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


Social Innovation: A guide to achieving corporate and societal value

Reducing inequality and accelerating real, meaningful and widespread inclusive growth are the most urgent challenges of our age. Along with governments and civil society leaders, business has an important role to play in addressing these challenges.

Oliver Wyman and the World Economic Forum have collaborated to produce “Social Innovation: A Guide to Achieving Corporate and Societal Value” to highlight how social innovation practices can help companies create social impact while building profitable businesses.

A practical guide to adding value through non-financial support

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) have published a new report which examines the potential for funders to provide non-financial support.

The report is  targeted at the Venture Philanthrophy /Social Investment sector and plots the cost and value-add of non-financial support. It recommends the best ways of engaging your investees and grantees with non-financial support in order to accelerate their progress towards producing solid societal outcomes.

Coutts Million Pound Donor Report 2015

Coutts' 2015 Million Pound Donor Report offers invaluable insight into major donations (£1m+). In the UK the number of million pound donations increased by only 2% (298 donations) but the value of these donations increased by 15% to £156bn. The report also found that London is the philanthropy capital of the UK with 192 of the 298 gifts - equating to £1.05bn or two-thirds of the UK's total value.

CAF World Giving Index 2015

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) World Giving Index, now in its sixth year, is a leading authority on global generosity. By measuring three different kinds of giving, it provides a simple and universally understood picture of charitable behaviour across the world.

The CAF World Giving Index is scored by averaging the percentage of people in each country who donated money, volunteered or helped a stranger in the previous month. For this year’s report 145 countries were surveyed, representing around 96% of the world’s population.

Key Findings:

More to Give: London Millennials Networking to a Better World

This City Philanthropy commisioned report estimates that London gives £5.6bn a year in cash to charities, representing 29% of all private giving in the UK. The research also reveals that US style funding networks are taking hold in London and could generate £20m in charitable funding a year and thousands of hours of pro bono support if just 1% of London employees became engaged in them.

Giving Trends: Top 300 Foundation Grant-Makers 2015

Foundation grant-making has risen, by 6.4%, to £2.5bn – the highest total since the financial crash of 2008 – with over 65% of this year’s Top 300 foundations increasing their giving. 

The finding has emerged from the latest in a series of annual research reports, Foundation Giving Trends; led by Professor Cathy Pharoah of the Centre for Giving and Philanthropy at the Cass Business School, published by the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF), and substantially supported by the Pears Foundation.

State of Social Enterprise Survey 2015

Social Enterprise UK published the State of Social Enterprise Survey 2015 to show how the industry is thriving and outperforming many of its mainstream SME counterparts in nearly every area of business: turnover growth, workforce growth, job creation and innovation, according to new research. 


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