Comic Relief is a UK-based charity that strives to create a just world, free from poverty. Its mission is to drive positive change through the power of entertainment. Since being launched on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC television, Comic Relief has raised millions of pounds through two big fundraising campaigns in the UK: Red Nose Day and Sport Relief. That money is used to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice. The idea is simple: Comic Relief makes the public laugh as a way to raise money to help people in desperate need.
Note: Proceeds are funds made available to Gavi from donor contributions and commitments, either through cash payments made to Gavi, through frontloading via the capital markets of a future donor commitment to IFFIm, or through AMC funds released to Gavi via the World Bank. IFFIm proceeds are allocated over five year periods coinciding with Gavi’s strategic periods. Proceeds for the current and future strategic periods are indicative until the end of each period and could be revised following changes in market conditions (interest rates or foreign exchange rates), the signing of new pledge(s) and/or changes in IFFIm’s disbursement profile.
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Direct Contributions (including Matching Fund)
Received contributions: non-US$ contributions for 2000-2018 and Q1-Q3 2019 are expressed in US$ equivalents using the exchange rates on the dates of receipt. For 2014-2018 and Q1-Q3 2019, where contributions were hedged to mitigate currency risk exposure, these have been expressed using the rates applicable to the hedge agreement.
Future contributions: non-US$ Direct Contribution and Matching Fund pledges for Q4 2019 and years 2020 and beyond are expressed in US$ equivalents using the applicable 'forecast rates' from Bloomberg as at 30 September 2019 or using the rates applicable to any hedge agreement in place.
Received contributions: non-US$ contributions for 2000-2018 and Q1-Q3 2019 are expressed in US$ equivalents as confirmed by the IBRD (World Bank)
Future contributions: non-US$ contributions for Q4 2019 and years 2020 and beyond are expressed in US$ equivalents as follows:
Where the contribution agreement has been signed: contributions are expressed in US$ equivalents using the exchange rates at the time of signing the respective donor grant agreements
Where the contribution agreement has not yet been signed: contributions are expressed in US$ equivalents using the applicable 'forecast rates' from Bloomberg as at 30 September 2019
While IFFIm grants are irrevocable and legally binding, they are subject to a Grant Payment Condition that can potentially reduce the amount due in the event that a programme country is in protracted arrears with the International Monetary Fund. As of 30 September 2019, IFFIm donor grant payments are reduced by 1.5%, however such reductions are not reflected in future contributions figures.
Comic Relief has been successful in raising significant funding and awareness for Gavi’s immunisation programmes. During Gavi’s Reach Every Child Pledging Conference in Berlin, Comic Relief pledged an additional GBP 3 million through the Gavi Matching Fund.
All of Comic Relief’s UK contributions are matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, bringing the total sum to date to GBP 31 million.
Contributions and pledges in total: