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  • » A Whole Range Of New Volunteering Opportunities

    The Wisdom Trust is really a unique charity - one of a kind. We're already reaching out all over the world, supporting the work of over 550 charities and good causes in more than 25 countries - and we're still only three years old.

    Although our fundraising support for other charitable causes is important and provides a vital new funding opportunity for large and small charities alike, our main goal is to educate people about poverty, environment and health - and to help them to apply that new knowledge by showing them hundreds (even thousands) of simple practical tips everyone can bring into their own lives to a) reduce their personal carbon footprint and b) improve their own health.

    And now, as part of our global campaigns, we're looking to expand the reach of our education programmes. We're just about to start working on a campaign in association with the International Confederation of Principals (ICP) to reach out to 300,000 schools all over the world (including all 37,000 schools right here in the UK). We want to help students and young people (and their parents, families and friends) learn more about the big global issues affecting the future of our planet - mainly poverty, environment and health.

    We'll be offering them learning tools on our website together with lots of great tests and quizzes so they can see how much they've learned so far and assess their performance compared to everyone else in their class, or in their school or all over the world. And there'll be certificates and recognition for all students who get involved and aspire to one of the best in their class. On top of that, all the students in a class can work together to make their class the best in the school and the whole school can work together to make their school the best in the country.

    But not only that, we'll be raising money from their use of our website with over 1,000 carefully-selected commercial partners and donating that fund to support the work of participating schools and of many other charites and not-for-profit good causes in their communities.

    And right now, we're looking to meet with everyone who'd like to consider joining our team of volunteers to help us with this and all our other campaigns. Whatever your skills and experience, we'd like to chat with you so we can assess better where you could help us.

    We're going to need a lot of people in order to ensure the success of this new campaign for schools in particular - and if we are successful, we'll be supporting not just 550 charities as we are now, but potentially several million charities and good causes all over the world. This will ensure that over the next five years, The Wisdom Trust, together with all our new partner schools, will be making a serious contribution to reduce climate change, relieve poverty and improve world health - and it will be a campaign driven forward by the young people on every continent.

    So what can you do to help us make a difference all over the world?

    We're looking for people to help us in all areas of our operation, and in particular for people who can become part of our management team for their own area of expertise to help co-ordinate all our other volunteers in that field. For example, we're looking for volunteers with particular skills (and possibly experience too) in:

    PR

    Our PR team will work together to design and implement a strong PR/media strategy, to ensure that our public profile is always positive and to help prepare perfect press releases every time. With regard to our upcoming schools campaign, we'll be looking for our PR team to run campaigns in the local press here in the UK, in those areas where we're working with schools, so that we can reach out into the local region to engage other groups in the community. We'll also look to our PR team to keep our campaigns in the national media (TV, radio and newspapers) whenever possible - and each country where we start activities - so that public awareness about The Wisdom Trust and about The Wisdom Trust 'brand' is always high. If you have experience in the PR or media industry do get in touch with us as soon as possible to see how your skills can help us succeed in our schools campaign.

    Website Programmers/Designers

    The present website was put together originally by two of our trustees, who knew nothing about website design when they started. But we acknowledge now that with some big campaigns on the horizon - especially our worlwide campaign to schools, we now need something a bit more special. So we're currently in the middle of a complete rewrite of our existing website to provide us with a fantastic online adventure to excite and educate all our website visitors whatever their age or background.

    IN particular, we want to make sure that our new website has a definite 'cool' factor to keep young people interested enough so they choose to return to the website for more of the same, again and again.

    It's a big job we've set for ourselves, but with a potential worldwide audience of over 100 million people (including students, their parents, families and friends), we could be looking at something which could end up being even bigger than some of the big social networking site (for example). So we need a large team of experienced programmers who can help us ensure that every page on the new website is constructed with perfect 'industry-standard' coding so that it operates as fast and as efficiently as possible.

    And of course, we're also going to need some experienced designers who can make sure every section of our website is both exciting and appealing, and easy-to-use too.

    Finally, all our website programmers and designers would need to be just that little bit extra special, working together to take all the wonderful ideas coming out of our Education, PR and Marketing teams and turn those ideas into a fantastic online experience for our users.

    Law

    We're looking for people with all sorts of relevant legal experience to help us ensure that all our activities are compliant at all times (in every country where we're active), and to check through any contracts and assess any legal risks. IF you have any legal experience do get in touch today and join The Wisdom Trust volunteer legal team.

    Strategy/Planning

    With so many incredible projects all coming along at once, we're going to need some volunteers with experience of strategy planning to help us with forward planning and with co-ordinating all the various strategies from all areas of the operation, i.e. to make sure we move forward with 'joined-up thinking'. For example, with regard to our upcoming campaign to schools around the world, we'll need to make sure we have the right strategy planning in place to ensure the whole operation runs as smoothly as possible. So if you have eperience of strategy planning, do contact us today to see how you can help us.

    Editorial/Copywriting

    We think our editorial team will become one of the most important parts of our whole operation, being responsible for composing all our newsletters, articles and factsheets as well as ensuring that every word, phrase and paragraph on our website (and in hard copy) is relevant, accurate, easily-understood and as concise as possible. So if you have any experience in editorial matters, copywriting or proofreading, we'd like to hear from you today. Although most of the work of the editorial team can be done online, from home at times to suit each person, there will be weekly opportunities to meet up and discuss our editorial strategy round the table. These meetings will take place at our main office in Caterham, south London, on different evenings of the week and light refreshments will be provided.

    Events Management

    We're hoping to put together a team of brilliant events management specialists to help us deliver an exciting and innovative range of events of all types, all year round, including roadshows, festivals, seminars, training courses, fundraising events and new campaign launches. We also need a team of people to help us meet & greet the people who'll be attending our weekly open evenings at the London office and to prepare an interesting evening of varied content each week. If you have experience in event management or as part of an events team, contact us today to see how you can be part of this exciting team. With regard to our new campaign aimed at schools, we're particularly interested at the moment in putting together a roadshow event to tour round schools here in the UK.

    Our plan is to develop an events program where we're organising at least one event every week, in addition to our weekly open evenings in central London. These will be a mix of music events, sports-related events, quiz nights, karaoke, fundraisers, outdoor events, networking and social evenings, education events and sometimes dance nights too. But we'll consider all ideas - so get your thinking cap on. We want our events program to allow us to engage with all kinds of people (in all age groups) and to show them that The Wisdom Trust isn't just about serious issues, it's about having fun too.

    Finance

    We're looking for some people with experience in all areas of financial matters to join our new Finance team to help us look outside our normal funding avenues to other funding opportunities. We'd also like this team to assess any possible financial risks and later on to advise on any investment opportunities for our fund. If you have any relevant financial experience, do contact us as soon as possible to get involved in our finance team.

    Healthcare/Medical Issues

    Our Healthcare team will be targetted to ensure that the healthcare information and health-tips on our website are as comprehensive as possible, as well as being accurate, relevant, up-to-date and interesting. Potentially our worldwide audience could exceed 100 million young people and their families so the information we're sharing with them could make a valuable contribution, not only in creating more awareness about the state of health and healthcare around the world, but in helping to improve the health of all our members as well. If you have experience in any area of the healthcare industry do get in contact with us today and join our Healthcare team.

    Environmental Issues

    Our Environment team will be targetted to ensure that the environment information and eco-tips on our website are as comprehensive as possible, as well as being accurate, relevant, up-to-date and interesting. Potentially our worldwide audience could exceed 100 million young people and their families so the information we're sharing with them could make a valuable contribution, not only in creating more awareness about the dangers of climate change and environmental destruction, but in helping to change people's behaviour to reduce their personal carbon footprints and help protect their local environment. If you have experience in any area of the environment or wildlife sectors do get in contact with us today and join our Environment team.

    Education

    We hope that our Education team will comprise of people with a strong background in education (teachers, for example, or even retired teachers or headteachers). The task of this team will be to help us ensure that our education (both online and offline) is delivered in as interesting, enjoyable and informative a way as possible, so people of all age groups learn something new on each visit to the website and choose to come back for more, as often as possible. We want our Education team to use all their collective experience to imagine, discuss and design innovative and exciting new education programmes to add something new to our existing library of programmes, helping all our users more to learn about the big global issues and about what they can do to help make a difference.

    The Education team will work closely with both the Environment team and the Healthcare team to ensure the information they provide is delivered to our users via the range of proposed new education programmes, and they'll work with the Website team to make sure the programme ideas are turned into amazing online tools for learning. If you have experience in any area of education we urge you to contact us today and join our Education team.

    Marketing

    The task of our Marketing team will be to help us put together fantastic marketing campaigns, preferably at zero (or little) cost, both online and through our media contacts, in co-operation with the PR team. We're particularly interested in using social networking websites as marketing tools, and we'd like to experiment with viral marketing as a tool to reach out to as many people as possible, with minimal effort. Our Marketing team will work closely with both our PR team and our Events Management team to deliver the best possible marketing campaigns - with fantastic results every time. If you have experience in any area of the marketing industry or even if you consider yourself a brilliant networker, do get in touch with us as soon as possible to join our Marketing team.

    Fundraising/Networking

    We're looking to put together a Fundraising team which will closely study all methods of fundraising, with the exception of ever asking our members for donations - we just don't do that. Much of our fundraising is done through the website via our various affiliate marketing agreements and we'd encourage our Fundraising team to work closely with our Marketing team to implement a disciplined viral marketing campaign to increase our income substantially over a relatively short period of time. But we'd also like our Fundraising team to look at other opportunities - fundraising events (for example), working in co-operation with our Events Management team, and even reaching out into the corporate world to seek donations from there. Finally, we hope our Fundraising team will be able to assess and apply for any funding available from other trusts and foundations. If you have experience in any area of fundraising do get in contact with us and join our Fundraising team as soon as possible.

    Commercial

    One of the main areas from which The Wisdom Trust generates funds is from our extensive range of commercial partners. These include online shops, search engines, auction houses, price comparison websites and general advertisers, all of whom pay us a fee for advertising on our website, or for each completed search or price comparison and (in the case of online shops) when someone makes a purchase from their website after linking to it from ours.

    We need a team of well-organised people to form a Commercial team, whose responsibilities will include the management of all these partners to ensure that we're promoting them adequately on our website and that any adverts of banners are relevant, Current, seasonal (where appropriate) and up-to-date. We have over 1,000 shops and search engine partners alone and this could expand to many times that number. But if managed correctly, the potential income from all these partnerships could be substantial.

    If you are a well-motivated, organised person, who enmjoys a challenge, why not contact us to become part of our Commercial team and help us put together one of the most exciting shopping experiences on the internet, generating huge sums for charity every month, You'll be able to work almost entirely from home, one your own computer, so your working hours can be very flexible indeed.

    In all these areas, we hope to be able to invite exceptional people to join our board of trustees as the representative of their chosen area of expertise.

    So, if you feel you'd like to get involved as a member of one of our specialist volunteer groups, simply click here to tell us where you feel you could contribute most to help us achieve success with our schools project in 2009 (and beyond) and to make a real difference in the world.



  • » About Us

    The Wisdom Trust was founded in 2003 and gained registered charity status in November 2005. Through our work, we aim to increase awareness of poverty, environment and health issues facing the global community. To date we list over 5,500 registered members, and work to support over 500 charities and good causes - in 21 countries, worldwide.

    Our fundraising total topped the £12,000 mark in 2007 with at least 50% of that income being set aside for donations to the other charitable organisations we support. At least another 25% of our income is used to enhance our education programs and to help people 'make a difference'. To facilitate this, we have a minimalist approach to overheads: we have no paid staff, no dedicated offices and absolutely no desire to change this!

    As a registered charity, we are subject to the governance of the Charity Commission and are fully compliant with all aspects of charity law. Our accounts (for every year since 2005) are available for public inspection via the charity commission website, and, also at our offices in Caterham, Surrey.



  • » Carbon Offsetting

    Use the value of your Wisdom Trust Grant Fund to offset one or more tonnes of carbon emissions, created as a result of your own activities at home, in the car or while travelling. Our Carbon Offsetting program is supplied by Pure.org, one of our listed charities, whose offsetting scheme allows users to purchase Carbon Offsets through the European Carbon Trading Program. This represents actual savings achieved by big businesses all over Europe and is therefore more immediately accountable than traditional carbon offsetting schemes.

    To begin the process, use the [Carbon Offsetting] link on the [Education] menu, when you're logged in.



  • » Cedar Bonus

    The Cedar Bonus is designed to recognise those members who help us spread the word and some introduce their friends, family and colleagues to The Wisdom Trust. It is awarded to each member once three of the people they've introduced achieve 'active' status and are therefore awarded the Kingfisher Bonus. The Cedar Bonus is worth 2,050 FC's to the member.

    And by encouraging any new members they introduce to introduce other new members from among their own friends and family in order to work towards the Cedar Bonus themselves, the 'introducing' member will be in line for an additional award under this scheme as well. This will apply each and every time the Cedar Bonus is awarded to anyone they introduce - and even to any new members introduced by those people as well (i.e. a 2nd generation of new members) and actually down through at least eight generations of friends and family.

    In this way, if you work towards creating a large network of friends, family and colleagues, who then take up the challenge and start introducing people of their own, we want to make sure your own effort in starting the whole thing off is recognised. The way we see it, without your help and without your introductions in the first place, we wouldn't have the opportunity to engage with and educate the members of your own network, i.e. you friends and family, their friends and family and so on...



  • » Check Out A Great Deal - For You And For Charity

    When any of us buys something, either online or in the shops, we always want to try to make sure we get the best possible price. Well now, by using The Wisdom Trust's price comparison partners, you can ensure that you never pay more than you need for anything you'll ever buy again. Our price comparison partners help you find the exact products which match your particular criteria, and then once you've chosen the precise model you want, they'll tell you what shops sell it, who has the best prices, what they charge for delivery and whether or not they have any in stock at the moment. Brilliant, isn't it?

    You'll find all our price comparison partners listed in our special [Pricecheck] option from the [Resources] menu. So why not get into the habit of checking out a new bargain every day. Just think of all the things you're likely to buy over the next few months, visit one or two of our partners' websites and run through the simple comparison process. And at the end of each comparison, visit the website of one of the stores listing your chosen product to see if they have any really special deals today. They often do, so you could find yourself an ever bigger bargain than you thought.

    You don't have to be a member to use The Wisdom Trust's Pricecheck pages. Just click through on the [Pricecheck] link in the [Resources] menu, visit some of the price comparison sites listed there, run through a comparison for anything you might want to buy now or over the next few months and check out the shops' websites for any really special deals today. That's it! Simple? Yes, of course. But by getting into the habit of doing this every day, not only will you become a better-informed consumer, but you could also help feed hungry children, protect the rainforest and endangered species, relieve poverty, improve healthcare where it's needed most, provide water in the poorest parts of the world and preserve our planet for future generations - and all for a few minutes of your time checking out the best prices of things you need, so you save money. Isn't that amazing?



  • » Click To Make A Difference - It Couldn't Be Easier

    Many of our online shopping and advertising partners offer special deals from time to time and every day, we list a selection of these in our special [Surf] option from the [Resources] menu. Why not check out a few of their websites each day and see is there is anything of interest for you. And as a special incentive, we'll add a little bit extra to our main charity fund every time someone visits any of the websites listed on our Surf pages. We want you to look at their websites because we think some (or most) people will find their websites interesting. But don't just click in and out of each website. Spend a few seconds having a look round and see if you can spot something of particular interest to you. You might just spot a bargain.

    You don't have to be a member to use The Wisdom Trust's Surf pages. Just click through on the [Surf] link in the [Resources] menu, click through on some of the links to visit a few of our selected websites and have a look round each one to see what they have to offer. That's it! Simple? Yes, of course. But by getting into the habit of doing this every day, you could help feed hungry children, protect the rainforest and endangered species, relieve poverty, improve healthcare where it's needed most, provide water in the poorest parts of the world and preserve our planet for future generations - and all for a few minutes of your time checking out a few of our selected websites. Isn't that amazing?



  • » Corporate Partnerships - Get Your Company Involved

    The Wisdom Trust works with charities, good causes and other not-for-profit organisations all over the world, but we're also happy to explore partnerships with companies and other corporate bodies to promote our issues and assist in that organisation's Corporate Social Responsibility programs.

    If the company has its own charitable foundation, or if it has an annual charity fund, from which it donates to local, national or international charitable causes, we would be happy to list that as one of our good causes. Alternatively, if the company wishes, we can create a 'charity fund' in the company's name (e.g. XYZ Services Ltd. Charitable Fund) and list that one our website instead.

    The company can then promote The Wisdom Trust to its management, staff, suppliers and customers, who can then engage with us individually, possibly even registering as friends of The Wisdom Trust themselves, to learn more about the big global issues (poverty, environment and health) and about thousands of simple things they can do to help make a difference. Individuals who register with us will also be able to participate in our Grants program to offset the cost of things like solar panels or wind turbines in their home, or, in the case of students, to offset against any outstanding costs of their education. Organisations who register with us can add themselves to our listed good causes, in the same way, and promote The Wisdom Trust to their own management, staff, suppliers and customers.

    By reaching out in this way to help spread awareness and create a greater understanding about these important issues, the company's charity foundation, (or its charity fund) stands to benefit financially every time any of the people who engage with us, as a result, earn credits through our education programs, search the internet, shop online or introduce their own friends and family.

    Thus, by partnering with The Wisdom Trust, a company will be enhancing their existing CSR activities, first by helping to create a wider awareness about the important issues affecting the future of our planet, and, as a result, possibly even help us to spread more friendship, goodwill and understanding across all racial, cultural, relgious and national boundaries; and second, by adding value to the financial support the company offers to the charitable causes it supports locally, nationally and internationally.



  • » Corporate Social Responsibility


    Definition

    Corporate social responsibility (CSR, also known as corporate responsibility, corporate citizenship, and responsible business) is a concept whereby organisations consider the interests of society by taking responsibility for the impact of their activities on customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, communities and other stakeholders, as well as the environment.

    This obligation is seen to extend beyond the statutory obligation to comply with legislation and sees organisations voluntarily taking further steps to improve the quality of life for employees and their families as well as for the local community and society at large.


    How Can The Wisdom Trust Help Your Organisation?

    If you're a registered charity or any other not-for-profit good cause, we can help promote your cause on our global platform, engage with your staff, supporters, members and their families to help create more awareness about the big global issues (poverty, environment and health) and about thousands of simple things everyone can do to help make a difference and, perhaps most importantly, provide regular donations to support your work and/or grants to help reduce the impact on the environment of your various operational activities. Simply register your cause on our website - completely without any cost whatsoever - promote The Wisdom Trust to your supporters and, if you wish, contact us to see how we can work more closely together.

    If you're a company or other corporate body, we can engage with your management, staff (and their families), suppliers and customers to help create more awareness about the big global issues (poverty, environment and health) and about thousands of simple things everyone can do to help make a difference. We can also provide regular donations to support any charitable work your company gets involved in and offer grants to help reduce the impact on the environment of your various operational activities. Simply register your company's charitable activities as a good cause on our website - completely without any cost whatsoever - promote The Wisdom Trust to your staff, suppliers and customers and, if you wish, contact us to see how we can work more closely together.



  • » Eco Grants For Members

    Part of the mission of The Wisdom Trust and one of our key charitable objectives is to help our members reduce their personal carbon footprint at home. Firstly, we do this by educating members about hundreds of simple things they can do themselves (our eco tips) and secondly, we offer a grants scheme to help them fund projects at home which help them to save energy (and hopefully, save money as well).

    As one of our members - a friend of The Wisdom Trust - you build up and add value to your personal Wisdom Trust Charity/Grant fund every time you log in and use the website's built-in education programmes. You can also add to its value when you introduce friends and family or shop online.

    There are several ways you can then use the value of your fund to make a difference, and one of these ways is to apply for a Wisdom Trust eco grant.

    Regular, committed members can use some or all the value of your Wisdom Trust Charity/Grant Fund to apply for an Eco Grant. This can be used to help offset the cost of items like solar panels or boiler controls etc. Items for which we will allow grants must be approved by The Carbon Trust, for their advertised purpose.

    Once an application for an Eco Grant has been processed The Wisdom Trust will seek to locate a local, fully-accredited supplier of the required item. If the grant is for less than 100% of the total cost, we will advise the member of the balance that is due, so they can submit the difference to us prior to installation. Once the item is paid for in full, we will then arrange delivery and installation.

    To apply for an Eco Grant, the value of your Wisdom Trust Grant Fund must exceed £100 and you must be active at that time (i.e. with at least 200 FC's this month or last month). To start the process, use the link from within the [Gold Money Options] page from the [Resources] menu, when you're logged in.



  • » Education Grants For Students

    As one of our members - a friend of The Wisdom Trust - you build up and add value to your personal Wisdom Trust Charity/Grant fund every time you log in and use the website's built-in education programmes. You can also add to its value when you introduce friends and family or shop online.

    There are several ways you can then use the value of your fund to make a difference, and one of these ways is to apply for a Wisdom Trust education grant. We believe student poverty, (especially poverty amongst former students with huge outstanding loans), is going to become even more of an issue over the next ten years than it is today. By providing these Education Grants, The Wisdom Trust is doing its bit to help relieve this situation a little.

    If you're a full-time student (or have been recently - within the last 5 years) you can use some or all the value of your Wisdom Trust Charity/Grant Fund to apply for an Education Grant to help offset the costs of your further education (university tuition fees etc.). Once an application for an Education Grant has been approved, The Wisdom Trust will contact the member for information about their course and loan provider etc.

    To apply for an Education Grant, the value of your Wisdom Trust Grant Fund must exceed £100 and you must be active at that time (i.e. with at least 200 FC's this month or last month). To start the process, use the link from within the [Gold Money Options] page from the [Resources] menu, when you're logged in.

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