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


SITR proves powerful fundraising agent for prison bakery business

On the surface Duane Jackson’s success story could sound pretty run of the mill; creating a software company, growing the business into a sector leader and eventually selling it off for a healthy profit, then ploughing some of the proceeds into charities and social enterprises. But that’s before you hear about his early life.

Fabian French: From City bubble to community champion

Fabian French

Fabian French, a former corporate finance banker with over 20 years’ experience in the City, was appointed as Chief Executive of UK Community Foundations (UKCF) earlier this year, following five years at Marie Curie. Jack Stewart spoke with Fabian about his move from the City to the charity sector and the role of community foundations today.

One of the first things former City banker Fabian French did when he took over as head of fundraising at Marie Curie was interrogate the figures. His findings were shocking.

Inspiring Philanthropy: Dr Frederick Mulder CBE

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.

Inspiring Philanthropy: Nick Kershaw

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. 27-year-old Nick Kershaw recently set up Uganda’s first ever international marathon as a way to connect fundraisers with the cause. This experience led him to leave his position as a wealth manager at a leading City firm to start Impact Marathon Series.

Social Investment Tax Relief: 5 things every donor should know

Social Investment Tax Relief

April 2014 saw the introduction of the Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR), an income and capital gains tax relief for investors in social enterprises. Jack Stewart takes a look at what investors should know about this incentive.

1.What is a social investment?

Inspiring Philanthropy: Peter Singer

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. Australian moral thinker Peter Singer's latest book The Most Good You Can Do expounds his ideas on 'Effective Altruism' - a giving movement that is exciting a new generation of givers.  Here the Professor of Bioethics, at Princeton University, and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne shares his thoughts on philanthropy and giving.

London’s ‘best kept secret’ aims to have a record breaking year

JCI London 2015 President Soraya Bowen

Junior Chamber International (JCI) has had a London chapter for over 60 years but has remained somewhat of a secret gem. Jack Stewart sat down with 2015 President Soraya Bowen to learn more about JCI and find out how they plan to spread their name.

What do Al Gore, Bill Clinton, John F Kennedy, Kofi Annan and half of the Japanese parliament have in common? No, this isn’t the set up for a bad joke - they were all members of personal development network Junior Chamber International (JCI).

New giving network opens up fun philanthropy for all

Disillusionment with the often anonymous and disconnected giving experience was the driving force behind a new network that aims to make philanthropy affordable, fun and democratic.

Ed Wethered, co-founder of Raise Your Hands (RYH), sees the network that launched in September 2014 as ‘the fly wheel’ of giving that will gear up the philanthropy experience allowing its 100 plus members to become more engaged with charitable causes as well as socialise around giving.


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