Since almost all charities operate internationally, you will likely have to deal with foreign payments. Below we list the most common payment options.
Often a convenient method because you can transfer money quickly without much ado. The disadvantage is the costs. Often, the recipient pays a percentage of the donated amount. For large amounts (e.g. from €1,000, the amount differs per organization), banks transfers are the preferred option.
Due to the introduction of SEPA (single euro payments area), payment within the SEPA countries is relatively simple and usually free with a European bank transfer. Consult your own bank for details.
If you want to transfer money in other currencies or to non-SEPA-countries, your bank will charge a fee. The amounts differ per bank; sometimes a fixed fee applies, sometimes a small percentage. You can choose to share the costs with the recipient (transfer code SHA (= shared)) or bear the costs yourself (code OUR (= ours)). Enquire with your own bank for more information.
If you want to take advantage of tax relief ask for a receipt from the organisation to which you donate, as proof of the transfer.
Don’t make things complicated. Choose what is most convenient for you. You are already very effective with your donation if you choose one of the recommended charities.