Over 300 charities are involved in the UK’s biggest match funding campaign which launches on #GivingTuesday (29 November 2016) this year. Together they are expected to raise around £7.5m in just 72 hours.
Participating charities span a wide variety of causes so donors will have the opportunity to find charities that they are passionate about. A full list of participating charities can be viewed on thebiggive.org.uk.
Projects this year tackle a particularly wide range of issues including child poverty, reducing loneliness amongst the elderly, international development, arts, the environment, animals and much more.
The Big Give is also pioneering a geographical approach: 21 charities working in Wales will be raising funds in the Christmas Challenge, collaboratively galvanising the much needed support for the welfare of Welsh citizens. The Big Give is excited to have partnered with the Big Lottery Fund and The Waterloo Foundation to support these charities.
What happens next?
Charities are gearing up for the launch of the campaign at 12pm on 29th November #GivingTuesday which is expected to attract significant public attention.
Donations made between 12pm on 29 November and 12pm on 2 December will be generously matched by a combination of charities’ key supporters and Big Give ‘Champions’. The Champions are philanthropic organisations who kindly donate matching funds. This year they include The Reed Foundation, The Childhood Trust, Candis Magazine, Big Lottery Fund and The Postcode Support Trust amongst many others.
Alex Day, director of The Big Give said: “We’re excited for this year’s campaign, particularly because we’ve had the opportunity to listen to feedback from charities and implement changes to the campaign. Match funds are expected to last a lot longer than usual because they will be ring-fenced for each charity this year. We hope as many people as possible can join us on #GivingTuesday to donate to a cause they feel passionately about. There’s never been a better time to make a donation to charity – get involved and watch your money multiply.”
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