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It depends

It can depend on structure of the internal fundraising policies in the charity. So, how do charities manage their funds?

Charities basically operate with two kinds of funds - restricted funding and unrestricted funding.

The main difference between the two is that if you donate to an animal charity appeal for a specific animal it is likely that this money will be used and locked in or 'restricted' to, for example, helping orangutans only.

All charities need basic operating cost funding and this can come from unrestricted donations so with this the animal charity can spend the money where the need is greatest or use it responsibly to further the charity's strategy in other ways.

Some people worry about the money charities spend on fundraising - sending letters, face to face fundraisers, advertising, emails, websites etc... But really, the charities wouldn't spend this money unless they got a return on the investment.

Like any business you have to spend money to make money.

The same principles basically apply to charities these days so we need to trust the charities and their transparency through published financial statements and annual reports.

View all our animal charity pages here

Tax exempt status of registered charities and online security

All of the charities listed on this website are registered with the Charity Commission in the United Kingdom. Like any business, charities have to submit Tax Returns to HM Revenue and Customs, but all donations are declared and the charities do not have to pay tax on them. This means all your donation to charity will help to further their vision and goals.

Registered charity numbers

Each charity's registered number can be seen prominently displayed on the bottom of their respective pages on this site and underneath their logos.

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