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, helping UK-registered charities raise funds for their cause. It offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled on theBigGive.org.uk during the week of the campaign. Since the Big Give launched the campaign in 2008, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £90 million for thousands of charity projects.


The Christmas Challenge 2018 will run from midday #GivingTuesday 27th November – midday Tuesday 4th December. If your charity would like to apply, you can register your interest by clicking on the link below. Applications will open on Monday 21st May.


Register Charity Interest


How does the Christmas Challenge work?

Is my charity eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for the Christmas Challenge 2018, 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)

For more details, please register your interest and we will will keep you up to date with key information and deadlines.