Applications invited for the Big Give Christmas Challenge

Charities are being invited to apply to take part in this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge, which helps to raise millions of pounds for good causes each year.

The annual match-funding event, which was first held in 2008, raised £15.6m for almost 600 UK good causes last year. 

After registering, which must be done by 5pm on 3 July, charities will have until 28 August to raise pledges from major supporters that will form the basis of each organisation’s match-fund pot.

The scheme’s “champions”, which are philanthropic organisations including the Reed Foundation and the Childhood Trust, then decide if they are able to offer any additional match-funding support to each charity.

Then, when the event begins on 1 December, charities ask supporters to make donations that will begin to release the match-funding pledged in advance.

To be eligible for the scheme, a charity must be UK-registered and have an annual income of more than £25,000.

Charities must secure match-funding pledges of at least £1,000 in order to be eligible for champion support.

Jonathan Frank, director of the Big Give, said: “We know that when match funding is on offer people give more, and more people give. So for charities looking to engage their supporters and maximise the impact they can have, applying for the 2020 Christmas Challenge is an opportunity not to be missed.”

The event has raised more than £118m since it was first launched.

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