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ABOUT THE FREE WEALTH…

 

My hope is that the Free Wealth will help people to help others.

I’ve always had a desire to help others and have given up many weekends and holidays to help others. To name a few I have put on fundraising events, taken on sponsored challenges, organised raffles, volunteered at awareness events and given up my time to help disadvantaged children. For me it is, in part, a selfish act because I love it so much! I enjoyed it so much that I decided to take my passion even further and for the last few years have been working in the charity sector as a fundraiser.

Lots of friends were getting in contact with me asking for advice on charity activities and that’s where the idea of the Free Wealth stemmed from. I wanted to put everything I have learnt and all my advice into one place. So the Free Wealth is here to pass on everything I know about fundraising, volunteering and working in the charity sector to make it as easy as possible for people to get involved.

Helping others has brought a great amount of wealth into my life and I hope you can benefit from this too.

Of course I do it because I hope to make a positive difference to the lives of others; to genuinely help people in need. But in return volunteering, fundraising and working in the charity sector has opened doors, given me incredible experiences, valuable skills and life long friends. But best, by far, is the feeling of achievement and gratitude – it really has brought me a great sense of happiness and fulfilment in my life.

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 There are 4 simple ways to help others:


GIVE

Set up a Direct Debit and give regularly to a charity of your choice. This is the simplest and easiest way to be charitable. The reality is most of us wouldn’t even notice if there was £15, £50 or even £100 less in our bank each month but this regular donation can literally save lives.

If everyone in the ‘developed world’ gave 10% of their earnings to charity we could almost eliminate malaria overnight, feed every starving person on the planet and give every child an education….what a sad thought! In most instances you won’t see the reward or where your money is going but you should believe that your donation is doing good and feel proud of yourself for choosing to make a difference.


VOLUNTEER

Giving your time is a great way to help others in need. There are so many charities in need of extra help and there are numerous ways you can get involved.

Before volunteering I suggest you think about how much time you can/want to give and if you want to do it as a one off or on a regular basis. Then have a think about what skills you have to offer and what you might enjoy. There are so many ways to lend a hand from office based tasks, marketing or raising awareness to helping hands-on with charities that work with people or animals. For more information, including a list of possible charities, check out the How to: Volunteer section of the website.


FUNDRAISE

This is another way to give your time and many charities rely heavily on people raising funds for their cause. There are numerous ways to fundraise but my particular favourite is putting on events and if you are resourceful you can do it without spending a penny, which means all the money raised goes directly to the charity. Check out the How to: Fundraise section on the Free Wealth to find out how I do it.


WORK IN THE CHARITY SECTOR

If you are looking for a meaningful job then perhaps a career in the volunteer sector is for you. There are usually 3 areas you can work in; management & administration, fundraising and operations and delivery. I am currently putting together my advice for getting into the charity sector so watch this space…….

 

Anne Frank

 

 

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10 Responses

  1. Gil says:

    Thanks for the tips!

  2. sheri arnold says:

    Hi i have been searching foir donations for my sons rugby club and just to say that Frankie and Bennys sent me a £ 20.00 gift voucher and a very nice reply letter. so well done F & B

  3. Sarah F says:

    Hi Bec,
    Thank you so much for all the fab information, I’m currently trying to raise £1500 for Children with Cancer as they have given me a London Marathon place. I have had lots of success in getting prizes by post, no luck with email but as I have so many prizes I would like to pre sell raffle tickets for my event but I’m getting really confused by the gambling license information. Do you have any advice on it?
    Many thanks Sarah

    • Bex says:

      Hi Sarah
      There are gambling licence restrictions when it comes to selling raffle tickets. However, in my opinion, for the amount that you are aiming to raise and the fact that you will be selling on a small scale, it is not something you need to worry about. In years of working in the charity sector I have never heard of a community fundraiser having any legal issues.
      Pre selling raffle tickets is a great idea as it means you can collect even more money from people who can’t make the event – it’s something I do a lot. Just make sure you write peoples name on the back of raffle tickets so you know who the prize belongs to if they are not there on the night.
      Hope that helps and good luck with the fundraising!
      Bex x

  4. Sarah F says:

    Thank you Bex, that is great information. Also I have just been donated 4 tickets for Holiday on Ice in January, the tickets are worth up to £140. I don’t want to put them into the main raffle but was thinking of a silent auction, either at the event or online. Do you have any other suggestions that will gain as much money as possible for them?
    ( Sorry my original message said Bec, I think my iPad changed it and I hadn’t noticed until after I had posted the comment! )
    Many thanks Sarah

    • Bex says:

      Hey Sarah
      From my experience silent auctions only work if the event is big and you think the item is guaranteed to appeal to a lot of people in the audience. As you are doing the raffle at the same time you will probably find that people will put into one or the other but not both which is not ideal.
      If you felt it was better value to do it separately and you already have enough raffle prizes, perhaps you could wait and use it as another fundraiser before Christmas. You could do a short festive quiz which your friends and colleagues can enter for £3 and the winner gets the tickets, or something along those lines that is easy to organise and cheap for people to enter.
      Let me know what you decide to do!
      Bex x

  5. Sarah F says:

    Hi Bex,
    Thank you so much for your reply back in October, I’ve been manic fundraising and have raised just over £1000. I’ve got to raise at least another £500 but hope to smash my pledge with an Easter Fayre and Grease film night I have planned. With the Holiday on Ice tickets I had for my last event my friend made a picture grid and people chose a superheroes or villain character for £1 we then drew 1 ticket out and they won the tickets. The grid had 80 squares and I sold all of them, people loved choosing their special character because of a reason or name. We did another grid for Xmas with a hamper I made up and that was characters from Xmas films. My Easter Fayre is having stalls that are film related so we have a Harry Potter grid with 100 characters on it, I just need to decide what prize to use for it. I have been very lucky that I’ve managed to get a load more prizes, from personal experience I have found sending out a SAE to smaller/local companies has been the best way to get prizes, I know it is more expensive but I think the smaller venues are happy to stick something in my envelopes as it doesn’t cost them to send it out and they seem more willing! Some companies have sent back the SAE if they haven’t used it too.
    I have also been overwhelmed by the donations I have received from friends and family, by putting a request on FB mid January loads of people have given bottles of wine, smellies and chocolates, these will all be utilised on tombolas and various other stalls.
    Thank you again for your website it has really helped.
    Kind regards
    Sarah

    • Bex says:

      Hi Sarah!
      Great to hear from you again. Thanks for the update, you’ve done loads! I really like the idea of having 100 characters for people to choose. It’s more fun than just buying a raffle ticket and is a great way to raise lots of money from just one prize.
      All the best with the remaining £500 – I have a feeling you are going to smash it!
      Bex x

  6. Pami says:

    Amazing information!

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