Success Stories

In our first six years, we have raised over £50million for charity through our innovative Christmas Challenges.  We have also matched several wealthy donors with new charities, helped charities to find new trustees and inspired a new generation of philanthropists.

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The Christmas Challenge 2014

  After months of preparation, this year, the Challenge saw 367 charities take part and raise over £11.2 million in total including contribution from the Big Give Charity Champions. It truly was a wonderful Challenge! This year, Champion funding came from the Reed Foundation, …

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2013 Christmas Challenge

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2013 began at 10am, Thursday 5th December 2013 and raised an incredible £11million for 387 participating charities.


The Big Give Philippines Emergency Appeal

The Big Give Philippines Emergency Matched Fund Appeal raised over £320,000 to help those most affected by the destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Trustee Finder: Feedback

The newly launched Big Give Trustee Finder has already brought success to charities, with two charities already finding a new Trustee to join their board.


The Big Give Garden Party 2013

Sir Alec Reed, founder of the Big Give, once more opened the gates of his picturesque Jacobean Manor House grounds in Little Compton, Warwickshire for an afternoon of family fun.

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Cabinet Office Matched Funding

The Big Give is delighted to announce that the Cabinet Office will be supporting the 2013 Big Give Christmas Challenge with a generous grant of £250,000.

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The Big Give Charities Raffle

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Big Give Charities Raffle 2013! A massive congratulations to the winners!

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Technology4Good Award Winner!

The Big Give is the proud winner of the 2013 Technology4Good Award for Digital Giving!


2012 Christmas Challenge

The Christmas Challenge 2012 raised over £10.5 million for 350 participating charities and ran very smoothly, overcoming all of the technical difficulties experienced in 2011.


2011 Christmas Challenge

The Big Give 2011 Christmas Challenge doubled over 19,000 donations and raised an incredible £12.5million.


Fortnum & Mason Christmas Party 2012

For the third year running, the 2012 Christmas Challenge was launched at the Fortnum & Mason Charity Christmas Party.


The Big Give Quiz June 2012

At 7:30pm on Wednesday 20 June 2012, the Big Give hosted the inaugural online Big Give Quiz.  Over 200 supporters took part from the comfort of their own homes and helped to raise over £2,500 for a whole range of …

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The Big Garden Give 2012

On Sunday 22 July 2012, Sir Alec Reed opened the grounds of The Manor in Little Compton to benefit hundreds of charities on the Big Give.

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The Big Give Logo Competition 2011

The Big Give has announced the winners of the 2011 School Logo Competition, congratulations to our worthy winners from St Margaret Ward Catholic College.

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The Big Garden Give

On Sunday 21st August 2011 the Big Give hosted its very first Big Garden Give, raising £2,600 for a wide range of charities.

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East Africa Emergency Fund raises over £200,000

The Big Give’s East Africa Emergency Matched Fund raised over £200,000 to help those most affected by the devastating droughts in East Africa in July 2011.


2010 Beacon Prize Winner

Sir Alec Reed, founder of the Big Give, has been awarded the 2010 Beacon Prize for Philanthropy.

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2010 Christmas Challenge raises over £9million

The 2010 Challenge has doubled over 15,000 donations and raised an incredible £9.3million.


Pakistan Emergency Fund raises £180,000

In light of the devastating floods in Pakistan, The Big Give Pakistan Emergency Fund raised £180,000 to help those most in need.


2009 Christmas Challenge

The 2009 Christmas Challenge raised £8.5m, smashing its £6m target


2008 Christmas Challenge

In December 2008, Sir Alec Reed launched the world’s first online matching challenge, which raised £2m in an astonishing 45 minutes.


Third Sector Excellence Award

Reed Foundation was awarded the 2009 Third Sector Excellence Award for Innovation in recognition of the 2008 Matched Funding Challenge.


Philanthropist Wild for Environment Charity

A wealthy donor discovered The Lancashire Wildlife Trust on The Big Give and donated £175,000.


Donor Crosses Sahara to Support Villages

A wealthy donor discovered Village By Village on The Big Give, joined a two week Saharan trek and is now a trustee of the charity.

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The Big Give Logo Competition 2010

The Big Give challenged school children across the UK to design a new charity logo.


Dragons Fire Up Philanthropy in Schools

For the second year running, pupils at the Dragon School have been giving away a generous donor’s money. In 2010, the Dragon School was joined by 5 other schools across the country and in 2011 we aim to have around 20 schools participating in the scheme.