Big Give founder Alec Reed enlists help of Dragon School pupils

Philanthropist's online charity project asks children to decide where donations should go

Philanthropist Alec Reed has asked children from the Dragon School in Oxford to take part in an online charity project to help him decide who to donate to next.

The founder of philanthropy website The Big Give approached the £4,000-a-term school after reading an article in Third Sector about children receiving lessons on social responsibility and giving intelligently (Third Sector, 4 June, page 14).

Twenty-four Dragon School pupils will today help launch a schools section on The Big Give, which allows potential donors to browse a range of good causes.

Using the website, the children will decide how to donate charity vouchers for £50 donated by Reed, before putting together arguments for further support of their chosen causes.

They will present the five best proposals to Reed in June, and if he feels they have put forward convincing arguments, he might make personal donations to the charities.

"We want our pupils to have an understanding of the importance of philanthropy and philanthropists and how businesses and individuals give their ideas, expertise and money for the benefit of society," said Daniel Gill, director of social impact at the Dragon School.

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