The Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, will open for applications from UK registered charities on 21 May 2018.
The Big Give is an online donation platform that profiles the work of thousands of UK-registered charities and inspires people to give. It was founded in 2007 by Sir Alec Reed, the chairman of the Reed Foundation, who saw the need for a site where people who wanted to give could be matched with charities that were seeking funding.
Since the Big Give Christmas Challenge opened in December 2008, it has raised more than £97 million for more than 3,000 charities. Last year was a record breaking year with the highest number of participating charities and the highest number of donations received (nearly 30,000) in the campaign’s history. In a matter of days, more than £11.3 million was raised to benefit 528 charities.
The Big Give Christmas Challenge takes place for a short period, usually in early December. This year it will run from 27 November to 4 December. During this time, the supporters of the participating charities can have their donation doubled. For example, a £100 online donation made to a participating charity during the Christmas Challenge can be doubled to become £200.
To be eligible to apply, charities must:
- Be registered in the UK or have exempt status from HMRC.
- Be registered on the BigGive.org.uk. (Registration is free.)
- Have an annual income of £25,000 or more (as per last filed accounts).
- Have at least one year of filed accounts.
Charities can register their interest now for the Christmas Challenge which will run from 27 November to 4 December 2018. Applications are expected to open on 21 May 2018.
Further information can be found on the Big Give website.