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Leetchi’s Online Money Pot Helps Put the Fun into Environmental Fundraising



Over the past few years one topic has dominated the world of fundraising and awareness: The environment. What was once the preserve of a small band of activists has seeped into the public conscious, and that means far more opportunities for charities and environmental groups to collect donations on behalf of good causes.

Of course, the logistics of collecting donations across the country aren’t exactly easy, even in a world where people can sign petitions online or ‘Like’ a Facebook campaign. But in today’s busy world, it’s all too easy to pledge money for a good cause you care deeply about, then forget all about that donation by the time payment rolls around. And that includes environmental causes and charitable causes.

Research has shown that a full 27% of millennials (those aged between 18 and 34) prefer to donate to causes centred around wildlife preservation and animals. That’s a vast section of the demographic preoccupied with environmental concerns, and showing a willingness to donate to such causes; however, finding the right platform for them to donate is another battle entirely.

These days, many millennials are sceptical about charities, even environmental ones – around half of those surveyed dislike the idea of directly donating to a charitable organisation, with many of them fearing that the cause itself will receive little of the money. Instead, their preference is for donating money via crowd-funding platforms.

Enter, an online money pot platform. With an emphasis on convenience, this opens a great new channel for groups to collect money as easily as possible, and the service works well with millennials’ desire to avoid donating directly to charities.

Speaking of the opportunities that Leetchi presents to environmental groups – particularly those reaching out the environmentally conscious millennials, the site’s founder and CEO Céline Lazorthes stated that: “Today we have the ability to donate to specific causes in a matter of minutes from our phones… People are relying on donation-based crowdfunding to help fulfil fundraising targets and remove charities from the equation all together. Millennials are an extremely generous generation, however, they are also very money-savvy and aware that direct donations to individuals are the best way to ensure their money is being donated to the cause that they want it to.”

Leetchi are certainly excited about the possibilities that their service can provide to those seeking environmental and sustainable crowd-funded plans. A simple, secure money pot can be set up by anyone in under a minute, and unlike existing services, it’s totally free to do so (an absolute boon for those seeking donations without the worry of spending out in the first place). Elsewhere, other fees, too, are kept to an absolute minimum, so those seeking donations can focus on what really matters to them: Financing their environmental projects.



New Director Strengthens Quilter Cheviot Charities Team



Quilter Cheviot, a leading investment management firm that forms part of Old Mutual Wealth, has appointed a new Charity Director, Charles Mesquita, as an addition to its charities team.

Charles will join the 10 strong team at the beginning of January, reporting to Head of Charities William Reid. 

Quilter Cheviot’s charities division has funds under management of over £1.5 billion of assets on behalf of 643 charities nationwide, making it a leading charity manager in the UK.

Charles has over 30 years’ investment experience and has worked for a number of leading financial institutions, including Newton Investment Management and Investec Wealth & Investment. Among other key roles at these firms, he was responsible for founding and launching the Charities Property Fund with Savills in 2000: the first Common Investment Fund investing in UK commercial property. Over 1,800 charities have invested in it to date with assets of over £1 billion.

In his new role at Quilter Cheviot, Charles will help develop the firm’s specialist charity capability. 

Charles commented: “It is an exciting time to be joining Quilter Cheviot. Not only do they have an envious track record of delivering robust performance, but also a strong reputation for helping charities with their investments. Quilter Cheviot retain the ethos that the people you meet are the people managing your portfolio. As a trustee, I am only too aware of the challenges facing charities and the value put on having a strong relationship with someone you can trust.”

William Reid head of charities commented “We are delighted to welcome Charles to Quilter Cheviot as he is well qualified to enhance our capabilities. In light of the significant advice gap in the charities sector, the key to help resolving this is to recruit high calibre individuals who not only understand investment but are in tune with the challenges that trustees face.”

Charles is a trustee of Bowel & Cancer Research, RL Glasspool, a grant giving charity which aims to help people step out of poverty, and PRISM, which helps to promote and to facilitate charitable giving in a flexible and efficient manner. Charles also sits on the board of the Charity Investors Group, a forum promoting a greater understanding of investment within the sector.

Investors should remember that the value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up. Investors may not recover what they invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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£6,000 Raised For Charities Through Business Networking Events



Nominate your favourite charity by Howard Lake via flickr

Double Whammy Networking CIC (DW), a social enterprise that organises successful Southend and Castle Point business networking events.

The events focus on effective business networking, but the events are sponsored and at least 60% of the ticket price goes to a ‘charity pot’ to support local charities and good causes.

By the end of 2016, DW had raised a grand total of £6,000 to support 22 different charities and community groups.

Managing director Jill Poet stressed that ensuring quality business networking is always a priority and that, apart from an optional card draw, no fundraising takes place at the actual events. She explained: “I’m a veteran networker myself and I understand the importance of business people being able to attend an event without feeling pressurised to give, give, give.. We just don’t do that, although we often find that excellent long term relationships are established between the business and community sectors. Additionally, our events are ad hoc and there is no joining or membership fee, no commitment to attend regularly, and no requirement to give an elevator pitch. The events are relaxed and ideal for established businesses and start-ups: we make everyone welcome.”

The next event is a networking breakfast sponsored by and to be held at the Arlington Ballrooms in Leigh-on-Sea on 17th January. A basic ticket is just £7.50 including refreshments. £6 from each ticket sold will go towards supporting the SoS Domestic Abuse Project and SAFE (Supporting Asperger Families in Essex)

Booking is essential. Book via this link Or call Jill Poet on 01702 468387 for more information.

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