Raise educates students about charitable giving, aiming to encourage effective and deliberate giving. It’s run by unpaid volunteers and does not make a profit.
We call each local Raise group a chapter. These tend to be based at universities, where they may be societies. Each chapter is run by a team of student volunteers, recruited annually.
These chapters are supported by a central, national team. The national team recruits, mentors, and coordinates the chapters, sets the strategic direction for what Raise does, and provides support services like the website.
The national team is supported by an advisory board, a group of current and former students who have been closely involved with Raise in the past. They provide strategic support and work on exciting new projects such as the Raise blog.
Find out more about our chapter teams on their respective pages.
There's 7 of us on the national team. We're students and recent grads who volunteer to support chapters as best we can:
Abe coordinates Raise's work around the UK; managing the National Team, supporting the chapters and helping grow the movement. He's previously been on the Cambridge team as a President, Vice President and rep coordinator and this is his second year on the National Team. He especially loves seeing students get excited about their giving, both at university and beyond and has taken the Giving What We Can Pledge to donate at least 10% of his future earnings to effective charities. Abe is a 5th year medical student at the University of Cambridge and in his spare time enjoys cooking overly complicated food, quizzing and wondering around art galleries.
Abe Tolley, Director
Adam is responsible for technology at Raise. He maintains the website and our open-source donations platform. He also manages our relationship with the Charity Commission, and serves as a trustee on our board. In his day job, he works as a software engineer helping people to have more impact in their careers. Outside work, he enjoys cycling around London, contributing to open-source projects and playing board games.
Adam Jones, Technology and Governance
Hannah has just finished her master's degree in management at The University of Sheffield. Alongside her master's she founded Raise Sheffield, and is now volunteering as a member of the National Team in her free time alongside working for a social enterprise providing charity fundraising challenges to University students. On the national team this year Hannah will be mentoring some of the newer chapters through the year, and working on national sponsorship initiatives to ensure that Raise can put on some great events across the country this year. Hannah's favourite thing about Raise is watching students go through the process of coming to understand the ethos and seeing how everyone comes together to form wonderful new friendships around a desire to have a positive impact in the world. Hannah has also been involved in the Effective Altruism community and has taken the Giving What We Can pledge to donate 10% of her income to charity.
Hannah Wragg, Mentorship and Sponsorship
Rahul's a medical student studying at Cambridge, and has been involved in Raise since the start of his time there: first as a rep, then as Vice President Fundraising, then as President. He's excited to join the National Team to help Raise expand, evolve and continue having huge impact. When not doing Raise stuff, Rahul likes taking on entrepreneurial side projects and attempting to cook!
Rahul Shah, Community and Logistics
Susanne recently completed her PhD in Economics at Durham University and is currently on a gap year in South Korea! She set up the Raise chapter in Durham in 2020 and is now on the national team. In her free time she loves to travel, dance and skate!
Susanne Karbe, Community
Thomas does a number of different jobs on the Raise National Team, including managing the accounts and mentoring. He was heavily involved in Raise in Durham, acting as Vice President and President over its first two years. He is really passionate about positive and celebratory giving, and therefore has pledged to give 10% of his income to charity! Thomas has just finished a degree in History at Durham, and this year will be doing a master's in History and Philosophy of Science at UCL.
Thomas Cohen, Treasurer and Logistics
Liz is responsible for expansion of Raise to more universities across the UK, and helping to set up new chapters. She was previously a Rep Coordinator for the Cambridge chapter. She is passionate about spreading the message of Raise as widely as possible and is currently looking to help found new chapters at some of the larger UK universities where Raise does not currently operate. She is in her 5th year studying medicine. In her spare time she enjoys reading and trying out new restaurants and cafes around Cambridge!
Liz Samuel, Expansion and Founding Officer
You can contact the national team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The advisory board is group of Raise alumni, most of whom have previously served on chapter teams.