raised for WLT, so we have an idea of what can be achieved. Overall, donations to charity through Give as you Live total more than £3.5million!
Booking a family holiday raises money for WLT
Here at WLT, Dan Bradbury, our Head of Digital Communications booked a family holiday to celebrate his father’s 70th birthday through Give as you Live.
“We were just about to pay for the holiday, when I decided to check if the company we were booking through was registered with Give as you Live,” explains Dan. “Once we knew we could book the holiday through Give as you Live we went ahead and bingo, Coast & Country Cottages made a donation of £13.28 to WLT. It really is that easy.”
Price comparison feature
Meanwhile Give as you Live is constantly improving its service. The site now offers a price comparison feature, which is useful if you’re buying something that is available through lots of retailers, eg electrical goods, computers and IT consumables.
Give as you Live on the tablet
Give as you Live has also launched a new, tablet-friendly website, which you can now bookmark on your mobile device. This makes it even easier to help WLT - just install Give as you Live to your computer rather than visiting their website each time you shop. Then do your shopping as normal and as soon as you go onto a participating website you will be given an opportunity to tick ‘YES’ to the Give as you Live donation. Participating sites are even flagged up in search results so you can see at a glance which stores have signed up.
eBay for charity
The online auction site, eBay has made the following Improvements to its eBay for Charity service:
- Charities will receive 100 per cent of all donations (and Gift Aid where applicable) made by eBay buyers and sellers
- There is no longer a £1 minimum donation per listing, which means it’s easier for sellers to support their favourite causes.
Select WLT as your favourite charity on eBay
If you are buying or selling on eBay please select World Land Trust as your favourite charity!