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You join a group of up to 10 young professionals. They can be people you know, or we can find them for you. You’ll each be contributing to a shared pot: £1000 over the duration of your group’s programme, or £84 each month for a year, say. So, you shared pot is £10,000 at this stage.

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Through a series of 10 sessions (the BeMORE programme) typically run over a year or less, you’ll explore and discuss a wide range of causes and ways to have impact, ultimately deciding who and how you want to help. With the help of an experienced mentor, your group then seeks out charities that meet your criteria. Your group is allocated an experienced philanthropist to inspire and advise you too. Together, you explore how to have tangible impact on the lives of others, and work hand-in-hand with your chosen charity to agree on a project to fund.

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Give

Following careful research, planning and with the challenge to fundraise further, it’s time to invest your shared pot of money in your chosen charity project. Through their own fundraising efforts some groups have increased their giving to £20,000 and some even more! Many groups donate to small charities and projects, people waiting for someone to believe in them and invest much-needed financial support to get up and running. The speed at which an investment impacts a project means groups can see the difference their support has made almost immediately.

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Share

Your time in a BeMORE group is complete, so what now? You’re invited to share your experiences with friends and invite them to join a BeMORE group. You stay part of the BeMORE community and are invited to our events. You might want to become a BeMORE mentor. We can help you build your group and support your journey. You may choose to stay involved with your chosen charity too.

FAQ

Want to know more? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions people have:

Q. How can I join a group?

Q. How is BeMORE different from other charitable initiatives and ways of giving?

We understand that deciding who to help can be overwhelming. There are so many problems in the world that could benefit from your support, and so many ways that you personally could have a positive effect.

BeMORE gives you the opportunity to really explore how you can have most impact through your charitable giving. Starting with a completely blank sheet of paper the BeMORE programme helps you end up discovering one project you’re really passionate about, where your donation will make new things possible and make a tangible difference to the lives of those you choose to help.

You’ll learn a huge amount, too. When you’re in a group, you’ll spend 10 sessions typically run over a year having really important and vibrant discussions with peers about how and where and who you can help, and how to maximise the impact of the money you give.

You’ll also meet face-to-face with the charities you consider giving to, so you’ll gain a deep understanding of exactly where your donations are going, and what or who they’re helping.

That’s a fun and interactive learning experience that few other ways of giving can offer.

So we’re very proud that our members tell us their time spent thinking about how best to give to charity has a profound and lifelong impact on them.

Q. What does being in BeMORE group involve? How exactly does it work?

You’ll join a new group of up to 10 young professionals. Our public groups run after work meeting monthly for around a year and anyone is welcome. We also offer a bespoke corporate programme which we can run in partnership with an organisation’s employee development and CSR programmes. These programmes typically run over 6 months. Come and chat to us about how we can run one at your organisation. Throughout the course of the sessions, you’ll spend a significant amount of time agreeing on the cause you want to address as a group.  So expect some fascinating and fun conversations about how to have impact in the world through giving!

Once your group has chosen a cause (which can take a few sessions), you’ll spend some time digging into that area and discovering different ways your group donation could effect change. You’ll typically research a few charities and projects that look likely to meet your funding criteria as a group, then meet with some of them to really get a handle on what your donation could do.

At the end of the BeMORE programme, you donate your group’s shared pot to the charity, with a clear idea of exactly where your money is going. You can choose if you’d like to stay in touch with the charity to see how your impact develops. Lots of groups appreciate receiving updates, news and photos from their chosen charity, while some members volunteer or donate more individually. It’s entirely up to you.

Q. How much will I give throughout the programme?

In total, you’ll give £1000 throughout the programme, which works out as £84 a month for a year, or £2.74 a day – that’s less than a cup of coffee in most places! If you’re a UK taxpayer, the government then adds 25% to this through Gift Aid – we’d love it if you were happy to donate this extra money to BeMORE to help us continue to realise our vision of educating, inspiring and transforming young city professionals into life-long effective philanthropic givers.

Of course, this £1000 is multiplied massively because you’re giving within a group. Each member in a group gives the same amount. That means the charity project you choose will benefit from £10,000 – a huge amount that will have an amazing impact. You also have the opportunity to fundraise further. Some groups have been able to double their shared giving pot to £20,000 plus!

Q. Can I fundraise the money?

Yes, you’re welcome to raise your contribution to the shared pot however you like – whether that’s a personal donation, fundraising, or asking friends and family. You have the duration of the BeMORE programme to generate the money, so there’s plenty of time to work it out.

Q. Can I use employer match-funding?

We warmly welcome employer match-funding, but we think it’s fairer if every individual in the group has to contribute the same amount to start with. So we ask that you personally source the £1,000, then get your employer to match-fund that £1,000.

That way, your group has an even bigger pot to give to a project you really believe in.

Q. How and when do I donate the money?

As part of the process of joining BeMORE  we help all members set up an individual charity account with CAF or Stewardship, to make the giving part really straightforward, then pool their donations at the end of the year when the group’s shared pot is donated.

You can choose whether to spread payments into your charity account throughout the programme (giving £84 a month for a year, say), or give a lump sum at the start of the year of £1,000.

If your employer offers GAYE or an equivalent scheme BeMORE will help you arrange payment through this.

Q. How are groups formed? Can I form a group with friends?

We often organise the formation of groups, but you’re welcome to invite friends or create your own group of up to 10 people. BeMORE is run in bars, member offices, cafes, faith centres and as part of an organisation’s employee development programmes. Just let us know what works for you and we can sort it out.

Q. Who will I be in a group with?

The other people in your group will usually be London professionals in their 20s and 30s. They could come from any industry or background, but they all have one thing in common: a desire to discover how to have greater impact through giving. You’re very welcome to invite friends to your group.

Q. What kind of help and support do we get throughout the year?

Your group will have a mentor who’ll join all your sessions guiding you through the BeMORE programme. The mentor is usually someone who’s completed a BeMORE group and knows all the ins and outs of discovering and developing a lifestyle of generous giving. We’ve given them full training (and provide ongoing supervision) so they’ll be highly effective in supporting you to help you shape decisions. That means you and your group can have the impact you want while gaining what you want from the year.

The BeMORE programme has been written in collaboration with Dr Beth Breeze, UK’s leading expert in philanthropy and giving circles. As a member you also have access to BeMORE’s library of extra learning resources as well as opportunities to network and share insights through The BeMORE community. The BeMORE core team are always available to talk through any issues you’re having too.

BeMORE also invites a BeMORE philanthropist to meet, inspire and support your group’s journey. These people have lots of experience of effective giving having usually been very successful in their careers. They are keen to help others develop the way they think about impact and giving. That said, most members find they enjoy learning most with and from peers in their groups, and from their mentor.

Q. Who is the BeMORE philanthropist?

We will match you with a BeMORE philanthropist, since we have a pool of incredible people who are ready and waiting to help others develop their thinking about giving!

The BeMORE philanthropist is often a little older than members, who’s typically had a very successful career and has lots of experience of effective giving. They’ll join a couple of your meetings, and will be on-hand to help you think about how to have most impact through giving.

Q. How long will the programme run for?

Some groups discover and decide on a project quicker than others. But we’ve found that most public after work groups take around a year – spanning 10 sessions as well as a Giving Celebration – to find a project where they can have a massive impact together. Our corporate groups typically last 6 months.

Q. How does my group choose a charity project?

Every group will have different conversations and different ways of deciding what to donate the shared pot of money to. But all groups follow a suggested structure. In the first couple of sessions, anyone who already has a cause they’re passionate about can talk through it, and everyone has the chance to talk through areas they’d like to explore.

Groups then explore different causes until they’re all happy to pursue just one with their shared pot. They’ll explore the various ways to tackle the problem they’re looking at, and research charities that could meet the criteria that they believe is most important. Members will meet with charities, and do joint and individual research, as well as drawing up funding criteria for potential projects.

We’ll provide you with the BeMORE programme, and your mentor will always be there to guide you. You explore the causes and charities you want, in the way that best suits your group. And you’ll get ample opportunity to develop skills and areas of research that personally interest you.

Q. Can I volunteer as well as donate?

Absolutely. We don’t ask BeMORE members to volunteer, but all groups or individual members are welcome to volunteer their skills and time to projects they’re passionate about.

You’ll also be able to stay in touch with your charity once your group has finished, to see how your donation is effecting change over time, if you like.

Q. What happens when the year is finished?

An important part of the BeMORE process is being part of the BeMORE community and ‘paying it forward’, by offering continuing financial support or helping us to spread the word. When your group has completed its programme, we invite you to host a dinner to share the BeMORE experience with friends keen to make a positive difference in the world, to invite them to join BeMORE.

As a member you become part of the BeMORE Community – a group of young Londoners keen to pursue more impactful ways of giving and to discover causes they’re passionate about. We’ll connect you with further giving and charitable opportunities, such as other charity and philanthropy networks, relevant London events, interesting reports, and other opportunities.

We may also invite you to act as a mentor for a new BeMORE group, guiding them through the process.

Of course, the BeMORE community belongs to BeMORE members. So if you have ideas for events or projects you’d like to lead for the community, we’ll always warmly welcome them.

Q. When is the start date?

We start groups regularly throughout the year – there’s no fixed start date.

Q. Can I talk to the BeMORE team to find out more?

Sure – just fill out this quick form and we’ll drop you a line as soon as we can.

Q. I'm interested in being a BeMORE philanthropist, how can I find out more?

Please email our CEO Nicolette Wolf

Q. Can I help BeMORE by supporting running costs?

We welcome support with running costs. Please email our CEO Nicolette Wolf

Q. Can I run a BeMORE workshop in my organisation?

Yes! Please email our CEO Nicolette Wolf

Q. How can I become a BeMORE group mentor?

We normally ask our mentors to join as members first so they can experience the BeMORE group experience first-hand. Sign up to join a group online or email our membership manager Emma to talk through mentoring options.

Q. I'd like to find out how my organisation can become a strategic partner of BeMORE

Please email our CEO Nicolette Wolf

 

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