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


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Pilotlight is a unique, capacity building charity offering free, tailored strategic planning support to charities and social enterprises that are tackling disadvantage in the UK.  It  matches directors from charities and social enterprises with teams of senior business people who coach them through the process of planning for sustainability, development and growth.  Each charity and social enterprise also has a dedicated Pilotlight project manager who coordinates and facilitates the process.

Prism The Gift Fund

Prism the Gift Fund increases giving to charity by offering a personal service to individuals and foundations making significant donations. By administering your charity donations, we make your philanthropy easier.

It operates a ‘donor advised fund’, a charitable giving account that enables you to support your favourite charities and get immediate tax benefits:

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Reach Volunteering

Reach helps charities and other voluntary organisations fulfill their potential by connecting them with volunteers with the right management, professional, technical or business expertise. Reach also recruits trustees free of charge to charities with a turnover of under £1million. Our personalised service offers you help with defining your role. Reach can only accept roles that are based in the UK.


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St Paul’s Institute

Located within the City of London, St Paul's Institute seeks to foster an informed Christian response to the most urgent ethical and spiritual issues of our times: financial integrity, economic theory, and the meaning of the common good.


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The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) is the leading worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. STEP helps to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promotes education and high professional standards among its members. STEP has over 18,000 members across 87 countries across the world from a broad range of professional backgrounds, including lawyers, accountants, trust specialists and other practitioners in this area.

The Goodwill Exchange

The Goodwill Exchange matches volunteers with professional skills with small, grassroots charities.

Whether you are a philanthropist looking to be more hands on, or time rich and would like to make good use of your skills at a level of your choice, the Goodwill Exchange will facilitate active engagement with small charities, on a manageable basis. From administrative, to IT or financial skills, these small charities are in dire need of support.


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The Philanthropy Foundation

The simple way to effective charitable giving

Becoming a new philanthropist

You want to make a real difference to the quality of life for people and communities in need.  You want to make significant and meaningful donations to charitable causes.  But how do you decide who to give to and how to act in the most efficient and effective way ?

Venture Partnership Foundation

VPF is a charitable foundation dedicated to supporting social entrepreneurs tackling tough social issues and the dynamic charities they lead. VPF finds great social entrepreneurs with a proven model and ambition to scale and backs them to become even more effective. It does this with a combination of financial support and professional expertise from the private sector.

The foundation was established by a collaborative of private and institutional funders. Board members are global leaders from venture capital, private equity, management consultancy, industry and the social sector.

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