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ABOUT US

Cards for Good Causes was set up by a group of 25 leading charities in 1959 with the specific aim of providing a consistent source of income for charity. We run as a not-for-profit and now partner with over 200 charities throughout the UK. We offer the most comprehensive range of cards and gifts for all occasions that directly supports the charity sector.

Our Aim

In the last 10 years alone, you have helped us raise over £40 million for UK charities. Our aim is simple. We want to keep raising as much money as possible for our charities each year.

Our Charities

Many charitable organisations set up a subsidiary “business” or "trading arm" as a way to generate income on a more permanent basis and Cards for Good Causes is no different.

Cards for Good Causes is the trading arm of the charity - Cards for Good Causes Charities (formerly known as The 1959 Group of Charities).

Cards for Good Causes Charities currently has 18 member charities who hold a share in our organisation. These are: Alzheimer's Society, Barnardo's, Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, Epilepsy Action, MS Society, Multiple Sclerosis Trust, National Autistic Society, NSPCC, Parkinson's UK, Perennial, Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People, RNLI, Save the Children, Stroke Association and Versus Arthritis.

By working together as a collective group, our member charities can ensure more of every penny paid by the customer makes its way to those that need it most. We also support over 200 guest charities by selling their Charity Cards on our website and/or in our shops.

How much goes to the Charities

As a not-for-profit organisation, we keep operating costs at a minimum and give all of our proceeds back to charity. That means all funds made after any overheads such as storage, distribution and the running of our shops, office and warehouse. This is usually approximately 70p in every £1 of their card sales after overheads. In addition to these costs, the participating charities cover the costs of the production of their cards.

Cards that Care

We provide a unique way for our customers to support the causes that they love as they can give as they live. Our charity cards not only support our charities but also provide a way for friends and family to show how much they care. We love that our cards and gifts really do make a difference to someone's life.

Charity Cards and Gifts

We sell “Cards for Good Causes” multi-charity cards and gifts which support all of our charities.

We also sell specific charity cards and gifts on behalf of each charity with those funds going directly back to them after any overheads.

Where you can buy our Charity Products

Our website - www.cardsforcharity.org.uk - sells a variety of cards and gifts throughout the year. Our shops open up around the UK in the lead up to Christmas. They are typically open from October to December. We set up in sites such as churches, libraries, community centres, tourist information centres, museums and some commercial premises too. We also work with a number of hosts and partner retailers to ensure that our customers can buy our products throughout the UK.

Our Volunteers

We are a not-for-profit organisation and could not do what we do without our fantastic army of over 6,000 volunteers who give up their time to help sell our cards and gifts and raise much-needed funds for charity within their local communities. Our volunteers always remain at the centre of what we do and they are a vital part of the Cards for Good Causes family.

Our Sustainable Credentials

We always aim to source a range of quality, environmentally-friendly, ethically-sourced products. Our cards are recyclable, glitter-free and plant-based. Our packaging is plastic-free. We also ensure that any of our providers have sustainable credentials too.

Our Heritage

It’s incredible to think that over 60 years ago, in 1959, James “Jim” Jackson, Secretary of the British Diabetic Association, gathered a group of medical charities together to discuss the coordination of publicity for selling Charity cards at Christmas.

Cards for Good Causes is now a well-established charity organisation across the UK and is the largest Charity Card retailer. The huge funds raised over the years have enabled the charity sector to improve the lives of so many people and fund life-saving work.

We are extremely proud of what we have achieved and hope to continue to do so for the next 60 years and beyond.

 

 

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