The Cabinet Office will be supporting the 2013 Big Give Christmas Challenge with match funding of £250,000.
It joins charities’ major donors and organizations such as the Reed Foundation, ICAP and Candis in pledging to double online donations up to a total amount.
The Big Give Christmas Challenge is an online match funding initiative which has raised over £40 million in the last five years. Donations from the public are matched and thereby doubled from the available match funding.
This is the first year that the Big Give has received Government backing.
Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said: “The Big Give Christmas Challenge is a great match funding initiative which has already made a big difference for thousands of charities. We are proud to support them and the organizations who do such fantastic work.”
A petition which was launched in December 2012, asking the Cabinet Office for matched funding, received 3,1987 signatures, which reportedly helped secure the Cabinet Office’s support.
So how does the Christmas Challenge work?
Donations will be doubled on a first come first served basis. Funds do run out quickly, in 2012’s Challenge, over 11,000 online donations were made in just three days, raising over £10 million.
Donations this year will begin being doubled at 10am on 5th December, with more funds released at 10am on 6th and 7th December.
Sir Alec Reed CBE, Founder of the Big Give, said: “I am delighted that the Cabinet Office have chosen to support the Christmas Challenge. The Challenge brings so many benefits to charities, donors and philanthropists and this has rightly been acknowledged by the Cabinet Office. We look forward to working with them to make the Challenge a success for all involved.”
You can find out more about The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2013 here: The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2013
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