Make the School Run Donate to Whisper Children’s Hospital in Uganda

Save a Child's Life with the School Run

Whisper runs a children’s hospital and a maternity unit in Jinja, Uganda, in an area where healthcare is all too often unaffordable, unavailable or unsafe because of poor infrastructure. Use this Make it Donate trigger to donate whenever you take the kids to school. You’ll need the IFTTT app for this one and to set the rough position of the school, or park, or anywhere that you think is fitting.

The Whisper Magical Children’s Hospital is a happy, caring, child-friendly place providing high-quality healthcare. Some patients travel for hours to see them. They have a social worker and a nutritionist on the staff so that they can follow through where a child’s circumstances may be contributing to their ill-health.

Malnourished child in intensive care
Malnourished child in intensive care

The walls have brightly-coloured murals, painted by local artists. The staff often wear clown’s hats to put children and their carers at ease.

Whisper’s staff often drive long distances to take patients to emergency referrals or to maintain stocks of blood for transfusions when local supplies run low. A Ugandan newspaper article describes one example of this.

Whisper doctor dressed as a clown holding a baby
Whisper doctor holding a baby

We don’t know any other charity that saves more lives than we do, for a given donation. A gift of £16.77 allows us, on average, to treat a patient. A gift of £1,028 allows us to treat 61 patients and in doing that, we estimate that we save a life that would not otherwise have been saved. To find out how we arrived at those figures, see our page about impact. Our UK administration and fundraising are all done by volunteers, making your gift go a long way.” – Whisper Orphans

Whisper operating theatre
Whisper operating theatre

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Why?

A  wise man once said “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”

What if we could turn our everyday actions into simple acts of kindness. What if things like going for a run, doing the shopping, or playing a video game could trigger micro-donations for charities. What if simply by living your life you could, over time, transform someone else’s.     

We understand the multiple challenges charities are facing. Make It Donate is brilliant and empowering because it’s a more relevant way to give – it connects with your lifestyle. It helps to attract new donors and encourages regular donations. By providing a more diverse income, charities become more resilient.

We see a world where actions beat signalling, and we see a future filled with more happiness for everyone because after all those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.

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Simplicity and convenience is a top priority. We manage everything in the background leaving you free to control how you donate. You decide who you donate to and how much. We give you the freedom to set up donations across a group of different charities, all with one fixed donation limit. Pausing or cancelling donations can be managed easily, from one convenient place – it’s so simple.

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Your security is of the utmost importance to us. We use Stripe to securely store your payment details and make your donations (the same services trusted by Deliveroo, ASOS and Lyft). We never see your card information.

We use best-in-class tools and practices to maintain the highest level of security possible, ensuring your personal data is safe as it can be.

If you give us permission, we also provide charities with Gift Aid declarations, simply tick a box and they can claim an additional 25%. That’s as close to free money as you can get.

 Do we charge a fee?

Yes, we do charge donors a 4% fee (its free for charities). We believe that is the most transparent, ethical and fairest way to run a digital platform, with servers, staff and suppliers. We add it to donations to make it clear we are charging for the service.

It means we can hire the best talent and pay them a fair wage. It means we can continue to develop cutting edge tech so that we raise more money for the causes we care about. We also invest all profits back into the platform and don’t give away dividends to our shareholders. 

Remember any free platform is being paid for somehow.  Are the charities paying behind the scenes? Are you paying with your data? Are you happy with the ethics of the company that funds it?

Do we make a profit?

Although we are legally a for-profit company, every penny of any profit is invested back into improving the service and shareholders don’t get dividends.

We exist for social good above profit.