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Wonderful.Org names The Co-operative Bank as its headline sponsor 

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Kieron James

Wonderful.Org, the Manchester based fundraising platform that gives 100 per cent of charity donations to good causes, has announced The Co-operative Bank as its headline sponsor and added its 1500th Charity Partner to the platform.

Sponsor support for the charity giving platform is an essential element of the model that allows the Wonderful Organisation to ensure 100 per cent of money raised, and all Gift Aid, goes directly to the charity it’s intended for. “We have incredibly low running costs, but we still have to pay card processing fees. Our sponsors mean that we take nothing from donations to cover these, making us the only platform to give 100% to charities”, Kieron James, founder of Wonderful.org, explained.

The Co-operative Bank is committed to supporting local communities and provides a wide range of bespoke banking services for charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

The Wonderful Organisation has also just passed the milestone of 1500 registered charities and fundraisers who have registered on the platform so that fundraisers can share events with family, friends and colleagues. Each month, the website transfers all funds raised through the activities of fundraisers to charities’ bank accounts, making no deductions whatsoever.

In February last year, the Wonderful Organisation received a resounding endorsement from Money Saving Expert who placed Wonderful at #1 in its fundraising comparison table with the following commented: “In terms of maxing your cash, you can’t beat Wonderful.org. It doesn’t charge any service or processing fees to charities, meaning 100% of your donation goes directly to doing good.”

Sean Gilchrist, Chief Digital Officer at The Co-operative Bank, said: “It’s great to be supporting the Wonderful Organisation, a digital start-up based in Manchester, who are committed to give 100 per cent of all fundraising and donations to the causes that are listed on its platform.

“Our sponsorship also brings the potential opportunity for us to share our skills and expertise with a digital local business in Manchester and we can also explore volunteering opportunities that would benefit the platform and the many charities and fundraisers who use it.

“We are the UK’s only high street bank with a customer-led Ethical Policy and we continually work to uphold the values that we share with our customers. Supporting the work of the Wonderful Organisation is a great way to put our values and ethics into action and we look forward to the opportunities that working with Wonderful will bring.”

Kieron James commented: “We’re delighted to welcome The Co-operative Bank as our main sponsor. The sponsorship will help us in our aim of raising millions more pounds for charities throughout the UK. The ethical values we share make The Co-operative Bank a very strong fit for our fee-free fundraising platform.

“We believe the charities that fundraisers are supporting should receive every penny from their efforts. We also believe that Gift Aid should be directed in full to the charities rather than the operators of fundraising platforms. Which is exactly what we do.

“We’re a philanthropic organisation and it’s important to us that we recognise the huge efforts of fundraisers to maximise their fundraising potential for charities. We recognise the selfless commitment made by fundraisers who train for months to run marathons, take part in swims, treks and triathlons, face their fears by jumping out of aeroplanes or don their Lycra for a Zumbathon. By harnessing the latest technology, we’re ensuring that our new platform has the capabilities to cater to the ever growing demand for fee-free fundraising.”

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Philip Ghayour
Events, PR, and Marketing Manager at The Samuel James Group, Philip has a degree in Journalism from the University of Salford and holds an MSc in Marketing from Lancaster University, Philip has also worked at BBC Radio Lancashire, Clitheroe Football Club and Accrington Stanley Football Club.