Collective Switching

How can you find money here?

Collective Switching is a great way for you to raise funds without asking supporters for another donation - in fact you’ll be finding some spare cash for them in the process as well.

Every year millions of people switch their household energy to get on a cheaper tariff - with a sizeable chunk now joining forces and doing it through a Collective Switch.

The organiser of a Collective Switch will ask energy suppliers to 'bid' against each other for the right to supply a group of households who’ve signed up to a scheme - with the resulting deals (currently reducing annual bills by around £200) often not available direct or from comparison websites.

Once the auction has taken place, each person in the scheme is given the choice whether or not to accept the offer from the winning supplier and, if they do, the switch is then arranged for them.

Taking part is free, it’s simple and quick to do and there’s no obligation to switch.

What’s more: the winning supplier will pay a thank you fee to the organiser for every household that switches. If you ask your supporters to join, then Back of the Sofa will share this with you to the tune of £10 per fuel per household (i.e. £20 if switching gas & electricity). So if 100 of your supporters sign-up and switch... They’ll save around £20,000 between them and you’ll automatically receive up to £2,000. You can then repeat the exercise when the cheaper/fixed period has expired (usually after a year), so your supporters always stay on the best rates.

What do you need to do?

To help promote the offer to your supporters, Back of the Sofa will provide you with your own bespoke webpage to share via email or social media (see an example webpage NB you can change 'Raise funds for your charity' to whatever text you like).
Set Up a Webpage
  1. Once a webpage has been set up for you, send the link on to your supporters.
  2. Your supporters weigh up the idea / sign up for free / no obligation to switch.
  3. They're included - with 1,000s more - in an auction to get the best price from suppliers.
  4. Your supporters will then receive a personal offer / invitation from the winning supplier.
  5. They decide whether to accept and, if so, your charity receives a donation.
  6. If you have any questions or need help, contact us on 0808 1645 808 or email us at

Please Note: Back of the Sofa uses iChoosr (Big Community Switch) to run its Collective Switching scheme because they hold some of the largest auctions in the UK, having helped thousands of households to switch (and the more who join, the better the deal offered).

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