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What is it?

The Summer Give is an online match funding campaign run by the Big Give and The Childhood Trust (London’s child poverty charity). The campaign is focused on alleviating the impact of child poverty during the summer holidays when children are particularly vulnerable. Match funding is generously provided by The Childhood Trust to support charities working in this area. As part of the campaign, charities are also responsible for raising match funds from their own major donors to contribute to their matching pots. This matching pot is then used to leverage donations from their wider supporter base and general public.

When is it?

The Summer Give 2017 will take place from 15th to 19th May 2017.


  • Charities which are supporting disadvantaged children in London during the school holidays. This must include the provision of activities and healthy food.
  • Charities seeking to raise between £4,000 and £100,000 towards a specific project.
  • UK-registered charities which have a Charity Commission number or tax-exempt status with at least one year of filed accounts and an annual income of £25,000 or more (as per last filed accounts).
  • Charities which are registered on (free to register).
  • Charities which are willing to incorporate online giving and social media into their organisation and be prepared to ask supporters, trustees and volunteers to get involved.
  • Charities will be required to provide impact data when asked to by The Childhood Trust in September 2017.
  • Questions about eligibility? Contact

How does it work?

To learn more about how the Summer Give works, we suggest reading the Terms & Conditions and Summer Give Guidebook. Please note that applications for the Summer Give 2017 are now closed.

Charities apply to take part via completing a short application form, uploading details of their project and securing commitments of pledges from their own major donors. Charities must secure all their pledges by 3rd April.

Successful charities will then be selected to take part by The Childhood Trust and will be given advice and assistance to market the campaign to their own supporters.

When the Summer Give goes live, donations will be doubled by the matching pot. The matching pot for each charity is made up of ring-fenced funds from a combination of two sources (pledges from charities own supporters and funds from The Childhood Trust). Initially donations will be matched by the pledges until these funds are used up and then donations will be matched by The Childhood Trust.

SG model 1 SG model 2 SG model 3Example: If a charity is seeking to raise a total of £8,000 towards their project and receives online donations of £4,000 in the Summer Give, these donations will be doubled by the pledges (£2,000) and The Childhood Trust (£2,000).

I want to take part

Applications for 2017 are closed but please create an account on the Big Give to ensure you receive updates from us on future match funding opportunities. You can register your interest for our next campaign here.

I want more information

Please read the Terms & Conditions and Summer Give Guidebook.

Feel free to get in touch at or on Twitter @BigGive.

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