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You will join a giving group of like-minded people who are passionate about exploring, learning and making a real difference in the world, and helping those in need. Together with your group you will seek out and give to a charity project that resonates with the group making a tangible and real impact. Throughout the experience you will meet together to network and mix with the wider BeMORE community which consists of previous givers, mentors and ambassadors.

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Research

During a series of sessions that run over two months you gather with your BeMORE giving group to share food, hear inspiring talks from experts and be exposed to humanity and diversity that challenges your current thinking. BeMORE mentors will guide you in your exploration and discussions across a wide range of causes and ways to have an impact which will ultimately end in your giving group deciding who and how you want to help. The sessions teach you how to seek out charities that meet your giving criteria and how to have a tangible impact on the lives of others. The BeMORE experience is written in partnership with Dr Beth Breeze, UK’s leading expert in giving and giving circles.

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Collaborate

It’s not just about financial giving it’s a collaboration of your time, talents and group’s shared giving pot. When the sessions start you will have £0 in your group pot. BeMORE helps you to identify your personal capacity to give of your time, talents and money and invites you to add into the pot as you go. Any financial gift will remain anonymous and with the understanding that everyone will have different abilities to give. The group financial total is announced in session 6. On average groups give £5,000, and most groups also share their skills and time with their chosen charity partner as well.

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Give

The learning ends with a BeMORE giving celebration where you give your group pot to the chosen charity. We encourage you to invite your family and friends to join you in celebrating your achievement. You will experience a deep joy that comes from being generous and helping those in need. You will also be equipped with a tool kit on how to give, developed leadership skills, made friends and gained a greater clarity on your life’s purpose. This isn’t the end of your BeMORE journey though. We invite you to be part of the BeMORE community supporting others on their generosity journey with your time, talents and money. At any time, you can choose to sponsor someone else’s BeMORE journey. Click here to do so.

Sounds like something you’d like to do? Click here to begin your generosity journey.

Frequently asked questions

Q. How can I join the next BeMORE?

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 BeMORE helps you end up discovering one project you’re really passionate about, where your gift 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 7 sessions typically run over two months 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 time, talents and money you give.

You’ll also meet face-to-face with the charity you consider giving to, so you’ll gain a deep understanding of exactly where your gift is 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 those who try BeMORE 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 7 like-minded people within our next BeMORE cohort of groups. Our public BeMORE experience runs after work, meeting for 7 sessions over two months. Anyone is welcome. We also offer a bespoke corporate experience which we can run in partnership with an organisation’s employee development and CSR programmes. These experiences can run over a variety of timeframes and sessions depending on need and desires. 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 shared gift could do.

At the end of BeMORE, you give 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 volunteer or donate more individually. It’s entirely up to you.

Q. How much will I give throughout BeMORE?

You start with £0 in your group shared giving pot. Over the experience we help you identify your personal capacity to give of your time, talents and finance and shall invite you all to pledge these into individual gifts into your pot as you go. Each person in the group will have different things to give.  Any financial gifts are pledged anonymously and the financial group total announced in session 6. This is not about giving equal money but equal sacrifice. If you’re a UK taxpayer, the government then adds 25% to this through Gift Aid too! We’ll teach you how to access this. You give your shared giving pot to your chosen charity at the end of your experience. We also ask you to consider giving to BeMORE too to help us continue to facilitate the building of generosity into culture to transform and save lives.

Of course, your money is multiplied massively because you’re giving within a group. You also have the opportunity to fundraise further.

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 BeMORE 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 and can help you approach your organisation to access this.

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

Q. How and when do I donate the money?

As part of the process of joining BeMORE  we recommend and will advise you on setting up an individual charity account with CAF or Stewardship, to make the giving money part really straightforward and you can press send to the charity of your choice simply.

You have the freedom to choose whether to spread payments into your charity account throughout the experience once you have decided how much you would like to pledge to give, or give a lump sum at the end of the experience.

If your employer offers GAYE or an equivalent scheme BeMORE will help advise you on arranging 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 7 people to join our next cohort. BeMORE can also be 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 professionals in their 20s to 40s. 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 BeMORE?

Your group will hear inspiring speakers and have mentors who’ll join all your sessions guiding you through BeMORE. 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 experience.

The BeMORE programme has been written in collaboration with Dr Beth Breeze, the UK’s leading expert in philanthropy and giving circles. 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 BeMORE philanthropists 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 mentors.

Q. Who is the BeMORE philanthropist?

BeMORE has 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 sessions, may speak and will be on-hand to inspire you think about how to have most impact through giving.

Q. How long will BeMORE run for?

The BeMORE public cohorts take two months – spanning 7 sessions plus a Giving Celebration. Our corporate groups timeframes vary.

Q. How does my group choose a charity project?

Every group will have different conversations and different ways of deciding what to gift the shared pot of money, time and talents 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. They will meet with their chosen charity, and do joint and individual research, as well as drawing up funding criteria for potential projects.

We’ll provide you with the BeMORE programme, you’ll hear talks that help direct you and your mentors 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. You don’t have to give your talents and time to your chosen charity, but all groups or individual participants 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 gift is effecting change over time, if you like.

Q. What happens when BeMORE 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 experience, you may like 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.

And we have the BeMORE community – this is open to all who are keen to pursue more impactful ways of giving and to discover causes they’re passionate about. We run further giving and charitable opportunities, networking events, cutting edge educational workshops and key note speaker events.

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

If you have ideas for events or activities you’d like to lead for the community, we’ll always warmly welcome them.

Q. When is the start date?

We run our public cohorts twice a year in the Spring and Autumn. Click on “Book your place” at the top of our website to see details of our next BeMORE experience.

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 try a BeMORE experience first. Email us 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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