UK’s biggest online match funding campaign

The Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign which helps UK-registered charities raise funds for their cause. The Christmas Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for charities to raise money for their cause, their individual supporters to have donations doubled as well as our inspiring philanthropists who provide the match funding to increase the leverage and impact of their charitable giving. Find out more about how the Christmas Challenge works.

Doubling Donations since 2008

Since we launched it in 2008, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £71 million for amazing causes. The Big Give offers supporters of participating charities the chance to have their donation doubled on when the Christmas Challenge goes live in December. The match funding to double donations comes from a combination of two sources: philanthropists brought by the Big Give or ‘Champions’ and charities’ own major donors or ‘Pledgers’.

2016 Christmas Challenge

If you’re interested in your charity taking part in the next Christmas Challenge, make sure your charity is registered on the Big Give. Applications will open at the beginning of the summer 2016.

Past Christmas Challenges

Since the Christmas Challenge began we have supported some amazing charities doing incredible work. Find out more.

“The Christmas Challenge has helped to really strengthen our relationship with donors who give year after year through the Challenge because they love the thought of their donation being doubled. We absolutely love being a part of the Challenge.”

– Theodora Children’s Charity


We have also received support from some of the best known philanthropists in UK.

“We are delighted to be working with the Big Give. Their innovative approach to fundraising has enabled the Trust to deliver valuable resources to our partner charities – improving the lives of young people in London. We look forward to working with them again through the Christmas Challenge campaign.”

– Grant Gordon, Chair of Trustees at Childhood Trust