Donating to ACAT

Making a monthly or annual donation to ACAT through our website provides us with sustainable funding for our ongoing access projects. The more you give, the more we are able to do.

You can use the donation form on any page to make a donation.

As well as ongoing work to promote climbing access, ACAT is building its Trust fund to enable the future legal protection or acquisition of high-value crags (if this is the only way to keep climbing open). Making a significant one-off donation will contribute to our Trust fund and empower us to save crags when access crises occur.

If you are interested in making a donation of over $1,000, please get in touch so we can arrange a bank transfer that avoids any credit card processing fees. We will respond by phone or email.

33% tax refund

Did you know that you can claim a personal tax refund of up to 33% of your donations for each financial year? You can even donate this tax credit back to ACAT to increase your impact! Find out more about how to claim or donate your refund.

If you donated on behalf of an organisation, see our advice on tax incentives for company donors and sponsorship.

We will email you a tax summary download link each April for all your donations made before the end of March each year, with instructions on how to claim your tax refund. Contact us if you have not received your tax summary by 30 April.

A note on credit card fees

ACAT uses Stripe to process credit and debit card payments, as it is a reliable service with competitive rates. Stripe charges us fees of 2.5% plus 30 cents per transaction. As this is charged on a per-transaction basis, the overall percentage of fees is higher for small donations (e.g. $5) than larger donations.

To keep fees to a minimum, consider donating a little more to cover fees, or making a higher annual donation rather than a lower monthly donation. As above, please contact us if you wish to make a donation over $1000, so that we can arrange for a transfer that avoids fees.

Email receipts and payment retries

Email relating to your donations will be sent by If you do not receive these emails, please check your junk/spam mailbox, and check any spam-filtering rules you may have set up.

We will send you a confirmation email when you make your initial donation. This will contain a link to download a PDF receipt, and a link you can use to cancel repeat payments.

We will not bother you with further emails unless a repeat payment fails – ie if your card has insufficient funds, has expired, or been lost or replaced. If that happens, you will receive an email each time we retry the payment (up to 5 retries). This email contains a link to renew your failing donation – use this to update your credit card details if needed – and a link to cancel repeat payments.

At the end of each tax year, in early April, we will email you a link to download a full PDF tax summary for the year.