how to support wildlife charities with little to no money.
World Wildlife Day is upon us, so it only feels right to celebrate the incalculable value of wildlife around us. This is an opportunity to celebrate our conservation whilst raising awareness of the fight against wildlife crime and human-caused reduction of species. Celebrating these days doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune, instead you can help good causes free of charge, or spending as little as £3 a month.
free ways of supporting wildlife charities.
If you can’t give your own money, you can start a fundraiser for a charity of your choice. Defenders of Wildlife, the IUCN or the WWF are just a small handful or charities that help endangered animals that you may decide to fundraise for. Fundraisers could vary from a bake sales, raffles and quizzes or walk-a-thons.
2. Have a Clear-out.
Have spare clothes, toys or homeware lying around? Donate it! Simply pack up any old items and take to your charity shop of choice. This is completely free for you. The charity shop will sell your pre-loved items for a small fee, where money will go towards their chosen cause.
3. Raise Awareness. Use your Voice.
Help spread a charities message by re-posting their social media content. Sharing their content will help reach new audiences, furthering their reach. This could importantly lead to new supporters and donations.
can you afford to do more?
Donating doesn’t need to be expensive. If you can afford to donate, here’s how to help our wildlife without breaking your bank.
The WWF, an organisation that works in the field of wilderness preservation, have both a donate and adopt feature on their website. Adopting an animal can be done for as little as £3 a month, where you can choose what type of animal to adopt. Not to mention you’ll be gifted a cuddly toy of your chosen adopted animal, a welcome pack, regular updates and a certificate celebrating your newest adoption.
You can adopt an animal with the WWF here: https://support.wwf.org.uk/adoptions
If that’s not for you, you can do a one-off donation of your desired amount. This does not entitle you to any free goodies but does mean you don’t have to commit to a monthly subscription.
The RSPCA, the largest animal welfare charity in the UK, specialise in transforming both domesticated and wild animals’ lives. Like the WWF, the RSPCA offer both opportunities to donate monthly or to donate once. Whilst you cannot adopt specific animals, you can rest assured your donation is ‘rescuing, rehoming and releasing’ vulnerable animals.
You can donate to the RSPCA here: https://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/donate/online
Gift Aid: Give more with Gift Aid
Gift aid is a ‘tax relief scheme for charities’. This makes your overall donation worth 25% more, at no additional cost to you. If you donate £10, you can claim Gift Aid on your donation, boosting your total donation by £2.50 to a total of £12.50 at no extra cost to you or the charity. It’s always worth checking if you’re eligible to receive Gift Aid, as it can make a big difference to your donation.
*All information sourced about the WWF and RSPCA is directly from the WWF and RSPCA website.