Some of the UK’s biggest and best known retailers have signed up to support this year’s #givingtuesday – the global day of giving.

 

#givingtuesday – being held in the UK for the third time – takes place on Tuesday 29th November following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is led by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which helps individuals and businesses give to good causes.

This year’s campaign is calling on people to ‘do good stuff’ for charities on the day, which can include donating money, volunteering time or doing something to promote a favourite cause. Last year #givingtuesday set a new Guinness World Record for money donated online in 24 hours, with £6,000 per minute donated online to UK charities. Celebrities including JK Rowling, Gary Lineker and Stephen Fry backed the campaign.

Major retailers which have signed up to become a #givingtuesday partner this year include Argos, Asos Foundation, BT, The Entertainer, Homebase, Morrisons, QVC and Sainsbury’s.

They are among around 1,400 UK businesses and charities currently pledging to do something for charity on 29th November.

Charitable activity by retailers on #givingtuesday this year is set to include:

  • ASOS Foundation holding a thank you day for staff who support charity through payroll giving and volunteering.
  • BT hosting a #givingtuesday Power Hour at the BT Tower for partners on the morning of #givingtuesday. The event is being hosted by BT MyDonate and CAF.
  • The Entertainer celebrating its charitable activity with window displays in every high street store. Shop windows will have a #givingtuesday thank you display celebrating staff’s charitable contributions via payroll giving.
  • Morrisons raising money for its charity partner Sue Ryder. Checkout staff will be wearing Sue Ryder sashes and #givingtuesday stickers and offering customers the opportunity to top up their shop with a £1 donation.
  • QVC launching a charity T-shirt to sell on air for charity partner Nest as part of an international campaign.
  • Sainsbury’s encouraging staff to ‘do good stuff’ and promoting its charitable programmes including local heroes volunteering, community budget donations, food donations and payroll giving.

Hannah Terrey, Head of Policy and Campaigns at CAF, said:

“Retailers across the UK make a significant contribution to good causes, from getting staff to lend a hand in the local community to big partnerships with major charities. It is fantastic that so many major retailers have signed up to help making #givingtuesday 2016 the biggest and best yet.

“This is a day for everyone to ‘do good stuff’ for a cause they care about, whether that’s donating money, volunteering time or simply talking about their favourite charities.

“Just like Black Friday, #givingtuesday has now established itself as a regular fixture in the festive calendar here in the UK. For businesses this can be a great opportunity to showcase their work with good causes and involve staff and customers in their charitable endeavours.”

David Scott, Head of Corporate Affairs at Morrisons, said:

 “We’re delighted to be getting involved with #givingtuesday again this year, and hope our customers really get behind the day.”

Become a partner now

This year for #givingtuesday AfriCat UK is launching an appeal to adopt-a-brick to help build a permanent community school in Namibia.

Working with the people of Ehirovipuka conservancy in Namibia, AfriCat has already helped to run a project to help conserve lions in the wild. The project works with locals to ensure that they benefit from the presence of carnivores in their community, by helping to reduce stock losses, increasing personal safety and developing eco-tourism projects. In a new venture AfriCat is to work with the conservancy to build a school where 150 children from pre-school age to grade 3 can be educated in safe conditions.

The School Onguta was previously housed in a government supplied marquee, but sadly the structure was damaged in in high winds. Currently the school is housed in makeshift army tents, but the Conservancy have approached AfriCat with a request for assistance. The Conservancy is highly committed to the conservation of carnivores, and this project illustrates the value of wildlife conservation agencies working with local communities to ensure the preservation of cats in the wild.

Further details about the appeal and details of the launch can be found on our fundraising page.

There are just 30 something days to go until #givingtuesday 2016.

These next few weeks are crucial for the movement, and for ensuring that your campaign will be a success.  To help you get everything in order here are our 5 top tips for helping you to plan over the final 5 weeks:

1. Update your website. If you’re doing something special for #givingtuesday make sure people know about it! You can add our logo to your site, and outline what you’ve got planned so people will know how they can support you.

2. Plan your social activity now. #givingtuesday is a busy day on social media so you’ll need to have a think about when and how your messaging will get the most cut through. Read our social media analysis from last year (kindly provided by Crimson Hexagon) for a few insights on what might work for you.

3. Recruit supporters. You should spend some time building support for your activity ahead of #givingtuesday. If you’ve got a specific message you want to share, make sure your supporters know what that is and provide them with everything they need to do so.

4. Share your story. Our job here at #givingtuesday is to tell people what you’ve got planned, so why not tell us your #givingtuesday plans and we can share on our website, on social and with local and national press.

5. Be prepared. Lots of our partners see a spike in activity on #givingtuesday, that means you’re going to have to be ready to work a bit harder! Check your online forms and processes are in working order, make sure your staff know their lines – the last thing you want is to have donations rolling in and for your computer systems to crash!

For more tips or resources be sure to visit our page for businesses or charities, and if you have any questions then get in touch with the #givingtuesday team

This is your chance to double your donations to charity via theBigGive.org.uk on #givingtuesday!

If you make a donation on the online donation platform theBigGive.org.uk during its Christmas Challenge campaign, your donations to participating charities will be generously matched. There are over 250 fantastic charities to choose from and donations will be doubled from 12pm (midday) on #givingtuesday until 12pm on 2nd December.

The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge (founded by Sir Alec Reed CBE) is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign and has raised over £71 million for more than 2,500 charity projects since it began in 2008.

Make a bigger difference

To say thank you for your generous donations at Christmas, the Big Give finds philanthropists and funders who are willing to match your donations. All you need to do is donate online and watch your money multiply!

How to take part

  • Visit theBigGive.org.uk and make a donation to a participating charity from 12pm (midday) on #givingTuesday. The campaign will close at 12pm on 2nd December or when match funds have been used up
  • From 15th November, you can take a look at which charities are taking part and select the causes that most inspire you. Take a look and then set a calendar reminder

Why not sign up to the mailing list so we can remind you about getting your donation doubled?

If you have any questions, get in touch with the Big Give via email or Twitter @BigGive

We’re searching for the ultimate charity champion to inspire the nation to do good stuff.

The #givingtuesday champion search has now closed, and after a record breaking number of entries, we are excited to announce our shortlist!

  • Ali Stunt founded her own charity – Pancreatic Cancer Action – after being diagnosed herself in 2007. She now heads up a team of ten who have committed to funding £1 million of research over the next five years
  • Courtney Hughes has been delivering Christmas gifts to patients at her local hospital since she was 12. Now 18, she has collected, wrapped, and distributed over 4000 Christmas gifts to numerous charities in Oxfordshire
  • Shirley West has been raising money for British Heart Foundation for the past 34 years and is directly responsible through her branch for raising a total of £12 million
  • Paula Banks has raised more than £130,000 in aid of the Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, after losing her son Jack to a rare form of leukaemia when he was nine years old
  • Marilyn Nolan started volunteering in 1980 and has never stopped. She’s given over 75 pints of blood, she’s raised thousands of pounds for RNIB and she’s volunteered for over 11 years at her local junior Football Club, putting in over 3,000 hours of volunteer time
  • Leona Glennie has raised thousands of pounds for North East Sensory Services (NESS). Leona has Usher Syndrome, which means she is completely deaf and partially sighted and yet in the past two years she has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, completed a skydive and a 10k obstacle course and a half marathon
  • Jodie Connor is chair of Manchester RAG and spends all her spare time volunteering or raising money. She’s passionate about tackling homelessness in Manchester and has founded Time of the Month Manchester, an organisation to provide sanitary products to homeless women in the city
  • After losing 7 family members to cancer Gemma and Craig Scott wanted to turn their grief into energy. They have since raised over £10,000 for Worldwide Cancer Research running ten marathons across two continents, all side by side
  • Jason Jackson started the Lads Without Dads project to provide male role models to boys aged 8-18 who have no father figure at home. Having grown up without contact from his father, Jason is doing his best to ensure that someone is available to give the advice and support that he never had in his youth
  • Lucy Lintott was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2013 at the age of just 19. In January 2015, Lucy launched her website ‘Lucy’s Fight’ as a dynamic platform for her blog and fundraising campaign. She has since raised over £100,000 for MND Scotland

Our #givingtuesday champion will be chosen from this shortlist by our panel of incredible judges including our amazing winner from 2015 Andrew Davies. Andrew won the title after pledging to raise £150,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity after they supported him through a bone marrow transplant. Andrew is joined by four new faces to our judging panel, from across the media and charity world.

Our judges (l-r)

  • Andrew Davies, #givingtuesday champion 2015
  • Zoe Parkinson, Vice Magazine
  • Mika Simmons, Actress & Founder of the Gynaecological Cancer Fund’s Lady Garden Campaign
  • Paul Stanworth, BBC Newsbeat
  • and Mike Buonaiuto, CEO of Shape History

Our winner will be announced on Tuesday 1st November and will be rewarded with:

  • a £250 donation to the charity of their choice
  • the chance to tell their story to the national media
  • the opportunity to join us at the top of the BT Tower on #givingtuesday
  • PLUS, they will get the experience of a lifetime: a hot air balloon ride over the UK countryside

We can’t wait to see who wins. Good luck to everyone on our shortlist!

Age Concern Forest of Dean is a small charity providing meals to individual elderly people and lunch clubs and a befriending service, also to the elderly.

We’ve never taken part in #givingtuesday before so this is a new experience for us, one we’re looking forward to!

To celebrate the day we have hired the hall at a local Rugby Club hall and we will be offering a 2 course lunch for £4.00 to showcase our meals and advertise our service. This is an extension of what we do everyday; Age Concern currently supplies 18 lunch clubs across the Forest and 125 elderly individuals with hot, 3-course meals. These meals are delivered from the kitchen in Cinderford to the plate of the clients, a service that is a great help to those who may be disabled, elderly, or unable to cook for themselves. Through this service we are helping to elderly people to continue to live in their own homes independently.

We employ 15 people, 13 of them in Cinderford, but importantly we have around 100 volunteers who deliver meals, act as Befrienders or work in our 2 shops in Lydney and Cinderford from which the bulk of our income is sourced. These volunteers will play a vital role in helping us with our #givingtuesday plans.

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In the afternoon of #givingtuesday we will serve tea and cakes and run a cake stall, all of which will be provided by our volunteers.

We hope that people in the area will see our work and will consider supporting us on #givingtuesday and beyond.

 

Daphne Pearson, Chairman of Trustees, Age Concern Forest of Dean. If you want to learn more about Age Concern Forest of Dean you can visit their website here: www.ageconcernforestofdean.com

AzuKo and Impact Hub present special event for #GivingTuesday

As part of a global movement where people share their experiences with failure, how they responded and what they learned, AzuKo and Impact Hub King’s Cross are hosting a special #givingtuesday event that asks, “where is the beauty in the breakdown?”

As part of #givingtuesday – the global day of giving – the organisations are celebrating this sentiment. AzuKo is an architecture charity that empowers disadvantaged communities through design. We design and we give a damn! Now we feel it’s time that our sector stands up and shares. Less gloating, more learning!

November 29th will feature 4 speakers from the world of public interest design, who will acknowledge failure, discuss what they’d do differently, connect, and give back. It’s the event you’ve all been waiting for.

100% of ticket sales and money raised on the night will go to our sanitation project in Jogen Babu Maath slum. You can learn more about our special #givingtuesday event, or purchase your tickets by visiting our event page now.

Last week Geared for Giving officially launched it’s campaign to double the number of people donating through payroll giving. Read more about the campaign below, from their CEO Peter O’Hara.

“I founded the Geared for Giving Campaign as I am passionate about Payroll Giving; I’ve worked in the sector for 18 years and know that it has a huge amount of untapped potential.

The campaign originally launched in 2008 and currently one million employees give through their pay, raising £130 million annually for charities. Our five-year mission is to get our message out to all businesses with over 250 employees, and double this figure to two million Payroll Givers – raising £260 million a year for good causes. Just imagine what charities could achieve with all that extra funding!

Currently just 23% of the UK’s largest employers offer Payroll Giving. Donations are taken each month from an employee’s salary before tax; if you are a basic rate tax payer and donate £10 a month, the charity will receive £12.50 and the more tax you pay, the more they will benefit. By increasing the number of employers signing up to the scheme, Geared for Giving hopes to make giving to charity through your pay a social norm, creating a vital steady income for charities while enabling people to easily support the causes close to their hearts.

A colleague once described Payroll Giving as the ‘Cinderella of fundraising;’ well now we are having our moment! Our revitalised campaign launched officially at the BT Tower in central London on 6 October, hosted by Sir Michael Rake, the Chairman of BT. The campaign has been made possible through funding from BT and a host of other top businesses that make up our founding partners – ASOS, Beaverbrooks, Experian, Linklaters LLP and The Entertainer (many of which are #givingtuesday partners too), plus fundraising organisations Hands On Payroll Giving and The Payroll Giving Team.

The heads of these companies are encouraging a culture of generosity by calling for every employer across the nation to follow their lead and offer Payroll Giving to their staff. I truly believe that we are on the verge of a dramatic transformation in employee giving. Payroll Giving in the UK already raises the annual equivalent to Children In Need and Comic Relief combined – but it’s far from reaching its full potential where all employees can make a regular tax free gift, no matter how large or small, straight from their pay to any charity of their choice – from big household names to the smallest community organisations.

We’d love employers to consider Payroll Giving as part of their plans for #givingtuesday – it’s a great opportunity to promote your existing scheme or even start one up – it couldn’t be easier and we have guides on our website about how to get started. I hope you will help us spread the word about our campaign by visiting www.gearedforgiving.org to find out more.”

Peter O’Hara is the Founder & CEO of Geared for Giving