Can I specify what project I want my donation to go to?
Currently your donation will go towards the DEC Syria Crisis Appeal only. If you would like your donation togo towards the DEC for use in future appeals, please contact the donations team
Do I have to donate online?
No, you can send a cheque, charitable cheque or voucher. Fore more information see the various ways to donate.
I can’t find the donation section on your webpage.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal donation page is only available for a limited period of time after a disaster. If you find that the link is unavailable the DEC has therefore closed the online donation page. If you have any further difficulties please telephone our donation help desk on 0844 800 4884 or email via email@example.com.
I want to make an anonymous donation. How do I do this?
You can donate to the appeal by sending a cheque, charitable cheque or voucher. See the various ways to donate.
What do I do if I have a problem with my donation?
If you have a problem with your donation please call the DEC Helpdesk on 0844 800 4884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why do you use an 0370 number?
Calls to 03 numbers cost no more than calls to numbers beginning 01 and 02 and could be party of any inclusive call minutes or discount schemes. International access to 0370 numbers should be charged at international rates - i.e. there should not be a premium in calling a UK 0370 number as opposed to calling a UK 01 or 02 number. However, access to 0370 internationally is not guaranteed.
If you do not wish to use this number you can donate online at www.dec.org.uk, or by sending a cheque, charitable voucher, at a bank or post office.
Does the DEC incur credit card commission fees?
No, the DEC does not pay any commission fees.
I’ve tried to donate online with no success. What Can I do?
If your donation was successful you would have received a successful screen page stating: “The Donation was submitted”. This is followed by an email sent to the address provided. If you did not see or receive either of these acknowledgments, you can try donating again making sure that you complete all the fields marked with an asterisk (*). We normally process donations within 24 hours Monday to Friday. Any donations received over a weekend are processed by midnight on Monday.
If you find that your donation has not been processed we do hope you will re-submit your online donation as we do need your support. If you have any further queries please call our help desk on 0844 800 4884 or email email@example.com.
What are the terms and conditions for text to donate?
- The service is open to all residents of the UK (Excluding Manx, Guernsey or Jersey Telecom customers), aged 18 or over. You must use your own mobile phone for this service.
- You can donate by texting one of the keywords below to the number 70000. Keywords may vary between appeals, please ensure you are using a keyword for the current appeal. (the list below is updated every appeal)
- Your text message entry will result in a £5 donation to the DEC Appeal for each successful text transaction.
- If your keyword and short code are valid, and your text message is received within the specified times and dates, you will be charged the £5 donation via a bounce-back message.
- You will not be charged for texting the 70000 number.
- The SMS service is provided by OpenMarket.
- The promoter of the service is the Disasters Emergency Committee.
Cheques and vouchers
Is it okay to send a cheque?
Yes, there are various ways to give. You can send a cheque, charitable cheque or voucher.
What address should I send donations to?
See how to give.
Do you have a Gift Aid declaration form that I can download?
You can download our Postal Donation Form and complete the Gift Aid section at the bottom of the form. This form can also be used to make your donation. If you have paid your donation at a bank counter or Post Office you can use this form to Gift Aid your donation. Simply attach the receipt from the bank or Post Office to the form.
If you are a fundraiser, your supporters can opt to Gift Aid by ticking the box on your sponsorship form.
I don’t understand what Gift Aid is. Can you explain?
Gift Aid is a government scheme that allows us to reclaim the tax you have paid on your donation at no extra cost to you.
If you are a UK taxpayer, the value of your gift can be increased by 25% under the Gift Aid scheme at no extra cost to you. This means a donation of £10, for example, could be worth an extra £2.50 to us.
For your donation to be eligible for gift aid, you must pay an amount of income tax or capital gains tax at least equal to that which charities or CASC's will reclaim on your donations over the tax year. Council Tax and VAT do not count.
The Disasters Emergency committee will treat all donations you have made over the past four years and all donations you make in the future (unless you notify us otherwise) as Gift Aid donations. The tax reclaimed will be used to help fund the whole of the DEC's work.
For more information go to: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/individuals/giving/gift-aid.htm
If I donate by phone, can the DEC claim Gift Aid?
Yes. The automated telephone donation line will ask you to confirm whether you wish to Gift Aid your donation. For further information on Gift Aid please go to: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/individuals/giving/gift-aid.htm
I said yes to Gift Aid and now I’m worried I’m going to have to pay more.
Gift Aid is reclaimed at no cost to you.
For more information please visit http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/individuals/giving/gift-aid.htm
I am a pensioner do my donations qualify
Income from state pensions alone is unlikely to qualify as you would need to earn above the personal allowance threshod to pay income tax. If this is your only source of income
Please double check with your tax office before completing a declaration
AFTER MAKING A DONATION
Can you tell me if you’ve received my online donation?
If your donation has been successfully submitted you would have received a successful screen page stating: “The donation has been submitted”. This is followed by an email sent to the address provided confirming the status of the donation. If you've not recieved this please check your junk folder/spam filter.
We normally process donations within 24 hours Monday to Friday. Any donations received over the weekend are processed by midnight on Monday. If you find that your donation has not been processed we do hope you will resubmit your online donation as we do need your support. If you have any further queries please call our help desk on 0844 800 4884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you tell me if you’ve received my phone donation?
Your donation should be processed within 5-10 working days of your call. We transcribe the donation records as quickly as possible. Please could we ask that you check your bank statement after this period if you are unsure. If we are unable to process your donation we will be sending you a letter, or alternatively you can call our helpdesk on 0844 800 4884 or email email@example.com.
Can you tell me if you’ve received my postal donation?
Your donation should be processed within 5-10 working days of receipt. If we are unable to process your donation we will be sending you a letter, or alternatively you can call our helpdesk on 0844 800 4884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve received no acknowledgement of my donation, have you received it?
Please allow 5-10 working days after your donation to be processed before checking your bank statement. All online donation receive an automatic e-mail of thanks, and postal and telephone donors will be thanked as quickly as possible.
Nothing has been debited from my account yet. Did you get the donation?
All donations should be processed within 5-10 working days of receipt. If we are unable to process your donation we will be sending you a letter, or alternatively you can call our helpdesk on 0844 800 4884 or email email@example.com.
I pressed the wrong button and have donated the wrong amount online or via phone. Can you change it?
If you have entered the wrong amount when donating online or through the telephone, please wait until your donation has been debited from your bank or credit card statement and email your online donation reference number, name, full address including postcode, date of donation and confirmation of incorrect donation amount pledged, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see our refunds policy.