What is Justice United?
Justice United is a partnership between Compassion UK, International Justice Mission UK and Tearfund that aims to raise vital funds to stop injustice and exploitation around the world. This will happen through church-led events based around the football World Cup held this winter. Your church can do one or all three of the following:
🎮 Game: get together a group of friends together and put your skills to the test with a PlayStation or Xbox football tournament. Host it at church or at your home.
📺 Watch: invite people to a World Cup watch party at church.
💷 Give: encourage your church family to donate to Justice United through a Sunday morning service collection.
All you need to do to get started is sign up.
How do I sign up?
You can sign up by clicking on this link. We’ll even create your JustGiving page for you!
Is there a registration fee?
No. It is completely free to sign up to host a Justice United event.
How much do I need to raise?
We are asking each church taking part to raise £200 to support the work of the three charities behind Justice United, who are tackling injustice and exploitation around the world.
Should I host my Justice United tournament in person or online?
Most people will host their tournament in person, either at their church or in another suitable space. If you are more confident in hosting a tournament online then please feel free to do so.
Where does the money go?
The money raised will be split evenly between the three charities (Compassion UK, International Justice Mission UK and Tearfund) to help fund our work tackling injustice and exploitation around the world. You can find out more about this on the about page of this website.
Where and how do I pay in my sponsorship money?
We are asking that all money raised through Justice United is donated via your church’s JustGiving page. All your sponsorship is automatically transferred to the three charities (Compassion UK, International Justice Mission UK and Tearfund). If cash donations are made at your event, please pay this into the bank and donate via your JustGiving page.
Can people add Gift Aid to their donation?
Of course. UK taxpayers can increase the value of their donations by 25%. This means that if they donate £10, the charities will receive an extra £2.50 – at no additional cost to the donor. As the fundraiser, you don’t need to do anything other than spread the word. JustGiving will automatically ask your sponsors if they’re eligible for Gift Aid and pass on the money in full.
Can I invite people from outside the church?
Yes! Justice United events are ready-made community outreach events and we don't want anyone to miss out! The events give you a great opportunity to have fun while showing your local community that the church cares deeply about issues of injustice.
How do I fundraise through Justice United?
There are a number of ways that you can raise money through your Justice United events.
- We are asking every church that hosts a Justice United event to take a collection at a Sunday service that will be shared between Compassion UK, Tearfund and International Justice Mission UK.
- You can ask people who attend the events you host to donate. You can help them do this by downloading your JustGiving page QR code and having it available at your event. Remember, you can’t charge entry for a watch party, but donating during the event is fine.
- You can provide food and drink at your event and ask people to make a suggested donation in lieu of payment.
We ask that all money raised through your events is donated through your church’s JustGiving page. By doing this, you will ensure that we can split the money raised between the three charities in the most efficient way.
Can I host my tournament before or after the World Cup?
If you're able to, we would be delighted if as many groups as possible host their tournaments during the World Cup.
We understand that church/group/people’s calendars are very busy and have lots of different priorities, and we don't want you to miss out on the fun! So if you're not able to host the tournament during the World Cup, then of course it would be great if you can still host it on a different date.
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What resources will be available?
We will provide you with everything you need to host a fantastic Justice United event. From ‘how to…’ guides to promotional materials. You can find all this on the resources page.
Do I need a TV licence to show a match?
Yes, you will need to make sure that the venue you are using has a TV licence for you to show the match. Please see more details around hosting a viewing of a World Cup match here.
Can I give my money to just one of the charities?
As Justice United has been planned and delivered in partnership by the three charities, all money raised will be shared equally. The most efficient way to do this is by donating via your church’s Justice United JustGiving page.
Can I serve food?
Yes. In fact, serving food is a great way to boost your fundraising as people might be happy to make a donation in return for some delicious pre-match snacks! If you aren’t a confident cook, you could ask other people in the church to help, or you could partner with a local caterer to help with this part of your event.
Why are you fundraising around the World Cup?
The news reports have made it clear. The World Cup in Qatar is marred with controversy: reports of migrant workers exploited, injured or killed, working in terrible conditions to build stadiums, hotels and infrastructure for the tournament. This is not ok.
Sadly, these issues aren’t limited to this football tournament: exploitation and slavery is happening everywhere, it’s rife in the supply chains of the smartphone we check the latest score on, and in the clothing we wear. At the heart of this exploitation are justice systems that do not protect at-risk people, and extreme poverty that makes desperate people vulnerable to false offers of work in order to provide for their families.
The situation is getting worse. An estimated 28 million people are in forced labour slavery globally, three million more than five years ago. For the first time in decades, the number of people living in extreme poverty globally has increased. Families in extreme poverty are finding themselves unable to access basics like food, healthcare, education and legal protection, making them increasingly vulnerable to trafficking, forced labour and exploitation.
We believe in a God who calls us to seek justice, and that when churches and charities unite, miraculous change becomes possible. So, join with gamers and football fans in your community to enjoy the beautiful game while taking a stand against exploitation during the World Cup.
I don’t live in the UK. Can my church still take part?
Justice United was designed for churches in the UK but football is loved across the globe and we understand that churches around the world will want to take part. If you want to host a Justice United event, it is important that you check the regulations for hosting this kind of event in your country.
Can I order a pack to arrive in the post?
All Justice United resources can be accessed on this webpage. We are unable to send a hard copy of the materials in the post.
Is Justice United affiliated with FIFA or Electronic Art Inc?
This tournament is not affiliated with or sponsored by Electronic Arts Inc. or its licensors.
How do I get in touch?
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