About Give Today
Learn more about Give Today, how our donation platform works and meet the team!
How it works
Your local charities and non-profits fill their own donation shops with the items they need right now. From the basics through to specific requests, Give Today have suppliers for whatever they need. The prices the items are listed at on the donation stores are the price it costs Give Today to send these items to the charities. The suppliers could be everyone from high street names, online retailers or wholesalers: whoever has the best offering!
This has, so far, included businesses such as Superdrug, Matalan, Smyths, Blacks, Amazon, Stevenage Packaging, Cater For You and many more.
You browse the shop or shops of your choice. You can purchase as little, or as much, as you would like because there’s no minimum order size, and free delivery (excluding some food items). The exact items you purchase are the items Give Today sends! By not holding stock, but sending directly from suppliers, Give Today minimises the cost to you.
Your donations are delivered by courier directly to the charity’s door, or the address they have provided for deliveries. We aim to have urgent donations (foil blankets for example) delivered within 24 hours of your purchase. You will receive a confirmation email letting you know when your delivery will be made.
We like to ask charities to take photos of donations when possible. They are, understandably, often very busy, so photos are not always possible.
Our Business Model & Funding
As a community interest company, we exist to support our community of charities and causes. We take no wages from the donations you purchase. We also don’t charge our partnering non-profits for their shops or listings.
That will never change!
We are funded by public funding as well as kind, local businesses through our “Local Champions” Business Directory. Businesses who are active within the third sector, or go above and beyond for their charitable friends can be listed here. Their continued support allows us to keep providing vital donation shops to charities for free. This means that our service is accessible to both large and small charities, without discrimination!
If you’re a company who is interested in helping us provide donations to your local charitable organisations, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The Give Today Principles
We aim to be as transparent as possible, from how our funding is used to how we spend 100% of your donation on items and delivery. When we began, the main sticking point was always that we will never profit from donations and never profit from charities and that remains true to this day.
Give Today do not charge any charities for our service. We believe all non-profits should be able to benefit from a donation shop on Give Today. Donation shops are for organisations of all sizes, and any fee for our services could price out a smaller partner who have very limited resources. So for that reason, the shops are and always will be, free!
We ask our partner charities to photograph as many donations as they can. This is because as we love showing you how grateful charities are for the donations they receive. One thing we will never ask a charity partner to do is photograph a donation with a vulnerable service user… unless that service user is a four legged friend! You will never see any pictures of a vulnerable person being asked to pose with a donation.
Give Today began life as The Hope Revolution. Around this time, February 2018, the “Beast from the East” was in full effect. Temperatures dropped well below zero! It dawned on John James that warm items were needed desperately by homeless charities across Manchester. But there was no easy way for a member of the public to provide these, if they didn’t have good quality second hand items to donate. The concept of all charities listing the items they need in an online shop one place took life and The Hope Revolution was born.
Over the next 2 years The Hope Revolution went from strength to strength. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it proved to be a much needed helpline to charities. The online donation platform enabled charities to continue to accept donations, as well as get vital PPE. The number of partner charities grew from the initial 4 partners in Manchester to over 50 non-profits across the UK. In 2020, The Hope Revolution CIC enabled the donation and delivery of over 7,000 donated items to these partners.
At the beginning of 2021 it was decided to shift to a new branding of Give Today, with the aim of linking both businesses and the public in helping their local charities.
Meet the Team
Company Director, Creative Ideas Man
John James began developing the business in December 2018, launching The Hope Revolution in November 2019.
JJ’s endless determination and creativity, paired with his expertise in marketing, is the key driver behind the success of The Hope Revolution. He is responsible for expanding the community interest company, guiding the group forward and innovating how people charitably donate.
Lenny joined the team in 2020 after originally meeting John James in 2018.
Lenny has over 20 years experience in marketing and has worked in charity and volunteering for many of those years.
Company Secretary, Web Developer, Graphic Designer, Coffee Maker
Bryony has been at The Hope Revolution CIC since its inception, although did not officially come on board until 2020. Bryony has been the backbone of the CIC and has helped to nurture ideas with a strong and recognisable brand while dealing with the day to day administrative tasks.
Mrs. Purdy & Steve French
Chief Purr Givers, Demanders of Head Fusses, & Cutest Team Members
A regular head fuss tax has had to be paid to both Purdy & Steve whenever we walk past their beds to go get coffee. After all, we have to in some way make up for the fact that noisy humans have taken over daytime naps for them.
All joking aside it is nice being able to work from home together with our fuzzy friends. Although they do offer very few constructive ideas.
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