38 Degrees

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British Avaaz.

38 Degrees is a British not-for-profit political activism organisation which describes itself as "progressive" and claims to "campaign for fairness, defend rights, promote peace, preserve the planet and deepen democracy in the UK". In October 2013, it was reported to claim 1.9 million UK members.

38 Degrees takes its name from "the angle at which snowflakes come together to form an avalanche".[1]

At launch they announced that they were inspired by Avaaz.


The NGO is keen to stress it is "independent and people-powered – we don’t take any money from government, political parties or big business" and "is funded by small donations...fivers and tenners...from hundreds of thousands of members". However, its funding, at £5,541,682 in 2019, suggests that the bulk of its money comes from cutouts, foundations that work as middlemen for deeper interests.

Back in 2009 as the organisation was being set up, 38 Degrees accepted "some money" from the Isvara Foundation, The Funding Network, the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Barrow Cadbury Fund and UnLtd.[2]


38 Degrees has worked with a large number of organisations over the years since its launch. These have included[3]:

ActionAid,Act Now,Adblock Bristol,Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE),The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency,Amnesty International,Antislavery International,Avaaz,Badger Trust,Berim,Better than Zero,Big Brother Watch,Big Sky,The Big Switch,Bite the Ballot,BOND,Born Free,Bring Back British Rail,Buglife,Bumblebee Conservation Trust,Campact,Campaign for Freedom of Information,Campaign for National Parks,Campaign to Protect Rural England,CAMRA,Children England,The Children's Society,Citizens UK,City to Sea,Clean Air Parent's Network,Coal Action Network,The Commission on Civil Society,Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement,Compassion in World Farming,ConsumerAssociation,The Countryside Alliance,Cromarty Rising,Disasters Emergency Committee,Doctors of the World,East End Sisters Uncut,Electoral Reform Society,End Child Poverty Coalition,End Unfair Evictions,Ethical Consumer Magazine,The Ferret,Fields in Trust,Friends of the Earth,Friends of the Earth Scotland,Full Fact,Get Glasgow Moving,Gingerbread,Global Justice Now,Global Justice Now Scotland,Greener UK,Greenpeace,Grenfell United,Hansard Society,Inquest,Institute for Consumer Affairs,The Institute for Government,Institute of Ideas,International Planned Parenthood Federation,IPPR North,Keep Our NHS Public,Liberty (UK),Living Rent,London Beekeeping Association,The National Autistic Society,National Trust,New Economics Foundation,NHS Support Federation,NUJ,NUS,openDemocracy,Open Rights Group,Organise,Our Land,Oxfam,The Parks Alliance,People and Planet,Platform,Positive Money,Possible,Pregnant Then Screwed,Produce Events,Ramblers' Association,Reclaim the Power,Reclaiming our Futures Alliance,Refuge,Refugee Action,Reprieve,Robin Hood Tax Campaign,The Royal British Legion,The Royal College of General Practitioners,Royal Society for the Protection of Birds,RSPCA,Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign,Safe Passage,Savvy,Share Action,Social Liberal Forum,Spinwatch,Surfers Against Sewage,Tax Justice UK,Tripping Up Trump,UCL (University College London),Unlock Democracy,UKCE,Women's Aid,Wonderland Communications,The Woodland Trust,World Animal Protection,World Development Movement,WWF,Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K),89up


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