The Big Issue Foundation

A Hand up, not a hand out.

To complement the self-help ethos of The Big Issue magazine, The Big Issue Foundation was set up to support Big Issue vendors that have chosen to work themselves out of poverty by selling The Big Issue magazine. Vendors buy magazines for £1.50 and sell to the public for £3, keeping the difference. Last year alone, we put £5.5m in the pockets of our vendors, releasing them from a dependency on hand outs.

Our mission is to connect Big Issue vendors to the vital support and specialist services that enable them to rebuild their lives and determine their own pathways to a better future.

Take part in an event for The Big Issue Foundation and you will help end poverty, exclusion and homelessness for Big Issue vendors across the UK.

Not only will you get advice and support with your training and fundraising all the way up to your event day and beyond you also get an official Big Issue Foundation running vest or t-shirt which we hope you will wear with pride, knowing that your fundraising will be making a BIG impact for the people that need it the most. 

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