How we select and work with our charities

At Raise Your Hands, we research and carefully select innovative and impactful small charities. We have a rigorous due diligence process based on the Little Blue Book created by New Philanthropy Capital.

In 2017, we are supporting a platform of 12 charities. We support these charities on an ongoing basis, in order to provide them with a stable source of income. Each year we review our charities under the same process and we would stop working them on any of the following conditions.

  • they out grow us (turnover of greater than £1.5m) in which case our job is done and we happily part ways
  • we feel that their work is less impactful than when we selected them or they’re reaching less beneficiaries
  • there is an organisational change that gives us cause for concern.

Distribution of funds

We want to empower our members, so at the end of the year we ask them to raise their hands and vote for their preferred charities. All of the charities receive some money, with the allocation of funds being split on a scale. The charity with the most votes receives 14% of the total pot, down to the charity with the least votes which receives 2%.

Our charities receive funding in two tranches, once in January and once in June.

Criteria for our charities 

There are a number of criteria that we use to select our charities. Many of these are around effectiveness. There other factors like the area they work in, their approach to innovation and a solid management team.

Reach is a key consideration in our selection process. For example, in 2016 Grief Encounter worked with over 500 bereaved children UK-wide and the PAPYRUS helpline HOPELineUK received 66,002 calls text and emails nationally.

The minimum requirements are that:

  • based in the UK
  • working with youth and/or children
  • have a maximum turnover of £1.5m

Applying for funding 

If you’re looking for funding on behalf of an organisation and believe you fit the criteria outlined above, please get in touch: [email protected]

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