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Scouts go digital as they partner with Virgin Money Giving

9 February 2017

  • Scouts embrace digital fundraising to support their work across the UK
  • Virgin Money Giving is the preferred fundraising platform for The Scout Association in the UK

The Scout Association has made Virgin Money Giving its preferred fundraising platform enabling them to promote their fundraising and receive donations online.

The Scouts are the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation. They change lives by offering fun and challenging activities and everyday adventure. Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and resilience.

Drummond Cox, Leader of 26th Dundee Scout Group said: "Using Virgin Money Giving makes it much easier to share our fundraising activities online and for people to donate. The benefits of fundraising online are clear and the time we save on paperwork is now better spent on planning and participating in fun activities for the Scout Group."

Jo Barnett, Executive Director of Virgin Money Giving said: "Virgin Money Giving is extremely proud to be the preferred fundraising partner of the Scouts. It is great to see the Scouts seizing the initiative and embracing the concept of raising money online and we hope to make the lives of thousands of Scout volunteers much easier."

Laura Herring, Individual Giving Manager at The Scout Association said: "At The Scout Association we are committed to supporting our members in any way we can. The opportunities Virgin Money Giving are providing, such as free training on the platform, will make it so much easier for them to maximise their fundraising efforts, helping to provide more opportunities for more young people."

Virgin Money Giving has helped raise over £500 million for charities since launching in 2009.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About the survey

Two thousand UK-wide respondents were surveyed by OnePoll over 27-28th November 2016.

About Virgin Money Giving

  • Virgin Money Giving is the not-for-profit online fundraising website from Virgin Money and was established in 2009. Virgin Money uses its infrastructure and expertise as a financial services business to ensure that Virgin Money Giving is efficient and secure.
  • More than 12,500 charities have registered with Virgin Money Giving and over £500 million has been raised for charity through the service since its launch in 2009, resulting in an estimated £16 million more raised for charity because of its not-for-profit model.
  • Fundraisers can personalise their fundraising pages, send out email alerts and manage their fundraising events. They can include their own content, photos and links to their page as well as customise messages for their supporters and link their page to social networking sites. Virgin Money Giving provides fundraising ideas and tips, offering help and advice on how to raise more for charity. In addition to supporting individual fundraisers, Virgin Money Giving also supports Appeals, Corporate and In Memory fundraising.
  • Virgin Money Giving is the official fundraising partner of events that include the Virgin Money London Marathon, Swim Serpentine, Kiltwalk, Prudential Ride London and the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

About Scouting

  • The Scout Association was founded on 1st August 1907.
  • Adventure is at the core of Scouting, and the Association passionately believes in helping their members fulfil their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials by working in teams, learning by doing and developing skills for life.
  • Over 200 activities are offered by Scouting around the UK to 450,000 young people, made possible by the efforts of more than 100,000 volunteer leaders. This has helped make Scouting the largest co-educational youth Movement in the country.
  • Last year, The Scout Association launched the biggest revamp of its youth activity programme. The Movement launched 165 new and updated badges for its youth members (aged 6-18 years), which creates a new total of 250 badges.
  • One of the challenges that the Scout Movement faces is finding more volunteers to plug the current gap. At present there are over 40,000 young people on waiting lists across the UK.
  • Adults working in Scouting contribute in excess of 364 million hours of voluntary work each year to their local communities.
  • The number of volunteers working for Scouting is bigger than the combined workforces of the BBC (20,000) and McDonalds (67,000) put together.
  • Worldwide Scouting has 40 million members both male and female and operates in nearly every country in the world.
  • For further information about UK Scouting, visit: http://scouts.org.uk/home/