Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Charity & Family: Raising money for those in need in Bristol with BT MyDonate

'I wish everyone had a home', said my six-year-old on New Year’s Eve. We live near a pedestrian bridge in Bristol that’s one of the main thoroughfares across the river. As such, homeless people often sit on the bridge asking for money. Kids are so good at cutting through the nonsense to ask the important questions and state things in a way that can’t be ignored.

We stop and chat when appropriate, helping with food or money when we can but it never feels like enough. Recently, BT MyDonate got in touch to tell me about their charity donation pages. BT MyDonate is a not-for-profit online giving platform. Unlike some other fundraising sites, MyDonate does not charge any commission or subscription fee. This means that you can create your own fundraising page for a chosen charity and (aside from credit and debit card fees) every penny donated goes straight to your chosen cause.

In 2017, we’re going to try to raise £500 for five different charities that work in Bristol:
St Mungo's CHA
The Big Issue Foundation
Bristol Samaritans

We've set up a BT MyDonate page – here – and we'll be finding ways throughout the year to raise money without paying commission or a monthly fee or registration fee. That means our chosen charities can receive an additional £3.60 per £50 donation* with gift aid when using BT MyDonate.

And BT MyDonate did some research into New Year's resolutions and charity challenges. Apparently, linking a New Year’s challenge to charity could help you stick to it – 28 per cent of Brits say that they would be more likely to adhere to New Year’s resolutions if they involved a charitable cause, according to a survey of 2,000 respondents commissioned by BT MyDonate.

AND! To encourage people to use MyDonate as their fundraising platform; BT MyDonate are hosting a competition called ‘Donation Doubler’. Every new registrant to the site who raises £100 in donations (including gift aid) before February 20th 2017 will automatically be entered into a prize draw with five people randomly selected to have the money they have raised matched up to a value of £1,000. For more information visit: www.mydonate.bt.com. So if you've been considering raising money for charity, now would be a pretty good time to start, huh?

If you’d like to help us reach our target, head over to our BT MyDonate page.

Do you raise money for charity as a family? How do you talk to kids about charity? Got any good ideas for us to raise money?

This is a collaborative post with BT MyDonate
We've donated part of our fee for this post to our fundraising page
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