The United Nations state that the International Day of Charity was established to sensitise and mobilise people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities. For the Big Give, this is extremely important as it ties into our key vision of a world in which everyone is connected to causes and inspired to give to them. Therefore, there is no more perfect time to reflect on some of the outstanding campaigns from this year and to raise awareness on how you could get involved in the Big Give to support the causes you care about.
Throughout this year, we have seen the resilience and hard work of the thousands of charities who have used the Big Give to fundraise for important campaigns, and have been overwhelmed by the amazing response we’ve received from the Champions and the giving public who have generously donated to support them.
Our Campaign Highlight: Working towards a greener future
This year, one of our most notable campaigns so far has been the 2021 Green Match Fund. Launched for the first time, the campaign’s primary goal was to support environmental charities working worldwide to tackle climate change, protect species, eliminate waste and improve sustainability. 2021 is a crucial year for the environment. As the IPCC climate report has shown, working towards a greener world is critical for our future. Through the campaign, we raised a staggering £1.8m altogether for over 100 charities and are already working on the 2022 Green Match Fund. If you are a charity and want to be the first to hear about next year’s campaign and how you can get involved, sign up for a free account here.
Check out the charities that took part in 2021.
The Campaign that inspired us: Dealing with the impact of Covid-19
The charity sector has been uniquely affected by Covid-19, as it’s the only sector where funding has reduced but the need has gone up exponentially. Whilst the UK may be out of lockdown, Covid-19 is still affecting many people and The Childhood Trust highlighted this through their summer Champions for Children campaign. The campaign raised over £3.43m for 150,000 vulnerable children in London to help them recover from the long-term impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
Check out the charities that took part this year.
Campaigns that brought us together: Responding to global emergencies
When disaster strikes, charities are one of the first organisations to provide crucial relief to those who need it most. In times of crisis, we have been encouraged by the quick action of charities and the supportive response to emergency campaigns from the public. The DEC India Coronavirus appeal on the Big Give raised over £380,000, allowing DEC charities to continue to support India’s health system.
The Afghan Crisis Appeal, which is currently ongoing, has raised over £70,000 so far. More match funds have been added, and with one donation, you could have double the impact. You can donate to them here.
How can I get involved?
The Big Give launches the annual Christmas Challenge at midday, Tuesday 30th November 2021. For one week, until midday, Tuesday 7th December, you’ll have the opportunity to donate to over 500+ charities across a broad range of charitable sectors. For a chance to get involved, save the date and have twice the impact this Christmas by having your donation doubled!
Check out the wonderful Champions joining us for the Christmas Challenge this year!
You can also keep updated with current campaigns by visiting our website and following us on social media! Click here.
See you soon,
The Big Give Team