International Day of Charity 5th September 2017

5th of September marks the 5th International Day of Charity.

Every year on this day charities all over the world help to save and improve people’s lives, fighting disease, protecting children, and giving hope to many thousands of people.

To honour the important work that these many charities do, in 2012 the United Nations decided to nominate an annual International Day of Charity as an official day of recognition and celebration – hence the birth of 5th of September. The reason the date was chosen is because it is the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. This choice commemorates the tireless work that Mother Teresa did by devoting her whole life to charity work.

Help us celebrate

To celebrate this special day, The Big Issue Foundation are encouraging supporters to get involved help us put an end to poverty and exclusion.

You can help us celebrate and raise awareness by donating money, signing up to an event, spreading the word by sharing our messages - education and giving are the essence of this special day.

The Big Issue Foundation works with 2,000 Big Issue vendors each year, many of whom suffer from social and financial exclusion. Some have experienced homelessness, total relationship breakdown, physical and mental health problems as well as addictions, long-term unemployment, disrupted education and trauma. Your support today will help us support some of the most disadvantaged and excluded individuals in the land.

Ways to get involved

Join our Thunderclap

Social media is an easy way to say something, but it’s a difficult way to be heard. Thunderclap is the first-ever crowd speaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks. By boosting the signal at the same time, Thunderclap will help us create action and change like never before. We have launched our very first Thunderclap to spread the word about The Big Issue Foundation across social media.  Click here to sign up and show your support!

Sign up The Big London Night Walk Challenge

Register now for a Friday night with a difference, and change the lives of hardworking Big Issue vendors on their journeys away from poverty. Starting off in central London at Shoreditch Town Hall, the unique 13 mile route (approx.) will take you on a tour of the iconic sites at night. It will be an eye-opening experience and you’ll hear personal insights from Big Issue vendors before you start. Sign up to join us on the 2nd March 2018

Donate today

Take positive action against #poverty today by make a small donation to the Big Issue Foundation. Your gift can change the life of a Big Issue vendor today. All the money raised from will go to support the work of The Big Issue Foundation. This may be helping a vendor to find a safe place to live, reconnecting with family and loved ones, improving their personal health and well-being or training and development that will lead to a new career. Donate £5 here

Sign up to volunteer

Whether you're interested in helping out with office admin, or supporting us during a fundraising event volunteering with The Big Issue Foundation is a great way to develop your skills and meet new people whilst simultaneously helping to make a difference to the lives of hundreds of Big Issue vendors across the UK. Sign up to our latest volunteering opportunities here.