The Christmas Challenge 2016 raised over £7.2 million and receives a record number of donations

The Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign has now raised a staggering £78.7 million for over 2,800 charity projects since it began in 2008. 

This year, the campaign launched on #GivingTuesday and raised £7.2 million for the 332 participating charities. The Big Give received over 17,000 donations which is the highest number of donations ever received in a Christmas Challenge campaign. Participating charities were supporting causes across the board both in the UK and internationally.

We are delighted to share that the campaign raised over £1.4 million towards child poverty projects in London (with support from the Childhood Trust), nearly £500,000 towards projects supporting the elderly (with support from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery), and over £1.3 million for International projects (with support from the Reed Foundation, Waterloo Foundation & Ethiopiaid).

Alex Day, Director of the the Big Give said:

“We are extremely happy to have raised over £7.2 million in this year’s Christmas Challenge with a record number of donations coming in. The Big Give is set up to inspire online giving and the Christmas Challenge offers charities the opportunity to approach donors to give at one of the most charitable times of the year with the added incentive of having their donations doubled.

We’d like to congratulate all participating charities for their hard work, and to say a big thank you to all the generous donors and Champions who made this possible.”  

To get involved next time, register your charity on the Big Give here to receive updates about future match funding campaigns.