Just one point. We would have to ensure that they are registered charities. A lot of schools don't do this.
I'm not sure what the legalities are donating to an organisation which is not registered as a charity.
The only issue is that if you give to charities directly, then they can claim Gift Aid on the donation which is a rebate of the tax you have paid on the money you have donated. If it goes through Edugeek first, then they will lose the Gift Aid.
I think the best thing to do would be to have a 'Edugeek Supported Charities' page, so people can donate directly. I'm sure a way could be worked out with the charity of knowing who has donated so that they can have their EduSupprter button.
If we are looking for specific IT type charities, how about:
AbilityNet - Adapting Technology Changing Lives
Kidsafe UK - Helping Children To Protect Themselves which does work with internet safetyAbilityNet is a national charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology. Our special expertise is ensuring that whatever your age, health condition, disability or situation you find exactly the right way to adapt or adjust your ICT to make it easier to use.
Computers for the DisabledComputers for the Disabled is a charity which supplies PCs to disabled people, disabled homes, centres, housebound and the elderly that makes no profit out of any PC supplied.
Would it not be easier to return the money back to the users then let them decide?
A quick Google doesn't seem to turn up many edu IT charities; possibly too specific an area? There are various computers to Africa charities (these would need to be looked at carefully, to make sure we support an organisation which can actually use the equipment) or charities providing specialist IT equipment for disabled people - what do people think to those?
I.T. Schools Africa
As I am going to Africa the 29th December in the hope to reach some under privilaged schools and provide some resources etc. One of my school customers in Birmingham put me in touch with the IT Schools Africa charity so far so good
Pay someone to write some open source software we need/to replace some old aging software that needs manually installing and only works with Administrator access and really wants to use Win3.1
Can I suggest that the EduGeek management talk to an accountant as to what's actually involved first so you can ensure than options are realistic and not just wishful thinking (not matter how common sensical they might be).
Having worked as a fundraiser in the past and still active in the Uni/College Rag fraternity I can assure you that charity law is a royal pain in the backside so best to be sure you know what's involved before the warm fuzzy gets stamped all over.
Just a thought...
Don't worry we will
We know charity law is pain (hence why EG never started off as charity as was too much work).
Ive not read the donations thread, but having read this one and seeing that the Donate button has gone, does that mean that us Blue users are now a crowd that will never get bigger?
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