Every year, people across the globe come together for Giving Tuesday to support the good causes and community projects that mean a lot to them.
It’s a day of celebration to encourage giving in all forms, whether that’s donating time, money, or skills.
Originally starting in the US in 2012, this day has now inspired millions of people and happens officially in over 60 countries. It also holds the world record for the most money raised online for charity in 24 hours! In fact, in 2020, there was over £20.2 million raised in donations, which is equivalent to almost £14,000 a minute.
For us, #GivingTuesday happens every day of the year. After all, our platform is filled with projects of all shapes and sizes asking for a little help from the crowd.
The National Emergencies Trust’s Local Action Fund
We’ve teamed up with the National Emergencies Trust to launch the Local Action Fund of £1.2 million to help community and voluntary groups overcome the effects of the pandemic. Donations from the crowd are matched pound for pound by the Trust, up to a total of £10,000.
The first round of projects are now crowdfunding and we’re absolutely loving them. We’ve highlighted a few below…
The Avon Centre
Running for over 40 years, the Avon Centre in Bristol supports children and adults with additional needs through equine and nature based activities. Sadly, due to multiple lockdowns, the Avon Centre was unable to operate, though they still had costs associated with keeping horses.
This Christmas, more families than ever before will struggle to afford gifts for their children due to financial worries made worse by the pandemic. Kitmas aims to brighten the lives of many children in the UK by collecting and distributing football shirts to those who may not otherwise receive presents this year.
There are three ways you can support Kitmas. You can donate money to their Crowdfunder, donate a football shirt, or create your own Kitmas campaign for your football club.
Calls to domestic abuse helplines have increased 5x in some countries because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the UN naming it the Shadow Pandemic. Woman United is a charity aiming to change the story about domestic abuse and amplify the voices of those impacted.
Through their Crowdfunder, they will launch their empowered storytelling workshops, run #HearHerRoar, their awareness campaign, and keep their lights on so they can help even more people.
The Berkshire MS Therapy Centre
The Berkshire MS Therapy Centre supports the health and wellbeing of local people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) through therapies and the reduction of loneliness and isolation.
For those with MS, the pandemic was extremely difficult. Not only because of COVID-19 itself, but also due to the closure of regular services which help mobility and independence.
There are so many incredible organisations that are in need of your support and we wish we could highlight them all.
Explore the projects currently receiving funding from the Local Action Fund.
You can still apply for funding
Have your own project or know of an organisation that would benefit from funding from the National Emergencies Trust? You can apply for the next round of the Local Action Fund now!