Over 500,000 local charities and community groups work at the coal-face across the UK, meeting the most vulnerable communities’ urgent needs for housing, food, and basic services. The need is increasing while government grants are decreasing. One in six groups may face closure.
Many people want to give to their local communities, but it can be hard to find local charities, and to know they are bona fide. It’s a big problem. Localgiving.com is providing a solution:
It’s the only web site where registered and unregistered local charities can receive both one-off, direct debit and sponsored fundraiser donations plus Gift Aid
It’s the only web site that is able to run online match funds for small local charities. We’ve already run eight – the latest one, funded by the Office for Civil Society, delivered over 2.5 times the match fund amount direct to local charities.
We have trained even the smallest local charities to embrace digital skills, online marketing, and social media to raise the awareness and funds they need to become sustainable
3,500 local charities are already on the Localgiving.com platform, we have 40,000 registered supporters and have raised over £4m. We are about to launch a unique fundraising product. We now need to develop and execute a major sales and marketing program to local charities and online donors. And we need to create programs for national corporate and media partners.
For this we need a dynamic, hands on and results-driven Director of Sales and Marketing, with at least ten year’s experience.There is an opportunity to progress to a general management role.
You will be working in a unique environment. We are not a charity, but our shareholders are charities. Founded by an internet entrepreneur, we are a tech-driven enterprise, employing 22 people, but our primary objective is to deliver social benefit – any surpluses will be ploughed back into development.
If you share a passion and enthusiasm for Localgiving.com’s vision and values, please send your CV, together with a short covering letter explaining why you think your talents, business experience and leadership skills make you the best person to unlock the massive potential of Localgiving.com, and really make a difference to communities across the UK.
First and foremost we want to thank everyone that entered the Spring for a Year competition, it was great to see all of the different ways that you all enjoy your local communities!
Instead of waiting for Spring to come, the folk at Arts Together took the matter into their own hands, literally! And so in third place is Arts Together’s giant flowers.
Arts together work to bring arts, creativity and improved well-being to older people in Wiltshire, to find out more about the group please click here.
In second place, is a photo from Our Place Community Hub of local families and the police building a community oven in Birmingham! We thought this was a fantastic idea and a great project to get everyone in the community involved in and enjoy.
To find out more about Our Place Community Hub, please click here.
Both of our runners up will get a spot as the Localgiving.com featured charity over the next few weeks so keep an eye out for them!
Marcelle Speller, OBE with Dingley’s Arti Divatia and Waitrose general manager for Bracknell, Robin McCarthy.
It was a fantastic day! Marcelle said: “I feel very privileged to open Dingley Sensory Garden along with volunteers from Waitrose. With support from Berkshire Community Foundation, they’ve raised £11,000 on Localgiving.com, which is a great result and proves what can be done when local people support their communities!”
Dingley provides a place where preschool children with special needs and disabilities can develop skills through play under the supervision of qualified staff. Parents and carers are also welcome and, for them, Dingley centres are places to make friends and share experiences.
You can see the difference the support to Dingley is making in the video below.
Unless you’ve been living on the moon the last few weeks, you’ll know about the housing issues affecting people all around the UK. There are lots of charities working at a local level to help people to cope with the housing challenges they face.