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From 1st April 2015 Bmycharity will no longer accept registrations for new Fundraisers or events.

Bmycharity will remain online and available for use by existing Fundraisers until 31st December 2015.

More information can be found below, or if you have any questions at all, or want to talk through the transition process, please contact Bmycharity on 01980 846459 or fundraise@helpforheroes.org.uk.

About Bmycharity

Bmycharity was originally created by Ben Brabyn and Matt Cooper in 2000. It was purchased by Help for Heroes in March 2010 and is currently supported by a very small team. The aim of the purchase was to continue to provide an online, commission free donations facility for UK registered Charities and to fund this low cost site by focusing on encouraging supporters to make as many Help for Heroes donations through Bmycharity as possible.

By coupling Bmycharity's lean, low cost business with H4H's technical resources and relationships with banks and corporate partners, we're able to cover the costs of providing the service to the charity sector commission-free.

1 What does the future hold for Bmycharity?

Since its creation, the landscape of online giving has changed exponentially. For several years Bmycharity has offered the best deal for fundraisers and charities, with a zero-commission offering. It has served its purpose well, but times have moved on.

In 2014 the long-term sustainability of Bmycharity as an online giving platform was considered. The review concluded that significant investment would be required to make it comparable to online giving tools available on the market, which have superior fundraising capabilities. Other online giving platforms offer automatic Gift Aid reclamation, better social and mobile integration and embedded text donations.

In January 2015 the decision was made to cease any further investment in Bmycharity, and it is anticipated that there will be no further activity in Bmycharity by the end of 2015.

2 I use Bmycharity as my online giving platform. What happens now?

If you use Bmycharity as just one of your online giving platforms, you can simply transfer your online fundraising activity to another provider you use. If you only use Bmycharity as your only online giving provider, you will be given plenty of notice to research an alternative before the end of 2015, and Bmycharity will support you with this process.

For those fundraisers wishing to raise money for Help for Heroes, from January 2015 we are advising our fundraisers to use JustGiving as this will be more beneficial for “the blokes”. Please set up a fundraising page on https://www.justgiving.com/helpforheroes/ instead.

For those fundraisers wishing to raise money for another charity, please contact them and to discuss alternative giving platforms.

2.1 Will my Bmycharity page(s) transfer over to another online giving site automatically?

No, an automatic transfer from Bmycharity to another online giving site would require significant investment, with no guarantee that it would be any more effective than a manual transfer. Therefore during 2015 Bmycharity will be working with charities and fundraisers to ensure a smooth transition.

2.2 I have just registered an event on Bmycharity, do I now have to close it and start a new one?

You do not have to close it; you can continue to use Bmycharity for your event until the end of 2015. You may, however, choose to transfer over to another online giving site sooner rather than later, to fully benefit from the likely additional user functionality, social sharing and mobile text giving.

2.3 Can I merge the amount raised on my Bmycharity page(s) onto another online giving site?

You can take the amount you have raised for your nominated charity on Bmycharity, and add it as an “offline” amount to another online giving site.

2.4 If Bmycharity closes, what happens to the donations which have been pledged on the page?

The donations already pledged via Bmycharity either have been, or will, be paid across to your nominated charity – these are completely secure.

2.5 How long will my Bmycharity page(s) remain online for?

Your Bmycharity page(s) will be live until 31st December 2015.

2.6 I have been with Bmycharity for years. What happens to all the history and comments on my page(s)?

We understand that these are important to charities and fundraisers. We are looking into ways of exporting the valuable history and comments from Bmycharity so they can be kept. We will advise soon on how we will enable access to this information.

2.7 As a fundraiser, how much support will Bmycharity offer me with the transition to a new giving site?

Our team will be able to provide support and guidance, but we will not be able to offer any technical support on the transition of pages or setting up of new accounts, nor make any recommendations as to which online giving platform you should use. Most online giving sites have a dedicated support team.

2.8 What will happen to existing personal data held by Bmycharity when the company closes down?

For Inland Revenue purposes this information will be securely held by Bmycharity for the statutory period. Please note Bmycharity does not hold credit card data.

2.9 Does this decision affect offline donations?

No, this does not affect offline giving such as cash, cheques etc. which you will continue to receive as normal.

2.9 If I have any questions who should I contact?

If you have any questions at all, or want to talk through the transition process, please contact Bmycharity on 01980 846459 or fundraise@helpforheroes.org.uk.

3 Managing your fundraising page

3.1 I have forgotten (or mislaid) my Bmycharity account login details, what should I do?

Your login email address will be the email address you used to create your Bmycharity account and confirmation of the details will be emailed to you shortly after you have created your account. Please note that you can request confirmation of your password by selecting here. Alternatively, if you do not receive an email reply within 1 hour of your request, please email us at fundraise@bmycharity.com.

3.2 Select create group

Login

Please select your chosen charity and select next

Please select an event type from the drop down list and select next

3.2 I am doing a great deal of fundraising for my charity, why am I not listed as one of the fundraisers on my charity's homepage?

At present each Bmycharity homepage can only list the top 3 fundraisers and these will change as donation levels change.

3.3 How do I edit or update my fundraising page?

Login to your Bmycharity account at www.bmycharity.com using your email address and password, select my pages and then edit next to the fundraising page you wish to change. This will open up the edit screen where you can change the text, amend your fundraising target, update your offline donation figure or add in a new photo. Please remember to select save changes.

3.4 I have a cheque and/or cash donations (offline amounts) to pay in, how do I do this?

If you are supporting Help for Heroes, you can send your cheques, payable to Help for Heroes, through to the following address:-

The Donations Team
Help for Heroes
14 Parkers Close
Downton Business Centre
Parkers Close
Downton
Salisbury SP5 3RB

You can pay cash donations into any Lloyds TSB quoting the following details:

Sort code                   30 90 21
Account Number      03524452

For any other charity, please contact the charity directly to find the best way to pay these donations in.

3.5 Can I reflect these offline donation amounts on my page?

Yes. Please note that these offline totals can be recorded on your Bmycharity page in the Total Offline Donations field. You will need to login to your Bmycharity account using your email address and password and select my pages. If you select edit next to the page this will open up the edit field. About half way down the page you will see a field called Total raised offline, please note that you can add a total for your offline donations here and that this field can be updated as frequently as you wish. Please remember to select save changes.

3.6 What happens to the donations collected on my page?

All donations collected on your page will be paid across to your charity on a monthly basis in arrears minus the 1.6% transaction fee, so for example all donations received on your page in January 2012 will be paid to your charity (along with donations on all the other fundraising pages supporting this charity) at the end of Feb 2012.

Please note that you do not need to do anything as the donations are paid across automatically. However this transfer of funds is not shown on your page as this remains a personal audit trail for you.

3.7 There were some donations appearing on my page that are no longer showing, why is this?

To protect the Bmycharity site against possible fraudulent activity, our third party card processing company monitors donation activity. Commonly where one person has made many donations using the same card during a short period of time, the donations may be put on hold until a Customer Services representative has had time to look at the payments and manually override them. Please note that this would result in these donations initially appearing, then disappearing whilst the payments are reviewed and then reappearing once the block has been removed. Please note that this process can take around 2 days.

3.8 What about gift aid for the donations I have received? Will you collect this on my Charity's behalf?

We collect Gift Aid consent from our donors during the donation process, however unless your donation is for the Help for Heroes charity we do not claim the gift aid on our charity's behalf. However we do provide each charity with access to gift aid reports which they can create and send to the HMRC to claim gift aid.

3.9 I want to find out more information about gift aid, can you help?

Probably the best source of information for gift aid queries is the HMRC, please find attached a link to the HMRC website for further information..

3.10 I want to send an email to thank all those you have donated to my fundraising page, is this facility available?

Not yet. But do keep an eye on our website for updates to the site which will take towards the end of 2012.

3.11 I have finished my fundraising, what should I do now to close my page?

Congratulations and thank you so much for supporting Help for Heroes. Please could you email us at fundraise@bmycharity.com to let us know that you have completed your fundraising and we will notify the Help for Heroes Donations team so that you can receive a Letter of Acknowledgement. We will also close your page for you.

3.12 My event has been postponed or cancelled, what should I do?

For non-Help for Heroes fundraising pages –
Please contact the charity fundraising team direct to let them know. You will need to un-publish your Bmycharity page so that no further donations can be made – please see question 21 above. You will also need to contact all those who have made donations to your page to see if they still wish to make this donation. If so, that's fine and the donations received will be passed to your charity as usual. If any of your supporters require a refund we would need email confirmation of this sent to fundraise@bmycharity.com. We will then liaise with our Finance Team and the Charity to arrange a refund. Please note that this may take a while to process.

For Help for Heroes
If your event has been cancelled, please contact the Help for Heroes Events team at events@helpforheroes.org.uk who may be able to suggest taking part in a different event. If you need to cancel your event due to injury or medical reasons, please contact the events team to let them know. If your supporters are happy we can keep their kind sponsorship as Help for Heroes donations, however if they would like to have their donations refunded we can arrange this too.

3.13 I want to raise money offline, how do I get hold of a sponsorship form?

For charities other than Help for Heroes you will need to contact them directly to obtain a sponsorship form.

For Help for Heroes donations, please note that you will automatically be given access to a downloadable version of our sponsorship form once you have registered your event.

3.14 I would like to undertake a charity skydive or jump and have heard that I can do this and pay for the cost of the jump with the donations. How can I do this?

Bmycharity has an arrangement with Click and Jump and UK Skydiving Adventures which allows fundraisers to create Bmycharity fundraising pages where their donations are paid initially through to Click and Jump. After the event has taken place the balance of the donations, minus the cost of the jump, are paid across to the charity of your choice. Alternatively you can choose to pay for the cost of the jump yourself and all donations will be paid across to your charity.

Click and jump will organise your jump for you at a mutually agreed time once your donations have reached a minimum level, usually around £500.

If you are interested in arranging a charity jump, please contact the organiser directly to let them you're your plans and they will advise you how to create your bmycharity page in the correct format.

If you would like to arrange a Help for Heroes charity jump, please contact the Events team at events@helpforheroes.org.uk.

3.15 How can I make sure my page can be easily found so that my friends can make a donation?

The best way to let your friends, family and colleagues know about your page is to send them the URL link directly via email, facebook or any form of online communication (enewsletters, online articles etc). They will then be able to donate straight to your page. However if your supporters visit the Bmycharity website they can search for your fundraising page by using the Find a Friend option and either typing in your name or searching on any word within your page title, this is the top item displayed when creating your Bmycharity fundraising page and is also shown at the top of your page.

Please see an example here, this page can be found by typing in the Find a Friend section using Leanne, Davies, Edinburgh or Marathon.

3.16 What exactly is a group page and how do I create one?

If there are several individuals for example, who work together or are close friends and who have fundraising pages that all support the same charity, you can decide to create a group fundraising page to group your individual pages together and to introduce a bit of friendly competition to your fundraising!

A group page will list all of the individual fundraising pages in order of the donation levels raised.

3.17 I would like to fundraise for Help for Heroes, what is my next step?

Thank you so much for choosing to support this fantastic charity, the first step should be to contact the Help for Heroes events team at fundraise@bmycharity.com or call them on 01980 846459 and let them know about your plans as they will be able to offer you some fantastic support and email through all the required information you will need to get you up and running.

From January 2015 we are advising our fundraisers to use JustGiving as this will be more beneficial for “the blokes”. Please set up a fundraising page on https://www.justgiving.com/helpforheroes/ instead.

3.18 I am looking for some tips and ideas on how to maximise my fundraising. Can you help?

Please contact your charity's fundraising teams directly, their contact details should be shown on their website. You could also contact the Institute of Fundraising who have an extensive range of support available on their website at http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/guidance/five-minute-fundraiser/.

If you are fundraising for Help for Heroes please contact the Events Team at fundraise@helpforheroes.org.uk or call them on 01725 514 105 where they will be able to give you access to a wide range of support. Please also find attached a useful link providing useful tips and advice on the best way to fundraise.

3.19 I fundraise regularly for the same charity(s), what is the best way to manage multiple pages?

That's great. We recommend that you create a new fundraising page for each of the charities you wish to support each year and then un-publish your old pages so that your supporters don't inadvertently donate to the wrong page.

3.20 How do I support a particular event that a charity is organising?

Please note that events are created by the charity and will display automatically in the event drop down list when you are creating your fundraising page. Simply select the event you wish to support and all your donations will be apportioned across.
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3.21 When I create a Bmycharity account could you confirm whether my personal details are secure and that they will not be passed onto to any other organisations?

Yes, Bmycharity will not pass on your details to any third party.
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