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PS36,000 bonanza.

CHARITIES and community groups in Birmingham have received over PS36,000 worth of donations through's Grow Your Tenner campaign in partnership with Birmingham and Black Country Community Foundation.

The campaign started in September and generated 1,698 individual donations in Birmingham and the Black Country, a huge increase on previous match-funding campaigns on the website.

The Grow Your Tenner campaign was made possible by a grant of PS500,000 from the Office for Civil Society.

The sum matched PS10 of every donation made to local charities and groups on the website. The campaign lasted for three months, up to Christmas Day.

The incentive of doubling donations enticed thousands of people throughout Birmingham to donate, helping small grassroots community groups in Birmingham survive the economic climate. Among them is the On The Edge Fusion Youth Orchestra, from Harborne, which has raised almost PS10,000.

Its director Fiona Ord-Shrimpton said: "The money raised through Grow Your Tenner match-fund challenge was vital to support the fledgling group. The money will be used to pay for musician fees and special projects."

Simeon Bright, from Birmingham and Black Country Community Foundation, said "We would like to thank everyone who supported their favourite local charities and community groups on Localgiving.

com." Groups can register on for a free three-month trial and take advantage of having their very own website with access to new supporters, volunteers and online donations. Contact Simeon Bright on 0121 322 5560 or email

To make a donation to a local community and voluntary group, visit www.localgiving.

com and type in your postcode.


Booster: The team from 'On the Edge' Fusion Youth Orchestra.
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Date:Jan 19, 2013
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