OUR giving strategy
When considering which charities to support DUCK prioritises those which make the maximum impact to the lives of those who need it most. We understand that different programs aim for different sorts of results and we do not hold to a single universal rule for determining what specific ‘impact’ we are looking for. Ultimately, we support charities which run relatively inexpensive yet highly effective and sustainable programmes, thus successfully fulfilling a demonstrable need in the world.
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It is part of the Charity Liaison Officer’s role to research each charity that DUCK works with in order to ensure that the charity in question fulfils the criterion of DUCK’s Giving Strategy. This means that DUCK only works with and supports sustainable and worthwhile charities, so students who fundraise for DUCK can feel confident that their money is being used in the best possible way.
Please note that applications for 2019/20 are closed. 2020/21 applications will open in April. For further information please contact our Charities Liaison Officer, Lucy Drysdale, by emailing email@example.com
In order to ensure that we support the best charities in accordance with our Giving Statement, DUCK adheres to the following criteria:
DUCK works with a wide variety of charities, both on a local and international scale. If you would like to work with us, then please fill out the form below. The details you provide will be added to a database which means that we can easily contact you in the future. We try to work with as many charities as possible, so the more detailed your response, the easier it will be for us to plan how we can support you. Applications are now closed.
Please note, the Local Charities Fund is restricted to charities working within a 50 mile radius of Durham and/or Teesside; this is part of DUCK’s commitment to supporting the local community. Please visit the Local Charities Fund information below.
We are open-minded about the charities that we support. DUCK will consider any application or cause. If a charity is working to fulfil a genuine need and improve lives, then the race, age, gender or ethnicity of the people being helped is irrelevant; DUCK considers every human life to be of equal value.
Suitability to our events and fundraising potential. When we decide whether or not to work with a charity, DUCK must consider which type of fundraising activity would be most effective for each individual charity. Sometimes charities come to us with a ready-made idea or project, which can be very helpful. However, if this style of fundraiser doesn’t suit us (for example, if it takes place outside of term time or just wouldn’t interest our student demographic) then we may decide not to support that event, purely because we don’t think enough money will be raised to make it worthwhile. Similarly, some charities are very popular amongst our students, and we may choose to support them on occasions – for example, on rag raids - because we know that more money will be raised than if we supported a smaller, lesser known charity. This is not to say that we never support smaller charities, only to emphasise that we must always consider which events when paired with which charities are likely to raise the most money. If we think a particular charity deserves funding then we will find a way to accommodate them, but suitability to types of fundraising is a key practical consideration. For more information about how we support small local charities in particular, please visit our Allocations Process page on this website.
We give to charities which can provide evidence of their positive impact on people's lives. We want charities to make a case that what they do works and works more effectively than other organisations which have similar goals. The best charities will rigorously test their programmes, monitor outcomes and make changes were applicable. They will have experts in their management committees and board of trustees, ensuring that their programmes are carried out in the most cost-effective way in order to achieve the best possible results. We ask questions such as: how many people have benefited from the work of this charity? What would have been the likely outcome for such people if the charity had not carried out its projects? Does the charity follow up its work and ensure that the projects continue to be sustainable and successful?
Transparency and accountability.The charities that DUCK works with must be willing to share enough in-depth information about their work that we can assess them on the above criteria. We favour charities which provide clear statistics and information on their websites, demonstrating exactly how our money will be spent. We use this information to assess cost-effectiveness, and also to ensure that the charities we support minimise administration costs and do not pay excessive salaries or bonuses to staff.
We are proactive. Although many charities contact DUCK asking to work with us or applying for funds, we also conduct our own research and contact charities which we think could benefit from our support. If DUCK only gives to the charities which contact us, then we are arbitrarily rewarding the most proactive charities, and overlooking many others which could benefit from our support.
We love to see progress. DUCK stays in the contact with the charities that it supports – we like to see evidence of progress and change, ensuring that our donation was spent in the way that we intended and that the outcome was as we had hoped. This also helps us to decide whether we wish to continue working with the same charities in the future.
We consider ‘capacity for more funding’. An organisation which has capacity for more funding will have a pressing need for money such that additional donations will allow it to expand services and maximise impact in the immediate future. A charity that does not have capacity for more funding may already have enough money in the bank such that our donation will only grow an already-safe level of reserves, or it may have another regular source of income/funding which fulfils its needs. Alternatively, the organisation may be so small that money isn’t the bottleneck to expansion, and it can’t effectively expand even with more money.
The UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. These goals were set out in 2015 and have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. DUCK is passionate about supporting these and believe we have the responsibility to work alongside governments, other organisations and individuals to build a better future. We would like to work with charities that are working towards/ supporting one or more of these goals.
Working with expeditions
We pride ourselves on working with a range of high quality external partners. We are always looking to make new links and partnerships, so if you represent a charity and would like to get involved, then read on.
In what capacity can you work with us?
Help to enhance our students' Journey Like No Other in England, providing vital fundraising support and individual, team, or Leader development opportunities before the summer Expedition. In return, these students can donate a portion of their year's fundraising to your charity.Help to enhance the Journey Like No Other overseas. Perhaps you can provide us the structure for a charitable project, or a physical challenge. If you are a charity, these students can donate a portion of their year's fundraising to your charity.
In both cases, your charity must work in line with DUCK’s Giving Statement and Giving Strategy, as presented above.
What do we look for?
There are three main areas which we assess when deciding whether to start a new partnership.
Using our Giving Statement and Giving Strategy, we must consider your charity a worthwhile cause to donate money to and work with (in competition with our other options!).
How can your charity enhance the participant's experience, both in-country and in England? This could include a range of aspects, for example:
Fundraising support, by organising challenge events, Rag Raids, or hosting fundraising workshops
Fundraising incentives, where over-fundraising gives the participant discounts on activities overseas
Contact with any individuals overseas pre-expedition
Information evenings or talks, to teach participants about the charity for whom they are fundraising
Immersion in the overseas project, leaving a degree of independence for the participants to drive the project how they see fit (with guidance from in-country co-ordinators)
Strong overseas support structures, and easy lines of communication. Whilst our Leaders undergo an intensive Leadership Development Programme, all Leaders are students, and do not hold legal qualifications in Leadership or Expedition management.
The marketability of your proposed Expedition destination and charitable project, within Durham University.
Do we already provide a similar expedition?
Is the overseas project cost breakdown reasonable?
If you would like to get involved, then please e-mail the Expeditions Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org; we are keen to hear from you.