Reach out to a new generation of supporters

First Give supports students to learn about social issues in their community. Through the programme students will choose charities that they want to support through social action.

If your charity is chosen, then the school will invite you to participate and engage with their students.

£814,500

Total funds granted to charities (2014-2020)

£175,210

Total funds raised by students (2014-2020)

909

Total number of winning charities (2014-2020)

  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Community cohesion

Top three issues chosen by students since 2018

170

Number of schools (2020/21)

31,347

Number of students (2020/21)

How the programme works

Learn

Students learn about social issues in their communities and choose which are important to them.

Research

Students research charities working in their communities and as a class, choose one to represent.

Students get the opportunity to meet you

You’ve been chosen by a class of students! You should be invited to meet the class so you can talk to them about how they can plan social action projects to help you.

Download our FAQ PDF, for the most common questions asked by students during your First Give charity meeting. 

Plan & Deliver

Students plan and deliver social action activities (fundraising, awareness raising, volunteering) in support of their charities.

Present

Students learn public speaking skills and put together creative presentations about the work of their charity and what their class has done to support it.

School Final

One group is chosen to represent each class at your school’s First Give Final. A panel of judges rate each class based on their social action and presentations. The winning class wins a First Give grant of £1,000 for their charity.

The School Final experience

First Give Finals are a celebration of the full year group. They are an opportunity for students to stand up and speak out on the issues that matter to them and showcase their social action. Each school runs their Final slightly differently, but they are all inspirational events!

Come along to your class’s School Final to celebrate all the work they’ve done to support your cause.

How do I get involved with the School Final

Charity representatives are always welcome to attend the First Give Final at schools where they have been chosen. The school usually coordinates these invites themselves, but if you have any questions, please get in touch with us at First Give

How does my charity get the money?

If you win the prize of £1,000, First Give will send you a cheque. Any funds raised by young people will be sent to you directly from the school.

Charity case study

"A fantastic way to build our youth supporter network"

Ronda Browne, Young Carers of Barking and Dagenham

One of the classes at the Jo Richardson Community School supported Young Carers of Barking and Dagenham. We spoke to Ronda Browne, a representative from the charity and found out that the students had carried out a range of activities to support them, including fundraisers and also engaging Year 7 in a food drive for the charity’s food bank. Even though they didn’t win the £1,000 grant, Ronda was thrilled by the impact the students had.

The students we connected with through First Give raised enough money to run 3 months' worth of activity, and on top of that collected food and other essential items that supported 65 of the families who use our foodbank.

Who has been involved