Giving Back 2016-17

Giving back - donating 10% of freelance profit to charity

We live on a beautiful planet. And yet we often treat it badly.

Before I started freelancing at Five Pixels I knew that I wanted to support good causes. I did wonder for a while about working in the charity niche, designing and developing sites for charities. However, seeing as I would still have to charge for this work, it didn’t seem altruistic enough.

I finished up my accounts for the year end April 2017 last month and wondered – why don’t I donate 10% of my profits?

I thought about it, and decided to do it.

But where should the money go? There are so many brilliant charities out there doing amazing work the choice is literally overwhelming.

Environmental charity

I worry a lot about the health of the planet we live on. I find it so distressing to hear of the destruction of habitats, the endangerment of species and the pollution of our seas, rivers and forests. We only have one home and we should look after it – not just for us, but for our children too.

I decided to choose Friends of the Earth as the Charity that I would support this year for a number of reasons:

  1. Friends of the Earth are a UK charity.
  2. They make it clear how your donation is used.
  3. There are two main campaigns currently running that I care a lot about. One to ban fracking and one to save our bees.


You can read a lot more about what Friends of the Earth are currently working on here. In short, our bees are in danger and without them we cannot pollinate our crops. Fracking has the potential to contaminate the water supply and encourages a continued reliance on fossil fuels which are detrimental to our climate.


Today I donated 10% of the 2016-2017 year profits from running Five Pixels to Friends of the Earth.

If you want to join me in supporting the beautiful planet we live on, you can donate via the Friends of the Earth donate page on their website, or using the excellent Virgin Money Giving website.

Virgin Money Giving is a not-for-profit (unlike Just Giving, who make a profit from the charities they collect for). You can see how Virgin compares to other sites here, and I would recommend them if you want to set up your own charity or fundraising page.

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