what is philanthropy

What is philanthropy?

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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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.

Latest news, blogs and stories…

Philanthropy Right Now: Agreeing to disagree

“Philanthropy is a curious and complex thing,” starts Pears Foundation’s Rhodri Davies. In this edition of our monthly column, he sits down to share his thoughts with us on why the topic is sometimes controversial. In the age of Twitter-style point scoring, Rhodri implores us to approach the subject with more nuance and realise the public good that can be achieved from private means.

Getting Started: Why Taking a Considered Approach Towards Philanthropy Matters

What does it take to be an effective charitable giver? Kate Symondson began running her family’s foundation just last summer and has grappled with various hurdles and challenges since. In this article, she details these challenges and explains the effective methods she has been applying to overcome them and to give well.

Time, Talent and Treasuring donor relationships

What makes for a good relationship between a charitable donor and the person helping them to make change? This is the question at the centre of Jessica Maybanks’ new article for Beacon. Based on her extensive experience in fundraising, Jessica explains how many fundraisers are losing out by not engaging philanthropists beyond financial donations.

Alastair Stewart | Connectivity, competence and philanthropy.

Alastair Stewart is one of the nation’s most recognisable prime time faces. From wars to elections, millions have watched him break news headlines across the decades. Lesser known, though, is Alastair’s engagement in charity. We sat down with the journalist to learn about his philanthropy.

Government, Community, Philanthropy: a three-pronged relationship for social good.

“Partnerships between philanthropy, government and community are complex, but when successful, transformational.” In this article, Andrew Watt – an expert on policy, communications and strategy within the social sector – explains how taking a partnership approach can lead to huge benefits for UK society.

A new portal for arts & culture funders & organisations

The arts and culture sector has been ravaged by Covid as philanthropic funding has dried up. New Philanthropy for Arts and Culture (NPAC) is a network of arts supporters seeking to increase philanthropic funding to the sector. We look at the launch of its new website, a portal for those seeking to support the arts.

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