In partnership with Two Ridings Community Foundation and the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, York CVS has launched an online fundraising campaign to help raise vital funds to support York’s small charities and charitable organisations.

The results of a recent ‘Voluntary and Community Sector Resilience Survey’, conducted by York CVS, found that 40% of York charities said their future is uncertain beyond October 2020, 72% of charities have had to close or put part of their services on hold and 67% (Two in three organisations) expect to lose £10,000 or more due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

David Kerfoot MBE DL, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire is appealing to York residents to support the city’s small charities by donating to the York Small Charities Fund; a fund set-up to help ensure local small charities and charitable organisations can keep their lights on and continue to provide vital services to the city’s most vulnerable residents.

The Fund will be managed by York CVS and Two Ridings Community Foundation. All of the money raised by the campaign will go directly to York’s small charities and charitable organisations.

Alison Semmence, Chief Executive, York CVS, said:

“There are so many fantastic small charities in York who support the most vulnerable people in our communities.


This fundraising campaign is to support those small charities and charitable organisations who do not have the capacity or means to run individual fundraising campaigns but are in desperate need of support to ensure they can continue to deliver their services.”

How can we support the campaign?

Download the ‘Supporter Pack’

If you or the organisation you work for, or volunteer with would like to support the campaign, please download our ‘Supporter Pack’ below. The pack contains information and graphics to make it easy for you to share the campaign details and help us to raise as much money as possible for the York Small Charities Fund.

Make a donation:

Text LIGHTSON 5 to 70450 TO DONATE £5

Text LIGHTSON 10 to 70450 TO DONATE £10

*Texts cost £5/£10 plus one standard rate message

If you would like to make a larger donation, please click the online donation button below or add the amount you would like to donate after the LIGHTSON text, for example, if you would like to donate £50, Text LIGHTSON 50 to 70450.

The more money we can raise, the more small charities and charitable organisations we’ll be able to support. When it comes to small charities, a little can go a long way and it’s essential that we do not lose any of these valuable services.

Many of the lesser known charities support those who have been worst affected by the pandemic, so the knock-on effect due to the lack of funding is devastating to them. We must all take some degree of responsibility – no matter how small – and act now.

David Kerfoot MBE DL

High Sheriff of North Yorkshire