The Big Give Christmas Challenge We are applying to take part in the Big Give Christmas Campaign this year, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. We’re hoping to raise vital funds to pay for a research project into craniofacial clefts in Bangladesh. As part of our application, we need our key supporters to make promises of funding, called ‘Pledges’, which will be used as match funds to double online donations made to our charity during the campaign. Your commitment of funding might also help us to secure additional match funds via a Champion (sourced by the Big Give). We are aiming to raise a total of £1500 in pledges to take part in the Christmas Challenge. Would you consider making a pledge to help us reach our target? If you would be willing to do so, you can do so by completing this online form by the deadline of 5pm, Friday 28th August: PLEDGE FORM What is the Christmas Challenge? The Christmas Challenge (the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign) helps UK-registered charities to raise funds for their projects by doubling donations when the campaign goes live on 1st December. You can find full details of the Christmas Challenge, and how your pledge will enable us to be part of the UK's largest Matched Funding Challenge, on www.theBigGive.org.uk. Research shows that 84% of donors are more likely to give in a match funding campaign and that donations are on average 2.5 times bigger so we’re very excited about the opportunity to take part. How does it work? The matching pots used to double donations for charities taking part in the Christmas Challenge are made up of a combination of funds. These are funds sourced by the charity (‘Pledges’) and funds sourced by the Big Give (‘Champions’) which are available if we are successfully selected by a Champion. The timeline for fulfilling the pledge (i.e. transferring the funds to us) is 9th December 2020 – 15th January 2021. Fulfilment of your pledge is conditional on us receiving the appropriate online donations during the campaign (1st December – 8th December). You will only be required to pay a pro-rata amount of your pledge if we don’t hit our online target - it's our guarantee to you that we are committed to raising additional donations. Please note that if you pledge to CLEFT, you will not be able to make an online donation to us in December because your pledge will be used to match these donations. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions about the Christmas Challenge and what being a Pledger could mean to CLEFT.