AzuKo got involved with #givingtuesday for the first time last year. Find out how they got on.

Tell us why you got involved with #givingtuesday?

AzuKo is a small (but mighty!) architecture charity. We work with disadvantaged communities to improve living conditions, both here in the UK and further afield such as Bangladesh.

We believe good design improves lives, and should be accessible to all.

For us, #givingtuesday is an opportunity to tell our story and raise much needed funds for our vital work. We also feel that it is a platform to celebrate the work and impact of small charities like ourselves, which often don’t get the limelight.

Tell us what you got up to on #givingtuesday?

We joined forces with innovation lab Impact Hub King’s Cross to celebrate failure and growth in the world of social impact design. Five speakers from the sector took the stage to present their stories and share learning and the evening also featured an exhibition of our sanitation project in Jogen Babu Maath slum, with photography from award-winning Bangladeshi photojournalist Turjoy Chowdhury.

Following the fast-paced presentations and hard-hitting Q&As, there was an opportunity to network and a raffle with over £1000 worth of prizes generously donated by businesses across central London – everything from Royal Academy exhibition tickets to an Amazon Fire kindle and bread-making workshop at Bread Ahead in Borough market.

What was the result?

The event sold out with over 100 people attending and through ticket, drinks and raffle sales the event raised £1078 for Jogen Babu Maath. We’ve also seen a spike in our social media following, and signups to volunteer with us following the event.

Will you be taking again?

We are very keen to participate in 2017, and hope it becomes a regular event in our fundraising calendar.

“#givingtuesday is so much more than a fundraising campaign. It is about celebrating giving and creating opportunities for individuals, communities, businesses and charities to connect and bring about positive change in the world. “It feels good to give and some argue it’s good for our health. Giving promotes social connection, it evokes gratitude and it’s contagious – one simple act of giving can spark a ripple effect. Why wouldn’t you want to get involved!?”

Jo Ashbridge, Director