How we work
Acts 435 is a giving website that allows people to give money directly to others, and 100% of what is donated via Acts 435 goes directly to those in need.
When so many people need so much help giving to charities and good causes can sometimes feel overwhelming and hard. Acts 435 puts people who can give in touch with people who are in need through a network of churches and local charities to enable virtual, online giving for specific needs.
Acts 435 seeks to resource churches and local charities in their work, and enable them to show God's love in action by loving their neighbours and caring for the vulnerable. We believe that this local model for partnership is key because these local churches, and charities, share our ethos, are on the ground in a local community and know who is in genuine need. They are also able to connect with potential new donors through their congregations and communities. The majority of our partnerships are with local churches. However, we do not limit our partners to churches in recognition of the great work local charities do which enables us to reach more people who we can help.
Acts 435 runs through this network of churches and local charities, and many are affiliated with our key partners like Christians Against Poverty, Trussell Trust and the St Vincent de Paul Society. They appoint an Acts 435 representative, called the Advocate, who is trained by Acts 435 and then posts requests directly onto our website for people in their community who are in need.
100% of donor funds go directly to the person or people donors choose to support. All administration costs are covered by Gift Aid. Acts 435 provides direct giving and seeks to provide fast, financial help to the people in need. Advocates have an opportunity to send thank you messages to the donors who gave to the requests they posted, explaining how their gift made a difference to the beneficiary.
You can give to Acts 435 in other ways including Charities Aid Foundation and Stewardship (see our other ways to give page), but we encourage donors to visit our website and choose the requests they particularly want to support to provide the direct people-to-people giving that characterises our model.
Acts 435 was a great way to use the winter fuel allowance that I didn't need. By giving it away, I was able to help a disabled lady in Nottingham get a wardrobe, and provide a cooker for a single mother. This is the great joy of Acts 435 giving – you know exactly what your donation achieved, it is personal and real.Read full story