Green match funding campaign raises more than £1.7m for charities

An online match funding campaign has raised more than £1.7m for charities involved in environmental projects.

The Green Match Fund had been launched by funding platform The Big Give and took place from 22 -29 April.

The Big Give pledged to match funding made by the public via its funders and philanthropists, which include the Reed Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

The funding campaign was also being run in partnership with the Environmental Funders Network.

According to the Big Give the total raised including Gift Aid is £1,760,769.

Among charities to benefit is Bees for Development Trust, which raised £52,443 in total for its work to train 200 people in Ghana to keep bees sustainably and enrich their habitat.

Another to benefit was the Nature Friendly Farming Network, which is working with the RSPB to improve land management to ensure it is tackling climate change. It raised £50,050 for its work to persuade farmers to influence agricultural policy to support nature friendly farming.

Meanwhile, Surfers Against Sewage has raised £25,779 for its Stop the Source campaign, to stop plastic pollution. The money will be used for beach and river clean up initiatives as well as lobbying plastics producers.

The previous matchfunding campaign from the Big Give was its Christmas Challenge, which raised £20.1m.

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