The BBC supports the UK's charity sector with its broadcast appeals

Working with charities

The BBC supports various causes in the UK and around the globe with our three corporate charities. They are:

Our creative programming tries to engage the widest possible audiences in the work charities – both in the UK and internationally.  Our annual telethons for BBC Children in Need and our established partner Comic Relief, which alternates its appeals between Red Nose Day and Sport Relief, have become national events that see our audiences taking part on a huge scale in order to raise money for worthy causes. 

As well as the annual appeals, we broadcast monthly appeals on BBC national, regional and local broadcasts throughout the year which help raise the profile of a wide range of charities.  The amounts raised by all of these appeals continues to rise each year, despite the economic downturn, demonstrating the degree to which BBC broadcast appeals continue to resonate with viewers and listeners. 

BBC broadcast appeals continue to resonate with audiences and raise extraordinary amounts.

BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need is one of the BBC’s corporate charities. It provides grants to projects which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. Local to people in all corners of the UK, the charity supports small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices.

Pudsey and the team returned to our screens on Friday 15th November last year for the annual BBC One Appeal show, raising more than £31 million on the night - a record breaking total. Once again, audiences celebrated the fun in fundraising to raise money for a good cause. Donations are received throughout the year and a selection of 2013 Fundraising packs are available to download here.

The charity asked people to go Go BearFaced for BBC Children in Need! Women across the UK decided to Go BearFaced on Friday 8 November 2013, showing their natural beauty and wearing nothing but a Pudsey Pawprint for BBC Children in Need.

For more information on how to donate, ideas for fundraising and how to get involved visit the BBC Children in Need website, sign up for the newsletter or follow on Twitter.

BBC Performing Arts Fund

BBC Performing Arts Fund

The BBC Performing Arts Fund uses revenue from voting lines on BBC entertainment shows like The Voice to support performing arts individuals, community groups and organisations with grants, mentoring and advice.

Created in 2003, the Fund has already awarded over £4m in grants and supported many performers to achieve their most ambitious goals. Previous recipients have gone on to produce a Mercury Prize winning album, perform at the Glastonbury Festival, appear on Later with Jools Holland and land starring roles in the West End.

BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action is uses media and communication to provide access to information and create platforms to enable some of the poorest people in the world to take part in community life, and to hold those in power accountable

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