We define philanthropy as the giving of resources in an engaged and strategic way for maximum impact and in a tax efficient manner. It can include the giving of money, assets, time, talent, voice and one’s social capital. We believe in the power of philanthropy as a great social connector and the source of many great opportunities.

City Philanthropy

A Wealth of Opportunity


Inspiring Philanthropy: Nick Kershaw

In this occasional series of interviews with the City’s (and sometimes the world’s) leading philanthropists we aim to bring guidance and inspiration to others. 27-year-old Nick Kershaw recently set up Uganda’s first ever international marathon as a way to connect fundraisers with the cause. This experience led him to leave his position as a wealth manager at a leading City firm to start Impact Marathon Series.

Social Investment Tax Relief: 5 things every donor should know

Social Investment Tax Relief

April 2014 saw the introduction of the Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR), an income and capital gains tax relief for investors in social enterprises. Jack Stewart takes a look at what investors should know about this incentive.

1.What is a social investment?

Inspiring Philanthropy: Peter Singer

In this occasional series of interviews with The City's (and sometimes the world's) leading philanthropists we aim to bring guidance and inspiration to others. Australian moral thinker Peter Singer's latest book The Most Good You Can Do expounds his ideas on 'Effective Altruism' - a giving movement that is exciting a new generation of givers.  Here the Professor of Bioethics, at Princeton University, and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne shares his thoughts on philanthropy and giving.

London’s ‘best kept secret’ aims to have a record breaking year

JCI London 2015 President Soraya Bowen

Junior Chamber International (JCI) has had a London chapter for over 60 years but has remained somewhat of a secret gem. Jack Stewart sat down with 2015 President Soraya Bowen to learn more about JCI and find out how they plan to spread their name.

What do Al Gore, Bill Clinton, John F Kennedy, Kofi Annan and half of the Japanese parliament have in common? No, this isn’t the set up for a bad joke - they were all members of personal development network Junior Chamber International (JCI).

New giving network opens up fun philanthropy for all

Disillusionment with the often anonymous and disconnected giving experience was the driving force behind a new network that aims to make philanthropy affordable, fun and democratic.

Ed Wethered, co-founder of Raise Your Hands (RYH), sees the network that launched in September 2014 as ‘the fly wheel’ of giving that will gear up the philanthropy experience allowing its 100 plus members to become more engaged with charitable causes as well as socialise around giving.

Inspiring Philanthropy: Sonal Kadchha

In this occasional series of interviews with the City's leading philanthropists we aim to bring guidance and inspiration to others.

British born with Kenyan-Indian roots, Sonal read Chemical Engineering at Queens’ College Cambridge, where she graduated with a First Class Degree. She is currently a Senior Commercial Manager in the City, focusing on new business development in Africa. In 2008, Sonal visited the Sekenani Primary Boarding School, within the Maasai Mara nature reserve in Kenya, with Sir Richard Branson. She developed close bonds with the local community and recognised that the schools were overcrowded, understaffed and lacking equipment. Following this, Sonal set up Educating The Children. Sonal has been recognised as part of the Financial News “Extra Mile 40”, a list of 40 people in finance who go further for good causes, and the Inspired 50, a list of people from the City who push their physical and mental boundaries for charitable causes.

Inspiring Philanthropy: Dame Stephanie Shirley

In this occasional series of interviews with the City's leading philanthropists we aim to bring guidance and inspiration to others.

Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley is a highly successful entrepreneur turned philanthropist. Dame Shirley arrived in Britain aged 5 in 1939 as an unaccompanied child refugee escaping from Nazi Europe. In 1962 she founded her first software company, Xansa, which revoluntionised the position of women in the workplace. After retiring in 1993 she turned her focus to philanthropy, primarily autism; her son Giles was autistic and died in 1998.  She is also committed to making better use of IT in the voluntary sector. Her charitable Shirley Foundation is one of the top 50 grant-giving foundations in the UK. In 2009 Dame Stephanie Shirley was appointed as the National Ambassador of Philanthropy by the UK government.

4 golden principles to consider when embarking on a philanthropic journey

How can we ensure our philanthropic activities have a positive impact? Katelyn Cioffi outlines the '4 golden principles' to making your altruism 'high-impact'.

The biggest concern all philanthropists face is whether their contributions make a positive impact or not. It can sometimes be taken for granted that all outwardly philanthropic activities are ‘good’ by default. However, conscientious philanthropists will understand that actions can fall short of achieving their aims and, in the worst case, can actually do more harm than good.


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