As the festive season rolls in, it’s a time for reflection, gratitude, and giving back. The air is filled with the spirit of generosity, and many of us are looking for ways to make a difference. Charitable giving becomes a focus, but with so many organisations vying for attention, it’s easy to default to the big names – the ones with glossy campaigns and widespread recognition. However, this Christmas, we urge you to consider the underrepresented heroes: small charities.
Disproportionate funding: Despite their monumental efforts, small charities only receive about 20% of the UK’s charitable donations. Their work, often done on a shoestring budget, is as crucial as that of their larger counterparts.
Direct impact: When you donate to a small charity, you’re more likely to see your money make a direct impact. These organisations often run lean, with minimal overheads and a reliance on the hard work and dedication of volunteers.
Filling the gaps: Small charities play a vital role in plugging gaps in local community support. They often address issues overlooked by larger organisations, making them indispensable in the landscapes they serve.
Personal connection: Donating to a small charity like Safe New Futures allows for a more personal connection. You’re not just a drop in the ocean but a vital part of their mission. The gratitude and feedback are more direct, giving you a closer look at the difference your donation makes.
Economic pressures: In the current economic climate, running costs for all are rising. Small charities feel this pinch acutely. Your donation can help keep these essential services running.
So, as you decide where to direct your generosity this holiday season, remember the small charities. Your donation to an organisation like Safe New Futures could be the difference between a programme running or not, a life being changed or not.