Bishop’s Stortford-based charity, TheGivingMachine received the Best Charity Award at the biz4Biz awards on 17th May 2019 hosted by popular television presenter and award-winning newscaster, Fiona Bruce.

The Biz4Biz Awards are impartial, independent awards that can be won by anyone involved in a business in Hertfordshire. The aim of the biz4Biz Awards is to seek out examples of being the best as what we do.

TheGivingMachine were also finalists in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility category – an award for businesses that contribute to sustainable development in the community and society, by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits. This award was open to supporting charities, not for profit, staff provision, social and environment concerns, engagement with the local community, volunteer work, supporting schools and colleges.

Speaking to Charity Today Richard Morris said on winning the award:

“I’m absolutely delighted that our charity won this award – it is recognition for a small but amazing team of people who are dedicated to our vision but also want to have some laughs along the way.”

TheGivingMachine is a unique UK charity and social enterprise enabling companies, customers and communities to thrive together. Shop&Give, their flagship service,  unlocks hidden online sales commissions to become free donations for schools, charities and other community organisations across the UK. 

By unlocking this free cash they enable supporters to generate a recurring income stream for schools, charities and other social organisations. With over 7,500 causes registered and raising money via TheGivingMachine, they impact schools, pre-schools, Scout groups, small local charities alongside the well known national charities including Cancer Research UK, Mind and the Alzheimer’s Society for example.

The Giver can choose to support up to four causes at a time and customise their percentage split. Any UK cause whose primary purpose is for public benefit can join for free with regular amounts building up to generate large amounts over a period of time.

Their members decide who benefits and so far they have generated £1.6 million for over 7,500 causes and it has not cost anyone, a penny extra.

With over 2,200 of the best online shops participating, it’s easy to turn your online shopping into free cash to help others.

TheGivingMachine is not just about fundraising via online shopping, they also have a number of other initiatives.

Giving Street is their buy/local give local scheme which was piloted in Bishop’s Stortford, and a simplified version is being launched in June prior to prepare wider rollout.

GivingLottery is a lottery platform they have just launched to enable all eligible good causes across the UK to offer and benefit from a simple, easy to manage lottery that shares a significant % of income to the causes themselves. With growing donor fatigue, research suggests that this will be a popular service.

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