Philanthropy is an act of caring, a recognition that some of the resources that you have can be used to make the world a better place.

It has alleviated poverty, fostered art and culture, strengthened communities and improved our environment.

When most effective, the philanthropist brings skills, experience and networks as well as money.

This is the oxygen that nurtures the sort of society we want to live in and planet we want to live on.

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Our vision is to contribute to the growth of a stronger independent civil society, by more people using more of their private assets for public good

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Our mission is to see philanthropy grow, as giving is recognised as a valuable contribution to society.  We do this by spreading best practice and gaining confidence from each other to give more and better.

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James Macdonald

Trends in philanthropy during 2020

  High-Net-Worth Philanthropy: Trends in giving during 2020  What can we learn from trends in giving among the wealthy last year? Last June, Beacon launched a quarterly survey of 300-500 high-net-worth individuals, to understand patterns of giving by the wealthy on a continuous basis. It asks just two questions – how much they gave to […]

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Cath Dovey

UK Donor Advised Fund Assets Reach £1.7 billion

  UK Donor Advised Fund Assets Reach £1.7 billion 2019, the year before Covid-19, may seem like a distant memory. Yet, even before the crisis, UK philanthropy was on the march. In the closing hours of 2020, National Philanthropic Trust UK (NPT UK) published its fifth annual UK Donor Advised Fund Report, showing charitable assets […]

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James Macdonald

Philanthropy Sector celebrated in New Year’s Honours List

  Philanthropy Sector celebrated in New Year’s Honours List Beacon looks at the ways in which individuals in the Philanthropy Sector have received commendation from the Queen for their services. This article demonstrates the vital role that philanthropy is playing in the civil society response to COVID. Ringing in the start of 2021, the Queen’s […]

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James Macdonald

2020 In Review: What can we learn from the philanthropy sector’s COVID response?

  2020 In Review: What can we learn from the philanthropy sector’s COVID response? “2020 has been the most important year for philanthropy in recent times.” – Matthew Bowcock Throughout 2020, hundreds of millions of pounds in grants have been distributed to non-profit organisations throughout the UK. The purpose, to support those that found themselves […]

Matthew Bowcock

Year in review: An interview with Matthew Bowcock, co-founder @ Beacon Collaborative.

  Year in review: An interview with Matthew Bowcock, co-founder @ Beacon Collaborative. Matthew Bowcock and his wife Helen established the Hazelhurst Trust in 2000 to provide grants and other forms of social finance to local charities and social enterprises. They started out by focusing on projects in and around Surrey, where they live, but […]

BSC and Schroders Offer Impact Investment to Retail Investors

Working with Big Society Capital, Schroders has launched a listed Schroder BSC Social Impact Trust to bring impact investment to ordinary investors. The fund uses a diversified Social Impact Investment strategy to deliver a positive social outcome with a financial return. Its principal investments will be in high impact housing, debt for social enterprises and public/private social outcomes contracts. 

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Year in review: An interview with Matthew Bowcock, co-founder @ Beacon Collaborative.

  Year in review: An interview with Matthew Bowcock, co-founder @ Beacon Collaborative. Matthew Bowcock and his wife Helen established the Hazelhurst Trust in 2000 to provide grants and other forms of social finance to local charities and social enterprises. They started out by focusing on projects in and around Surrey, where they live, but […]

7 Charities for Christmas Giving: Sir Alec Reed shared his choices.

In 2007, Sir Alec Reed, founder of one of the UK’s best known recruitment brands, REED, saw a huge gap in the philanthropic and giving landscape: the opportunity for small, medium and large donors to join together to meet a charity’s needs for a specific campaign. From this realisation, Sir Alec has spent more than a decade to make giving easier for all kinds of donors.

Testing the Potential for Impact Investing

It’s not often you hear businesses claim that they want to be copied and want competition, but this is exactly the position that family-owned private bank C. Hoare & Co. took in 2016 when it launched Snowball.

Investing in Infrastructure

As an entrepreneur, social investor and philanthropist, Paul Barry Walsh recognises that different forms of capital need to work in tandem – especially in these unprecedented times. It is so easy to criticise others, but perhaps the question we should ask ourselves is what are we doing?

Shooting for the Moon

For James Chen, philanthropy is about backing the moon-shot ideas – funding those special projects or programmes that could change lives, or even change the world as we know it.

Flexible donors, trusted beneficiaries, endless possibilities

For Pauline De Souza direct engagement with independent artists and arts institutions is the key to successful philanthropy. For her, a successful result is an arts project that stimulates debate.

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