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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Corporate Giving by the FTSE 100

The figures reported by FTSE 100 companies show that there has been an increase in corporate giving since 2007. During that time, more than twice as many companies have increased their charitable donations than decreased them, and overall donations have increased at a faster rate than pre-tax profits. A survey by CAF of large corporations showed that companies with the highest turnovers are significantly more likely than others to be engaging in corporate responsibility (CR) activities.

2015 BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Impact

The 2015 BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index reveals that global philanthropy is on an upward trend with Europe and Asia making the most progress over the past year. Out of the four regions (USA, Europe, Middle East & Asia) Europe is now almost level with the USA, with a strong increase in current and projected giving.

Values Revolution

Millennials are striving to create a better and fairer world through their lifestyle and their power should not be underestimated.

Principles of high-impact altruism

Aleron Study: Principles of high-impact altruism outlines the core principles that should govern the work of any philanthropist or investor who aspires to become more effective. The study identifies a set of principles that are starting to define a new paradigm of working, that encourages greater focus on impact, systematic change and collective action, known as 'high-impact altruism'. 

These are:

CAF World Giving Index 2014

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) have published the 2014 edition of the World Giving Index. The index looks at charitable behaviour in 135 countries and scores nations based on three measures - the percentage of people who in a typical month donate money to a charitable cause, volunteer their time and help a stranger.

Report results in summary:

Understanding Alternative Finance

This latest report from Nesta and the University of Cambridge examines the growth, trends and dynamics within the UK alternative finance sector including crowdfunding and p2p lending.

Hearing from those we seek to help: nonprofit practices and perspectives in beneficiary feedback

Giving feedback is beneficiary, say nonprofits. Photo: Matus Laslofi/ Creative Commons

A new report by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) in the US reveals the extent to which nonprofits are using beneficiary feedback to improve programmes.

The report, Hearing from those we seek to help: nonprofit practices and perspectives in beneficiary feedback, finds that while most nonprofits are doing this, leaders of these organisations believe most of their funders lack a deep understanding of the needs of their intended beneficiaries.

International Giving

Donors with roots in Bangladesh, for example, might prefer to donate to a local charity rather than a western organisation. Photo: Adnan Islam/ Creative Commons

A recent report by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) looks at the way in which diaspora communities in the UK have changed the giving landscape.

International Giving, which surveyed 1,000 high net worth donors, comparing 250 who identified as having roots in the Indian subcontinent or the Asia Pacific region with 750 who identified more strongly with a British heritage, reveals that:


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