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Participants 513,353
US$ 138,165,394
Nets 52,866,668

Transaction Fees

Donations can be made by bank transfer (0% fee), by cheque/check (0% fee) or online (average fee 2.35%, see below).

Preferred donation methods

The balance we have struck is to suggest for donations equivalent to $5,000 or more, bank transfer or check/cheque donations are preferred*, assuming it is convenient for the donor to do so, to minimise fees. For donations below this amount, online credit/debit card is the preferred method.

Online donations

Unfortunately we cannot take online donations without incurring a fee, albeit a reduced one in most cases. The table below shows the fees charged for each payment method and what this translates to for varying donation amounts in various currencies.

US based-donors

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  % FeeFlat FeeUS$ 3US$ 10US$ 30US$ 50US$ 100US$ 500 
Mastercard - Credit 2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
Visa 2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
Mastercard - Debit 3.00%
3.00%
3.00%
3.00%
3.00%
3.00%
3.00%
PayPal US$ 2.20% 0.30
12.20%
5.20%
3.20%
2.80%
2.50%
2.26%
Amex US$* 3.20% 0.15
8.20%
4.70%
3.70%
3.50%
3.35%
3.23%
* We do not accept US$ donations via American Express as their fees are currently too high.

Rest of the world

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  % FeeFlat Fee£ 2£ 5£ 20£ 50£ 100£ 500 
Amex £ 1.60%
1.60%
1.60%
1.60%
1.60%
1.60%
1.60%
Mastercard - Debit 1.75%
1.75%
1.75%
1.75%
1.75%
1.75%
1.75%
Visa 1.75%
1.75%
1.75%
1.75%
1.75%
1.75%
1.75%
Mastercard - Credit 2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
2.25%
PayPal £/€/US$ 1.40% 0.20
11.40%
5.40%
2.40%
1.80%
1.60%
1.44%

It is a great shame credit card companies charge registered charities fees on donations. We hope they will, at some point, take the decision to 'zero rate' credit/debit donations to registered charities.

*Bank transfer and cheque/check donations have an admin cost

There are no fees for amounts received via bank transfer or cheque/check. However, we would not want all donations to come via bank transfer or cheque/check as there is an administration requirement for both of these mechanisms. This is because we list all donations on our website so we can link individual donations to specific distributions so donors can follow exactly where the nets they fund are distributed.

100% buys nets

We state '100% buys nets' and we believe most people understand that as "If I give you $100, you'll buy $100 of nets" and that is what happens. We receive funds in various different ways. On average, for every $100 donated we buy $103.10 in nets. A 103.1% message would be unnecessarily confusing so we do not use it. We lose on average 2.35% in credit card fees. We backfill more than the fees with bank interest and Gift Aid. Many, perhaps most, charities use bank interest and similar revenue streams for central costs rather than to fund the core aid element they deliver so backfilling in this way is not the norm.

  Credit/Debit card donation Other donation* Across all donations
Donor gives $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
Fees $2.35 $0.00 $0.80
  $97.65 $100.00 $99.20
Bank interest** $1.10 $1.10 $1.10
UK Gift Aid** $2.85 $2.85 $2.85
Total $101.60 $103.95 $103.10