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How can I get in touch?

We’d love you to get in touch. Use our contact form, here.

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 in the UK 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 or emailing an MP or corporate leader. Sometimes we act offline, like calling an MP or visiting an MP.

Who runs 38 Degrees?

38 Degrees has a small staff team and our office is run by staff and volunteers with the help of our 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 that we’re as effective as possible. Staff and office volunteers write the emails that let members know about 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 by donations from members. Our independence means that 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 massive mega-dairy in Lincolnshire. We contributed to stopping Donald Trump’s plans to build a golf course at the expense of families in Menie, Scotland, who were at risk of eviction. 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.

How do you decide on campaigns?

Campaigns are chosen by members. Members often take part in votes 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.

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.

Does 38 Degrees have local branches?

38 Degrees members often meet up locally, 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. You can look here to see if there are any local events happening in your area at the moment, or to add an event to the 38 Degrees website.

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 1.1 million 38 Degrees members across the UK.

Can I suggest a campaign?

Absolutely! We have an online forum for people to suggest campaigns, on our forum here. Members can then help decide what 38 Degrees does next by voting for their favourite campaigns. We won't be able to do every campaign suggested, but by adding your campaign idea here you'll give other 38 Degrees members the opportunity to comment, suggest improvements and vote for the best idea. We also regularly poll our members and if a decision is popular on our forum, 38 Degrees will consult members about the idea in other ways e.g. through discussions on our blog and Facebook group and through member polls.

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 us an email including your MP’s name and a very brief summary of his/her response. We gather 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 we 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 our 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 one of our campaigns, or more generally, we would love to hear from you. If you can email us at emailtheteam@38degrees.org.uk with your CV, how you feel you can help and any relevant logistical or cost information, our team of 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 our emails 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 us know through our contact form, here

I have problems using/ comments about your website

We would love to hear from you. If you have any particular comments or concerns, please send us a message, here

Media questions

For media enquiries only please call our media spokesperson on 0208 133 2260.

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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Campaigns by You

Campaigns by You is a new part of the 38 Degrees site where anyone can start and run their own campaign. Click below to check out the campaigns that are already running or start your own.

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