Join GlobalGiving UK through the Gateway Challenge

The Gateway Challenge is a practical fundraising campaign that helps charities, NGOs, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations to successfully raise funds online for their projects and build their individual donor base. Are you interested in building your donor base? Improving your online communications? Joining a global network of non-profits? Then this programme is for you.


The Gateway Challenge has two parts

1. A proven, online fundraising and communications training programme. We have helped over 300 organisations complete this programme. Training is delivered remotely through 7 seminars as well as supplementary guides and tools.

2. A practical fundraising challenge to direct implement the learning from the training. The challenge is to raise £2000 from 50 unique donors for your work.


  • Fundraising awards of up to £4000 (£1500 for top fundraising, £1000 for second highest fundraiser, £500 for third highest fundraiser and the project receiving the highest number of unique donors will receive an additional £500 for their project)
  • Free training & support for all participants. All Gateway Challenge participants will receive proven, training in online fundraising, creating an online project page, mapping and building their network, communications in fundraising: email and social media, and preparing an online fundraising campaign
  • The mobilisation of existing and new networks of supporters
  • Exposure on search engines campaigns during certain initiatives


Get Started

Gateway Challenges are held twice a year. Start dates and deadlines for application submission for the Gateway Challenges are decided annually and are updated on the website regularly.

Our next Gateway Challenge deadline is 21st March 2014 and applications must be submitted by that time*. The Gateway Challenge fundraising campaign will run from 1st May to 5th June 2014. 


 *Organisations interested in joining should submit their application (form & vetting documentation) well in advance of the deadline as the sooner you submit your application the better prepared you are the more chances you have of succeeding!


Here’s what other charities have to say about us:

“We thought the challenge was fantastic as it allowed us to raise a large amount of money in a short time, but also it has raised our profile enormously and increased our supporter base beyond our hopes. We are looking forward very much to working with GlobalGiving in the future.” Kathryn, African Steps (Malawi)

“We were fundraising novices and so the training enabled us to go from nothing to executing a successful campaign.” Salem Union, Kazakhstan “So very pleased we took part and look forward to a strong partnership in the future. Extremely useful training and learning. We are further along than we were.” Rajesh, Our Sansar in Nepal


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Gateway Challenge the only way to join GlobalGiving UK?

All organisations new to must participate in the Gateway Challenge to earn a permanent place on and gain access to fundraising tools, donor management tools, corporate partnerships and our tailored training programmes. Read more

What does the application process involve?

The process is simple:

1. Fill in the nomination form here

2. Submit your documentation online

See what vetting documentation is required.

3. Once your application has been approved you will gain access to the project entry system to create your project page.

4. Take part in the Gateway Challenge

How much do I have to raise?

Organisations participating in the month long Gateway Challenge are tasked with raising £2000 from 50 unique donors. These thresholds must be met to gain a permanent place on  and to be eligible for the bonus funds. 

How much have previous winners raised?

Over £75,000 from from over 1500 donors was raised in our last Gateway Challenge (18th November to 23rd December 2013).

Youth Star Cambodia, the winning organisation, raised £10,000 plus our £1,500 bonus prize.

See all winners here.

Will I receive training?

Absolutely! Learning is key to this programme and will conduct weekly seminars to provide you with help to plan your fundraising strategy and campaign. These sessions will take place in the four week lead up to the Gateway Challenge are accessible to all. 


Sounds Good?