The Big Give Christmas Challenge

This year local charity Think Children is applying to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. We’re hoping to raise vital funds for our local project providing timely help for vulnerable children with emotional and or behavioural issues – such as bullying, bereavement & loss, parental separation, domestic violence and low self-esteem. As part of our application, we need supporters to make promises of funding, called ‘Pledges’, which will be used as match funds to double online donations made to our charity during the campaign. Your commitment of funding might also help us to secure additional match funds via a Champion (sourced by the Big Give). We are aiming to raise a total of £1,573 in pledges to take part in the Christmas Challenge. Would you consider making a minimum pledge of £100 to help us reach our target?If you would be willing to make a pledge to us, you can do so by completing this easy one-page online form by the deadline of 5pm, Friday 1st September: https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/pledge/thinkchildren What is the Christmas Challenge?The Christmas Challenge helps UK-registered charities to raise funds for their projects by doubling donations when the campaign goes live on 29th November. You can find full details of the Christmas Challenge, and how your pledge will enable us to be part of the UK's largest Matched Funding Challenge, on theBigGive.org.uk. Research shows that 84% of donors are more likely to give in a match funding campaign and donations are on average 2.5 times bigger so we’re very excited about the opportunity to take part. How does it work? ●      The matching pots used to double donations for charities taking part in the Christmas Challenge are made up of a combination of funds. These are funds sourced by the charity (‘Pledges’) and funds sourced by the Big Give (‘Champions’) which are available if we are successfully selected by a Champion.  ●      The timeline for fulfilling the pledge (i.e. transferring the funds to us) is 5th December 2017 – 12th January 2018. ●      Fulfilment of your pledge is conditional on us receiving the appropriate online donations during the campaign (28th November – 5th December). You will only be required to pay a pro-rata amount of your pledge if we don’t hit our online target - it's our guarantee to you that we are committed to raising additional donations. ●      Please note that if you pledge to Think Children, you will not be able to make an online donation to us in December because your pledge will be used to match these donations. Please don’t hesitate to ask us if you have questions about the Christmas Challenge and what being a Pledger could mean to Think Children. Just contact Sarah on 01636 676887 or email think.children@tiscali.co.uk