Charity Christmas cards - which retailers donate the most money?Some retailers donate as little as 10p per pack

16 November 2015

We reveal what percentage of the Christmas card pack price actually goes to charity

Some retailers donate as little as 7% of profits from charity Christmas cards to good causes, according to Which? research. 

Our investigation into 13 major retailers has found that some charities only get around 10p per pack.

The Co-op gives just 10p from its £1.50 cards to food poverty charity FareShare. This is the equivalent of just 7% per pack. 

Lidl is also at the bottom end of our table, with the equivalent of 8% (10p) of the £1.19 pack price going to child cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

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Huge variation in charity Christmas card donations

The table below shows the full details of how much is donated, and which charity receives the donations. 

You'll notice that WH Smith appears in our table three times. This is because it donates 100% of the price of some of its charity cards to Children in Need. But for other packs, it donates only 10 or 20% to charities including Marie Curie and Help for Heroes.

Percentage of pack price to charity
RetailerAmount donated
WH Smith100% to Children in Need
Aldi25% to Barnados, Prince's Trust
John Lewis25% to Alzheimer’s Society, Barnardos, WWF, Help for Heroes
Debenhams20% to Children in Need
M&S20% to Unicef, Macmillan, Breakthrough Breast Cancer
WH Smith20% to Help for Heroes
Paperchase13%-17%a to various, including: Terrence Higgins Trust, Farm Africa, Autistica, Sightsavers, Kids, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Fight for Sight
Clintons13%-15%b to Rays of Sunshine, British Heart Foundation, Marie Curie
Boots10% to Children in Need, Macmillan
John Lewis10% to 24 different charities
Ryman10% to Marie Curie, Diabetes UK, Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Autistic Society, Stroke Association, Army Benevolent Fund
Sainsbury’s10% to Royal British Legion, Comic Relief
Waitrose10% to Alzheimer’s Society, Royal Voluntary Service, Place2Be, Buglife
WH Smith10% to RSPCA, Marie Curie, Save the Children
Lidl8% to CLIC Sargent
Co-operative7% to FareShare
Depending on pack: a Between 45p and £1. b 25p or 15%.

Other retailers and Christmas card donations

As for the other major retailers, Asda told us that it is not selling charity Christmas cards this year. Morrisons is selling cards for Sue Ryder, but will donate £50,000 to the charity regardless of how many packs are sold. 

Tesco is also selling a range of charity cards and donating a total of £300,000 to Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.

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