Giving to charity

A BETTER WAY TO GIVE

The CAF Charity Account gives you complete control over how and when you choose to give to the causes you care about.

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WHAT IS A CAF CHARITY ACCOUNT?

Imagine having money set aside, ready to make a difference in people’s lives when it’s needed.

We’ve all been there; a friend’s running a marathon for charity, there’s an appeal on TV or a fundraiser at work.

With a CAF Charity Account you can set aside a little when you have it, so you can make a difference when you want to. It’s simple and stress-free – and because we add Gift Aid, you have even more to give.

Did you know?

Each year CAF Charity Account holders give over £89m to charities.

GET A CAF CHARITY ACCOUNT

The CAF Charity Account is a great way to organise your giving – you can support all your favourite causes from one account by setting up regular standing orders or making ad hoc donations using our charity search.  

Opening a CAF Charity Account is quick and easy – simply complete our online application form and agree to top-up with at least £10 per month. The whole process, including setting up your Direct Debit, should take no more than five minutes.

If you prefer, you can choose to make an initial one off top-up of £100. However you choose to fund your CAF Charity Account, you’ll be up and running in about 3-5 working days.

However you decide to give, the CAF Charity Account lets you change your preferences at any time. Download our brochure for more information, and don’t forget to read the Terms and conditions before you apply.  

CAF CHARITY ACCOUNT FEATURES

Some of the ways we help you to give to the causes you care about.

Give more with Gift Aid

Complete just one Gift Aid Declaration form and we’ll automatically add 25p to every £1 you give.

More about Gift Aid

Flexible ways to donate

Donate once, or regularly, to your favourite causes – in the UK and overseas.

Give anonymously

You decide which charities you want to hear from – and which ones you’d rather not.

OTHER FEATURES OF THE CAF CHARITY ACCOUNT

More ways to help you with your giving

  • Manage your giving online.
  • Donate online, by standing order or CAF Voucher book.
  • Top-up online or by Direct Debit.

Make donations quickly

Use our search tool to find the charity you want to support quickly. You can also save your favourite charities for regular donations.

Use our charity search

HOW MUCH DOES A CAF CHARITY ACCOUNT COST?

Your contribution allows us to continue the work we do and supports the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the other National Councils around the UK. This allows them to provide essential support to charities and run initiatives, ranging from training for trustees to the National Volunteers' Week campaign.

Paid into your account, plus Gift Aid payments CAF fee CAF contribution Contribution to NCVO
The first £20,500 0.75% 2.25% 1% 
The next £20,500.01 - £113,000 - - 1% 
Amounts above £113,000 - -

So much more than just a donation

Because we’re a charity, all our resources are used for doing good rather than being paid out to shareholders. That means when you give through a CAF Charity Account you’re helping to build charities everywhere, as well as supporting the great causes you care about.

Overseas donations

If a charity needs to be validated to ensure we can send funds to it, there’s a one-time validation fee of £35. The overseas transaction fee is £20* and the minimum you can donate overseas is £250.

Find out more about donating overseas.

*Not payable in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man


Full details of fees are available in the CAF Charity Account brochure

WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CAF CHARITY ACCOUNT?

Our brochure includes everything you need to know about the CAF Charity Account.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • How do I know that my donations are going to valid charities?
    Before we send your donation to an organisation, we check to make sure that it’s charitable. That way you can rest assured that your money will be used to make a difference.

    Read our Guide to charity validation
  • How long does it take to open a CAF Charity Account?

    It will take about five minutes to complete the online application form. Once we receive your application it usually takes around 3-5 working days to open your CAF Charity Account. We’ll be in touch if we need any further information.

  • What checks do you carry out before I can open a CAF Charity Account?
    When we process your application for a CAF Charity Account we carry out an electronic check to verify your details which doesn’t affect your credit rating. In some cases, we may need to contact you for further information.

Can’t find the answer to your question?

Contact our team, we’re happy to help.

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APPLY FOR A CAF CHARITY ACCOUNT

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