Posts Tagged ‘Give as you Live App’

My Experience: Beating Bowel Cancer

18/02/2011

Each fortnight we ask users to tell us their Give as you Live story. Today, Claire Walker describes her experience;

“I was introduced to Give as you Live™ in November by a good friend who knows my husband is very ill with colon cancer (stage 4). I’ve done parachute jumping, firewalking, running, marathon walks, and I’ve regularly badgered family, friends and colleagues for sponsorship. With the current family pressures taking up so much of my time, Give as you Live™ offers a completely different and easy approach to fundraising – I just raise funds while doing my normal shopping online. This is how it has worked for me.

“I work full-time, have 3 children and so I do much of my shopping online after 9.30pm – as do many Mums. I book holidays online, house and car insurance online and of course just recently I racked up many purchases of Christmas presents.

“I downloaded the Give as you Live™ application apprehensively. Will this slow down my pc? (No it didn’t). Will this muck up all my searches? (No it doesn’t). Will this be really distracting and annoying? (No it isn’t).

“I chose Beating Bowel Cancer as my chosen charity and began shopping. My first purchase was wine from Wine Hound. All went to plan, the wine arrived at home and I’d clocked up my first purchase. I then bought a new printer for home from John Lewis and a couple of Christmas presents from Firebox and Send It. It was so satisfying to see that for relatively no extra effort, and from great retailers, I had raised £10 for Beating Bowel Cancer in just 4 fairly minor purchases. The instant gratification is addictive.

“My New Year’s Resolution is to continue to Give as you Live™ all year round – I reckon given my existing online spending habits I can easily raise £500 in 2011 for Beating Bowel Cancer. The next big purchase coming up is a replacement washing machine and then a holiday.

“Please try it. You have nothing to lose and much to give – for no extra cost other than the couple of minutes it takes to download an app.”

Anyone can use the Give as you Live™ App. Download now and start raising funds for a cause close to you.

Tell us your experience by commenting below.

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The ‘Giving Pledge’ – would it work in the UK?

04/02/2011

Across the pond over in the US, philanthropy by the super wealthy has taken off thanks to a campaign called the ‘Giving Pledge’. It encourages the rich to give a substantial amount of their wealth to charity. So far the campaign has been a success with pledges of nearly $125bn set to be raised for good causes.

Would this campaign be as successful in the UK? Newspaper giant, The Guardian, asks: Who do you think should lead the pledge if it was brought to the UK?

The results are interesting, with the majority of people thinking either Richard Branson should back it, but many also saying that it simply wouldn’t work at all. Surprised by the results? We were! Does it imply that Britain is lacking a moral and social conscience? Or, as we suspect, does this reflect a lack of time or money to raise funds for charities?

We kept these restrictions in mind while we were developing Give as you Live™. The app empowers everyone to be a philanthropist, simply through their online shopping, but without donating their own money. At no extra cost, each user can raise an average of £75 per year.

So, If you want to give more to charity this year, but aren’t a billionaire yet, we suggest you Give as you Live™ instead.