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Virgin Unite offers London Marathon places to 100 small youth charities

Virgin Unite offers London Marathon places to 100 small youth charities

Virgin Unite is planning to give a London Marathon place and runner to 100 small youth charities that have not previously had access to a Gold or Silver bond running place at this major fundraising event. The selected charities will receive both a marathon place and a ‘marathon runner’ from among Virgin group company employees to run the marathon and help raise money for their designated charity.

Virgin Unite hope that the initiative, in partnership with the FSI, the small charity that aims to help develop other small charities, will raise £1 million, or £10,000 per charity.

Virgin Unite are looking for entrepreneurial charities who will support their runner and help them develop and manage a fundraising campaign to raise the £10,000. The runner will bring the backing of the Virgin business he or she works for, but the charity also needs to bring contacts and lots of enthusiasm and resource to make that target.

The are no rules about how much turnover your charity makes in a year as long as long as it is ’small’. Applicants do however have to be UK registered and be willing to set up a Virgin Money Giving page.

To apply for this programme, you need to be registered on the FSI community. Once you’ve joined, please send an email with Virgin Unite in the heading (within the community) to Kim Sutton together with the following details:

charity name
registered charity number
geographical location and remit
focus and activities
contact name, position
Tel number
Email address

If you meet the criteria, the FSI will put your application forward to Virgin Unite who will contact the successful charities after 20 September.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Research massive growth in giving.

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