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What is 38 Degrees?

38 Degrees is a community of UK citizens working together to bring about real change in the UK by taking action on the issues that we all care about.

What does the name “38 Degrees” mean?

In nature, avalanches begin when they reach the tipping point angle of 38 Degrees. In the UK, 38 Degrees members work together to bring about real change by taking action on the issues that we all care about, to create an avalanche for change.

What does 38 Degrees stand for?

38 Degrees believes that power should rest with the people: we provide simple and effective tools for hundreds of thousands of us to influence the decisions that affect us all. We work together to defend fairness, protect constitutional rights, promote peace, preserve the planet and deepen democracy.

How does 38 Degrees work?

38 Degrees members take simple, powerful actions to weigh in at critical moments when our values are at stake and we can make a difference. Sometimes we act online, like signing a petition, emailing an MP or corporate leader, or raising awareness on social media. Sometimes we act offline, like visiting an MP, taking out ads in newspapers, holding public meetings or fundraising for legal action. We also get creative when we need to - in the past we’ve hired bike advertisements, ascended on parliament square dressed as beekeepers and camped out in public toilets to raise awareness of the issues we care about.

Who runs 38 Degrees?

38 Degrees has a small staff team. The office is run by staff and volunteers with the help of the 38 Degrees Board. However it’s all 38 Degrees members who set the agenda. We choose campaigns and help pick the tactics we use to win together, as well as taking action. 38 Degrees staff and office volunteers work full-time to make sure 38 Degrees is as effective as possible. Staff and office volunteers write the emails that let members know what 38 Degrees is getting up to, as well as making sure that the technology we use is working properly. Staff also draw on advice from other campaigning groups, experts and others to make sure we’re getting good information about the best way to make change happen.

Is 38 Degrees connected to a political party?

Definitely not. We are not connected with any political parties, and are funded entirely by donations from members. Our independence means we can campaign on issues that we feel passionately about and that we decide on together. We are driven by issues and outcomes, and judge all politicians by the same standards.

Where does the idea for 38 Degrees come from?

38 Degrees is inspired by the impact of advocacy groups like MoveOn in the United States, GetUp in Australia and Avaaz around the world. These groups have used the same model, technologies and techniques to mobilize nearly 9 million people to campaign on issues important to their members.

Who started 38 Degrees?

38 Degrees was founded by a group of activists and funders concerned about the state of our democracy and determined to try something different. Founders include Gordon Roddick, Henry Tinsley and Paul Hilder. The project was developed by Ben Brandzel, Pete Myers, Nina Kowalska and Warren Puckett. 38 Degrees was partly founded in memory of Anita Roddick, a lifetime champion of the power of ordinary people to make a difference.

How have you made a difference?

38 Degrees members have contributed to some incredible, people-powered victories since we started working together to make change happen. We helped stop the Government’s plans to sell off our ancient national forests. We helped stop plans for a nuclear dump in the Lake District. 38 Degrees members helped convince the government to sign up to the EU Directive on human trafficking, helping prevent trafficking in the future as well as ensuring victims are properly looked after. We forced the Olympic sponsors not to dodge their tax, stopped eBay from selling illegal bee-killing pesticides, and stopped the unpopular hospital closure clause from becoming law.

You can read more about campaigns 38 Degrees has won here and about everything we have achieved together over the last 5 years, here.

How do you decide on campaigns?

Campaigns are chosen by members. Members often take part in polls to choose which campaigns to make our highest priorities. 38 Degrees members can also suggest campaigns on the 38 Degrees website , as well as by sharing ideas on the Facebook page, blog, or by tweeting their idea to @38_degrees. Staff and volunteers in the 38 Degrees office then work together to identify the issues most important to members. You can find out more information on the campaign choosing process here.

Can I suggest a campaign?

Absolutely! The best way to suggest a campaign and see what other 38 Degrees members think of the idea, is via the 38 Degrees Facebook page. This is actively used by members all the time. Alternatively, why not tweet your idea to @38_degrees?

There's also a new part of the 38 Degrees site where members can set up and run campaigns - it's called Campaigns by You. It's there to give 38 Degrees members the opportunity to campaign on all the hundreds of really important issues, both local and national, that we all care about - far more than the small office team could ever support. If you feel passionately about this issue, why not start a petition?

Does 38 Degrees campaign on local issues?

Yes. 38 Degrees campaigns on both local and national issues. It’s up to 38 Degrees members to set the priorities.

Many 38 Degrees members have set up and run campaigns on local issues that are important to them using the Campaigns by You part of the 38 Degrees website. It's there to give 38 Degrees members the opportunity to campaign on all the hundreds of really important issues, both local and national, that we all care about - far more than the small office team could ever support. If you feel passionately about an issue, why not start a petition?

Does 38 Degrees have local branches?

38 Degrees members often meet up locally to take part in activities related to 38 Degrees campaigns. For example they may meet up to deliver a petition to their local MP, or to discuss ways to protect the NHS in their local area.

38 Degrees doesn't operate "official" local branches – it's much more informal than that. 38 Degrees members come together when they want to, and the office does its best to inform other local members how they can join in. 38 Degrees tells members about events happening in their area via email, Facebook, Twitter or the website. If you’re organising a meet-up with other 38 Degrees members locally, pop the staff team an email and we can try and spread the word.

Sometimes the staff team organise “member meals” around the UK. These are an opportunity for local 38 Degrees members to meet other members, go for a meal together and discuss issues that are important to them. When a member meal is happening near you the staff team will let you know!

38 Degrees members taking action locally are asked to take care to describe themselves as "a group of 38 Degrees members from X" rather than giving the impression that they are definitely speaking on behalf of all 2.5 million 38 Degrees members across the UK.

My MP has responded, would 38 Degrees like to have a copy of the letter?

Yes. Please forward your responses to mpreplies@38degrees.org.uk. If you are unable to scan in or photograph the letter, please send the office team an email including your MP’s name and a very brief summary of his/her response. The office team gathers all the MP responses online, so everyone is able to see what their MP thinks on a issue.

I think I have signed a petition twice. Does it matter?

No, it doesn't. Before 38 Degrees members deliver petitions, we go through all of the names and remove any signatures which appear more than once.

Where does the funding come from?

38 Degrees is people-powered - we don't take money from government or big business, so we rely on donations from thousands of members of the public from all over the UK to make change happen. We ask members to donate to support work or to fund a specific campaign or a specific action (e.g. to pay for the costs of organising a demonstration or putting up adverts). 38 Degrees has also received some money from charitable trusts and foundations. If you would like to support our work please donate using our secure online donation system. If you are a foundation interested in funding our work or an individual wishing to give a large gift please contact us here. You can read more about the 38 Degrees donations policy, where the money comes from and how we spend it, here

Where do donations go?

38 Degrees keeps costs low by maintaining a small staff so the majority of donations can fund campaigns. We rely on donations from individuals to help pay for the technology, the research, the equipment and the small office we need to organise campaigns. You can donate here using our secure online donation system. If you donate in response to a specific campaign your funds will be allocated to that specific purpose including supporting staffing and other direct costs that enable that particular campaign to happen.

Is there a charge to become a 38 Degrees member?

There is no charge to join 38 Degrees, you just have to take action.

What is required to be a member?

The only requirement of membership is to take an action, as simple as signing a petition, or attending an event.

I would like to offer my services, how can I get involved?

If you would like to help with a 38 Degrees campaign, or more generally, we would love to hear from you. If you can email the office team at emailtheteam@38degrees.org.uk with your CV, how you feel you can help and any relevant logistical or cost information, then our team of staff and volunteers will get back to you as soon as possible.

Why am I on your mailing list?

We only send emails to people that have taken actions on our website. We don’t acquire email addresses from any third party organisations. If you’d rather not receive emails from 38 Degrees you can unsubscribe at any time here: http://38degrees.org.uk/page/unsubscribe/

My email address has changed. Can you update your records?

Of course. Please let the office team know through our contact form, here

I have problems using/ comments about your website

If you have any particular comments or concerns with the 38 Degrees website, the office team would love to hear from you. Please send us a message, here

Media questions

For media enquiries only please call the 38 Degrees media spokesperson on 07710 392 372.  

About 38 Degrees

38 Degrees is the angle at which an avalanche happens. In the UK, 38 Degrees will enable people to act together, to create an avalanche for change.

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