E-vouchers and printable vouchers – a fee of £1.00 per voucher is charged for processing.
Posted vouchers/cards – a printing/processing fee is charged which is £1.50 per voucher, plus there is a one-off fee of £1.00 per order to help cover costs of postage and packing (P&P).
1x £30.00 e-voucher costs £30.00 + £1.00 (processing) = £31.00
1x £30.00 posted voucher costs £30.00 + £1.50 (printing/processing) + £1.00 (P&P) = £32.50.
2x £30.00 e-vouchers cost £60.00 + £2.00 (processing) = £62.00
2x £30.00 posted vouchers cost £60.00 + £3.00 (printing/processing) + £1.00 (P&P) = £64.00
Our fees help us to cover our costs and therefore avoid the need to take any commission on voucher donations when they are sent to charities. In this way we are able to guarantee that, when vouchers are redeemed, 100% of the value of the voucher is given to the charity. As a not-for-profit company, we aim to pass on as much money as possible to the charities we were set up to help.
For more information about how we cover the costs of running the company, please see the FAQ question in the ‘General’ section below: “How is the Charity Vouchers service funded?
You can order on-line on this website or by Freephone on 0800 652 3185 or on 01328 730530.
Our working hours are – Monday to Friday: 9-5
You may prefer to print out your order at home and then post it to us with a cheque. To do this just follow the normal ordering online process then, when have filled in the ‘Checkout’ page, simply print out that page and post it to us, together with a cheque for the final total value of your order, using our Freepost Address: FREEPOST RTKS-EECH-ZUEU, Charity Vouchers, 6 The Pightle, Burnham Thorpe, KING’S LYNN, PE31 8HT. Please make cheques payable to ‘Anglia Giving’.
To order two vouchers for a single posted card, just proceed as you would normally to order a voucher. When you see the ‘Order Notes’ field on the ‘Checkout’ page, simply type a note to ask for two smaller denomination vouchers rather than one large denomination voucher. We’ll do the rest.
We regret that we can only do this for posted vouchers and are not able to do the same for printable and e-vouchers – for which, each additional voucher incurs an additional £1 administration fee.
However, please note that a donor can always split their voucher between two charities. This is explained in the ‘Redeeming’ section of our FAQs page.
If you are still unhappy with your order or wish to cancel it for any reason at all, you may return the unused vouchers and cards to us free of charge, within 21 days of receipt, for a full refund. Simply post them to: Freepost RTKS-EECH-ZUEU, Charity Vouchers, 6 The Pightle, Burnham Thorpe, KING’S LYNN, PE31 8HT. We also ask that you email or call us to enable us to cancel the voucher numbers involved.
To ‘return’ e-vouchers or printable vouchers please ‘reply’ to us with a covering message and we will cancel the voucher’s unique identification number/s and refund your money in full.
The email contains the image chosen by the buyer from our range, for example a ‘Happy Birthday’ image, and below that is an image of a Charity Voucher, for the value ordered. All the recipient needs to do in order to redeem it is to click on the unique Voucher Identification Number. It will then take them straight to the online redeeming page of our website with the voucher number and value automatically filled in.
E-vouchers have several advantages over our standard vouchers and cards:
- they are great last-minute gifts because orders received during normal working hours are usually processed, and the e-vouchers sent out, on the day of ordering. (Our normal working hours are: Monday to Friday: 9-5). Very often, vouchers are issued within the hour. This means they can usually be with the intended recipient the same day.
- easy redeeming means that vouchers can be donated to the charities very quickly and can start ‘making a difference’ very quickly too.
- for friends and family overseas, e-vouchers are both faster and cheaper to send than our posted vouchers. Then, coupled with our online redeeming, anyone anywhere in the world can donate the voucher to a UK charity straight away.
- they are a ‘greener’ gift because, of course, almost no physical resources are consumed in producing and posting the vouchers, cards, envelopes, etc.
- last but not least, because we don’t have any printing and posting costs, e-vouchers work out significantly cheaper than cards/vouchers sent by post.
(Please note that orders received outside our normal working hours will be processed at the start of the next working day).
To buy e-vouchers, simply go through the normal steps to buy a voucher and you will be asked which format you would like to order: posted voucher, print-your-own voucher or e-voucher.
To buy printable vouchers, simply go through the normal steps to buy a voucher and, at the end, you will be asked which format you would like to order: posted voucher, printable voucher or e-voucher.
The voucher is sent in an Adobe ‘.pdf’ format – so almost all computers will be able to open it very easily. To see an example printable voucher, or to confirm that your computer can open ‘pdf’ files, please click here.
Printable vouchers have some real advantages over our standard vouchers and cards:
- They are great last-minute gifts because orders are processed, and the vouchers sent out, on the day of ordering (Our normal working hours are: Monday to Friday: 9-5), and often within the hour. This means they can be with the intended recipient the same day!
- You can still write your own message inside the ‘card’ which means that the voucher keeps that ‘personal’ feel
- The finished, folded voucher and ‘card’ look great and, if you have thick photo-quality paper, and print at ‘photo-quality’, they look and feel better still.
- They are a ‘greener’ gift because fewer resources are consumed producing and posting the vouchers, cards, envelopes, etc.
- Last but not least, because we don’t have any printing and posting costs, printable vouchers work out significantly cheaper than cards/vouchers sent by post.
(Please note that orders received outside normal working hours will be processed at the start of the next working day).
In the unlikely event that our email/s are still not visible, please contact us and we will be glad to resend the voucher/s. It is also helpful if you have a second email address we can send to as well, because it may have different settings which avoid the problem of filtering.
In practice, these situations are rare, and most customers receive their vouchers within an hour of their orders being placed, without any difficulties at all.
As with all gift vouchers, some Charity Vouchers we sell will never get used – sometimes they get lost or forgotten about. However, we do everything we can to keep this number to a minimum by making it as easy as possible to redeem vouchers by offering Freepost, Freephone, online redeeming via a mobile phone, tablet or PC and so on. For Charity Vouchers which do expire without being redeemed, their cash value is used to help fund the running of the not-for-profit Charity Vouchers service, alongside income from our processing fees. Without these sources of income it would not be able to run the company and, in turn, would not be possible to make the money for charities which the Charity Vouchers service currently generates.
If you were given a voucher but have misplaced it, we are happy for you to ask the person who gave it to you to contact us and we will normally be able to reissue the voucher. There is no charge for doing this.
In England and Wales Charity Vouchers can be given to any Registered Charity.
In Scotland and Northern Ireland we can also make donations to most charities but we advise all donors to provide their contact details just in case of any queries.
For charitable organisations which are not Registered Charities, for example because they are too small to be registered, or for schools and churches which are not registered, we are usually able to make the payments in the normal way. However, donors who wish to give to such organisations should always leave contact details for us, so that we can contact them if necessary.
We will always try to make payments to a donor’s chosen charity if at all possible. Occasionally, for example where we are unable to clarify that an organisation has a clear charitable purpose, we may ask the donor to choose an alternative organisation. We always advise donors to provide contact details in case of any query about making the donation to their chosen charity.
In the event that we do not have contact details for the donor, and we are unable to make a donation to the charity named for any reason, then the staff at Anglia Giving will use their discretion to make a payment to a charity whose area of activity seems the closest fit to the charity nominated.
Regrettably, we are not usually able to make payments to charitable organisations outside the United Kingdom. Donors who particularly wish to use a Charity Voucher in this way should contact us directly on 0300 365 1530 or 01328 730530.
Although we always try to accommodate the wishes of our donors, as a general rule we prefer donors not to split vouchers up into too many smaller donations. This is because of the additional staff time it takes to process each separate donation. As an example, we would be happy for a donor to split a £50 voucher into two £25 donations. However, ideally we would prefer the donor not to split it into five separate £10 donations.
To split a single voucher between two charities when donating, simply go online, enter the voucher number and then enter the first charity you wish to support, together with the value you wish to donate to them. Then, repeat the process to donate to the second charity, this time entering the remaining value of the voucher.
If we go directly to an online donation service, without going through a charity’s own website, we will pay any intermediary fees charged so that the charity still gets 100% of the value of the voucher they have been given. For example, if we go directly to the MyDonate service to make a donation, we add 15 pence to the value of the voucher, which covers the fee taken by the debit-card processing company.
If we go directly to a donation service, or the charity’s own website takes us to their own choice of donation service, there will usually be a delay of a few days between us making the payment and the donation service passing it on to the charity. This is because they usually put multiple donations together into a single payment to reduce administrative and transaction costs for themselves and also for the charity. However, from the moment we make the payment, it will normally show on the charity’s account with the online payment service, so that the charity can see that a payment is imminent. For example MyDonate makes payments to charities weekly.
Users are able to utilise the automated ‘Check a Voucher’ facility on our website, to see if we have completed processing the payment for any individual voucher.
The Charity Voucher scheme was primarily set up for UK charities and we are not usually able to donate the value of vouchers to charities outside the UK. (However, many UK Registered Charities work partly or primarily outside the UK). If you would like to talk to us about the possibility of making a donation to a charity which is based outside the UK, please contact us for more information.
A significant source of income at present is money from expired, unused vouchers (see FAQ: ‘What happens to any unredeemed vouchers?’). The next biggest source of income is the processing fees charged on the sale of vouchers.
As a result of operating in this way, we are able to keep the company running on a sound financial basis, and remain able to guarantee donors that 100% of the value of all redeemed vouchers goes to the charities chosen, which we see as an essential part of providing the Charity Vouchers service. It also allows us to continue operating without the need for sponsorship or advertising or in any way compromising the independence of the company.
Anglia Giving, the company which runs the Charity Vouchers service, is a not-for-profit organisation. As such, in any year when there are surplus funds, these are passed on to Registered Charities covering a wide variety of charitable causes at the discretion of the Directors.
Any remaining funds are distributed to a wide variety of UK Registered Charities. For example, in 2014 we became a Partner organisation to the new “#Giving Tuesday” campaign; an initiative aiming to encourage community participation, and donations of money or time. Anglia Giving ran a prize draw on the day itself, to give away some specially designed Christmas Charity Vouchers and will be taking part again in this year’s event, on 1st December.
Other funds have been distributed to a wide variety of the United Kingdom’s best-known charities including: Medecins Sans Frontieres, the Alzheimer’s Society, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Cancer Research UK, Concern Worldwide, Habitat for Humanity, the British Red Cross, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID), WaterAid, the British Heart Foundation, The Samaritans and others.
Anglia Giving is not a Registered Charity because it’s purpose is fund-raising for Registered Charities and it does not have its own specific ‘charitable purpose’, i.e. a particular cause it raises money for. This would probably be required by the Charity Commission in order to be able to register as a charity.
Instead, the organisation is formally constituted as a not-for-profit, social enterprise company (belonging to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations – NCVO).
Any surplus funds, after covering operating costs, are used to improve aspects of our service or else are donated UK charities.
No. When a voucher is redeemed, the full face-value of the voucher is sent to the charity which the donor has chosen to help.
However, as with all gift-vouchers, some Charity Vouchers don’t get redeemed and eventually expire. The company uses the majority of the money which results from this, to help cover its core costs (see FAQ: ‘What happens to any unredeemed vouchers?’). This is in addition to income from the processing fees charged to buyers, and is also in addition to generous private financial support which the organisation has received since it was established in 2002. The Charity Vouchers service has also been able to run at very low cost because it has been able to rely heavily on volunteers to do the day to day processing work.
It is this combination of factors which enables us to be able to ensure that we remain able to guarantee donors that 100% of the value of all redeemed vouchers goes to the charities chosen, which we see as an essential part of providing the Charity Vouchers service
If, on the other hand, there is anything we do routinely which you believe we should be doing differently, for example if you believed we were not being clear about some aspect of how the company operates, or if you believe the instructions on a particular page of the website are unclear, we want to hear about that too; we will always take suggestions on board if we believe they will improve what we do. On the other hand, if we don’t think the suggestion would help, we can – at least – provide you with a thorough explanation of why we do something the way we do.
If you are a member of the public, or you represent a company, or you represent a charity… we want to hear from you. If it’s a problem, we can’t solve it if we don’t know what it is and, if it’s a suggestion for a possible improvement, we would really like to consider it.
We aim to deal with any complaints on the same day we receive them, and to look at any other suggestions no later than 2 working days after receiving them.
To contact us, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on call us on our Freephone number 0800 652 3185 or on 01328 730530 and we will always be glad to do our best to help. If you are ringing and it’s not during our normal working hours (Monday to Friday : 9 – 5), please leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as the office re-opens. (Occasionally we pick up on urgent issues outside office hours as well and, if so, will work to try to resolve the problem straight away).
Alternatively you can write to: Anglia Giving Ltd, 5-6 The Pightle, Burnham Thorpe, King’s Lynn, PE31 8HT
or use our Freepost address: Freepost RTKS-EECH-ZUEU, Charity Vouchers, 6 The Pightle, Burnham Thorpe, KING’S LYNN, PE31 8HT
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We are here to help you and to provide you with a service that works as well as it possibly can. Please get in touch!