3 Million Euros Donated by Christmas Eve
3 million euros has been donated over a decade via the special online portal Aukok.lt by people of good will and businesses. Visitors to the portal have contributed to more than 400 different social projects. “This news is the best Christmas gift to our team. We have collected a sum equal to one euro per capita. From now on we can say that we live in a country of donors,” Giedrė Šopaitė-Šilinskienė, the manager of the portal, said about the 10-year result.
Over the lifetime of the portal, more than 140,000 donations have been made for children and family welfare, education, reduction of poverty and exclusion, integration of people with disabilities, emotional aid, health and treatment, animal welfare, civic responsibility and youth social projects implemented by 175 organizations. Among them, well-known organizations such as: „Maisto bankas“, „Gelbėkit vaikus“, „Jaunimo linija“, „Niekieno vaikai“, „Rimanto Kaukėno paramos grupė“, „Rugutė“, „SOS vaikų kaimų Lietuvoje draugija“, „Krizių įveikimo centras“, „Raudonos nosys Gydytojai klounai“, „SOPA“, „Socialinis taksi“, „Vaikų linija“, „Linksmosios pėdutės“, Maltos ordino pagalbos tarnyba, Lietuvos Raudonasis Kryžius and many others.
According to the manager of Aukok.lt, the different ways of making a donation offered by the portal over the past years have reduced the seasonality of donations. Donors not only make donations throughout the year, but also initiate their own fundraising campaigns using the tool Tapk ambasadoriumi. “This functionality has opened up opportunities for people to invite others to become part of their fundraising campaign. I am delighted that we have an increasing number of visitors who prefer to exchange their birthday or Christmas gifts or holiday decorations for donating kindness to others. These certainly serve as examples of a new donation tradition in Lithuania,” Šopaitė-Šilinskienė said.
According to the 2018 World Giving Index, 19% of the population in Lithuania made cash donations; Lithuania is ranked 94th out of 144 countries with respect to this indicator. Among leading countries are The Great Britain, which has a profound traditions – there is made 68% cash donations. Australia – 71%, Malta – 64 %, and Myanmar – even 88% of population. Even though Lithuania's improving annual indicator shows that the willingness of Lithuanians to donate money is increasing, we are still far behind our neighbors: Latvia ranks 88th, Poland 78th and Estonia 66th.
Aukok.lt is the only donation portal in Lithuania where non-governmental organizations present their social projects and donors have the opportunity to support them by donating a selected amount of cash in a simple and transparent manner. The donations reach beneficiaries quickly and conveniently and the project implementation reports are sent to each donor.