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. For seven days, it offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled on theBigGive.org.uk. Since the Big Give launched the campaign in 2008, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £90 million for thousands of charity projects. 

 

“Match funding campaigns really appeal to people and are a fantastic way to raise money.”
– Mustard Seed Project, Kenya

 

The Christmas Challenge 2018 will run from midday #GivingTuesday 27th November – midday Tuesday 4th December, when donations to participating charities will be doubled. 

 

How does the Christmas Challenge work?

 

Confirmed Champions

Below is a list of the Champions who will will be providing the match funding to double donations in the Christmas Challenge 2018. More to be added as and when confirmed – watch this space!

Champion NameProjects supportedRestrictions
Anonymous ChampionProjects/charities working on human rights issues or with refugees and/or asylum seekers in UK or overseas.Will consider applications for unrestricted funding as well as those linked to specific projects.
Anonymous ChampionRights-based charities operating in the UK or overseas.Will consider funding core cost projects.
Candis ClubHealth and disability projects in the UK.N/A
EthiopiaidProjects which are reducing poverty in Ethiopia, specifically with women & girls; improving education; and/or working with vulnerable and marginalised groups e.g. the elderly, those with disabilities, those suffering with Noma and orphans and vulnerable children. N/A
Four Acre TrustProjects working with children in UK by charities with a turnover up to £1,000,000.Will consider unrestricted funding.
Hospital Saturday FundMedically related charities, hospitals, hospices and medical clinics. Supported projects may include medical capital projects, medical care, medical research and medical training.Will consider grants for running costs.
People's Postcode Lottery (Postcode Support Trust)Projects working to support older people (over 55) to participate fully in their community, helping them to live happy and more fulfilled lives.Unable to support charities which are already receiving funding from Postcode Support Trust.
The Childhood TrustProjects which alleviate the impact of poverty for disadvantaged children living in London in the following ways; meeting children's practical needs, supporting children's emotional needs and inspiring children with new experiences and opportunities.N/A
The Coles-Medlock FoundationInternational-focussed charities, especially those working in the area of sustainable development (particularly sustainable agriculture, education (4-14), infrastructure development, financial independence and healthcare) in poorer countries around the world.N/A
The EQ FoundationProjects primarily based in the UK which address inequality, have robust impact
measurement in place and have the potential for significant scaling up.
N/A
The Reed Foundation (Arts & Culture)Supporting performing arts & cultural projects.N/A
The Reed Foundation (Environment & Animals)Supporting projects focussed on the environment and improving animal welfare.N/A
The Reed Foundation (International)Supporting humanitarian & development projects in developing countries.N/A
The Reed Foundation (UK)Supporting projects which are focussed on improving the lives and wellbeing of people in UK.N/A
The Waterloo FoundationProjects which are improving education, access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.Will consider applications for unrestricted/ core cost funding.