Envision joins the #GivingTuesday 2019 campaign!

What's #GivingTuesday?

For the very first time, Envision are joining the global movement that is #GivingTuesday. The idea came about back in 2012 to follow the Thanksgiving holiday and was designed to be a welcome relief to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In the UK, it is run by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) who partner with charities and businesses to help foster giving. In 2019, it falls on Tuesday 3rd December. As a small organisation (who hasn't tried this kind of fundraising before) we've decided to run our campaign for the whole of December to try and maximise the opportunity, although we hope to get a big boost on Tuesday 3rd December!

How you can help:

As a small charity, we are constantly looking for ways to diversify our funding stream to ensure as many less advantaged young people across Birmingham, Bristol and London have the opportunity to develop their confidence and skills through our Community-Apprentice programmes. We hope to raise £3,000 through our #GivingTuesday campaign to ensure that every one of the 300 young people on our Key Stage 5 programme this year receives a Competency Reference at their graduation. Every single reference is bespoke, written for each young person by a Business Mentor. It validates the skills they have developed during Community-Apprentice and the individual journey they have come on. Young people tell us they find it difficult to complete UCAS or apprenticeship applications, or even to apply for a part-time job when they don't have a character reference - so these are invaluable to everyone that completes our programme and you can help to make these happen!

Make your donation go further:

To help us reach our £3,000 goal (we've never done anything like this before!), we are not only asking for your support, but asking you to 'pay it forward' by inviting someone you know to match what you've given. This can be a colleague, friend or someone else within your network. Whoever you choose, together you will be able to double your donation to Envision, whilst sharing some old fashioned Christmas cheer!

We're running a Christmas advent calendar campaign on our social media for the whole month of December, casting the spotlight on everything from our benefecaries to our schools, partners and regions. As it's the first time we've ever done this, we wanted to be ambitious with our target. For each day in December, we will be opening a new door on the Envision advent calendar which will be linked to a donation amount. We thought it would be fun to see if these could match the date of the month so for the 1st December we would welcome £10, £100, £1,000 and so on, then for the 2nd December, £20, £200, £2,000... Of course, this part is just a bit of fun and isn't prescriptive - we wouldn't discourage any amount on any day! 

How to donate:

To donate, please click here. Follow along with us for the month on Twitter @envisionUK and Instagram @envision_uk and join in using #EnvisionChristmas. Thank you for helping us to level the playing field for more disadvantaged young people across the country.