Donation website strikes Christian charity from its list

The Big Give has removed the Nexus Trust from its site after a row over match-funding

Donation website The Big Give has removed a Christian charity from its pages after the charity's director complained about the site's handling of a fundraising event.

The Nexus Trust complained that donations it received from a recent £1m match-funding giveaway, funded by the Reed Foundation, did not meet the amount that had originally been agreed.

Dave Silber, the director of the trust, accused the site of changing the rules halfway through the event so that Christian charities were grouped as one. This meant they were eligible for £20,000 of match funding collectively rather than per charity and meant the majority of donations raised for the Nexus Trust during the event being refunded.

Silber said The Big Give gave his charity slightly less than £6,000, and he was surprised to receive a letter from Jon Brooks, managing director of the site, saying Nexus had been deregistered.

"It felt like Jon was just annoyed that anyone had made a fuss and couldn't possibly admit that anyone was at fault except us," said Silber. "He appeared to be reacting more personally than someone in that position usually would. He has tried to make us feel like it is our problem. That was a big disappointment."

Brooks said The Big Give felt the relationship wasn't working. "If there are expectations that we can't meet, we thought it was better this way rather than disappoint them again in the future," he said.

"We don't want to punish people, but it didn't seem to be working as a relationship."


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