University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Supporting local charities with online fundraising challenge

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MSc students from the School of Management are taking part in a new challenge. Using their business and marketing skills, they are competing to raise money for six local charities.

The challenge

Our students are working with Localgiving, who provide online fundraising tools, training and advice for more than 70 charities across Bath & North East Somerset.

Each of the six charities teamed up with a group of students to develop a fundraising idea and launch it online. The students now have until 22 March to promote their activities and raise as many donations as possible. Localgiving will match the amount raised for each charity up to £250.

Student Yotsawadee Kittisutiphan said:

I have always been interested in social media and I wanted to take part in the 30 day online fundraising challenge to give something back to the community I am living in.

The charities and projects

Volunteer Centre

Volunteer Centre provides a vital service matching volunteers with charities and community organisations in Bath external website.

Our students are organising a 'Bubble Tea Party' where they will prepare and serve Chinese Bubble Tea and dumplings.


PEOPLE offer help and support to low risk ex-offenders external website. They provide support and advice in relation to employment, education and resettling into the community.

Our students are hosting a public lecture to raise awareness of the charity and its aims

Bath City Farm

Bath City Farm provides an accessible green space where local people can learn about sustainable farming and develop new skills external website.

Our students are helping to launch and promote the farm's Chick Hatchery campaign. They are handing out chocolate eggs on campus with QR codes leading to the funding website.

Bath Mind

Bath Mind work to promote and protect good mental health through raising awareness and campaigning for improved mental health services external website.

Our students ran the Bath Half Marathon on 12 March wearing branded t-shirts. They'll share a film of their run on social media to encourage donations.


Swallow is a user-led charity that supports teenagers and adults with learning disabilities external website. They help members to live independent lives through training, outreach and supported housing.

Our students are organising a bake sale at Swallow's community café.

Pop Up Docs

Pop Up Docs is a pop-up cinema that screens award-winning documentary films at alternative locations in Bath external website. They aim to inspire others to think about the world in different ways by making these films affordable and accessible to all.

Our students are hosting a screening at the University and serving refreshments in exchange for donations.

Looking ahead

Our students are working closely with the charities throughout the challenge, sharing knowledge and skills that will help future fundraising activities. Their completed projects will form a valuable part of Localgiving's ongoing work in the region.

James Carlin, Localgiving B&NES Development Manager said:

This is great opportunity for students to learn about online fundraising and meet local people who are doing great things for our community. I've been impressed with the enthusiasm and creativity of the students and I'm delighted that six Localgiving groups are benefiting financially from this project.

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General Notes For Editors:

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) and 1st for Business Studies (The Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014.

We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976.

The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.

The School of Management has a faculty of over 100 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a professional support team of around 90 managerial and administrative staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,400 students in total comprising some 150 MBA students, over 500 Master’s students, 250 full- and part-time research students, and over 1500 undergraduates following BSc degrees.