How does it work?
The Women and Girls Match Fund utilises our ‘1:1’ Model of match funding. Women and Girls charities apply to Big Give and have their application assessed. Successful charities are awarded a sum of match funding which is ring-fenced for their organisation. This match funding is unlocked by public donations given through Big Give’s online fundraising platform during the campaign.
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Charity Eligibility Criteria
- UK-registered charity with a Charity Commission, OSCR or NI Charity Commission number, or tax-exempt status
- Have an annual income of at least £25,000 (as per last filed accounts on the Charity Commission).
- Charities which are registered on BigGive.org (free to register).
- Charities seeking to raise either £2,500, £5,000 or £10,000 in public donations (to be doubled by the match funds). Charities are able to use the campaign to raise unrestricted funds.
- Charities working to to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented women and girls within the UK and internationally.
- Charities that are led by, for and with women and girls. To assess this, we will look at whether your governing documents specifically mentions women/and or girls, whether you have a majority female board, who your beneficiaries are and your web presence (if your organisation has one).
- We would encourage applications from charities that are led by Black and minoritised women and girls, LGBTQI women and girls, or Disabled women and girls. These applications will be prioritised in our assessment process.
Charity Application Process
- Log in or sign up
- Once you have access to our charity portal, head to ‘Big Give Campaigns’
- Click on Apply now for the Women and Girls Match Fund
2024 Campaign Timeline
- March 8th: Applications open
- June 21st: Applications close
- August 7th: Offer deadline
- October 10th – 17th (midday): Campaign
Campaign Stage Breakdown
Stage 0: The Raise
Big Give starts to secure match-funding commitments from champions.
Stage 1: Initial application
Big Give markets the opportunity to charities. The application involves charities completing information on their proposed use of funds.
Stage 2: Vetting and Notification
Big Give completes due diligence checks on all applications and passes them on to a panel of experts who will review and assign Champion funding to charity campaigns. The total amount of Champion funding allocated to a charity makes up their match funding pot for the campaign.
Stage 3: Marketing
Big Give provides a free suite of resources to help support charities to maximise the opportunity and market the campaign.
Stage 4: Campaign
All donations to participating charities are doubled. The Champion funds are used to match online donations. Any donations raised over the overall target count as extra, unmatched, unrestricted donations to a charity’s campaign. Charities that don’t reach their target still receive any match funds up to the value of online donations received.
Stage 5: Post-Campaign
Learning and impact assessments are sent out, along with Champion reports and charity reporting requirements.
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For interested funders
Champion Sign-up Process
- Get in touch with Big Give. We’ll send you a Champion commitment form, and once completed, we’ll establish the portfolio of Charities, taking into account your preferences.
Partners of Big Give, who we call Champions. A Champion can include high-net-worth individuals, foundations, philanthropists, trusts, statutory bodies, companies and more.
The public will be told if matching funds are available or not when they donate. When donating, match funds are reserved for 30 minutes to complete the donation. All donations are matched in real-time, and donors can see how much match funding has been allocated to their donation.
Funds received during the campaign are restricted to the information outlined in the application until the charity has hit their target. If a charity receives additional online donations after hitting its target, these funds may be unrestricted. Charities may use the campaign to raise unrestricted funds as long as it meets the eligibility requirements.
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