Summer Give 2018 details released

Applications are now open – with organisers on the lookout for more charities this year

Austin Clark | 12th Mar 18

Applications for The Summer Give, the annual “double your donation” fundraising campaign run by the Big Give and The Childhood Trust, are now being accepted.

The Summer Give is focused on charities who help keep vulnerable and disadvantaged children safe, well fed and productively engaged during the school holidays.

Since 2013 the Childhood Trust has helped 87,658 children through partnerships with over 150 projects throughout London. Last year, the Summer Give raised over £778,000 for 36 charities and this year the campaign is set to be on a bigger scale.


How does it work?

  • Each charity has its own matching pot consisting of contributions from a charity’s own major supporters (Pledge funds) and The Childhood Trust (Champion funds).
  • Together, these match funds are used to double donations made to the charity via during the week of the campaign.
  • A charity’s Pledge funds will be used to double donations initially and when these have been exhausted, donations will be doubled by the Champion funds from The Childhood Trust.


Who should apply?

The Big Give and The Childhood Trust are looking for charities running summer holiday projects with children living in poverty in London. This year The Childhood Trust has more match funds available than ever so all charities supporting disadvantaged children in London this summer are encouraged to apply.

Charities will need to have an annual income of over £25,000 and at least one set of filed accounts. For more information about the campaign, take a look at the Big Give’s website.

To apply, charities should log in to their Big Give account or sign up for free and click on the ‘Apply to Summer Give 2018’ button.

Laurence Guinness, Chief Executive of The Childhood Trust: “The Summer holidays are meant to be a time for children to relax, play and have fun with their families and friends. Sadly this isn’t the case for some children who have to endure hunger, loneliness, violence and exploitation during the holidays as they fend for themselves on the streets. The Summer Give provides opportunities for thousands of children to return to school with happy memories instead of relief that the summer is over.”