This social media ranking was last updated on 04/12/2019.
The list of the UK’s top 10 charity websites includes charities, not-for-profit organisations and media outlets covering the voluntary sector and is scored by their editorial content:
Our number one charity blog in the UK is Cancer Research’s online space for information, support and money raising to beat cancer sooner. Help for coping with a cancer diagnosis – through counselling, managing symptoms and side effects of medication – can be found here, as well as support for family members of those starting their fight. Much more than an information source, the blog links to fundraising efforts visitors can take part in including the charity’s famous Race for Life and volunteering in Cancer Research shops across the country. ‘Together we will beat cancer sooner’ is the motto for the organisation – this blog is a useful resource for getting closer to that reality.
JustGiving’s mission to ‘ensure that no great cause goes unfunded’ has seen the group help people in 164 countries raise over $4.5 billion for good causes since its start back in 2000. Whether looking for support in your individual efforts for a specific cause, or working as a team at work to raise money for a chosen charity, setting up a JustGiving page for donations is easy with the information included on the website for this ‘tech-for-good’ company. In fact, the website boasts that JustGiving is ‘the world’s most trusted platform for online giving’ – unsurprisingly with how easy the blog makes it to get involved to help those that need it.
Formed in 1870, the British arm of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has grown from strength to strength, making full use of modern technology and communication to spread the word and help more people. The British Red Cross blog aids with these efforts by telling the stories of people working with the charity, whether interviewing today’s British Red Cross shop volunteers, or sharing the experiences of people who were there to help during the Aberfan disaster of 1966. The blog also highlights areas across the world that need the help of the association and provides inspiration for those looking to get involved with their efforts, wherever they’re based.
Giving those with the condition, and their loved ones, the tools to ‘know Diabetes and fight Diabetes’, this blog features posts on Type 1, Type 2, research and fundraising – covering all aspects of the work the charity does for those living in the UK with Diabetes. As well as providing a reference point for those wanting to know more, the website features a variety of guest bloggers sharing their own individual journeys and experiences, making this a supportive hub for the community.
5. NCVO Blog
This blog from the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is where those working in the voluntary and community sectors go for advice and ideas. With over 14,000 members across the two groups, the NCVO reaches across a breadth of people wanting to make societal change. Posting round-ups of key policies and regulatory news that charitable organisations need to be aware of, and even pieces on the impact Brexit has already had on the sector, this is a useful space for any charity wanting to make a meaningful impact.
6. Meow Blog
Helping around 200,000 cats and kittens each year with its national network of 36 centres and 250 volunteer-run branches, Cats Protection introduces just some of the many feline friends it makes along the way on Meow Blog. Recent kitties featured include Paisley (who’s been put on a diet – good luck during Christmas, Paisley) and new adoptee Misty (busy settling in with her new siblings). Cat Dads also get a say on how they manage their adopted moggies, and Guinness-World-Record-breaking pets show how special cats really are (well, all cats are special, whether breaking records or not).
7. PETAUK Blog
Sticking with animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals blogs about less fluffy things – highlighting the shocking treatment that animals are still facing across the world to trigger help and world change. This blog features upsetting posts and imagery, so isn’t for the faint of heart, though issues this important deserve to be given a spotlight.
8. CAFOD blog
CAFOD (the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) is an aid agency for England and Wales aiming to tackle global poverty and injustice. Campaigns currently going on across the world are covered on the blog alongside more personal posts from volunteers working with the organisation in UK parishes through to Lebanon. You can also find charitable gift ideas for Christmas – emergency water and school starter packs instead of socks or novelty cufflinks (no one really needs novelty cufflinks).
International charity ActionAid works with women and girls living in poverty to change lives and create brighter futures. The blog covers the gamut of ways poverty impacts women and girls across the globe, from environmental issues (climate change and flooding) to legal rights and day-to-day obstacles. A manifesto for the 2019 General Election also features on the blog, calling on each political party to share how they will work to protect the rights of women and girls, worldwide.
Operating five rehoming centres across the South of England, the National Animal Welfare Trust shares its good work even further on this blog. Currently running the Big Give Christmas Challenge Appeal, the charity is featuring animals it has recently helped to highlight the kind of cats, dogs, rabbits and smaller pets they still need to reach. Zen, Smith, Bernie and Grace are just some of the animals who’ve had their stories shared on the blog – here’s hoping even more animals in need get their happy story in the future.
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The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted.
Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these charity blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.