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[Nominations closed] Payback Charity Nominations - December 2018

Started by: t_will
On: 07/11/2018 | 17:04
Replies: 343

by: t_will
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on: 07/11/2018 | 17:04 edited: 03/12/2018 | 17:39

Nominations are now closed. The top five charities nominated will go to a vote that will be sent to giffgaffers by email shortly - keep an eye out for it in your inboxes soon.



Hi everyone,


Payback is upon us again, now that the sun is setting earlier and the cardigans are out in force. Every six months, members collectively choose two charities, who each receive a donation made up of every bit of Payback from members we chose to give to charity.


In 2017, we gave over £60,000 to each charity on average, and If I know the giffgaff community, you're not planning on slowing down any time soon. For some smaller charities, that can be a more significant amount than for others, so please consider this when nominating your charity. You can use this thread to nominate any charity that exists, so please take the time to consider the effect a donation like this might have, and have a look through other members' posts to see charities that might be new to you.


Nominations are open until at least noon on Wednesday, November 14th 23:59 on Friday, November 16th, so you've got plenty of time to weigh your decision and nominate a charity. (We've extended this so that everyone who receivesthe points statement will have time to nominate a charity after receiving it).


You've asked us to restrict donations to charities if they've received funds from giffgaffers too recently, so please avoid any charity that we've given to in the last two years - there's a list below to help with that. Please check it, as we any nominations for these charities are invalid.



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The following charities are not eligible for donations in this Payback period.

- Macmillan Cancer Support (received donations June 2018)

- Children with Cancer UK (received donations June 2018)

- British Heart Foundation (received donations December 2017)
- Save the Children (received donations December 2017)
- Cancer Research UK (received donations June 2017)

- Bluebell Children's Hospice (received donations June 2017)

- Crisis (received donations December 2016)

- Great Ormond Street Hospital (received donations December 2016)

Have a think about a cause close to your heart, find a charity where the donation will make the most good, and let us know who it is and why they're important to you. Just hit this button and say your piece.


Nominate a charity


 Need more detail? Here it is.


You've got at least until 12:00 noon on November 14th until 23:59 on November 16th to nominate your charities - our schedule and more detailed info is below. Some dates may change to allow more time if necessary.


Nov 7th - Charity nominations open

Nov 16th at 23:59 - Charity nominations close (extended to allow members to vote from the points statement)

Dec 3rd - Final nominees announced

Dec 5th - Voting emails start for all members

Dec 11th 23:59 - Voting closes

Dec 12th - 14th  - Vote winners announced

Early December - Payback selection closes


  • We're going to tally up all the charities that are nominated by members posts after nominations closes. You can only nominate one charity, so please consider carefully before posting.
  • We will not consider Kudos as an additional nomination, except in the rare event we need to break a tie between two charities. If you want to nominate a specific charity, make sure you post, even if someone else has already posted it.
  • We welcome nominations of small and large charities, on a scale from very local to worldwide. If you're nominating a smaller charity, please consider posting why it's an important cause and other members should also support it - many members will nominate charities that are familiar to them, so the more visible a smaller charity is, the better it is likely to perform.
  • We do considerable auditing of this thread to act against illegitimate nominations - please don't try to manipulate the system to boost a specific charity. We'll spot it, and your attempts will be for nothing. Instead, please use the time to advocate for your charity and let members choose for themselves.
  • If you work for a charity and would like to post a nomination, please let us know, or we might consider your nomination illegitimate. The easiest way is to send @t_will a private message by clicking here.
  • So newer charities, smaller charities and non-traditional charities can still get a look-in, charities that have previously received money from members have special rules. If a charity received a donation within the last four Payback periods (two years), they will be excluded from the vote entirely. Out of the five charities in the vote, we reserve four spots for charities that have never received Payback donations.


The history of charities who have previously received Payback is right here:


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Charities listed in red cannot be nominated this period. Charities in black may be nominated, however only one from this list can go through to the voting stage. Nomination is not limited to these charities - you can nominate any charity that exists.

- Macmillan Cancer Support (received donations June 2018) [Second win]
- Children with Cancer UK (received donations June 2018)
- British Heart Foundation (received donations December 2017) [Second win]

- Save the Children (received donations December 2017)
- Cancer Research UK (received donations June 2017) [Second win]
- Bluebell Children's Hospice (received donations June 2017)
- Crisis (received donations December 2016)

- Great Ormond Street Hospital (received donations December 2016) [Second win]



- The Alzheimer's Society

- Air Ambulance Association
- The British Red Cross
- Clare House
- Disasters Emergency Committee (Philippines Relief)
- Help for Heroes
- Médecins Sans Frontières (AKA Doctors Without Borders)
- Mind
- Shelter
- Teenage Cancer Trust
- Ummah Welfare Trust
- Water Aid



Thanks in advance for all your nominations. Just hit Reply, nominate a charity, and let us know why they're deserving. And once you've nominated, don't forget to choose your Payback method - you've got until mid-December to make sure you've chosen to support the community-voted charities.



- Will and the giffgaff community team

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Message 1 of 344
by: alexmgg2
on: 07/11/2018 | 17:15 edited: 07/11/2018 | 17:16

I would like to nominate the Alzheimer's Society.  The were great in helping us when my dad started showing symptoms of this distressing condition, and there are many other people who need their help.


If someones answer has helped you solve your problem, please consider setting it as Best answer, or leaving them Kudos points. Thanks!
Message 2 of 344
by: wills_mum
on: 07/11/2018 | 17:36

Hi Community! Please vote for William's Fund I run this from home; in memory of our son William who died of a rare childhood cancer aged 4yrs. Did you know childhood cancer is completely different to adult cancer? There is very little research into Childhood Cancer and the big charities spend less than 4% on children's cancer...why? Probably because until recently everyone thought all cancers were the same in any age.. We now know this to be totally wrong and this is why treatment for children has such poor results. William's Fund has no paid employees (including me) we have no expense account as we fund all the admin ourselves. To date we have raised almost £900,000 and have a research facility in Oxford with an innovative, highly sought after, lead researcher Dr Helen Townley. We desperately need to reach our £1m target to secure the future of our researchers and keep the momentum of their collaborations and expertise going. We are part of the Oxford Hospitals Charities and as such we are completely transparent, all the money we raise goes to the research. Please nominate and vote for William's Fund, we would love to have the support from those who already see the potential and value in the underdog! A donation in this league would be massive for us. Thank you

Message 3 of 344
by: shabazmoqsud
on: 07/11/2018 | 18:10 edited: 07/11/2018 | 18:13

My nomination goes to Ummah Welfare Trust

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Message 4 of 344
by: mollyrun11
on: 07/11/2018 | 18:32 edited: 07/11/2018 | 18:35

Teenage cancer support

Message 5 of 344
by: frenchielove
on: 07/11/2018 | 18:37

Having read all about it I should like to nominate William’s fund please @t_will





Message 6 of 344
by: jaymailsays
on: 07/11/2018 | 19:54 edited: 08/11/2018 | 00:53

Extraordinarily short window of opportunity to vote for our incredible community charity of choice this time round.


For obvious reasons (think Halloween) I go for:-

Adoption UK Charity | Home

Adoption UK is a national charity run by and for adopters. Unfortunately adoption in the UK has plummeted in recent years, due mainly to successful and greatly improved IVF treatments.
The article points out that keeping childen in care is very expensive. For example for each extra year of care that 30 children endure, the cost is huge, £1,000,000. Proving that adoption into a loving home is far better for the children themselves, emotionally and financially more equitable. 
90 young people a day enter the Care system. Finding genuine long term solutions for their futures should be the priority of us all.
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Message 7 of 344
by: dave99
on: 07/11/2018 | 20:16
Alzheimer's Society, they do a lot of good work.
Message 8 of 344
by: pault1974
on: 07/11/2018 | 22:59

I nominate Adoption UK.

Message 9 of 344
by: ray2
on: 08/11/2018 | 09:36

I agree with @jaymailsays


Adoption uk is a really important one,especially now ,we want to be able to show Adoption uk we may have got the advert wrong,but we do understand what they stand for ,and help their cause along the way.

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