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3 Million Euros Donated by Christmas Eve

Articles 2019-12-23

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.

Best Tuesday of the Year Invites to Give

Articles 2019-12-03

“Give on Tuesday” is the motto of the Lithuanian donation portal Aukok.lt. Giving Tuesday began in 2012, inspiring hundreds of millions of people globally to share and to celebrate generosity.

This global generosity movement aims to create an international charity day which is commemorated each year after Thanksgiving Day traditionally celebrated in the US and the popular Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping.

“In Lithuania we are well aware and actively participate in Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, but we have not yet imported the great tradition of generosity – Giving Tuesday. We believe that it is a beautiful invitation after taking care of the Christmas gifts to yourself and your family, share kindness with those who are in need,” Šopaitė-Šilinskienė said.

Portal Aukok.lt is calling for the Giving Tuesday tradition to be launched in Lithuania. The aim is simply to encourage people to do good deeds. According to Šopaitė-Šilinskienė, each person can choose the most appropriate way to share: “a supportive word to someone next to you, help to a stranger in the street, attention to a social problem, donation to those in need – all sharing ideas are excellent. The most important thing to know is that every generous gesture is valuable and everyone has something to give.”

You can find out more about the initiative at the special platform www.antradieniduosiu.lt, and for those who do not have an idea, can donate for a social projects. We have 48 social projects at Aukok.lt. Among them, well-known organizations such as: „Maisto bankas“, „Gelbėkit vaikus“, „Jaunimo linija“, „Rimanto Kaukėno paramos grupė“, „Rugutė“, „SOS vaikų kaimų Lietuvoje draugija“, Maltos ordino pagalbos tarnybos, Lietuvos Raudonojo Kryžiaus and many others.

The team at Aukok.lt hopes that the Giving Tuesday idea will spread in Lithuania and will become as popular as it is in the rest of the world.

Report on the Survey “The Impact of Motivational Factors on Charitable Donations: Lithuanian Case Study“

Naujienos 2019-11-12

The survey of the behavior of donors performed at the request of portal aukok.lt showed that Lithuanians tend to do good deeds quietly, to not seek to get any symbolic gift in exchange or any other remuneration for the donation. Lithuanians consider themselves as rational donors who are particularly concerned with the financial accountability and fairness of the charitable organization. Lithuanians donate for those social initiatives they personally trust. One of the strongest reasons to donate is where the beneficiary is in a difficult situation through no fault of his own.

“For the first time we asked Lithuanian donors what motivates them to donate money for charity. While some of the responses confirmed the information we have acquired over a decade, there were some surprises. Lithuanians see themselves as very rational donors who are very concerned with the objectives of the organization and its financial standing, however their donations are actually based on emotions. Lithuanians most frequently donate by selecting a product where some of the proceeds go for charity and donate cash into collection boxes. Most support is donated for sick children and the poor – this illustrates that Lithuanians primarily donate from the heart,” Šopaitė-Šilinskienė director of aukok.lt portal said.

The representative survey was conducted between 23 August and 4 September by UAB Rinkos Tyrimų Centras. A total of 802 respondents of different age groups who donated money in the past 12 months took part in the survey. The survey methodology was developed by Indrė Radavičienė, a lecturer at Vilnius University and a consumer behavior and marketing expert. The survey assessed how donors are motivated by various factors: environment, characteristics of the beneficiaries, trust in a charity organization and its reputation, remuneration for the donation, and personal benefit.

We renewed our portal!

2016-08-31

Today we start with a fresh and user-friendly design. It is not just an attractive look, new functions are coming up. Try it out and share your opinion with us!

National campaign "For Safe Lithuania" just started

News 2016-04-18

Today is the day when a national campaign, initiated by the President of the Republic of Lithuania. We are very proud to be a part of the "For Safe Lithuania".

We are inviting everyone to share their ideas and good deeds to become inspiring examples for other people, communities and organizations and take part in variuos initiatives. For more information click here.

Birthday!

News 2016-04-15

Today NGO Goodwill projects celebrate 8-year old birthday!