How much of the price you pay for charity Christmas cards actually goes to the charity?
Did you know that if you buy charity Christmas cards from a high street store then as little as 6% of what you pay might be donated to the charity?
Which? has just done a report on this. It hasn't been posted online yet, so I can't give a direct link, but the BBC reported it.
Whilst a small handful of promotions in stores do give up to the full retail price to the charity, the vast majority do not, with an average donation of about 10%.
So how do you make sure that most of the price you pay for a charity card goes towards the cause?
First, you can buy directly from the charity, by post or online.
Or - and my preferred method for many years now - you can go along to Kingston Parish Church any time during the day from Monday to Saturday. There is a Cards for Good Causes stall at the back of the church, run by volunteers. At least 75% of the price of each card goes to the named charity.
The best thing about this option is the huge range of cards for sale, from about 40 different charities, so you should find something to suit you.