Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Big Give: Christmas Challenge! (6th-8th December)

{information taken from www.thebiggive.org.uk/}
The Big Give makes it easy for you to find and support charities and projects that suit your interests. Essentially, the Big Give is a search engine and a secure way for you to give to the charities of your choice. However, the Big Give goes far beyond the provision of a donation platform.
They aim to:
               Promote intelligent giving
               Make your donation go further than ever before
               Help you find and support new charities by giving more than just money

They achieve this by running several programmes, including their Christmas Challenge and Trustee Finder.
Every year, the Big Give runs a matched funding event called the Christmas Challenge where you could have your donation matched, making your support to your favourite charity go even further! Their previous four Challenges have already raised over £30million for charities working all around the world – hope you will enjoy participating in the 2012 extravaganza! Choose charities to donate to here!
When should I make my donation during the Christmas Challenge?Matched funds will be released at 10am GMT on the morning of the 6th, 7th and 8th December.  Online donations are matched on a first come, first serve basis and your online donation will be matched as long as there are matched funds still available.  As such, you should try to make your online donation as close to 10am on these three mornings as possible.  The Christmas Challenge will conclude once all of the matched funds have been exhausted.  In the event that matched funds continue to remain available, the Christmas Challenge will finally close on 19th December at 5pm.
What if I am donating from abroad? As the Christmas Challenge is hosted in the UK, all references to time are Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT. If you are donating from abroad, you will need to donate via the Big Give from 10am GMT and you can check what time that is where you are by clicking here.
Where should I make my online donation during the Christmas Challenge? To have a chance of making a matched donation, you must click the ‘Donate Online Now’ button on the Christmas Challenge project page of the charity that you wish to donate to (choose your charities here).   Please note that only online donations made to the project selected for the Christmas Challenge will be matched. To see what your donation will be worth, use the donation calculator.
Who is matching my donation? Online donations will be matched using a combination of pledges from charities’ major donors and trustees, and externally sourced Charity Champion funding.
How much can I donate during the Challenge? Up to £5,000 will be matched per donor to any given charity. Donations over this amount will have the first £5,000 doubled (if funds are available) and the surplus will be processed as a normal unmatched donation. Please note that the minimum online donation is £5.
What payment methods are accepted? Donations must be made online using a debit/credit card. The following card types are accepted:
Mastercard / Visa / Maestro / Switch / Solo / Delta / American Express
Find out more about the many Big Give Opportunities, including their Philanthropy in School Programme and Christmas Challenges. To read more about how these can increase the value of your donation, click here.
To read Success Stories about how the Big Give programmes are already making an impact around the world, click here.
An overview of the Big Give in numbers…
               £32,000,000 raised in 4 Christmas Challenges
               £3,000,000 claimed in Gift Aid on online donations
               £600,000 raised over 4 emergency matched funds
               Over 60,000 online donations
               Over 9,500 charities
               Over 7,000 projects
               770 pupils taking part in Philanthropy in Schools programmes in 15 UK schools
Do your part to support your chosen cause this Christmas by using Big Give to help your donations go further! Donate on 6th, 7th and 8th December (and possibly beyond!).


Ronell x

“Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” {Deuteronomy 15:10}

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