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


Leading City firms recognised by Lord Mayor for their social impact

Barclays, IBM and Alium Partners were among the winners of the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards at a ceremony at Mansion House on City Giving Day. The awards, now in their 28th year, recognise the contribution made by London businesses when it comes to sustainable and meaningful community engagement.

Funding Network launches Young Professionals' Board to mark City Giving Day

The City will celebrate its philanthropic contribution to society today for City Giving Day (#CGD). A day when the City can unite and be proud of the good it does. To mark City Giving Day The Funding Network has launched its new Young Professionals’ Board to drive its City-centric giving initiative, City Funding Network - a collaboration with City Philanthropy.

Barclays: "Northern Ireland UK's most philanthropic region; London sixth"

Levels of philanthropic giving do not necessarily correlate with wealth, according to new research published by Barclays. The UK Wealth Prosperity Map shows that Northern Ireland is the UK’s most charitable region despite ranking sixth for prosperity, whilst London, the most prosperous region, is only the sixth most philanthropic.

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.

City Bridge Trust and UBS announce £1m Stepping Stones Fund

Innovative organisations looking to prepare for social investment now have a chance to benefit from a £1m Stepping Stones Fund, from the City of London Corporation's charity, City Bridge Trust and financial services firm UBS.

The first round of the ‘Stepping Stones Fund’ saw 17 organisations awarded a total of £700,000. As part of the second round UBS are financing an extra £300,000 worth of funding as well as offering expertise, volunteers and venues throughout the programme to take the total to £1m.

Women for Change Breakfast Club: Human trafficking in the UK

7:45 am

Human Trafficking in the UK – Wednesday 14 October 2015, 7.45am – 9.30am​

The Women for Change Breakfast Club will welcome members to the Alderman's Dining Room, at the Guildhall, to hear from some of the UK's leading experts on human trafficking who will share their experiences and discuss how you can contribute to ending this heinous crime within our lifetime. 




Alderman's Dining Room, Guildhall
Gresham Street

Women for Change Breakfast Club launched by philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley

Philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley officially launched the Women for Change Breakfast Club (WfCBC) with an inspirational speech to a room full of some of London’s most influential women.

The event, held at the Kingsway Hall Hotel, heard from Dame Stephanie as she shared her life philosophy of “learning, earning and returning” and proudly proclaimed that she had “given enough money away to drop out of the rich list”.


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