About Cards For Good Causes
Cards for Good Causes supports more than 250 UK national and local charities. We do this by selling the widest choice of Christmas cards online and through our 300 seasonal pop-up shops.
In addition to cards, we sell a range of Christmas goods, including advent calendars, Christmas wrapping paper, gift tags and decorations, as well as gifts and toys.
In the last 10 years alone, you have helped us raise over £40 million for UK charities. We want to keep raising as much money as possible each year for our charities.
Our pop up shops
Cards for Good Causes manages a national network of over 300 charity Christmas card shops, across the UK. In each of our shops, from Truro to Pitlochry, we aim to represent at least 25 charities.
Our pop up shops open at various points throughout the lead up to Christmas - typically during September - December. We set up in sites such as churches, libraries, community centres, tourist information centres and museums.
We are only able to open such a high number of shops, thanks to the fantastic work of our volunteers.
Find out about volunteering opportunities here [link to volunteer page].
Our set up
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 charity, The 1959 Group of Charities -- a multi-charity membership organisation with twenty five member charities.
Cards for Good Causes sells Christmas cards and other items on behalf of The 1959 Group of Charities, as well as on behalf of a number of guest charities.
We pay our participating member and guest charities, or their trading subsidiaries, at least 70p in every pound from their card sales (less the VAT payable on the amount retained by Cards for Good Causes).
The retained amount goes to cover our overhead costs at Cards for Good Causes, such as the running of our pop up shops.
In addition to these costs, the participating charities are cover the costs of the production and distribution of their cards.
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.
In 1964, they began selling cards from empty shops in town centres. The name “Cards for Good Causes” was first mooted in 1971, but it was not until 1988 that it was formally established as the trading arm of The 1959 Group of Charities.