Raise is a charitable movement encouraging students to adopt a positive approach towards deliberate, effective giving.
How it works
We invite students to make a personally significant donation to charity. We recommend a donation of £150 to the Against Malaria Foundation, but welcome any amount that is significant to you.
Thanks to our matched funding, 200% of the money you donate goes directly to AMF. That means that your £150, when doubled, can help protect over 350 people from malaria!
Towards the end of Trinity Term, we come together as a community to celebrate the end of the academic year and our collective impact. There's food and drink, great company and live entertainment!
We're so pleased you're interested in Raise, and look forward to celebrating with you! Here are a few ways you can help grow the movement:
Raise Reps: Reps are ambassadors for Raise, and a central part of Raise’s community, helping to share our philosophy and what we do with the Oxford community. Click here to find out more about the rep role and to sign up.
Spread the word: Letting your friends know about Raise is one of the most valuable things you can do - aside from the huge impact of their donations, celebrating is more fun when we do it together! Why not show them our website, share our posts on social media, and invite friends to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages themselves?
Committee: If you really want to shape the future of Raise, you could apply to join our committee, which coordinates everything we do, from events and partnerships to fundraising and publicity. Applications are now closed for our 2022/23 committee, but look out for applications reopening in Trinity 2023!
Sponsorship: The support of our generous partners is invaluable for helping us to put on our summer celebration at the end of each year. If you know anyone who may be interested in supporting Raise and allowing us to grow even more, please do get in touch.
Reps are a central part of Raise’s community and are crucial to the growth of the movement. As a rep, you have the opportunity to help spread the Raise message, and we'll give you lots of support to do this. You might spread our message through:
Conversations: The most important part of the role! Talk about Raise with others in your college, departments, and social groups - the ask is significant and requires some thought, so this is how most people come to join.
Social Media: Engage regularly with Raise’s posts, invite friends to follow the page, and share things at key moments. Share the Raise philosophy on any groups you are in to try and get as many people involved as possible!
Your own ideas!: We love it when reps suggest and implement their own ideas for spreading the word and engaging new students. Equally, if there’s anything at all we could be doing better, there’s nobody better to point it out!
Or you could be a Lead Rep, who takes responsibility for publicity within college. This will involve sharing posts and messages to college, putting up posters and potentially hosting your own outreach events.
Sign up to be a rep.
We recognise that £150 is a large amount of money for many students, and whilst we have thought carefully about recommending this amount (see next question), it is important to us that any student feels able to join us in celebrating through giving.
As such, whilst we recommend £150, you are welcome to join Raise by making a donation of a size which is significant to you and allows you to put charity at the heart of your end-of-year celebrations. It is central to our philosophy (see here for more) that students actively engage with their decision to celebrate through giving, but we recognise that the donation that enables this will not be the same for everyone.
In addition, you have the option of donating in weekly installments, as some have found this more manageable. A weekly donation of £5 from the donations launch up until our summer celebration adds up to about £150, which will still be doubled through our matched funding.
Note: We have ensured that our donations page allows you to hide your name and/or donation amount, should you choose.
We recognise that £150 is a large amount of money, and substantially more than most students would routinely donate to charity (indeed, that is part of the point!). There are a couple of key reasons we recommend this figure:
Encouraging considered giving: Raise is all about changing the way students think about charity, and we can only achieve this if students engage consciously with the act of donating. By inviting students to give an amount that’s personally significant to them, we hope that all donors will stop and think meaningfully about their decision to donate, and will in turn take this positive, deliberate approach towards giving forward into their future lives. This is why we recommend £150, or a donation of any size significant to the donor.
Impact: Crucially, the recommended amount, coupled with matched funding, allows us to have an exceptionally large impact for a student charity initiative; your £150 donation, when doubled, can help protect over 350 people from malaria.
Ball Symbolism: The £150 figure is representative of the cost of many ball tickets - this is symbolic of our belief that charity can be embraced as an integral part of Trinity celebrations, on a par with balls.
Of course, Raise is for everyone - whether you're going to three balls or none, we welcome you to join our growing community and put charity at the heart of your celebrations. Raise is an alternative way to celebrate, but that doesn't mean you can't take part in other things going on!
At Raise, we think very carefully about which charity to recommend (see below), particularly given how much money students are donating. However, we recognise that some students may want to join us in celebrating through giving, but would prefer to donate to a different charity. This is absolutely fine, but please get in touch with us beforehand so that we are aware.
Note: All matched funding will still go to the Against Malaria Foundation.
At Raise, we think very carefully about which charity to recommend. When students are making such significant donations, we want to make sure the money is doing as much good as it possibly can. To make our decision, we have taken the advice of independent charity evaluators GiveWell and Giving What We Can, which both rank AMF as one of the most effective charities in the world.
Tragically, malaria causes 400,000 preventable deaths every year, disproportionately affecting young children and pregnant women, and has a knock-on effect on the local economy. AMF works with local partners to provide life-saving bed-nets which protect people as they sleep. To find out more about their work, see AMF's website. The specific net distributions for which we have funded nets can be seen on Raise's dedicated AMF page.
Because AMF's intervention is so effective at preventing malaria, each donation can have a huge impact. For example, a donation of £150, doubled through matched funding, can help protect 350 people. In fact, the money we raised nationally in 2020 was enough to protect over 120,000 people!
At Raise, our mission is to encourage students to adopt a positive, deliberate approach towards giving. As such, we focus on ensuring that each student who chooses to join can engage meaningfully with the impact of their donation. The primary role of the Summer Party is to facilitate this engagement, as an enjoyable opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate our collective impact. However, it is not the most important element of what we do, nor the purpose of donating.
Crucially, the donation students make to join Raise does not constitute ‘buying a ticket’ to the party. Indeed, the funding of our summer celebration is completely separate to the donation (it’s funded through a combination of additional voluntary contributions from donors and external sponsorship). Many students have joined Raise without attending the Summer Party at all.
The Summer Party is a chance for us to come together and celebrate our collective impact, as well as the end of the academic year. Crucially, 100% of the money students donate goes directly to charity – none of it is used to fund the party. As such, we invite students to make an optional contribution of £10 per head, separate to their donation, to cover the costs of the event (which are generously subsidised by our sponsors). Importantly, everyone will be very welcome to join, whether or not they feel able to make this contribution.
There will be music, food, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and live entertainment, contributing to the atmosphere of celebration you’ll experience with the rest of the Raise community. It’s a fantastic chance to reflect on the impact of our donations and many of those who’ve attended elsewhere in recent years have described it as a real highlight!
Naturally, we are aware that the COVID-19 pandemic may affect the ways in which we can come together over the course of this year, and we are keeping a close eye on the local and national guidance at every stage. However, even if we are not able to come together as an entire community, this will not stop us from marking the end of the year in true Raise style. Whether in smaller groups or all together, we aim to create a meaningful and enjoyable format to bring the community together and celebrate our collective impact under these different circumstances.
Can you remember the last time you gave to charity? Perhaps you bought something at a bake sale? Or sponsored a friend running a marathon?
These days, opportunities for us to do good through donations are everywhere.
But it's much rarer that we stop and think about our donation. Most of these opportunities either hide the act of giving from view - so we don't even notice it's happening - or push us to give only when we're directly asked.
At Raise, we think that's a real missed opportunity.
We believe that when we pause to think about our giving, the experience can be incredibly rewarding.
When we properly consider why we are giving and the impact our money will have - in short, when we give deliberately - we can really appreciate how positive donating to charity can be.
This way, giving becomes more meaningful, enjoyable, sustainable and ultimately more impactful.
We invite students to join us and celebrate the end of the academic year by making a personally significant donation to charity - an amount that will make you think about what and why you are giving.
It took me a long time to decide to join Raise - I'd never given that much before - but when I finally donated, I saw our incredible impact and it really made donating an amazing positive experience.
Chloe Shieh, Donor
Then, at the end of the academic year, we come together as a community for our Summer Party. It's a time when we can reflect on and celebrate the impact of our donations, while enjoying the end of the year with a wonderful group of people.
It was at the Summer Party that I really appreciated just how powerful the idea of giving positively and deliberately can be. Everyone was having a great time, energised by the collective knowledge that together we'd done something incredible.
Elena Caspall, Donor
Our hope is that through making a personally significant donation and then coming together to celebrate that, you'll be able to see the huge impact giving effectively can have and come to feel as positive about it as we do.
Ultimately, we want to change the culture around giving to charity. We want giving to be something that is actively embraced and enjoyed, and a meaningful part of all of our lives.
Raise really changed the way I approach giving. It's made me want to make deliberate giving a permanent part of my life even now I've graduated so, after joining Raise, I decided to donate 10% of my income to effective charities every year.
I never really used to think about giving to charity, but I loved joining Raise and I now can't wait to donate again in the future.
Jake Mendel, Donor
So, however you've chosen to give before, why not join Raise this year and see how charity can become a meaningful and positive part of all of our lives.
P.S. Want to get to know us more? Check out testimonies from our community yearbook or watch our founder's TEDx Talk, 'Rethinking Celebration: The Positive Case for Giving', which talks all about our feel-good philosophy!