Fundraising News: Why I Give - Cullen Tillotson

Cullen Tillotson works in software testing at Microsoft UK. He takes part in corporate challenges in support of the NSPCC and is keen to donate to other charities when time and his finances allow.

When and why did you become involved with the NSPCC? I've raised money for the NSPCC over the past two years by participating in the Microsoft Challengers Trophy, an extreme sporting competition involving 100 corporate teams from the world's biggest companies. Participants are expected to raise around £400,000 for the charity this year.

Did you take part in any particular activity recently in support of this charity? We are all currently training for the Challengers Trophy on the Isle of Wight between 9-12 June. Each Microsoft team participating in the event sets its own fundraising target. I have also organised a fun run and barbecue as part of my fundraising effort. Altogether, my team has so far raised more than £3,000.

Are there any other charities you support financially, or with time?

I make donations to Greenpeace and Amnesty International.

Approximately how much time or money do you give per year? I dedicate several weeks to the NSPCC through my involvement with the Microsoft Challengers Trophy. I reckon through fundraising for the NSPCC and donations to other charities, I give around £2,000 per year.

What do you bring to the charities you help? My enthusiasm and desire to make the world a better place in small steps.

What is a good way for a charity to approach you? I like charities that provide me with information about what they do or hope to achieve in an honest, non-pushy way and let me decide for myself if it is something I want to support.

What is most annoying about being approached? Telemarketing is an instant turn-off for me, and I don't open direct mail. I generally give money to friends or family who are fundraising for a charity, or pick charities myself.

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