How it works Our impact Our impact More than just fund raising Over the past three years we have donated over £500,000 to our supported charities. Our vision is to have 5,000 members by the end of 2022. This will mean that we will have created an organisation that will be donating a minimum of £600,000 to small effective charities on a sustainable, predictable and unrestricted basis – a huge force for good in the UK charity sector. How the money is used Our twelve charities use the funds they’re given in a huge variety of ways, to better the lives of young people. Here are just a couple of highlights from 2015: Grief Encounter Just a fraction of the £23,750 Grief Encounter received in 2015 went to fully funding a residential weekend workshop for 17 families of children directly affected by bereavement. "Grief Encounter has showed me I’m never alone….Me, my Mum and brother are constantly trying to fill a hole that can never be filled, but meeting these amazing, strong people who know exactly how you’re feeling will help a lot. I can’t thank Grief Encounter enough." Sport 4 Life Part of Sport 4 Life’s funding in 2015 went towards launching a new employability programme "Get Fit 4 Employment" in Sparkbrook, Birmingham where unemployment is high, and there are few opportunities available for young people. “Get Fit 4 Employment” is is an 8-week sports-themed programme designed to support young people aged 16 to 25 to get ready for the world of work by re-engaging with education, employment, and training. With the support from Raise Your Hands, we have been able to secure this programme for three years until 2019. How we support our charities 1. Fund Raising We raise money for effective but relatively unknown charities. This allows them to expand their programmes and do more of what they do best - helping disaffected and marginalised children. 2. Raising Awareness Most people haven't heard of most charities. We raise awareness of small charities that operate under the radar, so more people see the incredible work that they do. 3. Connecting Charities We expand the network of our charities by connecting them to members and to one another. This allows them share skills and to harness the depth of knowledge and experience within our community. 4. Consulting and Direction Through our partnership with Skylark, we offer our charities pro bono consulting advice, helping them to run their organisations more efficiently and providing feedback on their strategic objectives. How we measure impact You can read more about how we measure the impact and effectiveness of our charities in The Funding Model section.