AfriKids is a a proud partner of the Give More campaign.
The campaign is being led by a steering group, chaired by Mr Trevor Pears CMG, Executive Chair of Pears Foundation and an AfriKids Ambassador.
Give More is a 12 month campaign to encourage people to share their passion for the causes they care about by making a public commitment to give more money, time or energy in the next year and to get us all talking more about giving. Independent of government, it is funded through Pears Foundation with support from individual ambassadors, companies, charities and the public sector.
Why Give More?
Need in our communities is going up and resource is going down. The facts are stark: 2.7 million adults are unemployed and 5.7 million households are struggling to pay their bills. Our natural response is to look to the public sector, but it is unable to respond to all the issues. So who can? The answer is ‘all of us’. Together, we can all make a huge difference through a public commitment to give more money, time or energy this year.
What are the facts about giving in the UK?
Millions of us give money, time or energy to causes every week, even if we don’t always know when we’re doing it, from charitable donations to taking part in a community consultation, from keeping an eye on an elderly neighbour to running a business focused on making a difference not just a profit. The figures below are staggering. Imagine the difference it would make if many of us pledged to Give More:
* The total amount given to charity by adults across the uk in 2010/11 is estimated at £11 billion
* 58% of adults gave to charity in 2010/11
* Spending on ethical food and drink has increased more than threefold in the last decade, from £1.9 billion in 1999 to £6.5 billion in 2009
* In 2008/09 41% of adults volunteered formally (20.8 million people across the UK) and 62% volunteered informally
* Formal volunteers contribute an estimated £22.7 billion to the UK economy each year
* There are 170,000 volunteers in the NHS alone
* 3.8 million households belong to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
* There are approximately 62,000 social enterprises in the UK contributing at least £24bn to the economy and employing 800,000 people
* In 2009/10 34% of adults were involved in civic activities (which includes a diverse range of activities such as voting in elections, signing petitions or being a councillor)
* There are a growing number of ways of giving to charity for free while simply going about your everyday business, from incremental donations to charity every time you search online, to buying goods and services from shopping portals that make a donation on your behalf. You can even give more energy by literally handing over your energy… the innovative Surviving Winter campaign raised £2 million this winter