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.
There are 4 simple ways to help others:
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.
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.
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…….
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