As some of you will know I volunteer with Scottish Community Foundation, sitting on their National Grants Committee. As part of my role I now sit on the Scottish steering group for localgiving.com, a hyper-local online giving platform owned 50% by Community Foundation Network and 50% by the Ardbrakc Foundation.
Localgiving.com is unique in the fact that various rounds of match funding will be rolled out during 2012, effectively allowing donors to double their money. From 14th May any donation made to Scottish charities registered with Localgiving.com will receive matched funds from a pot worth £15,000.
The Localgiving.com May Match Fund starts at 9am on 14 th May and will continue until the full £15,000 is allocated to Scottish Charities.
By making a donation to a favourite local charity via Localgiving.com, donors can double their gift and the charity receives twice the support as Localgiving.com Scotland matches the amount, with a further 25% coming from Gift Aid. Over 50 Scottish charities have registered with the site, all of which are eligible for match funding. Charities and groups not already registered are encouraged to become part of the initiative by contacting the Scottish Community Foundation or Localgiving.com. Registration is free for the first three months then just £6 per month.