Leave a legacy.

Real world projects with payback instead of charity donations

By: stephenmiller | 08-09-2014 22:26

This popped into my head literally just a couple of minutes ago and I'm going to refine / brainstorm it as I write so bear with me.


This was inspired by a company (Red Hat) who do projects in their local area, volunteers donate their time and the company throws in a few bones. I thought that this 'corporate responsibiliy' or 'social good' could be applied to giffgaff, perhaps they could maybe fix up a playground in Uxbridge. Now that in itself is a neat idea but takes a very internalised view of the company supporting its local area, for giffgaff the company is expanded beyond Uxbridge in the form of a distributed online community. What about if instead of these volunteer acts carried out in Uxbridge they could be done where members think they should and need to be done?


I've come up with a few notes;


  • First people submit projects. It could be fixing up a local park, donating computers to a club or a day out for an old folks home or respite home
  • The community then votes on the project. I dislike the idea of a popularity contest though so if anyone has any better way then I'd live to hear it
  • The payback that would ordinarily go to charity would be a good way to finance it, even the possibility of split payback f you still want the legacy charity donation
  • It's not unthinkable that other members could volunteer but then you might have things like liability and insurance to worry about

Perks are:


  • A more hands on approach from giffgaff than the typically abstracted charity donation route.
  • it's a pretty strong show of giffgaff and the community supporting each other in ways that far surpass any that giffgaff has done so far.
  • Good press; Virtual operator does good in the real world. Members at the heart of giffgaff etc



  • The selection criteria I haven't nailed yet. Voting on good causes is extremely tacky, especially when there's potentially people you might have spoken to regularly involved.
  • That's all I have so far, this is still pretty fresh in the head so haven't given a huge amount of thought to the negative side.

All thoughts and contributions are welcome :smileyhappy:


by: pwincess2k13
on: 27-11-2018 04:08

A very big YES

by: ukrun
on: 01-03-2019 13:53


by: mezeit
on: 01-02-2019 20:41

Bang on, thanks for a delightful idea.

by: kimchi
on: 08-10-2018 16:41

see this is a brilliant idea. Real world projects that the progress of which can be seen and voted on supported

by: ellieclarke1989
on: 24-09-2018 15:45

I like this idea. I hope it works. I like anything to help people.

by: chaaaan
on: 09-03-2019 10:22

Me too

by: gvmhb
on: 24-08-2018 17:02

A well thought out idea. I like it :)

by: mikeclubs181040
on: 22-07-2018 14:10

Hello everyone, what a great Idea. I would love to see this implemented.

by: subasht
on: 16-07-2018 19:40

absolutely agree.. even though donated payback money has usually gone to deserving charities..

giffgaff could have greater impact with direct involvement in charitable projects.. giffgaff also benefit from greater brand exposure and increase in customer goodwill

by: muddycalhoun
on: 21-06-2018 20:27

supported for I am of the opinion money does most good and goes furthest if it is delivered straight to the point of need. Many big national and international charities spent an obscene amount of money donated on wages and.corporate merrymaking for want of a better term.

by: dbrindley1989
on: 01-12-2017 01:58

Excellent idea. What of instead of selecting/voting for one project, there could be a few projects in place where people could donate their payback points to the cause of choice? I think that way more causes would be helped :)