Around £100 million is donated to charity during Ramadan each year to charitable causes around the world. The money helps to save lives and provide essential services where they are needed most.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London said: “Ramadan is a time to remind ourselves of the values of empathy, compassion and charity, and the generosity of Muslims during this month makes a huge difference to charitable causes and communities around the world.
“But it’s important to give safely, and the Charity Commission’s useful tips can help ensure donations go to the right place. I encourage everyone giving to charity this Ramadan to check before you give, and wish you all a peaceful and blessed month.”
To help you donate safely at Ramadan, we have provided this helpful advice:
- Check that you’re giving to a registered charity before you donate. You can confirm that a charity is registered by visiting www.gov.uk/checkcharity.
- Avoid donating money to people collecting for generic causes. Make sure you’re giving to a registered charity and for a specific campaign.
- If you’re approached by a collector in the street or on your doorstep, check that the individual is wearing a proper ID badge and that any collection tins are fully sealed.
- Ask questions. A genuine fundraiser will be more than happy to provide answers and explain the work of the charity.
- Don’t be pressured into making a donation immediately. Take the time to make an informed decision and to research a charity if you have to.
- Most charities offer the ability to donate online. If donating to charity make sure that the website is secure by checking next to the URL bar. It should have a padlock or a ‘Secure’ message. This encrypts your data as its sent across the Internet. Payments may be taken by trusted systems such as PayPal or Worldpay. In terms of donating to one-off events, you can donate via trusted platforms such as Justgiving or Virgin Money Giving.
- Be careful when donating via email or by clicking links within them. These could easily be fake so avoid clicking through from suspicious emails. Contact the charity directly if you’re interested in donating.