Michael Sheen declared himself a “non-profit actor”
“There was something pretty liberating about going, okay, I’m going to put big sums of money into this or that, because I’m going to be able to get it back again.” I basically turned into a social enterprise, a nonprofit actor.
Sheen has long been interested in social enterprises and activism. In 2017, he created the End High Cost Credit Alliance to help people find more affordable ways to borrow money. He also pledged more than £ 50,000 over five years to fund a scholarship to help Welsh students attend Oxford University. On top of that, Sheen is a patron of a number of UK charities.
But while the Homeless World Cup was certainly instrumental in changing Sheen’s perspective, it was perhaps a 72-hour production of Passion in the streets of his hometown of Port Talbot in 2011 which turned out to be the most important. “I got to know people and organizations in my hometown that I didn’t know existed. Small groups that were trying to help young caregivers, who had just enough funds to make a little difference in a child’s life by having one night a week where they could go out and go bowling or watch a movie and just to be a child.
He added, “I would come back and visit three or four months later and find that the funding was gone and this organization was gone. “
It was then that Sheen realized the importance of fundraising and the difference it can make in someone’s life. “I wanted to help these people. I didn’t just want to be a patron or a supporting voice, I actually wanted to do more than that. That’s when I thought I should go back to live in Wales.