What happens when my donation arrives at CAFOD?

11 May 2018

Pupils from the Holy Family College, Rochdale, who have helped to raise more than £40,000 for CAFOD since beginning their group in 1976.

Pupils from the Holy Family College, Rochdale, who have helped to raise more than £40,000 for CAFOD since beginning their group in 1976.

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.

Save time – send in your Lent fundraising online

Small collections make a big difference

Did you know?

When your cheque arrives at CAFOD HQ in the morning, it is processed and in the bank by the end of the day. This sorting efficiency is due to an amazing team who sort thousands of donations – figuring out if they are for a specific appeal, like Lent giving.

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. 

Donations made today will be doubled

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.”

There is still time to donate

Helping to make more than double the difference

Did you know?

Gift aid is a scheme that lets charities reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer and as a charity, CAFOD can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. The best part is, it won’t cost you any extra. Every year, CAFOD collects around £3 million to help communities around the world through gift aid.

Remember to tick the gift aid box when you donate

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.

Donate today and get your donation doubled

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