What is Giving Nation?

Giving Nation is a Citizenship Foundation project that supports young people undertaking work to support charities and their community. It enables them to gain an understanding of the charity sector alongside taking action to address issues that are important to them. This is a key component of active citizenship.

Who can take part?

The Giving Nation Challenge is designed for secondary or secondary-deemed middle schools in England. Middle schools must use the funds in their key stage 3 programme.

The Giving Nation Spirit is designed for alternative education settings (including PRU, YOI, special schools, SEN/BD classes in/outside of mainstream schools) from across the UK. Once again, this is only available for use in key stage 3 or 4.

How does it work?

Each class in a year group (Challenge) or designated group (Spirit) develops their own social action project to win the hearts and minds of their community for their chosen cause. To enable this, students are given a start-up grant of £50 per class or group, which is incorporated into a plan of action agreed on by the participants. 

After a fixed period (usually 6 weeks) all classes/groups deliver their activities. It is suggested that you allocate lunchtime or assembly presentation slots to help students coordinate their efforts. The student teams are like charities or companies in competition for the public’s (school/setting and wider community’s) attention.

Upon completion of activities, the school/setting judges which project has been the most effective (if there have been multiple projects running concurrently). The students are encourageed in their debriefto gauge how such charitable action can positively influence society.

What year group do I do it with?

That is your choice. The Challenge materials are designed with Year 9 in mind as our research showed us that this was teachers’ most common choice. Teachers can adapt the level of content easily for other year groups. The Spirit materials are designed for use with students aged 11 to 16, depending on their ability.

Is there money available to support our activities?

We don't support Giving Nation projects financially. Instead, we encourage schools to find seed-funding themselves (we recommend £50). You could either:

  1. Lend each project some start-up money from the school budget; or
  2. Get the students themselves to fundraise for some start-up cash.

I've forgotten my password - how can I reset it?

When you click on ‘Register or login’ at the top right corner of the website, you will see a section called ‘Forgot your password?’  Simply enter the email you originally registered with and you will be sent instructions to create a new password.

How can I find my classes' G-Blog login details?

  1. Click on ‘Register or login’ at the top right corner of the website to log in to your coordinator’s account.
  2. You will be taken to the Overview page.  On the right you will see a green ‘Download’ menu. 
  3. Click on ‘G-Blog logins’ to download your class login details as a PDF.

My students are having trouble logging in to their G-Blogs. What should I do?

If you are able to log in to your coordinator’s account, you can find an offline version of the G-Blog questions in the Overview page, which you can download for students to complete.  If you cannot log in to your coordinator’s account, please telephone 0207 566 4141.

What happens if a group doesn't make a profit?

If a loss is made then you have a couple of options available. Either you can use departmental budgets to replenish the grants back to their original £50 value. Alternatively, you could start the following year’s activities with a level playing field by issuing every class/group with the same amount next time around. For example, if you ran a Giving Nation programme with three classes and one class makes a £30 deficit, you could then split the remaining start-up money £120 between 3 classes.

Why run Giving Nation programmes?

The Challenge and Spirit programmes are an active-learning opportunity to complement curriculum knowledge as well as develop key skills that students will be able to draw on and develop throughout their academic and professional lives. See our curriculum mapping guide.


Through the formation of a social enterprise, fundraising, campaign or volunteer project, students are given the opportunity to develop skills in a number of areas such as project management, research, budgeting, campaigning and public relations through experiential learning. Students are required to draw on their skill, enthusiasm and imagination to address issues of concern on a local, national or global level as a way of engaging with some of the opportunities and challenges of working in social action. 

What happened to your seed-funding?

Our old funding arrangement for Giving Nation came to its end in 2015. The programme is still available to use but we are currently unable to support Giving Nation projects financially. Instead, we encourage schools to find seed-funding themselves.

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