The following is taken from an article that appeared on the UK Fundraising website on July 6th 2015 and is reproduced here with kind permission of Howard Lake and UK Fundraising.
The Big Give is inviting charities to apply to take part in its Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s largest online match-funding campaign.
Launched in 2008, the annual multi-charity campaign has raised over £64 million for 2,271 charity projects.
Charities that take part are given the opportunity to give their donors the chance to have their donations doubled while the campaign runs in early December. This matched funding is provided by a range of philanthropic organisations or individuals. These ‘Champions’ have included The Reed Foundation, the Cabinet Office, the Garfield Weston Foundation, ICAP, Candis magazine and The Childhood Trust.
Participating charities commit to inviting their own major donors to make their gifts online during the Christmas Challenge, giving them a chance of having these gifts doubled by Champions. The matched funding, however, is available on a first-come, first-served basis on each day of the campaign.
Previously the Big Give Christmas Challenge has taken place over five days, but this year it will run over two days. Champions’ match funding will be released at midday on Friday 4th December and Saturday 5th December 2015.
How to apply
The Christmas Challenge is open to any UK-registered charity. Each charity can submit up to two projects for consideration for the Christmas Challenge but only one can be accepted. The projects can be to do with any aspect of a charity’s work.
To be eligible to apply, a charity must be registered on The Big Give and login to their charity account on the website from Monday 6th July to apply. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 17 July 2015.