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1. How it Works
What is DontSendMeACard.com?
You can use this website to send e-cards for special occasions, and donate the cost equivalent of sending printed greeting cards to a cause that you care about.
How does it work?
1. Select a charity
2. Compose your e-card and message
3. Donate how much you would have spent on greeting cards and stamps
4. Send your e-card and message via your dedicated send e-card page
Do I need to sign up for an account?
No. We've streamlined this as much as possible so you can quickly choose an e-card and make a donation, rather than have to create an account first.
Who can use it?
Everyone! No matter where you are in the world, you can send our e-cards to loved ones and send donations to charity.
Is it easy to do?
Yes. It is a simple one-page form, which links to the option to pay by credit card or by PayPal, after which you can send your e-card/s via email.
What charities can I give to?
We have a wide range of incredible charities listed. These include children's charities, to environmental causes, to visual impairment and animal protection, and more. Check out the full list of charities that you can support
Can my company send corporate Christmas e-cards?
Yes, please view the options available to companies for corporate giving here.
2. Payments & Donating
How do I give?
Donations are made by credit card or with your PayPal account. All payments are processed through PayPal, but you have the option to pay by credit card if you do not have a PayPal account.
How much can I give?
There is a minimum donation of £1 and no maximum amount.
For a single occasion, such as a birthday, you can send just one e-card and pay the equivalent of what you would have spent on a card and postage, e.g., £3.
For common occasions where you would send multiple cards, such as Christmas, you can send an e-card to everyone and donate the total cost of all of those cards and stamps, e.g., £50 or £100, or, for many people, more. You can also add an additional cash gift.
Companies that would incur a higher cost to produce and post a corporate greeting card can give higher amounts e.g. £5000.
Will I get a receipt for my donation?
Yes you will receive a receipt automatically by email after the payment has been processed.
How do I know that the donation was processed?
We automatically email you and the charity upon successful payment.
When will my chosen charity get the funds?
Each time that you send an e-card and complete the donation payment process, your designated charity receives the funds immediately.
How do fees work?
You are only ever charged what you select to donate e.g. if you select to donate £10 you pay £10 via PayPal. That's it.
We apply a 5% fee which is deducted from each transaction. For the charity to receive your donations securely by PayPal a fee of 3.4% + £0.20 to transfer the funds applies. How fees and payments work is clearly explained here
Can I add Gift Aid to my donation?
Yes, if your chosen charity has activated our Gift Aid feature. You will then be presented with the option after donating to share your name and address. Charities can then claim 25p on every £1 donated.
Is this safe?
Yes. All payments are processed through PayPal, a trusted and known payment processing service. Learn more about PayPal.
Can I get a refund?
No. There are no refunds available through the website. Once you have made the payment, you would have to contact the charity to whom you made a donation if you were to decide that you wanted your money back (the same way as if you gave them cash in a greeting card, and decided you wanted it back.)
Will you keep my credit card details on file?
No. As payments are processed through PayPal, no record of your credit card is kept by our company.
3. Sending E-Cards
How many e-cards can I send?
You can send up to 100 e-cards per donation as an individual.
You can send up to 5000 e-cards per donation as a company. Corporate donations and e-card volumes are explained here.
I made my donation and want to go back to send more e-cards, how can I do that?
After you made your donation you would have been sent an automatic email from DontSendMeACard which contains a link stating “Click to send up to 100 e-cards.” Click that link and you can go back to send more cards.
Can I include a personal message?
Yes. When you compose your e-card you can include a typed personal message that the recipient will get with the e-card detailing that you have donated.
How do I know that my e-cards have been sent?
When you donate you are sent a link to your unique send an e-card page. Below the input field for email addresses we show a list of those that you have sent to. For security these are obfuscated.
When are my e-cards delivered after I click send?
Our servers typically send out the e-cards straight away. During busy periods e-cards are queued on the server so there may be a delay of up to an hour.
Can I invite people to do the same?
Yes. When you send your e-card the recipient will see the option to follow your example with a button inviting them to 'Do the Same'. In fact, as a user and advocate of this, it is you that has the ability to encourage loved ones to give to a cause that you care about, which in turn may attract their network and so on.
Can my company send corporate e-cards?
4. Data & Security
Is DontSendMeACard GDPR compliant?
Yes. We have taken comprehensive measures to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the handling of your data. You can view our privacy notice last updated May 2018.
Is data transmitted securely?
Yes. User data is transmitted securely over HTTPS between PayPal and DontSendMeACard.com
Do you use your own email system to send the emails?
Yes. We use our own email system and emails are sent from the DontSendMeACard website on your behalf. We don't use a 3rd party service to send emails.
Where are your servers located?
Servers are located in the latest data centre in Europe – Germany.
DontSendMeACard is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
Will you use my recipient email addresses for any other purpose than for sending my e-cards?
No. We will only ever use the email addresses of your friends and family that you input for the sole purpose of delivering your e-cards.
Will my charity receive my contact information?
No. Charities can see information about totals raised.
When I donate do you automatically subscribe me to your newsletter?
No. We will only email you with regards to the sending of your e-cards. If you do choose to subscribe to our newsletter at any time you will have a clear option to unsubscribe.
5. Charity Partner FAQ
How does it work for charities?
You can use DontSendMeACard.com to invite your supporters to send e-cards, and donate to your charity in lieu of printed greeting cards. This is made possible with our innovative e-card and donation system.
What are the requirements for registering?
UK registered charities and US nonprofits can register to become a charity partner. It's free to join and there are no monthly fees.
UK charities must be registered with the Charity Commission and have a charity registration number. To receive donations UK organisations must have a PayPal account that can receive GBP.
US nonprofits must be registered with the IRS and have an EIN number. To receive donations US organisations must have a PayPal account that can receive USD.
We vet each application.
How can I register as a charity?
You can sign up here. After the first step of creating a basic username and password, you can then complete our charity registration form. You will need:
1. Your charity registration number
2. A JPEG of your logo to upload (ideally 600x600 pixels)
3. The email address associated with your charities PayPal account so that we can automatically send on donations to you.
We aim to list your charity within 24 hours and you will be emailed a welcome email once we have activated your charity account.
Is it easy for our charity to get started fundraising?
Yes. Immediately after adding you as a listed charity partner you will receive:
• Access to your charity partner account dashboard
• The most popular e-card pages pre-loaded in to your account
• Default e-card artwork in place with the ability to upload your own
• A dedicated landing page that you can link to from your website
• Fundraising resources with materials you can use to fundraise with
How much will we raise?
That depends on the size of your organisation and if you actively encourage supporters to use the initiative. We provide success stories, social media graphics, and email templates for you to draw upon to make the most out of the platform.
Can we collect Gift Aid?
Yes we have a feature that you can activate in your charity account dashboard, that allows you to present the donor with the option to share their name and address with you, so that you can process Gift Aid on their donation.
Can I upload my own charity e-card artwork?
Yes. In your account dashboard you can easily replace the standard artwork with your own. We provide sizing, file format, and upload instructions for you in your charity resources section.
Our system supports JPEG and GIF files, including looped animated 'cinemagraph' GIFs.
Can you design e-cards for our charity?
Yes. Our creative department can create artwork for your campaign.
Can you provide customisations specific to our charity requirements?
Can companies and corporate partners support our charity too with e-cards?
Yes. We do have the ability to create corporate e-card pages. Upon joining please enquire and discuss how this works with us.
We're also taking a closer look at getting corporate involvement as a year round CSR initiative to support causes. If you have active corporate partnerships we can provide more information.
6. About & Why
Who are DontSendMeACard?
Based in Devon, we’re a collaboration of graphic designers and web developers that believe a real alternative to greeting cards should exist. So we built it! Enjoy.
Why do people do this?
It’s simple: Because they would have spent the same amount on a greeting card – and possibly postage – anyway. Plus it’s much easier to quickly process a payment through the site than going out and choosing a card and posting it on time.
Why should I do this?
2 billion cards are sent each year in the UK. That's a lot of cards! We believe that a proportion of this should go to amazing causes that really need it. Plus it's easier for you.
What do you stand for as an organisation?
Read our mission and vision.
Does not sending cards save the environment?
Little by little it does. Individually the effect is not huge, but collectively for example we are using hundreds of thousands of trees every year in the UK to support the greeting card industry.
So by using the DontSendMeACard service and being an active advocate of it, you are helping to reduce the waste caused by sending cards. This is especially effective if the money you raise is given to an environmental charity as not only are you donating to something that helps the earth, you are electing to not receive cards and reducing your own carbon footprint, so it can have a double effect. View our infographic for the environmental facts about the greeting card industry
“Together you can do your bit for the environment by planting trees instead of sending cards!"
Katie Greaves, Trees for Cities
“This makes so much sense! Give what your cards cost to charity with your loved ones."
Victoria Coltman, The Honeypot Children’s Charity
“It’s a really easy way to do something meaningful on special occasions. The money would have been spent on cards anyway."
Alex Furness, Founder of DontSendMeACard