Match funding campaign raises £1.2m for women and girls charities

Big Give’s 2023 women and girls match funding campaign has raised more than £1.2m for charities but is down on last year’s total.

The match funding platform has confirmed the total has been raised from more than 5,000 donations as well as match funding from its funding partners, that include philanthropists, foundations, and companies.

However, this year’s total is down on 2022’s push, when £2m was raised for 121 charities through 8,400 donations.

“The decline in total fundraising was mainly because Big Give had less match funding available this year, compared to last year,” said a Big Give spokesperson.

“Whilst the cost-of-living attributed to it, the main cause is the amount of funds they had available.”

Commenting on this year’s campaign Big Give said it is pleased this year’s push achieved “significant media attention throughout the week”.

This included presenter Lisa Snowdon appearing on Loose Women to raise awareness of Wellbeing of Women, one of the charities taking part.

Elsewhere BBC journalist Kate Silverton wrote about another participating charity Home-Start, Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow for Hello! Magazine.

Other charities involved included Women’s Aid, Women for Refugee Women and The Girl’s Network.

More than 130 charities benefitted from this campaign, according to Big Give managing director Alex Day.

“Women and Girls charities are often overlooked and underfunded despite providing the vital support and resources for women and girls facing issues such as domestic abuse, gender inequality in the workplace and period poverty,” Day added.

“Thanks to our generous donors and champions, we are making a significant impact on the lives of those affected by these adversities.”

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