Graduates - Raise Your Hands | Supporting Small Charities


It’s a success for us, when one of our charities passes the £2m income threshold we use to define a small charity. (Prior to 2022, this threshold was £1.5m)

The average year-on-year growth of our charities whilst on the platform:

24% for fundraising income

25% for the number of children and young people supported

That means we’ve seen three charities outgrow us in the past few years:
Football Beyond Borders, Grief Encounter and PAPYRUS.

Football Beyond Borders

Football Beyond Borders

Using the power of football to engage young people in education

We first met the three original founders of FBB in 2017. We were immediately impressed.

FBB’s growth over the past few years has been phenomenal, from a South London start-up to national organisation with significant impact and influence.

  • From supporting 620 young people a year to over 2,000
  • FBB pupils are 12 times more likely to pass their English and maths GCSEs

Grief Encounter

Helping children through bereavement

Grief Encounter were of the six original charities selected by Raise Your Hands in 2015.

Over that time they saw a steady growth in the number of bereaved children they support through counselling, workshops, retreats and a national helpline that opened in 2019.

At the start of the pandemic, their services were in greater demand than ever. Calls to the Grieftalk helpline doubled.

Fundraising efforts kept pace with that demand. In 2021 they smashed their previous income, raising over £3m.



Working to prevent young suicide

Papyrus joined RYH in 2018.

The following year they launched a groundbreaking campaign, increasing awareness of the biggest killer of under 35 males in the UK.

In the same year they more than doubled their income.


Rachel from PAPYRUS:

“RYH donations have contributed to opening a London office and growing our team there, increasing the reach of our work. It has really made a huge difference.”