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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A Wealth of Opportunity


Venture philanthropy organisations look to greater risk and more financial returns

Venture philanthropy organisations (VPOs) are becoming more sophisticated, taking more risks while increasingly looking for financial return on their investments according to the European Venture Philanthropy Association’s second survey of the sector.

It shows that while the average investment per VPO increased by 27% to €5.2m between 2010 and 2011, the market is still very small with the total annual financial spend worth €278m in 2011.

Booming global middle class could change face of world giving by 2030 with $224bn donation

In 20 years time the UK may not be among the top giving nations in the world; overtaken by the BRIC nations and their booming middle class.

This is grounds for optimism in terms of levels of giving and what effect this could have on extreme poverty says the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), who illustrate a new philanthropic world order in their new Future World Giving Report– Unlocking the Potential of Global Philanthropy, published on February 26.

Experiential education programme launches for women and younger aspiring philanthropists

A new experiential learning programme aimed at women and younger would-be philanthropists has been launched by Adessy Associates, a philanthropy and social investment advisory practice for high net worth individuals, families and businsses that bill themselves as 'catalysts for change'.  

Combining the latest thinking, hands-on practice and unconventional methods, the £19,800 Pioneers for Change Leadership Programme offers a dynamic, independent and transformational experience, says Adessy Associates founder Leesa Muirhead.

Wealthy donors use head and heart when giving to charity says new report

Evidence of impact and personal connection to a cause are the biggest influence when it comes to giving to charity by wealthy individuals says a new report.

A survey by the capacity-building charity Pilotlight, that connects business leaders with charities, found that while over 70% of philanthropists and City executives said a personal link to a charity was behind their decision to donate, nearly 60% said information on the impact of the charity’s work was a key factor.

11 City philanthropists celebrated at Beacon Awards

Eleven City philanthropists were named among 33 of the most prestigious philanthropists in the UK as Beacon Fellows for 2013, at the 8th Beacon Awards for Philanthropy held on 6th February at Mansion House, London.

Philanthropy experts announced as judges of Beacon Awards for philanthropy

The Beacon Fellowship and J.P. Morgan Private Bank have announced the judging panel for the 8th biennial Beacon Awards for Philanthropy, winners of which will be revealed on February 6th 2013 at a Mansion House awards ceremony.

The eight judges, who all have deep experience as philanthropists or in the philanthropy world, have been named as:

Wealthy young philanthropists want to bridge gap between rich and poor - new report

The next generation of wealthy young philanthropists want to use their money to bridge the gap between rich and poor, according to a major new global survey.

Nearly half (44%) of wealthy under 30s pointed to the gap between rich and poor as the biggest problem facing society today - compared with fewer than a third (28%) of the over 45s, according to the report by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which promotes charitable giving and provides financial services and social finance to not-for-profit organisations.


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