How to raise money for your school – Give As You Live

I was at a school fair last week. The organisers were saying how difficult it is to attract donations with so many families struggling financially.

Then I heard about Bishop Gilpin School in Wimbledon who have raised £1000 just by shopping online helping to fund a new playground opened this month.

Supporters of Bishop Gilpin Primary School use an online shopping platform called Give as you Live to claim back a percentage of their spend whenever they shop online. Free to use and incurring no extra cost to the shopper, Give as you Live supports any of the UK’s 200,000 registered charities.

Whenever users shop at over 2,400 participating online stores, Give as you Live collects a small donation from the retailer, which is added to the total amount raised.

Jo Whelan, mother and Friends of Bishop Gilpin PTA member, said: “Now we’ve completed the playground, our next project is to improve the school library. Give as you Live is money for nothing, and a vital revenue stream for the school.”

Give As You Live is free and so easy to install. It is such a simple concept that makes real and positive differences to lives.

Give as you Live CEO and Founder Polly Gowers, OBE, said: “Bishop Gilpin School is used to leading the way. With an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating and generous extra-curricular calendar, this hugely popular Church of England Primary School is the envy of the Wimbledon borough. Now, following an impressive campaign by the PTA, the school can add ‘fundraising pioneer’ to its list of accolades.

“This is a clear example of one school doing it right, seeking out new sources of revenue in the midst of government budget cuts. What keeps me awake at night is all the other money going to waste when it could be going to charities and good causes. It’s great to see a community club together and really make a difference for Bishop Gilpin School with Give as you Live.”

Give as you Live technology has now raised over £3.5m for good causes in the UK – with the potential to raise billions more.

There are two ways to use Give as you Live – the first is by installing the Give as you Live bar, which sits on a user’s internet browser and automatically collects cost-free donations when shopping direct at participating online retailers. The second is through the Give as you Live website, which takes products from thousands of online retailers to allow shoppers to search, compare, and find the best deal on millions of products, all in one place.

To find out more about Give as you Live, please visit

Final word – if you are like me, you will think about doing this so I urge you to do it today and start helping a good cause of your choice simply by doing your usual shopping online and at no extra cost to you. Simples!

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