The Christmas Challenge is back for the ninth year running, this year launching on #GivingTuesday (29 November 2016) to inspire even more people to have their donations doubled.
The Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest online match-funding campaign which helps UK-registered charities raise funds for their causes. The Christmas Challenge was launched in 2008 by Sir Alec Reed, founder of Reed Recruitment. Since 2008, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £71m for more than 2500 charity projects.
If you make a donation to a participating charity during the campaign, your donations will be generously matched. There are over 250 fantastic charities to choose from and donations will be doubled from 12pm (midday) on #GivingTuesday (29th November) for 72 hours.
To say thank you for your generous donations at Christmas, the Big Give finds philanthropists and funders who are willing to match donations. This year, match funding is provided by a range of philanthropic organisations, called ‘Champions’. This year, Champions include The Reed Foundation, The Childhood Trust, Candis Magazine and The Postcode Support Trust amongst many others.
The Big Give has listened to feedback from the charities it works with and this year funds will be ringfenced for each charity. Match funds are therefore expected to last longer than in previous years. However, donations will be doubled whilst funds last only so we recommend getting on theBigGive.org.uk as soon after 12pm on 29 November as possible.
How to take part?
Visit theBigGive.org.uk and make a donation to a participating charity from 12pm (midday) on #GivingTuesday (29 November). The campaign will close at 12pm on 2 December.
From 15 November, you can take a look at which charities are taking part and select the causes that most inspire you. Take a look and then set a calendar reminder.
“We are really excited to have partnered with #GivingTuesday for this year’s Christmas Challenge campaign,” said Alex Day, Director of the Big Give. “We hope that through this partnership we will inspire even more people to support a cause they are passionate about. There are a huge range of charities raising vital funds for the valuable work they do for the beneficiaries they serve and no better time to make a donation and join the national movement of giving.”
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