Localgiving is a not-for-profit organisation and all fees we take go towards covering our operation, development and marketing costs. We try to keep our fees to a minimum, however we feel that it is important that Localgiving is run using a sustainable business model, ensuring that we can continue to help local charitable organisations into the future. We work hard to make sure that we offer a high-quality service to all of our registered groups and supporters.

Our fees are split into three separate revenue streams. The first is through annual subscriptions paid by groups for Localgiving membership. The second is through a 5% commission taken on online donations and the last is through commissions taken to run match fund campaigns and capacity building projects on behalf of funders.

In addition to this, there are some 3rd party fees which we have to pass on in order to process donations. We are constantly seeking to minimise 3rd party fees so that we can pass as much of donations onto groups as possible. 

Subscription fee

The annual membership fee for groups on Localgiving is £96 (£80 + VAT) per year. 

For this, groups gain access to a range of benefits, including:

  • A dedicated page about their organisation
  • Single and monthly online donation processing
  • Fundraiser and project pages
  • Automated Gift Aid processing, even for unregistered groups
  • Free tips, training and advice
  • Regular match funding opportunities

Donation fee

Each donation made through Localgiving is subject to a 5% fee, which is retained by Localgiving to cover the cost of maintaining a secure online donations service.

Processing fee

The most cost-effective way to make a one-time donation is with a UK debit card, which incurs a third-party payment processing fee of 1% + 10p.

You can also choose to donate using your PayPal account.

A full list of payment processing fees can be found below:

  • 1.0% + 10p for UK debit cards
  • 1.4% + 10p for UK credit cards
  • 1.4% + 20p for Paypal accounts
  • 2.4% + 20p for International cards
  • 2.9% + 20p for American Express

Monthly Direct Debits are processed by GoCardless, who charge 10p per transaction.