theBigGive.org.uk is a non-profit, charitable website which enables donors to find and support charity projects in their field of interest. All UK registered charities can sign up for free and the site currently showcases the projects of nearly 8,000 charities.
The Big Give was founded in October 2007 by Sir Alec Reed CBE. Reed is the founder of Reed (Company) along with several international charities. He is chairman of the Reed Foundation and over the years he became increasingly frustrated by the endless number of unsolicited charity appeals which he received. Reed founded The Big Give to solve this problem; to allow philanthropists to search proactively and save charities' resources.
The Big Give is free for all users and allows philanthropists and donors to support their favourite charitable projects, or discover new charities working in their preferred area. The site's successes include a small charity working in North East England, which received a grant of £175,000 from a philanthropist who found the charity on The Big Give.
Since its launch, The Big Give has raised over £20 million. The majority of this has been raised through Challenge Funding.