City AM’s Giving Magazine highlights People’s Postcode Lottery as Europe’s highest private charity donor

December 19, 2019

City AM, the business-focused London newspaper, today publishes its special edition charity magazine, Giving, which ranks the world’s top charity funders and highlights the work of such charities, globally. Novamedia - the creator and owner of the Postcode Lottery format - which has supported various projects at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation since 2015, ranks second in the World’s Top 10 Private Charity Donors list behind the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and first in Europe, donating USD 881.6 million to charities globally in 2018/19.

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The ranking comes as the UK tops the leaderboard for the highest total donations given per country, having given away USD 1.2 billion, closely followed by the Netherlands at USD 1.1 billion in 2018/19. Since the Postcode Lottery format was launched in the Netherlands in 1989, more than USD 9.3 billion has been raised across the world for charities who are contributing to a fair and better world. In Britain alone, players of People’s Postcode Lottery has raised more than GBP 500 million since 2005.

Clara Govia, Managing Director of People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “Charities across Britain and beyond are winning thanks to the support of our millions of players in England, Scotland and Wales. Together, our players are helping to achieve positive change for people and planet.”

Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation features on this year’s cover of Giving Magazine, and contributes her thoughts on the opportunities of a circular economy for businesses globally. Francois Souchet of the Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative also provides an insight into how the fashion industry might be about to change forever, given the high cost of our clothing investment on the environment and our economy.

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery in the UK has supported the Foundation for over four years. It was one of the first organisations to fund the New Plastics Economy initiative, and most recently awarded the Dream Fund GBP 1 million award to Make Fashion Circular which aims to reduce waste and pollution in the fashion industry. Continued and growing support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery has allowed the Foundation to grow rapidly across new materials streams, produce more research, expand its networks, and ultimately accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

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