Fee structure

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 3% 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 £60 + 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. 2% of this goes to our Community Foundation partner as a donation. The remaining 3% is retained by Localgiving to cover the cost of maintaining a secure online donations service.

Processing fee

PayPal charges a typical processing fee of 1.2% + 20p per single donation. Donations made with international credit or debit cards may incur a larger PayPal fee (usually 1.9% + 20p).

Monthly direct debits are processed by Natwest which charges 1% + 10p per transaction.