Fundraising News: Why I Give - Matt Grainger

Matt Grainger is director of agency Procaritas Communications. He has worked in campaigning and communications for 15 years and supports a number of charities.

Which charities do you help and how?

I support Children Today, a Chester-based charity that provides specialised equipment to disabled people. I give as much time and as much money as I can, which is not enough. I regularly donate to Oxfam, Greenpeace and Combat Stress via direct debit. I started donating to Combat Stress in March after receiving a direct mail. I was already interested in mental health issues and read a history book about post-war trauma symptoms so I was keen to support them.

How did you become involved with Children Today? I came across Children Today through my work with Procaritas and was impressed with what they achieve with so little money.

How much money or time do you give a year?

I give around £100 a month to charities. I also give time to Children Today, looking at fundraising opportunities for the charity. I've also volunteered for Oxfam's debt relief campaign, encouraging people to sign petitions.

What do you bring to the charities you help?

My professional skills and contacts, and on a personal basis, commitment.

I think carefully about why I support the charities I help and I believe passionately in what they do.

What is a good way for a charity to approach you? Direct mail does work, especially if I am aware of an issue already. But the method that works best with me is through the news media. When I become concerned about a particular issue, I look out for the organisations that try to address it.

What is the most annoying thing about being approached by charities?

Those calls asking me to ramp up my regular donations. And having a tin rattled under my nose in the pub, especially when the collector seems to know or care little about what they are collecting for.

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