How Can You Donate?

If you would like to donate to make a real difference to the lives of communities in East Africa, there are a variety of different ways you can give.

Some of the amazing initiatives your donations could support include sustainable agriculture, small loans and our Schools for Life programme. All of these are community-led projects that ensure long-lasting effective action for communities who become self-reliant and self-driven to lift themselves out of poverty, so that your money has an enduring impact on the quality and prosperity of their lives.

Lightness has been a recipient of one of over 7,000 small loans of £20 that have been distributed since 2007 to help families lift themselves out of poverty through providing entrepreneurial opportunities and raising productivity

Examples of such sustainable community projects that have benefited from your support through COCO are the Mlaseo nursery, Tanzania, outreach to the Batwa tribe in Western Uganda and sustainable agriculture initiatives that have encouraged local members to set up a community-owned school in Litisha, Tanzania, to name but a few.

In this guide we will take you through the different ways you can donate- we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible!

There are several ways in which you can donate to COCO:

Transferring directly into our bank account means 100% of your donation will make it to COCO. Email [email protected] if you'd like us to send you the details.

Send a Cheque

Alternatively you can send a cheque made payable to COCO to:

COCO, C/O Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE

Or give us a call on 0191 261 7427 and we will help you.

Regular Giving

The easiest way to donate regularly is by setting up a direct debit. This also allows you to set the exact amount you wish to donate each month. To support COCO by regular giving please complete this online form, or download this COCO Direct Debit Mandate and return to Holly by emailing [email protected] or posting to our office address.

What is Gift Aid?

Donating through Gift Aid means that charities like COCO will receive more money from the government through tax relief, and can claim a further 25p for every £1 you give. It costs you nothing extra. The easiest way to ensure COCO receive your 25% bonus from the government through Gift Aid is by using Wonderful. If you are donating via cheque, bank transfer or direct debit, you can also fill in our form so we can claim this 25% bonus on your behalf!


Donating through Wonderful automatically adds Gift Aid and is the best way for you to provide a one-off donation. You can also set up your own fundraising page which will also receive Gift Aid, making the funds you raise go further. Moreover, it’s easier for you to donate to specific COCO projects, such as Plant Hope for Spring.

Facebook Fundraising

Facebook allows you to fundraise in a social manner and tell all your friends about your fundraising mission! You can set up a Facebook Fundraiser at any time and easily share your fundraising with friends and family. It’s a great way to let your social circle know that you are doing a COCO fundraiser, with COCO receiving 100% of donations. Click here to set up a fundraiser now. Or, just click the “donate now” button at the top of the page to send funds directly to COCO!

Amazon Smile

Did you know that Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price of eligible products to a charitable organisation of your choice? Just search for COCO when you log in through Amazon Smile before you make a purchase. Same products, same prices, same service, but you’ll be raising money for COCO while you shop.

Easy Fundraising

Easy Fundraising raises donations for your preferred charity when you shop online, with over 3,000 of the largest online retailers currently signed up. These include eBay, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and, to name just a few. All you have to do is sign up with Easy Fundraising to support COCO and then whenever you want to make a purchase from an online retailer, log in through Easy Fundraising and continue with your shopping. You can even receive the above offer from Amazon through Easy Fundraising, so everything is all in one place.


We are delighted to announce we have partnered with Sustainably!

Sustainably is a new way of living and giving. You can round up your spare change on cashless transactions and sustainably will automatically donate it to the charity of your choice. Simply sign up to sustainably using this link and connect your bank using the mobile app. You can then set your preferences as to how you would like your spare change rounded up. It’s a great way to have a positive impact on COCO every day, in an effortless fashion!


You can text COCO to 70085 to donate £10, which will cost you £10 plus the cost of a standard rate message. Alternatively, you can opt in to give any whole amount up to £20 by adding a number as below.

COCO 3£3 one-off
COCO 4£4 one-off
COCO 5£5 one-off
COCO 10£10 one-off
COCO 15£15 one-off
COCO 20£20 one-off

As always, if your method of donation does not automatically add Gift Aid, and you are a UK tax payer, we can claim an extra 25% on your donation at no additional cost to you. Just fill in our online form to make your donation go further.

Thank you for your generosity!



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