Fundraising News: Why I Give - Craig Hamer, strategic project manager at Vodafone

Craig Hamer is strategic project manager at Vodafone. He volunteers for Youth Net UK and supports other children and young people's charities.

Why and when did you become involved with Youth Net UK? I first heard about Youth Net in February, when it held an exhibition at Vodafone's headquarters in Newbury. It presented its work in a very engaging way, which made me want to volunteer.

Are there any other particular causes or organisations you support? I give time to AIESEC, a youth development charity I used to work for as president of its national office in the UK. I also support Childline and Barnardo's through sponsorship and donations. I am keen to empower young people, because they are the next generation to lead this country.

How much money do you give a year? I give £300 to Childline and Barnardo's through direct debit. Altogether, I give around £450.

What do you bring to the charities you help?

At Youth Net, I bring my professional skills, helping it to develop its management strategy and become more efficient.

What is it you like about giving to charities?

The charities I am involved with help me to develop myself. I help other people and learn a lot from doing it. I also enjoy being in touch with the people who work in that sector. I find it very inspirational and it really invigorates me.

What is a good way for a charity to approach you? I still have quite a few links with the charity world from the time I was working at AIESEC, so a good way to approach me is through my network or a personal recommendation.

What I don't like is direct mail, because I feel it is just about giving money, which I personally do not value as much as volunteering. It frustrates me when I offer to give time to a charity and they reply that they would prefer me to give them money. I am not rich, so I try to give as much time as I can.

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