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


London Place-Based Giving Schemes raising millions of pounds to tackle poverty and inequality, new report shows

A ‘giving model for the 21st Century’ based on the premise that ‘everyone can give’ is galvanising London communities to come together to tackle poverty and inequality in their boroughs raising millions of pounds and mobilising thousands of volunteers.

Inspired by Islington Giving that has raised more than £5m and mobilised more than 4,000 volunteers in its borough  since its launch in 2010, the place-based giving  movement is now present or under discussion in 21 boroughs.

Reed Chairman makes plea to push The Big Give matching fund for Grenfell Tower victims to £3m

James Reed, chairman of reed.co.uk, is calling on business leaders and entrepreneurs to dig deep for The Big Give’s Grenfell Tower Fire appeal in a bid to raise £3m that would provide every flat  of the 120 affected with £25,000. 
Within hours of the tragedy unfolding, the Big Give set up its matching fund which now stands at £1.8m . So far there have been 10,000 donations.

UK's first academic course for philanthropy advisors opens as demand for advice grows

Philanthropists are increasingly seeking professional advice to support their giving. Research finds that over a quarter (28%) of all wealthy donors have sought professional guidance, rising to almost 4 in 10 (38%) amongst the younger and newer philanthropists, as the book Richer Lives, Why Rich People Give  by Dr Beth Breeze and Theresa Lloyd reveals. But who is giving this advice, and what knowledge base do they draw on?

Social Finance made simple with launch of website

Good Finance, a website and collaborative project to help charities and social enterprises navigate social investment, has launched after a year of research and co-design with the sector.

The new site addresses a commonly identified problem from organisations – that social investment is ofte confusing and complex to understand, with there being too little information available about how and where to access it. 

City Philanthropy becomes part of the City of London Corporation

We are delighted to announce that the City Philanthropy project, launched in 2012 with the aim of encouraging philanthropy in the Square Mile and Canary Wharf and positioning London as a global centre for philanthropy, will have a new home.

From April City Philanthropy  will be based within the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust. This will enable the work of the project to be more deeply embedded in the broader giving and encouraging philanthropy strategy of the City of London Corporation.


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