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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Benefacto is an online employee volunteering platform which is designed to make it easy for volunteers to get involved, easy for charities to enlist amazing volunteers and make it easy for corporates to engage their workforce in volunteering. They currently work with thirty small charities in London and enlist hundreds of volunteers across multiple city firms.

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Business in The Community

A business-led charity focused on promoting responsible business practice. Its membership of 850 companies help to transform communities by tackling key social and environmental issues and in doing so, transform themselves.

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City Action

City Action, backed by the City of London Corporation, is a free volunteer matchmaking service for businesses based in the Square Mile. It supports City businesses looking to establish or develop employee volunteering programmes through a range of services including a bespoke volunteer matchmaking service with community organisations in the City-fringe boroughs.


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CITY.COMM is the umbrella organisation for the City of London's Third Sector, providing practical support to frontline organisations such as information, training and development advice. It helps organisations work together more effectively, and facilitates their involvement in the City's policy planning.

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Companygiving.org.uk is an excellent tool for researching potential corporate partnerships, especially when narrowing down by causes supported and location. Companygiving.org.uk saves you valuable research time in targeting your fundraising efforts effectively. It helps to improve your fundraising success by instantly pinpointing the companies sympathetic to your cause and providing all the information you need to make strong approaches for corporate partnership.

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ELBA (East London Business Alliance) creates possibilities in East London by connecting business to local people, alongside public and community partners, to enable social, economic and infrastructure change.

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Encore Futures

Encore Futures facilitates strategic level, high impact volunteer projects in charities for experienced professionals who are looking for a new challenge. Introductory workshops for individuals to explore how their skills and experience can make a difference through their next stage of life are also available. Encore Futures’ approach focuses on understanding motivations, supporting transitions and building reciprocal relationships in order to achieve meaningful social impact for both charity and the individual.

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Heart of The City

Heart of the City enables companies to develop Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through learning from one another.

If your business is based in the City of London or neighbouring boroughs you can access its free Newcomers programme. Its programme explores the key areas of commuity, environment, supply-chain and employee-wellbeing.

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Impetus - The Private Equity Foundation

Impetus-The Private Equity Foundation (Impetus PEF), the pioneer of venture philanthropy in the UK, has a long history encouraging executive volunteers - or "Executeers" - to donate their "day job" skills to ambitious charities and social enterprises. Last year alone, such experts donated more than £2.8m worth of skills to Impetus and the 23 organisations in our portfolio. By giving what you're good at you can have a bigger impact on the charities you choose to help.

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