If I donate some money, how much of it goes towards the Snowdonia Giving projects?
100% of your donation goes to supporting the Snowdonia Giving projects.
How can I donate to Snowdonia Giving?
Click on the ‘donate’ tab at the top of the website to easily donate online.
Why should I donate to Snowdonia Giving – the government and the National Park should pay for all of that?
Snowdonia National Park now sees close on 6 million visitors a year. Inevitably this leaves some impact on the landscape and local environment.
There is a wealth of public and private bodies looking after the area, including; farmers and tenants Snowdonia National Park, National Trust, Natural Resources Wales, Snowdonia Society and many more. The sad truth is that with so many visitors even with all of these bodies doing their bit there will never be enough money to go round to do all of the things we really need to do.
The donations from Snowdonia Giving are never used to pay for anything which the government has a statutory duty to perform.
All of the Snowdonia Giving donations support projects which provide a valuable resource or service above and beyond any statutory requirements.
An example of this is the money raised for Snowdon’s Paths. This is a project which is aiming to expand on the work already carried out by the National Park and National Trust. Nearly ½ million people summit Snowdon every year and the erosional impact this has is huge.. Currently the National Park spends £250,000 a year on maintaining Snowdon’s paths, and the money raised will be added on top of this money already spent which means we can do even more to help protect Snowdon’s paths from the huge erosional pressures it faces.
Isn’t Snowdonia Giving just another ‘stealth tax’?
Your donation is very much a voluntary donation. We find our visitors are very much in tune with the natural environment and appreciate the need to help preserve and protect Snowdonia.
How is the money collected?
Individual supporting businesses collect the money in the first instance and this is passed on to the Snowdonia Giving organisation at agreed times annually. There are a number of methods which businesses can undertake to do this and we work on a personal level with every business to find a way of operating Snowdonia Giving within each individual business.
Many participating businesses will collect the money through their bookings systems. For instance a customer will usually be asked to make a small donation at the point of paying for their booking, either online, phone or face to face. The host or bookings site will have further information to explain what the money will be used for. The opportunity to donate is offered at the end of the booking as a ‘bookings extra’ and is not subject to vat or tax. The donation is always a voluntary contribution, ‘freely given’.
Who decides where the money goes?
Snowdonia Partnership has a sub-group (with representatives from the business sector) who will make the decision as to which projects receive funding.
The Panel is made up of representatives across all sectors, including; the conservation sector and the tourism sector.
Why is this better than us all individually fundraising?
The scheme works on the principal that a lot of small contributions together add up to something quite significant – small change…mountains of difference! Snowdonia Giving helps connect the tourism industry with the conservation sector to achieve great things. The joined-up and strategic approach is more effective and understandable than many small disparate approaches.
Can anyone join Snowdonia Giving?
Any business that is in or related to the tourism industry can join Snowdonia Giving for free. If you are a business who would like to work with us please get in touch via our ‘contact‘.