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


Being a Treasured Charity Treasurer

The newly published Honorary Treasurers Handbook offers essential advice, information and support for Charity Treasurers in all aspects of their role, including the crucial ‘softer’ aspects of the role. Here  Honorary Treasurers Forum CEO and handbook editor Denise Fellows offers some valuable advice on taking up the role of honorary treasurer.

Foundations are not the only fruit...

What are the giving options available for those who are new to giving? Here Mary Smith, Senior Relationship Manager at Prism the Gift Fund, explains what a DAF is and why they might be the solution for donors wanting to invest £25k plus in good causes

Place-based giving back on the map

Picture by Tobi Gaulke

In an age of hardening borders, national divides and austerity, philanthropy looks to be coming home with a renewed interest in place-based giving as a way of tackling disadvantage.  Cheryl Chapman looks at new initiatives and thinking on place-based giving

Making social investors of us all

Private banker Alexander Hoare has been named winner of the 2017 City Philanthropy Beacon Award that celebrates change-making philanthropy.  He aims to take social investment mainstream and available to everybody who wants to use their capital for good with the launch of a first of its kind fund.


Inspiring Philanthropy: Bella Franks

Bella Franks is part of The Hoare family philanthropic dynasty which can trace its giving back more than three centuries and whose Golden Bottle Trust donated £1m to good causes last year. Bella has become interested in her own philanthropic cause - disability - inspired by the work of her grandmother Mary Hoare who founded and ran The Lady Hoare Trust for babies affected by the drug Thalidomide in the 60’s. Bella has now started her own millennial network The Contact Collective supporting Contact A Family for families who have disabled children.


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