How to Make a Donation

  • What's the best way to donate?

    The best way to donate to a DEC appeal is by Donating online. This is the fastest and safest method and will allow funds to be received by the DEC straight away.

    There are also lots of other ways to donate including: 

    • Phone - automated telephone line 0370 60 60 900
    • Phone - SMS - send the word DONATE to 70000 to give £5
    • JustGiving - https://www.justgiving.com/dec
    • Post (cheque, voucher etc)
    • CAF Charities Aid Foundation)
    • Paypal - https://www.paypal.com/uk/fundraiser/charity/40098

    For a full list visit http://www.dec.org.uk/many-ways-to-donate

    If you wish to make a corporate donation you can find details on how to do so at http://www.dec.org.uk/corporate-support

    If none of these above suits you, please get in touch and let us know how we can help.

  • Which address should I send donations to?

    All donations should be made payable to DEC **Name of Appeal** and posted with a completed postal donation form to: 

    • DEC **Name of Appeal**  
    • PO Box 999,
    • London,
    • EC3A 3AA

    It is, however, a lot easier to make a donation online and helps us to process donations faster.

  • Can I set up a Direct Debit / make a regular donation?

    Unfortunately we don't have an easy-to-use way to make regular payments such as by Direct Debit. This is because the DEC is a disaster response charity and our appeals are usually only open for six months after the disaster has occurred. Once an appeal has closed we stop accepting donations so a regular donation would no longer be suitable.

    If you want to make a regular payment we recommend you look at our member charities who all have ongoing fundraising programmes. Donating regularly to a member agency will mean that your donation will go towards longer term sustainable development. A list of our member agencies can be found by following this link: http://www.dec.org.uk/member-charities

    If you are particularly interested in supporting the DEC's ongoing work it is possible for us to accept regular payments by standing order. Any money received when no appeals are active will go towards the next appeal and towards the DEC's work as a whole.

    If you do want to set up a standing order please contact us with your name and address and we will send you a reference number and our bank details.

  • Can you send me a paying in slip for the bank?

    We don’t have bank paying-in slips we can send out as they are produced by the banks, not by the DEC. You should be able to get them from any bank or Post Office that support DEC appeals, which includes all major UK banks and building societies except Nationwide and Britannia. 

    We have several other methods of paying money in which are outlined at http://www.dec.org.uk/many-ways-to-donate. If you are able to use any of these it is easier for us to trace the payment and account back to you. However, if it is easier for you to pay money in at a bank then that is not a problem.

  • Can I pay cash in at a bank?

    You can pay money in at any Post Office, bank or building society except Nationwide or Britannia. They should have paying-in slips with the DEC's bank account details on them.

    Please keep the slip with your name, the amount donated and a bank stamp as this acts as your receipt and will be the only proof that you have donated. You will need to send this to us if you require a receipt or thank you letter from the DEC.

    Banks kindly request that you sort any coins into separate bags which they can give you before you pay in. 

    All banks should support DEC appeals. However that can vary from branch to branch, and some may run out of the slips or just not realise that they have them. We do our best to make sure there are as many ways to pay money in as possible, however we can't guarantee that every branch will be able to facilitate this method of payment. We don't have paying in slips at the DEC's offices as we do not produce them ourselves.

    If you do have difficulty then other ways to pay can be found at http://www.dec.org.uk/many-ways-to-donate.

  • How do I donate by cheque?

    To send a donation through the post please download our postal donation form.

    All donations can be made payable to DEC **Name of Appeal** and sent to:

    DEC **Name of Appeal**

    PO Box 999,

    London,

    EC3A 3AA 

  • How do I make an anonymous donation?

    Anonymous donations can be made either by sending us a cheque or arranging a bank transfer.

  • There are no live appeals, can I still donate?

    When not running any appeals the DEC suspends most of its fundraising activity.

    If you want to donate toward a specific cause the best thing to do is to check the websites of our member charities to find a suitable appeal. You can find a list of our members by following this link.

    If you are particularly interested in contributing to the DEC's ongoing work you can still donate but the methods by which you can donate are limited to cheque or bank transfer. If donating by bank transfer please contact us first and we will send you a payment reference and our bank details. Please make cheques payable to DEC General Appeals and send to:

    DEC General Appeals
    PO Box 999,
    London,
    EC3A 3AA 

  • (Info) Which banks take donations?

    All UK banks, Post Offices and building societies except Britannia and Nationwide take part in the DEC's appeals.

    The banks get sent paying in slips from a central banking authority which supporters can then use when they go to the bank and pay in money. The DEC doesn't print the slips, so we can't send them to banks if they have run out.

    It's common for a few local banks to tell supporters they don't have any paying in slips as they forget they have them, or claim not to know anything about them. We can't do anything about this except suggest to supporters that they try elsewhere.

    The Irish Republic and other foreign countries' banks don't take part in this scheme.

    We don't get the paying in slips sent to us so we don't have any information about the donation other than a name and amount in a very long bank statement.