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The Financial Times runs an annual seasonal appeal for a selected charity. Chosen by our staff, the winning charity and its cause(s) are covered by our journalists throughout the holiday season, both in print and online.
The FT’s 2015/16 seasonal appeal partner is Stop the Traffik, a global charity working to prevent human trafficking and disrupt its supply chains around the world. Since the appeal began in 2006, we have raised over £16m for our charity partners. Read some of our previous Seasonal Appeal articles.
Applications for the 2016/17 appeal open on February 1, 2016 and close on March 31, 2016. We strongly encourage innovative charities working to solve social and environmental issues to apply. Entry information is below.
To be considered, charities should:
If your charity meets the criteria above, please answer the following questions in a Word document (no more than two A4 sides):
Please include your contact details, charity registration number, along with references or supporting evidence, in your letter. Email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Megan Dold or Georgia Mason at:
International Rescue Committee
The FT’s 2014/15 appeal in aid of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a global charity that saves and rebuilds lives in the wake of conflict and disaster, raised over £2m.
The 2011/2012 appeal raised £3.34 million for international development charity Sightsavers. The funds raised will support Sightsavers in delivering its vision of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where visually impaired people participate equally in society. Direct reader donations raised £2.5m with match funding. A photography auction at London’s Getty Images Gallery and an online auction of dinners with FT writers raised £165,408. In addition, the charitable global workforce of Standard Chartered donated their last hour’s pay for 2011, bringing in a further £406,599 towards Sightsavers work.
Action Against Hunger
The 2010/11 appeal in support of Action Against Hunger raised $1.6 million. The charity works to save the lives of millions of malnourished children in over 40 of the world’s poorest countries. Read the FT’s coverage of the charity’s work.
Room to Read
Our 2009/10 appeal, we raised £2,689,833 ($4.3 million) for Room to Read, which supports child literacy in the developing world.
Our 2008/9 appeal was based for the first time on a vote by FT employees. We raised £167,000 for WaterAid, which focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene education.
The 2005/6 and 2007/8 appeals were both for Camfed International, raising £529,404 in the first year and £1,638,963 in the second. Camfed International supports the education of poor girls in Africa.