In the evening of 10 October, 100-or-so committed donors gathered at the Guardian offices in London. Three carefully-selected applicants pitched their ideas one at a time, and after hearing all the presentations, donors pledged over £15,000 to all three projects. Read Julika's event report here.
In a year of record-breaking extreme weather, it's never been clearer that we need to step things up in a big way.
But when it's time to do more, it's also worth reminding ourselves what we're capable of.
So to celebrate another remarkable year, we've put together a big roundup of the best things we did together in the last 12 months. As always, it makes for pretty inspiring reading!
Hard to believe it's been a year since our Pitch Pledge Party crowdfunding event, but the three carbon-cutting projects that pitched for money that night haven't wasted a moment.
Centre for Sustainable healthcare's energy-saving refit programme for dialysis machines was part-funded by 10:10ers as part of our Pitch Pledge Party project. Here's their nine-month update.
In 2010, renal technicians Fraser Campbell and Steve Milne found that adding heat exchangers to old Dialog+ dialysis machines could cut their carbon footprint by about 20%. Since then we've been working to promote this technique and help other renal units try it on their own machines.
Manufacturer BBraun has now started shipping all new machines with heat exchangers pre-installed, and has retrofitted the machines in their own dialysis units – a huge success for carbon reduction!
Remade in Edinburgh's community repair and reuse centre was part-funded by 10:10ers as part of our Pitch Pledge Party project. Here's their nine-month update.
We've taken some big steps forward since our last update in March, including signing a brand new constitution that gets us on the way to securing charitable status! It was a great moment when we all came together to agree our objectives, and it feels like we're establishing ourselves as part of the community in Edinburgh.
But the meeting wasn't all formalities – we also saw the official launch of our Volunteer Credit Scheme, which rewards our volunteers with free courses covering everything from furniture repair to print-making.