New discussion forum for charities on saving money

Howard Lake | 15 January 2004 | News

Financial journalist Martin Lewis has opened a new forum on his Moneysavingexpert.com site to allow charities and small businesses to discuss how to save money and reduce overheads.

The Moneysavingexpert.com site is dedicated to saving consumers money. The new forum is called “Small Biz & Charity Organisers Money Saving”. Although some of the tips and discussions are relevant to both for-profit and non-profit organisations, users are encouraged to add “CH” or “SB” to their messages’ subject lines to help readers distinguish messages relevant specifically to charities or to small businesses.

Paul Chatterton told UK Fundraising: “I started work for a disability charity in London, and have been working on cutting down their overheads. For my charity I have already used the site to investigate cheap purchase of film equipment, how to make very cheap phone calls (Uk lines 1p/min, International calls – 1p/min), how to reduce gas/electricity costs, and how to find discounted hotel accomodation (Travelodge currently have a £5 per night room offer!).”

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There are very few “CH” messages so far, but the site does have 50,000 members. It has featured where charities can get low-cost or donated computers, and has also promoted the Whizz-Kidz/EastJet click-to-give campaign, featured on UK Fundraising on 23 November 2003. Site owner Martin Lewis helpfully pointed out that the click-to-give campaign is unusual in that it does not limit clicks to one per day per person/IP address. Instead, it seems that you can click many times a day, provided you leave at least a minute between clicks.

So the Forum might yield some useful tips and ideas.