The Big Give Christmas Challenge has raised over £40 million for thousands of charities (including hospices) by doubling online donations from the public. Donations are doubled by charities’ major donors and Big Give ‘Charity Champions’ – including the Cabinet Office, who will be donating £250,000 to this year’s Christmas Challenge.
The Christmas Challenge 2012 raised over £10.5 million for 350 participating charities. This year the Christmas Challenge will begin at 10am on 5 December 2013 when donations to participating charities will be matched on a first-come, first-served basis. More matching funds will be released at 10am on 6 and 7 December.
Sir Alec Reed CBE, founder of the Big Give, said “I am delighted that the Cabinet Office have chosen to support the Christmas Challenge. The Challenge brings so many benefits to charities, donors and philanthropists and this has rightly been acknowledged by the Cabinet Office. We look forward to working with them to make the Challenge a success for all involved.”
Charities who are interested in being part of the Christmas Challenge can find further details on the Big Give Christmas Challenge website.
Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said: “The Big Give Christmas Challenge is a great match funding initiative which has already made a big difference for thousands of charities. We are proud to support them and the organisations who do such fantastic work.”