People are protesting against the election of Trump by donating to causes his policies directly affect
President Trump’s inauguration may be bad news for some but it has heralded an increase in giving for a broad range of UK charities.
Online donations platform JustGiving has seen a 51% increase in donations to human rights, LGBTQ, Islamic, refugee and female causes in the 12 weeks since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States compared to the year before.
A spokeswoman for the company said some £1.5m had been donated to these causes since 8 November when Trump was announced as president.
She said donations to Islamic charities saw the biggest increase up 85% followed by human rights at 32% higher in the same 12 week period.
Many charities in the UK say people have been reacting to Trump’s draconian policies by donating.
Wayne Murray, head of fundraising and brand at Refugee Action, said: “We’ve seen a significant increase in unsolicited donations from people who have never supported Refugee Action before,” said Murray. “We’ve seen in the response to a recent email to supporters that this issue is mobilising them to give and take campaigning actions.
We’ve seen a significant increase in unsolicited donations
“Many messages of support with recent donations say their reason for giving was to show support for refugees in light of Trump’s actions.”
Organisations in America have reported even greater increases in donations.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced last week that it had raised over $24m in just 48-hours after Trump initiated his travel ban.
Planned Parenthood – a pro-life charity in the US - also reported a surge in donations since the election of anti-abortion advocate Trump – with 120,000 individual donations in the wake of the election.