What is the Christmas Challenge?

The Christmas Challenge, founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Alec Reed CBE, is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign which helps UK-registered charities raise funds for their cause.

Since the Big Give launched the campaign in 2008, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £78 million for more than 2,800 charity projects.

How does it work?

The Christmas Challenge offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled on theBigGive.org.uk when the campaign goes live. To see how the Christmas Challenge 2016 worked, please watch the video below (the dates will be different for the Christmas Challenge 2017).

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for the Christmas Challenge 2017, your charity must:

  • Be registered in the UK or have exempt status from HMRC (more information available in our Charity FAQs under ‘Registering on the Big Give’)
  • Be registered on theBigGive.org.uk (sign up for free). If your charity is already registered, please ensure that your contact details are up to date so you receive our email communications about the campaign
  • Have at least one year of filed accounts and an annual income of £25,000 or more (as per last filed accounts)

To receive information about how to apply for the Christmas Challenge 2017, sign up to the Big Give if you are not already registered.

Past Christmas Challenges

Since the Christmas Challenge began we have supported some incredible charity projects. Find out more about the charities we have supported in previous Christmas Challenges.