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


Beacon Awards: Open for Nominations

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Photo: Jonas Bengtsson / Creative Commons

Nominations open for the 2015 Beacon Awards this week.

The Beacon Awards aim to promote effective philanthropic giving through an awards scheme that highlights best practice and innovation in philanthropy. The awards run every two years.

Previous winners include JK Rowling, Gordon Morrison and Paul Marshall, with Duncan Bannatyne being a judge.

To nominate a philanthropist for the awards visit the Beacon Awards website from Thursday October 23.




London loves #GivingTuesday

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Giving Tuesday

We will be joining the #GivingTuesday team and Team London at the City Hall for an event for London's business community to find out how to make sure the capital is leading the way on #GivingTuesday.

Register here to join in between 4pm and 6pm on November 17.


City Hall
The Queen's Walk

Giving Tuesday Parliamentary Reception

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Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is hosting a Parliamentary Reception for charities and businesses to get together with MPs and talk about which causes they are keen to support.

Tell MPs why a particular charity matters and how they can spread the word from 12.30pm until 2.30pm on November 11.

So far nearly 300 charities and businesses across the UK have signed up as partners of #GivingTuesday.

The event will feature speeches from:


Terrace Pavilion
Houses of Parliament

International Giving

Donors with roots in Bangladesh, for example, might prefer to donate to a local charity rather than a western organisation. Photo: Adnan Islam/ Creative Commons

A recent report by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) looks at the way in which diaspora communities in the UK have changed the giving landscape.

International Giving, which surveyed 1,000 high net worth donors, comparing 250 who identified as having roots in the Indian subcontinent or the Asia Pacific region with 750 who identified more strongly with a British heritage, reveals that:

10 Innovations in Global Philanthropy

What can the UK philanthropy sector learn from the rest of the world? Photo: Nicolas Raymond/ Creative Commons

A new report from New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) highlights 10 recent innovations in philanthropy from across the world.

10 Innovations in Global Philanthropy, which was published last week, examines interesting ways in which philanthropic organisations are innovating and thus improving impact, from the US to India to the UK.

The report analyses the following innovations:

Sharing knowledge, acting on values: new research on corporate giving

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The seminar will present new research on corporate giving. Photo: Creative Commons

Cass Business School at City University London and the Centre for Charitable Gving and Philanthropy (CGAP) present a free half-day seminar on new research on corporate giving.

The research updates and compares trends and motivation in corporate giving by industry sectors, and explores how they express values in their community investment.

Speakers include:


Directory of Social Change
24 Stephenson Way

Join young philanthropists on Giving Tuesday at ‘pitch and pledge’ City Funding Network

Photo: Christopher Whalen/ Creative Commons

Join in the fun of crowd funding with like-minded donors on Giving Tuesday  at our next  City Funding Network (CFN) event on December 2 that aims to raise £15,000 for three excellent charities.

The ‘pitch and pledge’ event, which will take place at St Paul’s Roof Pavilion at the Southbank Centre, will celebrate the arrival of Giving Tuesday in the UK, coordinated by the Charities Aid Foundation.


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