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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Minority Report - Diversity in Giving

In this issue  Philanthropy UK's Magazine explores the issue of diversity – is philanthropy representative of the UK’s cultural mix? One in six people in the UK are non- White, however there are few statistics to compare this to the level of philanthropic participation by non-White people.

Growing Up Giving Parliamentary Inquiry

Over the course of 2013, the Charities Aid Foundation has held a Parliamentary Inquiry on how to grow giving in the UK, chaired by former Cabinet Minister the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP and co-chaired by Andrew Percy MP and Baroness Tyler. The inquiry focusses on three main areas:
Growing up Giving, Giving at Work, and Going on Giving. 

So far two inquiries have taken place and the summaies of evidence are available to download for free from the CAF Website:

Corporate giving: NPC’s practical guide for corporate funders

Lena Baumgartner, Rachel Findlay and Clare Yeowart

This guide for corporate funders provides practical guidance for funders to help them make the most of their giving while at the same time meeting their strategic and business objectives. It is designed to be a useful tool for a whole range of corporate funders – from those who are new to corporate giving to experienced funders reviewing their strategies. It is a practical manual, and different sections will be relevant to funders at different stages of their giving.

Galvanizing Philanthropy

This article argues that in order to strengthen their impact in the world, philanthropic investors need to rigorously define their goals, be realistic about how to achieve them, and commit to continual, systematic improvement. The authors argue that many foundations and committed wealthy individuals have struggled to impose the necessary discipline on their grant-making that is required to achieve lasting change.

The Benefits of Trusteeship

The report outlines the benefits of trusteeship and gives guidance on how to find a trustee position that combines opportunities for personal development and the chance to make a difference to the community.

Finance Revenue Generation in The Third Sector

In January 2010, the Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC) polled approximately 500 high net worth individuals and found that they were not only keen to support revenue generating activities, but were prepared to finance them.

Catalytic Philanthropy

This paper from Mark Kramer proposes that despite the vast amounts of money spent by philanthropists, they fall far short of solving the most pressing problems. Kramer argues that closing the gap between investment and results requires a new approach: ‘catalytic philanthropy’. Rather than assuming that more money will increase the likelihood of success, catalytic philanthropists follow four precepts.


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