A big gift

Makes a huge difference

Personal Philanthropy

Your generous support enables us to help people tackle some of the world’s toughest problems.

By choosing to give a major gift, you’ll play a part in shaping a world which works better for everyone. Your significant donation will mean we can plan further ahead and act quicker and more effectively to help people in poverty to change their world.

Giving through a company or a major trust? Visit our Trusts and foundations page.


Why give a major gift?  

A bigger personal donation allows you to have a bigger positive impact on the lives of people living in poverty. It also gives you the chance to be more involved with Practical Action.

We’re lucky enough to work with many donors who support us with gifts of £5,000 or more. We build close, long-term relationships with the people who choose to support us with significant gifts and provide them with a truly personalised service.

You’ll have a dedicated contact within our team who will act as your personal guide to Practical Action and the work you’re supporting.

We’ll talk to you about the difference you want to make and whether you want your donation to go to a certain country, project or be used for a specific purpose. We’ll keep in touch with regular feedback on how your gift is helping people to free themselves from a life of poverty. Where possible, we may be able to arrange for you to visit a project you have supported, so that you can experience for yourself the impact your gift has had.


Tax Benefits


If you are a UK tax payer, and you’ve completed a declaration, we can claim Gift Aid on your donation. Meaning we get an extra 25% for basic tax payers. If you pay a higher rate of income tax (40% or more) you could be entitled to a tax rebate on your donation worth the difference between the basic and higher rates. Claims are made through your self-assessment tax return.

To find out more call HMRC on 0845 9000 444.

Chair’s Circle


Our Chair’s Circle is made up of generous supporters whose annual major gifts make a substantial contribution to our current programmes and future sustainability. The group is led by our Chair of Trustees, Dr Yvonne Pinto. Chair’s Circle members enjoy a special relationship with us, which includes joining us for informative events and getting personalised briefings.

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How to give

Before giving, please get in touch so we can make sure your gift is used in the best way possible for you and the people we support.