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. Native Canadian Dr Frederick Mulder, CBE, introduced the notion of giving circles to the UK more than 15 years ago. He founded The Funding Network, or ‘tiffin’ as it is affectionately known, in the UK almost 13 years ago, that has raised more than £8m and is now spreading globally.
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.