ISPCC Childline has today announced it is partnering with Revolut to help raise vital funds during the pandemic.
ISPCC Childline, along with Focus Ireland, the Irish Cancer Society, the Jack & Jill Foundation, Pieta, and Safe Ireland have all joined Revolut’s ‘Donations’ feature, which allows Revolut customers to donate quickly and easily through the Revolut app.
Two other Irish charities – Special Olympics Ireland and the Irish Red Cross – are already on the Revolut app, helping them raise money at a time when many traditional fundraising drives have been impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.
With Revolut Donations, 100% of the money given goes straight to the chosen charity.
Revolut users can choose to set up recurring donations, spare change donations, or simply make a one-off donation to the charity of their choice.
In light of the Covid-19 crisis, charities around the world have seen a decline in donations due to the cancellation of fundraising and in-person events. The Charities Institute Ireland has projected donations to be down more than 40% due to the crisis.
Revolut has more than a million customers in Ireland: to date, Irish Revolut customers have donated a significant sum to charities using the ‘Donations’ feature.
A spokesperson for Revolut said: “We are very proud to add these 6 new charities to Revolut Donations. Charities across the country have experienced a decline in donations due to Covid-19 restrictions. By enabling users to donate electronically- and pass 100% of the donation to the charity – we hope that the Revolut community can support those in need as we approach Christmas.”
ISPCC Childline Director of Fundraising and Development Sarah Joyce said: “Children’s lives have been turned upside down this year. They have needed Childline more than ever before. We need to be here for them always. Yet, we rely on donations for over 90 percent of the funding which keeps us listening. We are delighted that Revolut customers can now help us to answer their call, by making a donation quickly and easily through the Revolut app. Revolut and its customers will be a part of every Childline engagement with a child at this critical time and at all times.”
Focus Ireland Director of Fundraising Amy Carr said: “We are delighted to announce that Focus Ireland have partnered with Revolut, one of the world’s leaders within the Fintech Industry. This innovative partnership will raise awareness around the ongoing Homeless Crisis within Ireland as well as providing a new, accessible and safe channel for Revolut customers to make their vital donations. Christmas marks the end to an undoubtedly tough year for everyone but for those experiencing homelessness and living in emergency accommodation the pandemic has been particularly challenging. Christmas should be a time of hope and joy, which is why we are so grateful to Revolut for facilitating their customers to give hope and joy to those who need it most.“
Rosemary Simmons, Irish Cancer Society ’s National Fundraising Lead, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Revolut, to raise much-needed funds to support cancer patients and their families across Ireland. 2020 has been an extremely challenging year for everyone affected by cancer, with coronavirus bringing further anxieties and forcing many to stay apart from family and friends at a time when they badly need emotional support. The vital services provided by the Irish Cancer Society are needed now, more than ever. With thanks to the generosity of our wonderful donors we can continue to provide crucial services like Night Nursing, Daffodil Centres and our freephone Support Line, to ensure nobody in Ireland has to face cancer alone”.
Carmel Doyle CEO of the Jack & Jill Children ‘s Foundation said: “This partnership with Revolut makes donating so easy, with funds raised supporting home nursing care hours for the 377 young children with life-limiting conditions under our wing. Every €16 donated to Jack & Jill funds one hour of home nursing care, including end of life care, for the children and families who rely so much on us. With traditional fundraising events and cash donations devastated this year, we’ve had to pivot our fundraising to digital and teaming up with Revolut will make all the difference and increases our reach across the country.”
Rachel Murphy, Fundraising Director at Pieta said: “We are delighted to partner with Revolut and benefit from this fund-raising initiative. For all of us, this has been a year like no other and knowing we have the support of Revolut is a huge boost to the Pieta organisation. In practical terms, the funds generated will support Pieta in delivering lifesaving services and raising the awareness of suicide prevention.”
Edel Hackett, Communications & Advocacy Support with Safe Ireland said: “Safe Ireland really welcomes that 100% of donations through Revolut go directly to the issue – there is no middleman which is fantastic. In the first six months of Covid, from March to August, at least 2,000 women and 600 children looked for support from one of our domestic violence member services every single month. Our services continue to be extremely busy still. They are pulling out all the stops to help survivors find safety from abuse and control every day. But they are doing so within the constraints of an antiquated, creaking infrastructure that needs to be transformed.”