Big Give Christmas Challenge – apply by 17 July


The Big Give Christmas Challenge takes place for a short period in December. This year it will be for two days, 4 and 5 December. During this time, the supporters of 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.

The match funding to double donations comes from a combination of funding which sees funds from ‘Champions’ joined with ‘Pledges’ from the charities’ major donors to double online donations during the Christmas Challenge on a first-come, first-served basis. Champions are trusts, foundations, corporations and philanthropists who support charities through the Big Give Christmas Challenge. In the past Champions have included The Reed Foundation, the Cabinet Office, the Garfield Weston Foundation, ICAP, Candis magazine and The Childhood Trust among many others.

Any charity registered in the UK can apply as long as they are registered on the Big Give website. Each charity can submit up to two projects for consideration for the Christmas Challenge but only one can be accepted.

Participating charities will need to pay two administrative costs. Charities Trust, who processes all online donations, deducts a fee of 4% on online donations and Gift Aid. The Big Give also charges a participation cost of 4% of the Pledge funds to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

The deadline for applications is 17 July 2015 (5.00pm). Charities will be accepted in early September, and they will then have until 16 October to secure pledges.

For all the details and to register, go to the Big Give website.