WhatWeWant is to support the National Emergencies Trust amid a marked increase in its crowdfunding pages being set up to support those affected by the pandemic.
Crowdfunding app WhatWeWant (WWW) is to donate all fees incurred by users to the National Emergencies Trust fund to support communities affected by the Covid-19 virus.
The money raised through fees, including payment provider costs, will be donated to the Trust on a monthly basis until the pandemic subsides.
The app is used by people to pool money towards gifts for friends, family and good causes.
According to WWW there has been an increase in pages being set up for charitable causes, including care packages and financial support for those affected by the pandemic.
The app launched in November 2019 and latest figures show that the first three weeks of April accounted for more than half (54 per cent) of all contributions.
As of April 18, four times more had been raised using the app than during all of March.
Helping those in need
“Our app is mostly used by groups of people who want to chip in to get a loved one a special gift,” said WWW Chief Executive Officer Yiannis Faf.
“And although the coronavirus pandemic means our habits are changing – with gatherings, weddings and parties all being cancelled – we are seeing more people than ever looking for ways to pool their finances to help those in need.
“As a startup, we want to encourage this. Indeed, we need the tech sector to bring communities together at a time when we are forced to be apart physically.
“For that reason, for the foreseeable future we are proud to be redirecting all fees incurred by users to the National Emergencies Trust, a hugely worthwhile charity that is doing great things to help during this unprecedented, challenging period.”
The National Emergencies Trust has distributed a total of £17.5m to support communities affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. So far £35m has been pledged, with a further £20m in match funding promised from the government.