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2020 Lockdown II Challenge

Let’s join forces to end 2020 with a bit of hope. Sign up to our Strava challenge and help people in need.

Strava + Make it Donate

Pick a distance to cover before the end of 2020, track it on Strava and feel doubly good by automatically donating to charity every km of the way. Use the widget below to set it up. Then tell everyone about it.

What is Make it Donate?

Make it Donate is a charity donation platform that lets you trigger donations from things you do and things that happen out in the world, hopefully the video below gives you an idea. In this case we’re connecting it to Srava so you can trigger donations for every km you travel.

Who can I donate to?

You can donate to any charity affiliated with Make it Donate or any of our causes, all selectable when you set up the widget.

What do I do, run, cycle, swim?

Yes, and any other activity that you can track with the Strava App. At the time of writing that means run, ride, walk, hike, canoe, e-bike ride, handcycle, ice skate, inline skate, kayak, kitesurf, rock climb, roller ski, row, alpine ski, backcountry ski, nordic ski, snowboard, snowshoe, stand up paddle, surf, swim, wheelchair and windsurf.


What is Strava?

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Strava is a popular app that lets you track your exercise. You can track activity like running, swimming, cycling and many others, record your sessions and compete with other people, check it out here.

I use Zwift, can I use Zwift?

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Yes. That’s one of the things we’re doing ourselves when we’re stuck at home. Zwift connects to Strava so it all works really well. If you want to know more about Zwift, check it out over here.

What do I get?

What do you want a medal? You can’t have one, that money will go to charity. You do however get one of our custom zoom backgrounds when you sign up that shows everyone what a great person you are, spreads the word and hopefully increases donations.

You will also get a warm glow, not just from achieving a goal, but knowing you have genuinely helped make the word a better place.


A reassuring NO. You set a monthly limit and your donation is capped at that. This is an absolute limit across all charities and campaigns. You can change it at any time.

It’s fully controllable, if you are feeling flush you can raise it or if you're skint lower it a bit.

We take payment for your donations on the 7th of every month. We do it monthly to reduce card transaction fees as much as possible. Note that if you sign up just before the 7th you can still donate up to your monthly limit before the 7th.

If your outstanding donations are very low we will roll them over to the next month. This is to avoid the situation where Stripe's 20p charge would become a big percentage of the donation.

Yes. We add a 4% fee on top of your donations, it’s the fairest way we can think of to pay for the running of the platform. It also means we don’t have to charge the charities. Our payment partner Stripe adds a fee of 1.4% plus 20p per transaction (that’s why we only process payments once a month).

Causes are groups of selected charities related to a particular issue that we want to support. The Make it Donate team curates a number of charities who have a broad impact for this issue, and decides how the funds will be distributed across them in order to have the most impact. 100% of the donation will go to the charities. Some of these charities may not be official Make it Donate partners, and in this case we will be unable to share your data or Gift Aid declarations with them even if you opt in.

Although are officially listed as a for-profit company, every penny of any profit we make we invest back into improving the service and shareholders don't get dividends.

It is enshrined in our Articles of Association (the legal document that defines how our company is run) that we exist for social good above profit.

We use Stripe for all card transactions. They are certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1. This is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry. In fact, your card details never touch our server.

No No No No No, well, not unless you want us to. You can opt-in to share your contact details with just the charities and to provide a Gift Aid declaration allowing them to claim the extra money from HMRC. We are also fully subject to GDPR law.

We would love you to be on the world's most innovative charity donation platform. It’s free to join, go here to see how.