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.

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Foundation grant-making hits record high on the back of income growth

For the second year running, foundation grant-making has reached a record high - hitting £2.9bn.The 12% rise comes on the back of a 5.5% growth in investment income and a 1.9% growth in voluntary income, demonstrating foundations’ ongoing commitment to quickly translating upticks in income into new giving.

How can philanthropy build UK civic identity?

The role of philanthropy in building UK civic identity is the topic of a new report from Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

Giving: A Sense of Place by CAF Head of Policy Rhodri Davies makes a series of recommendations with the aim of ‘ushering in a new golden age of civic philanthropy’ and ‘making philanthropy a central part of the discussion about the future of the UK’s cities’.

Splashing around in the shallows and other lessons on giving from Lord Sainsbury

‘A Better World Is Possible’ sounds a tad optimistic in light of the environmental, manmade and political disasters challenging the planet right now. It is the title of a book from businessman, politician and philanthropist David Sainsbury authored by science writer Georgina Ferry. It documents how Lord Sainsbury's philanthropy has indeed impacted the world for the better.

Flying Trader raises £70k for charity from his helicopter over London

City trader and philanthropist Greg Secker piloted his self-built helicopter over London this month raising £70k to rebuild the Philippine village flattened by the 2013 Haiyan Typhoon.

The money was raised through the donation of brokerage fees from the day’s trading which made traders a 4.4% profit, as well as through the sale of tickets to visit the village when it is officially opened.

On Purpose offers a springboard to a new world-changing career

If your career lacks purpose there is a path to new meaning with On Purpose, the organisation that offers people paid placements in social organisations. "The Associate Programme is the perfect launch-pad for your purpose-driven career. It is a one year programme that combines paid work with professional and personal development,” says Tom Rippin, CEO of On Purpose.

Big Give for Grenfell raises more than £2.6m by doubling donations

In the six weeks since the Grenfell Tragedy, The Big Give matching fund has raised over £2.6m .

The appeal offered to double public donations thanks to match funding commitments from a number of local companies and philanthropists. Significant match funders include The Cadogan Estate, Julia and Hans Rausing, Monsoon Accessorize, DMGT Plc, Reed Recruitment and The Bjorgolfsson Family amongst others 


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