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


Towards a responsible business community: New approaches for small businesses

Heart of the City celebrated its fifteenth anniversary at the Bank of England on the 2nd of July 2015.  On the same evening, Heart of the City also released research entitled Towards a Responsible Business Community: New Approaches for Small Businesses.  The research explores the drivers for small business engagement in social and environmental issues.  The research also investigates the impact of Heart of the City on its members versus non-members.

CAF: Young Trustees Guide

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched the Young Trustees Guide based on the findings of the Young Trustees Survey. The guide was created to address the fact that young people represent only 2% of charity trustees in the UK. 

Philanthropic Lives by JP Morgan

Philanthropic Lives JP morgan

Philanthropic Lives was created, by JP Morgan, in response to the most common questions asked by philanthropists - what are others doing to make a difference? The book brings together the stories of 31 of the worlds "most prominent and inspiring" philanthropists.

More to Give: London Millennials Working Towards A Better World

This research finds many millennial employees have high expectations of how they, their employers and the wealthy could make a bigger contribution to building a more equable and sustainable society. Moreover, the youngest employees are looking for opportunities not only to give money, but to apply their existing professional or business skills to help charitable organisations, in turn gaining new expertise which benefits their working and personal lives.

Insights on Innovation: Lessons for the not-for-profit sector

This report was commissioned by ActionAid and NPC, and brings together essays from a wide range of sector leaders on the topic of innovation. The aim of the report is to consider how the sector could be strengthened through a bolder, more innovative approach to its work.

nsights on innovation: lessons for the not-for-profit sector focuses on the need for innovation within the charity sector, and how best this can be achieved.

The Art of Adaptation

This report from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) into philanthropic behaviour, ‘The Art of Adaptation’, reveals wealthy donors’ attitudes towards philanthropy advice and their expectations of professional advisers.

With an increasing number of wealthy individuals turning to their trusted adviser for philanthropy advice, CAF explores how understanding clients’ philanthropic aspirations and values can help advisers better serve their clients’ broader interests.

BeyondMe: The Generosity-Profit Logic

BeyondMe, a giving network for young professionals, partnered with Dr. Angela Eikenberry, a Fulbright Scholar who has led research on giving groups in the U.S., to conduct its first survey on charitable giving among its members. This inaugural survey sought to examine the impact of BeyondMe on current and past members, addressing the following questions:

Has participation influenced members’ behaviour related to giving,volunteering and work engagement?

Has participation influenced members’ knowledge or beliefs about philanthropy, charities, and their work environment?

UK Giving 2014

UK Giving 2014 provides an update to the annual survey carried out by the Charaties Aid Foundation, which presents the latest research on individuals' giving to charity – what social actions people do, how much is given, who donors give to and how they give.

In addition, they also look at - the penetration and usage of technology to give, as well as views on barriers to giving, and why people don’t give on a planned basis.

The key findings from the 2014 report include:


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