Philanthropy is an act of caring – a recognition that the resources you have can make the world a better place.

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

We are a collective impact charity whose goal is to increase philanthropy and social investment in the UK by giving support and confidence to the donors and social investors helping to drive positive social change.

Whether you’re a new or existing philanthropist, or a professional working in the sector, we will use our experience to support you as we all work to grow philanthropy and social impact investment in the UK.

Latest news and blogs

Enriched philanthropists-only group is moving to a new home with I.G. Advisors

Enriched, our private, invite-only group for philanthropists, is moving to a new home with I.G. Advisors – an award-winning team of philanthropy and impact experts with decades of experience supporting the philanthropy, business and nonprofit sectors to create social and environmental change.

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‘We support writers and artists to ensure a rich cultural heritage for future generations’

Philanthropists Sam and Rosie Berwick support emerging writers from under-represented low-income backgrounds via an early careers bursary programme.

We’re making good progress — but what should come next?

Beacon’s work over the last five years has brought different parts of the philanthropy sector together to work on growing giving and to try to find sector-based solutions. We launched in 2019 with a workplan which is now complete. So the question we have been asking ourselves at Beacon is, what next?

David Clarke: Why I enlisted 12 strangers to give away £100k of my inheritance

David Clarke spent a lot of time thinking about wealth inequality in his work as a political researcher. So when he inherited from his late mother he wanted to give it away to good causes – but why should he have the power to decide where it goes? Surely it would be better to put it to the people…

Philanthropy grows again in 2023 — second consecutive year

For a second consecutive year, giving among the UK’s wealthy population continued to grow. Looking at the annual trends from our quarterly research, we saw positive results in the median and average (mean) levels of giving, showing that high net worth giving increased significantly last year and has been on an upward trajectory since 2020.

Cath Dovey

Beacon co-founder Cath Dovey awarded a CBE in New Year Honours List 2024

We’re delighted that Beacon co-founder Cath Dovey has been awarded a CBE for services to philanthropy, women and girls, the arts and the economy, in the 2024 New Years Honours List. Here Cath writes about the motivations that have guided and shaped her career.

Philanthropists’ stories

Philanthropists and impact investors share their journeys and experiences.

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‘We support writers and artists to ensure a rich cultural heritage for future generations’

Philanthropists Sam and Rosie Berwick support emerging writers from under-represented low-income backgrounds via an early careers bursary programme.

David Clarke of Wealth Shared

David Clarke: Why I enlisted 12 strangers to give away £100k of my inheritance

David Clarke spent a lot of time thinking about wealth inequality in his work as a political researcher. So when he inherited from his late mother he wanted to give it away to good causes – but why should he have the power to decide where it goes? Surely it would be better to put it to the people…

Baba Jalle Epega

Baba-Jallah Epega: ‘I’d be a much richer man but a much less happy man if I wasn’t giving’

Baba-Jallah Epega is a Nigerian-born British-educated entrepreneur and philanthropist. He established The Richard Coker Foundation in memory of his late cousin who had sickle cell disease. His work for the foundation is hard ‘but utterly joyous’ says Baba.

An empty treasure chest

John Bothamley CBE: ‘People with money should share it around; I used to be rich’

The Four Acre Trust closed in March this year after making more than £40 million in grants, primarily to children’s charities. Its founder John Bothamley explains why he decided to spend down.

Laura Trevelyan with female students from Grenada

Laura Trevelyan: “I hope my apology and reparations for my family’s slave-owning past will set an example.”

Laura Trevelyan was a long-serving BBC journalist and news anchor when she found out some of her ancestors had been slave owners. The discovery would take her on a journey to Grenada and propel her from journalist to philanthropist and advocate.

David Forbes-Nixon

David Forbes Nixon: “Follow your passion. Your philanthropy has got to be relevant to you.”

When fund manager David Forbes-Nixon’s son Charlie was born with learning and physical disabilties, he was inspired to ensure that young people with learning disabilities and/or autism could access high quality education and long-term employment.

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What are the UK’s current giving levels?

Below are the median average giving levels for wealthy people per year.

£2.5 bn

The top 1% of wealth holders give away £2.5 billion annually.

1-2%

People with more than £10m in assets give 1-2% of their wealth away annually.

20%

20% of millionaires based in Britain give more than 1% of their wealth away annually.

£4000

Half of UK millionaires give more than £4000 away annually.

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