After leaving teaching I struggled a little with feeling that I wasn’t as giving and as community minded as I was before. Teaching gives you a sense of achievement like few other jobs. No matter how much I disliked the paper pushing and unrealistic expectations I adored teaching teenagers. Standing in front of them is an honour and something I do miss.
One way I have attempted to readdress this is by becoming a school governor for a local primary school. I felt I had skills to offer after 12 years of teaching. I wanted to give back and being a governor can be time consuming so you do need to do more than just turn up to meeting.
A further way many choose to give back is through charitable donations and attempting to raise money yourself (hello half marathon which i did for a hip charity). One question that I have discussed with friends is how much should you give to charity each month or quarter. Thankfully most of my real friends think like me and make regular contributions to their chosen charities. But what to give is often disagreed on and a matter or personal choice.
I support a number of small charities both with money and / or with gifts. Erin enjoyed coming with me to a local children’s charity at Christmas where we supported a family with a teenager. We made up and delivered a hamper of goodies to help them out at Christmas.
When friends are undertaking a challenge for charity be it a half marathon or climbing some mountain I will sponsor them through the fundraising website they set up. This makes the process so simple and easy to give. If you are looking for a number I aim to donate £100 per month to different things based on my income.
One example of a long term donation is with a group of bloggers. Together we have been sponsoring a young girl from a developing country for a number of years. Often pulling resources together is a great way to support others. As we all have different amounts of money available supporting some children collaboratively has meant more bloggers were able to get involved and throw in the pot what they can commit too.
However there lies the problem, that proverbial pot. Organising collections, combining resources can be tricky to manage. Therefore Leetchi CEO Céline Lazorthes set up the the business which aimed to eradicate the ‘how shall we collect the money issue’
With Leetchi.com, we’ve tried to create an easy and convenient service to collect money for any occasion while keeping in mind our consumer’s concerns and online behaviour.
There are dedicated pages for personal fundraising where you can set up a money pot for your cause. I liked that you can also browse other community projects and their money pots and make a contribution if you wish to. This would make my giving easier each month and help me to feel that I am doing some good.
There are of course other ways Leetchi can be used.
Have you ever clubbed together to buy a group gift, maybe for a big birthday, a christmas meal or if you book a group holiday where everyone needs to contribute. Well Leetchi can be used for this too. Simply set up a money pot and everyone can contribute and it saves one person the headache of collecting the money from others.
A money pot can be created for anything you wish, it could be a crowd funding project or a personal pot. This all seems to just make sense and is the product many of us didn’t know we need but we really do! How many times have you chased people when collecting money. All you need in the future is your money pot and a debit or credit card.
Is there a fee?
It’s 100% free to spend it on partner sites or there’s a 2.9 – 4% bank transfer fee. The money pot can also be transferred directly to the beneficiary via email.
Who Else is Using Leetchi?
Some of my other favourite bloggers are using Leetchi and you can read about Lotty’s thoughts here.