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Macmillan back on top
7th March 2016

Macmillan Cancer Support took back pole position from Cancer Research UK, as the charity receiving the highest number of Charity Voucher donations in 2015. Third was the Alzheimer’s Society, up 2 places since 2014. Next came Save The Children, up by 5 places, and then Alzheimer’s Research UK up 1 place. The British Red Cross were up 11 places to 7th. One more notable riser was Crisis UK, up 18 places to 10th.

The two cancer charities that lead our Charity Voucher rankings also top theYouGov ‘Charity Index’ we reported on last month. They have topped our ‘table’ for several years. The two best-known dementia charities continue their steady rise, again mirroring the the YouGov index. However, unlike the ‘Charity Index’, we saw two charities with an international focus, rising in the top 10 – the British Red Cross and also Save The Children – probably reflecting the continuing tragic fallout from the conflict in the Middle East.

More than four hundred charities were nominated to be given Charity Voucher donations in 2015. However, our top 10 received approximately 25% of all vouchers redeemed, continuing the pattern of recent years.

The full top 10 for 2015 is shown below with their rank in 2014 in brackets.

1 Macmillan (2)
2 Cancer Research UK (1)
3 Alzheimer’s Society (5)
4 Save The Children (9)
5 Alzheimer’s Research UK (6)
6 British Heart Foundation (4)
7 Red Cross (18)
8 Water Aid (3)
9 Medecins Sans Frontieres (7)
10 Crisis UK (28)

Three New Entries in latest ‘CharityIndex’
4th February 2016

YouGov’s ‘CharityIndex’ measures public awareness of different charities. In it’s recently published report, Macmillan Cancer Support is top for the 3rd successive year, while there are also three new charities in the top ten: Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, and Battersea Cats and Dogs Home. The top three are unchanged from 2014, with Cancer Research UK second, and Help for Heroes third.

YouGov’s 2015 end of year charity brand rankings (2014 in brackets):
1 (1) Macmillan Cancer Support
2 (2) Cancer Research UK
3 (3) Help for Heroes
4 (8) RNLI
5 (4) British Heart Foundation
6 (9) Dogs Trust
7 (N/A) Alzheimer’s Research UK
= (5) Royal British Legion
9 (N/A) Alzheimer’s Society
10 (10) Marie Curie
= (N/A) Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
= (7) British Red Cross
= (13) National Trust

YouGov’s Bryony Gunstone commented: “In a year dominated by global crises only one internationally focused charity – the British Red Cross – makes the list. This hints at how difficult it can be for aid charities to create a constant noise about the vital work they are doing”.

At Anglia Giving we believe we have seen a parallel increase in the frequency with which our donors have chosen dementia-related charities. We’ll soon be publishing our own list which will show how closely Charity Voucher donations reflect the trends from the CharityIndex.

www.yougov.co.uk YouGov is a UK-based international market research company.

There’s still time to order…
23rd December 2015

Although it is now too late for posted orders to arrive in time for Christmas, there is still plenty of time to order e-vouchers and printable vouchers – right up to 9pm on Christmas Eve!

Additional hours this weekend
18th December 2015

Once again, we are pleased to say that, due to the number of orders coming in, our office will be operating additional hours this weekend. The extended hours are Saturday, 9 – 7 and Sunday 9 – 4.

If you prefer to order by phone or if you would like to speak to someone about any aspect of the Charity Vouchers service, please give us a call on Freephone 0800 652 3185 or on 01328 730530.

For posted vouchers, in line with Royal Mail guidelines, we recommend ordering by Midday on Monday 21st December to receive your vouchers in time for Christmas. For urgent orders, for an additional cost of £7, we can send vouchers by Royal Mail Special Delivery right up to Midday on Wednesday 23rd December.

Extra hours – Sunday 13th December
13th December 2015

Once again this weekend, due to the number of orders coming in, our office will be operating additional hours. The extended hours today, Sunday, are 9 – 4. If you prefer to order by phone or if you would like to speak to someone about any aspect of the Charity Vouchers service, please contact us.

Santas riding high!
12th December 2015

Winning the competition so far for the most popular card this Christmas – it’s the ‘Santa Selfie’, closely followed by the ‘Strawberry Santas’, and the ‘Singing Reindeer’ not too far behind them – but still a long way to go before the big day….

It’s GivingTuesday!
1st December 2015

#GivingTuesday (1st December in 2015) is a global day of giving. After the pre-Christmas sales of Black Friday and the online shopping boom on Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to come together to show the world why it’s good to give. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering your time or just spreading the word at the start of the Christmas shopping season, #GivingTuesday is a call to action for everyone who wants to give something back. #GivingTuesday has grown into a global movement, covering countries like The United States, Australia, Singapore, Israel, Canada and much of Latin America. The simple idea behind #GivingTuesday is to encourage people, charities and businesses to donate time, money or their voice to help a good cause.

As our contribution to #GivingTuesday we are delighted to announce that we’re giving every customer who places any order for Charity Vouchers before midnight tonight, a free £10 Charity e-Voucher for them to give to the charity of their own choice!

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New Christmas cards and more…
21st November 2015

New Cards: We’ve introduced 8 new Christmas and Season’s Greetings card designs this year, as well as bringing in cards for a variety of new occasions (Eid, Chanukah, Rakhi, Diwali, Valentine’s Day and Father’s Day). We’ve also improved the quality of our posted cards.

E-vouchers: Meanwhile, our e-vouchers now come with the image you choose, instead of just the voucher image on its own, making them much more attractive for the people getting them.

Pricing: For the first time in four years we’ve made some changes to our pricing structure. This is to help us ensure that we keep the service viable to run, while at the same time being able to afford to keep up with things like the latest website security improvements.

Security: We now use ‘https’, which means you’ll now see the security padlock in the ‘address bar’ at the top of every page, instead of just when you’re making payments. So, whether you’re ordering, redeeming or just contacting us to enquire about vouchers, all your private information is encrypted and safe.

Charity Vouchers shortlisted for ‘Digital Heroes 2015 – Fundraising Section’.
11th August 2015

We’re delighted to announce that Charity Vouchers and its founder have been shortlisted today in the ‘Digital Heroes 2015’ competition, in the Fundraising Section.

The selection reflects our contribution by inventing the Charity Gift Voucher concept and going on to set up and run a not-for-profit company to run the Charity Vouchers service. A service which now generates thousands of pounds every year for UK Registered Charities – large and small, international and local!

There is a prize of £5000 which we would love to win in order to automate our digital vouchers (e-vouchers and print-it-yourself vouchers) so that they could be sent out within seconds of ordering rather than having to wait for us to process them. Not only would this free up our time to do other work but it would be a great improvement for customers in the service they were getting. In turn, we are very hopeful that this would increase sales and, therefore, increase the funds raised for UK charities.

Please help by voting for us in the Fundraising section at https://www.digitalheroes.talktalk.co.uk/

Twitter: @charityvouchers
Facebook: Charity Vouchers – https://www.facebook.com/charityvoucher

And the winners are….
1st July 2015

See if you can guess which 5 UK charities were the most popular with Charity Voucher donors in the first 6 months of 2015?

We’ve just done a check. The top five were: Cancer Research UK, The Alzheimer’s society, The British Heart Foundation, Macmillan and Save The Children.

For comparison, in the last 6 months of 2014, the order was Cancer Research UK, Macmillan, The British Heart Foundation, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and WaterAid.