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Charities

Charities

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.

OUr charities officer

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.

For further information please contact our Charities Liaison Officer, Lucy Drysdale, by emailing dsu.duck-charities@durham.ac.uk

Our criteria

n order to ensure that we support the best charities in accordance with our Giving Statement, DUCK adheres to the following criteria:

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.

For charities outside this radius, please apply through the link below.

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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.


  8.  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.

LOCAL CHARITIES FUND   Any money raised just for ‘DUCK’ is placed in a central fund, which is then distributed to a range of local charities. These charities apply for a grant of up to £1000 in order to fund a specific project or need. Only local charities are eligible to apply; this is part of DUCK’s commitment to ‘giving back’ to the local community

LOCAL CHARITIES FUND

Any money raised just for ‘DUCK’ is placed in a central fund, which is then distributed to a range of local charities. These charities apply for a grant of up to £1000 in order to fund a specific project or need. Only local charities are eligible to apply; this is part of DUCK’s commitment to ‘giving back’ to the local community

 
MIND   By providing advice and support, MIND works to ensure that no one faces mental health alone. They also campaign to raise awareness and improve understanding as they strongly believe that everyone should get the support and respect they deserve.

MIND

By providing advice and support, MIND works to ensure that no one faces mental health alone. They also campaign to raise awareness and improve understanding as they strongly believe that everyone should get the support and respect they deserve.

 
ACTION AGAINST HUNGER   Across nearly 50 countries, this charity has helped save the lives of children and communities by leading the global fight against hunger. They work to provide more effective solutions and fight for long term change, not giving up until he world is free from hunger.

ACTION AGAINST HUNGER

Across nearly 50 countries, this charity has helped save the lives of children and communities by leading the global fight against hunger. They work to provide more effective solutions and fight for long term change, not giving up until he world is free from hunger.

 
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL   Amnesty International is a grassroots human rights charity that helps to protect people who have been denied justice, freedom and dignity. They work to educate the public, expose abuses and create a safer, fairer world, receiving a Nobel Prize for their work.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Amnesty International is a grassroots human rights charity that helps to protect people who have been denied justice, freedom and dignity. They work to educate the public, expose abuses and create a safer, fairer world, receiving a Nobel Prize for their work.

COCO   Coco is a charity that works to break the cycle of poverty. They believe that all children, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic circumstance should have the opportunity to receive a quality education. They aim to have a positive impact on communities that is both effective and sustainable through providing this education.

COCO

Coco is a charity that works to break the cycle of poverty. They believe that all children, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic circumstance should have the opportunity to receive a quality education. They aim to have a positive impact on communities that is both effective and sustainable through providing this education.

 
BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION   The British Heart Foundation funds over £100 million of research into heart and circulatory diseases. Active across the UK, the BHF have launched a programme to close the gap between lab work and treatment to try and win the fight against cardiovascular disease.

BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

The British Heart Foundation funds over £100 million of research into heart and circulatory diseases. Active across the UK, the BHF have launched a programme to close the gap between lab work and treatment to try and win the fight against cardiovascular disease.

 
YOUNG MINDS   Young minds works to improve the emotional wellbeing of young people by ensuring that they get the mental health support they deserve. They strive to help children cope with life adversities, reach their goals and lead a successful life.

YOUNG MINDS

Young minds works to improve the emotional wellbeing of young people by ensuring that they get the mental health support they deserve. They strive to help children cope with life adversities, reach their goals and lead a successful life.

 
EMERGENCY UK   Emergency UK works with victims of war, poverty and landmines by providing free health- care, building hospitals and training local medical staff. Since it was founded in 1994 Emergency UK has worked in 17 different countries and currently operates in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Italy, Sierra Leone, and Sudan.

EMERGENCY UK

Emergency UK works with victims of war, poverty and landmines by providing free health- care, building hospitals and training local medical staff. Since it was founded in 1994 Emergency UK has worked in 17 different countries and currently operates in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Italy, Sierra Leone, and Sudan.

MENINGITIS NOW   Since the 1980s, Meningitis Now have funded more than £12million of vital researcH. Their campaigning has supported the development and introduction of five lifesaving vaccines against meningitis and meningococcal disease. They also work to raise awareness and, through their “Believe & Achieve Programme”, give young sufferers and those affected indirectly support to reach their goals.

MENINGITIS NOW

Since the 1980s, Meningitis Now have funded more than £12million of vital researcH. Their campaigning has supported the development and introduction of five lifesaving vaccines against meningitis and meningococcal disease. They also work to raise awareness and, through their “Believe & Achieve Programme”, give young sufferers and those affected indirectly support to reach their goals.

 
THE NEURO FOUNDATION   This charity strives to support those affected by Neurofibromatosis in the UK. Through their support network and the Neurofibromatosis helpline, the Neuro Foundation supports and empowers those affected by Neurofibromatois in the UK. The Neuro Foundation Specialist Advisor network, which consists of hospital- based professionals, works with families to give them the advice they need.

THE NEURO FOUNDATION

This charity strives to support those affected by Neurofibromatosis in the UK. Through their support network and the Neurofibromatosis helpline, the Neuro Foundation supports and empowers those affected by Neurofibromatois in the UK. The Neuro Foundation Specialist Advisor network, which consists of hospital- based professionals, works with families to give them the advice they need.

MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION   Make a Wish Foundation works to make the wishes of children with critical illnesses come true, whether this is meeting celebrities, having a bedroom makeover or flying to Lapland, providing respite from the daily struggles that come with a critical illness. They believe that a child’s life should not be about hospitals and illness, but about happiness and creating amazing memories.

MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION

Make a Wish Foundation works to make the wishes of children with critical illnesses come true, whether this is meeting celebrities, having a bedroom makeover or flying to Lapland, providing respite from the daily struggles that come with a critical illness. They believe that a child’s life should not be about hospitals and illness, but about happiness and creating amazing memories.

 
PANCREATIC CANCER UK   Pancreatic cancer UK provide expert and personalised support to patients via their support line. They also fund life-saving research to find breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer and campaign for better care and treatment, ensuring this disease gets the recognition it needs

PANCREATIC CANCER UK

Pancreatic cancer UK provide expert and personalised support to patients via their support line. They also fund life-saving research to find breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer and campaign for better care and treatment, ensuring this disease gets the recognition it needs

DASH   Durham Action on Single Housing Ltd are an independent charity that help homeless people and those that are about to become homeless by providing accommodation with support. They aim to give people a stable environment to ensure they can help address any underlying issues including those that lead to their homelessness in the first place.

DASH

Durham Action on Single Housing Ltd are an independent charity that help homeless people and those that are about to become homeless by providing accommodation with support. They aim to give people a stable environment to ensure they can help address any underlying issues including those that lead to their homelessness in the first place.

 
MOUNTAIN RESCUE CHARITY   Mountain rescue team members work 24/7 to rescue climbers and lost walkers in harsh and un-forgiving terrain. They also work to find missing people and support families, rescue animals, and help devastated home-owners during floods.

MOUNTAIN RESCUE CHARITY

Mountain rescue team members work 24/7 to rescue climbers and lost walkers in harsh and un-forgiving terrain. They also work to find missing people and support families, rescue animals, and help devastated home-owners during floods.

 
HOPE FOR CHILDREN   Hope for Children is an international charity that believes that every child should have a ‘happy, healthy and positive childhood’. They are currently working in Ghana, India, The Philippines, Kenya, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tanzania and the UK; working with people to improve their access to education and healthcare using sustainable solutions

HOPE FOR CHILDREN

Hope for Children is an international charity that believes that every child should have a ‘happy, healthy and positive childhood’. They are currently working in Ghana, India, The Philippines, Kenya, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tanzania and the UK; working with people to improve their access to education and healthcare using sustainable solutions

 
BREAST CANCER NOW   Breast Cancer Now is a charity that works to fund research to make the necessary discoveries to stop people dying from breast cancer. They are also working with politicians, the NHS and other decision makers to make treatments more widely available, and campaigning to raise awareness of this disease.

BREAST CANCER NOW

Breast Cancer Now is a charity that works to fund research to make the necessary discoveries to stop people dying from breast cancer. They are also working with politicians, the NHS and other decision makers to make treatments more widely available, and campaigning to raise awareness of this disease.

 

Local Charities Fund

The DUCK Local Charities Fund was established by the Durham University Charities Committee to fund specific projects which benefit the local community. Whilst students are a transient population within the city, they seek to create a legacy through the Local Charities Fund, to benefit local people and places by funding specific projects. 

Specific

Applications that specify how money will be spent to support specific goals are encouraged. We want to hear how this will be spent to support a specific project or goal e.g. to pay six months’ rent for an art group, to pay for a new piece of equipment in a hospice, to fund a ‘sports day’ for a youth group. However, we understand that it is not always possible to be this specific, and we encourage charities to use our fund in whichever way will best fulfil their needs. This year we are prioritising groups that support young people and have shown resilience and the ability to innovate in the face of a changing funding environment. 

 Typically, the DUCK Local Charity Fund distributes grants of between £100 and £1000; although applications outside of this bracket are considered, please do not request sums which far exceed £1000.

Local

This is a fund for Local Charities and Groups, where‘Local’ is defined as those operating in County Durham and Teeside, and whose work impacts the local community. This is part of DUCK’s commitment to the local community. For this reason, applications cannot be accepted from international charities, even if they are based locally (a charity based in Newcastle, working in Africa, would not be eligible). However, applications from local branches of national charities (for example, ‘Durham and Chester le Street Mind’) can be accepted. This year we are prioritising groups working in Durham City and can show they work with disadvantaged groups from within the city or across the county. 

The fund will be open for applications 1st March - 30th April 2019

The DUCK panel will meet to agree awards in June 2019

Successful groups will be notified in July 2019

For further information please contact our Charities Liaison Officer, Lucy Drysdale, by emailing dsu.duck-charities@durham.ac.uk


 

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 on dsu.duck-expeditions@durham.ac.uk; we are keen to hear from you.