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Champions for Children
In April 2020, The Childhood Trust launched our first ever Champions for Children matched-funding campaign to support vulnerable children and young people affected by the coronavirus crisis. We re-purposed our annual Summer Give campaign to provide unrestricted funding to charities delivering critical services to children and young people across the capital.
How does it work?
The Childhood Trust's campaigns are run in partnership with The Big Give.
Funds raised during Campaign Week (8th -15th June) are matchedfrom two different pots: pledge donors and The Childhood Trust.
Pledge donors can be any supporter in the charity's network (individuals or organisations such as corporate partners or trusts/foundations).
As part of the application process, charities will need to recruit pledge donors to support the campaign.
Donations during the campaign are first matched by pledge donors and then by The Childhood Trust.
What support do charities receive through the campaign?
The Childhood Trust will run a workshop in the week of 4th May on how to run a successful fundraising campaign, including topics such as how to formulate your campaign messaging and how to use social media effectively.
We offer one-to-one advice and support to all of the charities participating in the campaign.
We send regular communications to our charity partners with funding opportunities, tools and resources, and relevant opportunities and services offered by our community.
We offer our charity partners a raised profile and visibility through broader campaigns, events, and activities to raise awareness of child poverty.
Champions for Children is open for applications from all charities that meet the following criteria:
Charities working with vulnerable children and young people based in London
Charities with at least one set of accounts showing on the Charity Commission
Charities with over £25,000 income as per their last financial accounts
Total funds to be raised in the campaign must be between £4,000 and £100,000
Applications open: 1st February 2021
Applications close: 5th March
Deadline for pledges: 2nd April
Campaigns start: end of April
Campaign workshop: week beginning 4th May
Campaign week: 8th-15th June
Deadline for gathering pledges: 9th July
How to apply
If you wish to apply, the first stage is to register with the Big Give. The Big Give will then get in touch when applications open on 1st February with instructions on how to apply via their platform. If you have already registered on the Big Give site, you just need to sit back and wait for that instructions email. If you have any questions about the Big Give platform, please email the Big Give directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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