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.

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Financial sector leads corporate charitable giving league

The UK financial sector continues to be the leader in company giving despite the financial crisis, research shows.

Findings revealed in the first ever Company Giving Almanac, published by the charity Directory of Social Change (DSC) last December, show that despite the recent economic upheaval, the financial sector still dominates the top UK corporate giving figures, both in terms of cash (£245m) and total support, including in-kind (£319m).

Self-made millionaires opt for more holistic approach to philanthropy reveals Barclays Report

The rise of entrepreneurial wealth is triggering change in the world of philanthropy, according to a Barclays report: Origins and Legacy: The Changing Order of Wealth Creation (Vol. 17), which highlights the trend towards a more holistic perspective in both developed and emerging markets.

A clear link between the rise of entrepreneurship and a growing focus on more active, engaged philanthropy, is cited in the report. This is an approach that draws on business skills, time commitment and financial donations, and is evident in both developed and emerging markets.

Help make NEETS history demand City venture philanthropists

One in five children born in 2000 is at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) by the time they are aged between 16-24,  reports venture philanthropy organisation Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation (Impetus-PEF),which  is  calling  on policy leaders and educationalists to make NEETs history in 2014.

Alongside the call for action in January, IMPETUS-PEF published a report that reveals tens of thousands of Millennium children are at risk of becoming NEET and demands interventions to make NEETs history.

Revelations of Why Rich People Give draw gasps from audience

Two comments drew audible gasps from the audience attending the City launch of the book Richer Lives-Why Rich People Give, held at The Charterhouse on November 26th as part of the Philanthropy: The City Story exhibition programme.

One was when speaker and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley told the audience of assembled charity CEO’s, staff, fundraisers and philanthropy experts that 40% of her gifts had never been acknowledged.

Philanthropy: The City Story on tour in 2014

Philanthropy: The City Story

Philanthropy: The City Story, the exhibition that puts 800 years of the City's giving in the spotlight, has been a huge success attracting more than 3000 visitors to the Charterhouse throughout November. It is now available for free hire.

Pilotlight’s ‘Apprentice-style’ charity challenge fires-up City graduates’ philanthropic life

Graduate bankers are using their entrepreneurial skills to help charities develop new income streams through an ‘apprentice-style’ challenge scheme devised by charity Pilotlight, and through it are experiencing the impact they can have as philanthropists.

It is the first time The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) graduates have teamed up with charities in this way and it is the third time the programme has run so to date 126 RBS graduates have worked with 16 charities, dedicating 6,300 hours of their time.

5 financiers make Sunday Times Giving List top 10 donating more than £150m

Half of the top ten givers in this year’s Sunday Times Giving List have made their fortunes in global finance or insurance and have together donated more than £150m.

In total more than £2bn of charitable spending was captured by the 2013 Giving List published on April 21st, which ranks philanthropists according to the proportion of their wealth given to charity.


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