Boss of top fundraising website JustGiving ‘suspended over harassment’

Boss of top fundraising website JustGiving ‘suspended over harassment of colleague during company night out’

  • The head of fundraising platform JustGiving has reportedly been suspended 
  • Allegations raised claiming he harassed a staff member at a company night out
  • Neil Bannister was reportedly suspended after the incident in June

Neil Bannister was reportedly suspended after the incident in June

The head of fundraising platform JustGiving has reportedly been suspended after allegations were raised claiming he harassed a member of staff during a company night out.

Neil Bannister was reportedly suspended after the incident in June at the Lord Nelson pub in Southwark, central London, near JustGiving’s offices, the Guardian revealed.

Mr Bannister took over as managing director last year after US software company Blackbaud bought JustGiving for £95 million. 

A spokesperson for JustGiving said ‘Per company policy, and in the interest of the privacy of our employees, JustGiving does not comment on individual personnel matters.’

The MailOnline has contacted Mr Bannister for comment. 


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Neil Bannister was reportedly suspended after the incident in June at the Lord Nelson pub in Southwark, central London , near JustGiving’s offices

JustGiving was launched in 2001 by former lawyer Zarine Kharas and Anne-Marie Huby, a charity director

JustGiving was launched in 2001 by former lawyer Zarine Kharas and Anne-Marie Huby, a charity director. 

The profitable private company officially says it takes 5 per cent from donations. 

But the percentage is calculated after including a Gift Aid tax rebate, so the cut works out as more.

If you donate £10 to a friend’s marathon fundraising page on JustGiving and it is eligible for Gift Aid, the taxman tops up the donation to £12.50.

JustGiving then takes its 5 per cent fee from the £12.50 – which works out as 63p, or 6.3 per cent of the original £10 donation.

However the fundraising platform has recently allowed donors to opt to pay the company’s fees, rather than it coming out of their donation. 

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