An online crowdfunding campaign for Aish UK has raised more than £1 million in 24 hours.
The Orthodox outreach organisation launched its campaign earlier this week with the help of fundraising website Charidy, which drummed up support from 1,511 donors. This involved employing volunteers from across the UK – young professionals, shul-goers and secondary schoolchildren – to make calls and send emails on behalf of Aish UK.
Every £1 donation was matched by three individual donors; the Yad Mordechai Trust, as well as two anonymous backers. This meant that a final sum of more than £250,000 was quadrupled. On Wednesday, the total amount raised was £1,115,450.
The charity said it would use the money to meet demand from young Jews for more educational events; previously, “plans had to be shelved” due to lack of funding.
Rabbi Daniel Rowe, Aish’s executive director, said: “We’ve come so far to see inspired young Jews demanding from us meaningful Jewish experiences and social opportunities, but too many are asking for programmes we were unable to provide.
“Our goal is simply one thing: The flourishing of young Jewish people, the future of our community, who are so often lost to apathy and assimilation. With the generous money donated by so many people, we will now be able to begin providing those much needed programmes.”