What happens when my donation arrives at CAFOD?
11 May 2018
After organising, fundraising and putting on your Lent fundraiser it can seem like all the hard work is done. You write a cheque or donate online, but what really happens to your donations?
Although the time for having your donation doubled is over, if you have raised money in your school over Lent, you can still pay in your collection online and the UK Government will match it £1 for £1.
Small collections make a big difference
A group of super fundraisers from Holy Family College, Rochdale decided to deliver their latest donation of £200, raised collections and family fast day lunches, to CAFOD’s headquarters.
Usually, it is the postman who arrives with sacks of mail for CAFOD. During busy times, like the Lent appeal, 90% of the post we receive can be donations. And for each donation, delivered by hand, post, or online it will need to be sorted and processed.
So far this Lent appeal, we have already received over 20,000 donations from parishes, schools and individuals all over England and Wales.
More than just a cheque
The group at Holy Family have been lucky enough to meet CAFOD partners from around the world including leaders of local charities in Nigeria and Uganda.
But, it is not always possible to say thank you in person. We have a team who writes thank you letters for every donation where we have contact details. They aim to send out these cards to you within five days of receiving your donation.
Chris Funnell, who is Head of Supporter Donations, said: “I love sitting in the post room opening donations. You can see everything from a major donation to children who have sent in their pocket money. Every donation is so special and the generosity I see every day is incredible. It really is a job that makes you feel good at the end of the day.”
Helping to make more than double the difference
This year every donation – whether from a parish collection, a school bake sale or a community dance concert - will be doubled by the UK Government. This also includes Direct Debits that you have set up during the Lent campaign – which can also be doubled for the first three months.
This Lent, CAFOD have been awarded £5 million of Match Funding from the Department of International Development (DFID). This means that DFID will double your contributions to the appeal. So, for every qualifying pound, you raise, between 12 February until 12 May, up to £5 million, it will be doubled.