Acts 435 was set up in 2009 in recognition of the increasing needs of people in UK poverty in a time of recession and austerity. After a short pilot it was officially launched in 2010.
Acts 435 was the brainchild of a Yorkshire businessman who wanted to connect people struggling financially through the branch-like network of churches with people who want to support those in poverty in a direct way. He recognised the donor fatigue in charity giving where donors want to be connected with a specific cause and know their donation is not just going into a general pot of funds. This is particularly important for those with only a small amount to give, so that they too can be sure their gift will make a difference.
By partnering with local churches and charities, Acts 435 facilitates this direct connection of people in need with people who want to help. Church and charity advocates post the requests, knowing the genuine needs in their community, and donors can give to these requests by online giving. Requests are essentially met by crowd-funding. A small gift can make a big difference, lifting a burden or preventing a crisis for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Acts 435 guarantees that 100% of every donation goes to the person in need. It functions with a very small Head Office which since 2016 has been fully funded by Gift Aid receipts.
Acts 435 is a registered charity with the Charity Commission, registered number 1131305, and with the Office for Scottish Charities, registered number SCO42550.