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


Inspiring Philanthropy: Sonal Kadchha

In this occasional series of interviews with the City's leading philanthropists we aim to bring guidance and inspiration to others.

British born with Kenyan-Indian roots, Sonal read Chemical Engineering at Queens’ College Cambridge, where she graduated with a First Class Degree. She is currently a Senior Commercial Manager in the City, focusing on new business development in Africa. In 2008, Sonal visited the Sekenani Primary Boarding School, within the Maasai Mara nature reserve in Kenya, with Sir Richard Branson. She developed close bonds with the local community and recognised that the schools were overcrowded, understaffed and lacking equipment. Following this, Sonal set up Educating The Children. Sonal has been recognised as part of the Financial News “Extra Mile 40”, a list of 40 people in finance who go further for good causes, and the Inspired 50, a list of people from the City who push their physical and mental boundaries for charitable causes.

Inspiring Philanthropy: Dame Stephanie Shirley

In this occasional series of interviews with the City's leading philanthropists we aim to bring guidance and inspiration to others.

Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley is a highly successful entrepreneur turned philanthropist. Dame Shirley arrived in Britain aged 5 in 1939 as an unaccompanied child refugee escaping from Nazi Europe. In 1962 she founded her first software company, Xansa, which revoluntionised the position of women in the workplace. After retiring in 1993 she turned her focus to philanthropy, primarily autism; her son Giles was autistic and died in 1998.  She is also committed to making better use of IT in the voluntary sector. Her charitable Shirley Foundation is one of the top 50 grant-giving foundations in the UK. In 2009 Dame Stephanie Shirley was appointed as the National Ambassador of Philanthropy by the UK government.

4 golden principles to consider when embarking on a philanthropic journey

How can we ensure our philanthropic activities have a positive impact? Katelyn Cioffi outlines the '4 golden principles' to making your altruism 'high-impact'.

The biggest concern all philanthropists face is whether their contributions make a positive impact or not. It can sometimes be taken for granted that all outwardly philanthropic activities are ‘good’ by default. However, conscientious philanthropists will understand that actions can fall short of achieving their aims and, in the worst case, can actually do more harm than good.

Book review - 'Doing Good Great' by Doug Balfour, CEO Geneva Global

Quick review: Memoire-cum-manual on attaining ‘performance philanthropy’

Suitable for: Wealthy philanthropists wanting to create social change in the developing world

Full review:

Having a loaded gun at your head while being ‘frog-marched’ through the wilds of West Africa’s political tinderbox Liberia in the dead of night by a gang of so-called soldiers is a true test of one’s cool.

The Foundry - Mission Related Investment

The social justice and human rights centre at The Foundry represents a landmark in terms of social impact investment in property. Together with a small group of charitable foundations, Ethical Property has successfully raised over £12m to create a centre which supports the social justice and human rights movement. 

Collaborating to go further

There is an African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” EVPA CEO Kurt Peleman shares his views on the importance of collaboration.

Time credits scheme reenergises volunteering

The back of a time credit note. Photo: Spice Innovations

Volunteers are swapping skills for thrills with a scheme that earns them time credits to spend at a range of social outlets. The Spice Innovations scheme aims to galvanise volunteering across the UK and is now turning its attention to corporate world. Emily Wight spoke to CEO Becky Booth about their work.

Using the venture philanthropy model for disadvantaged children: an interview with Erin Segilia-Chase

Erin Segilia-Chase, new Director of Philanthropy at Impetus-PEF

Erin Segilia-Chase, 43, the new Director of Philanthropy at Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation (Impetus-PEF) is bringing her knowledge and experience of US fundraising to help support and grow the organisation and its portfolio of 27 charities and social enterprises that work transforming the lives of 11-24 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds. Emily Wight spoke to Erin about venture philanthropy and how it is engaging a new generation of philanthropists.


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