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

Professor Craig Calhoun

Director and President of London School of Economics

"Philanthropy is embedded within the fabric and history of London, and it will shape its future: from conventional charities to social enterprises that benefit local and global communities, London is the hub for (and home to) innumerable philanthropic endeavours that demonstrably improve society on a global level.

Founded following a legacy bequeathed in 1895, LSE is a living example of the impact of philanthropy in London. For 120 years and counting, the School has routinely demonstrated a commitment to giving its time and intellectual capital – and exerting its social influence – for the betterment of society. Philanthropy is in our DNA.

LSE creates and shares knowledge to address the great social challenges of our age - from poverty to urban growth, to climate change and economic development. From our central London campus, we have pioneered the study of economics, development and anthropology, count 16 Nobel Prize winners amongst our staff and alumni, and have educated many of the world’s leaders. 

Our research has also informed effective philanthropy worldwide over the past century, with our graduates among the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. The new Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, created at LSE last year, seeks to inform global understanding of the value and impact of philanthropy – and provide further focus to LSE’s own philanthropic endeavours – with London as its platform."

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