The Vendor Support Fund

The Big Issue Foundation is not funded by magazine sales and 98% of our work is funded through voluntary donations. It is only because of the generosity, commitment and belief of our supports that we are able to do our work, which is to connect vendors with the specialist services and personal solutions that enable them to rebuild their lives.

Your generous gifts allow us to provide a Vendor Support Fund (VSF), which vendors throughout the UK are eligible to apply for. The VSF gives a small hand up to vendors so they can reach concrete goals, for example buying equipment to start a college course or a train ticket to reconnect with family. Vendors save and contribute a minimum of 20% towards the cost of the item required. We provide up to 80% from our donated funds to help vendors achieve their aspirations.

The simplest of items, which many people take for granted, can mean everything to a Big Issue vendor. Below are some examples of how your gifts are put to use to support vendors along their journeys towards a better life.

£10.70 covered the costs for Michael to attend a housing appointment in Birmingham

£17.99 helped John from Bath get trainers to help him get fit before joining the Army

£50.40 bought Chris from Oxford a new suit and shoes for a job interview

£77.50 provided Anna from Bristol with a passport to use as official ID to open a bank account

£200 enabled Paul from Plymouth to buy a set of tools for the start of his plumbing course

How to donate

Online: Make a donation online today

By Phone: Donate over the telephone by calling 0207 526 3454 and have your credit/debit card ready

By Post: Complete our donation form, please make your cheque payable to Big Issue Foundation and send your gifts to: The Big Issue Foundation, 113-115 Fonthill Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3HH.

By Text: Text TBIF15 £10 to 70070 from your mobile to donate to The Big Issue Foundation and make a difference to the life of someone who is homeless today.

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