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: Stimulating Intergenerational Dialogue

We are in the midst of the largest intergenerational wealth transfer in history. But many family foundations are still run by older generations. In this article, Marie-Louise Gourlay opines that tackling our social problems requires breaking down the intergenerational barrier and embracing younger voices, too.

From Business to Philanthropy: John Stone’s charitable giving. 

Investing in philanthropy is a lot like investing in business, says John Stone. Except you’re seeking a social return, not a financial one. We sat down with John to discuss his charitable activity through the Stone Family Foundation, and why taking a business approach can be so effective.

Commission calls for ‘Philanthropy Champion’ in Whitehall

The Law Family Commission on Civil Society has just called for the role of Philanthropy Champion to be established within Whitehall. If successful, this role could help to unlock billions in private money being used for the public good. This article looks at what proposed role is and how it might work.

The Law Family Commission on Civil Society

How To Be The Philanthropist That Makes A Difference

It’s only natural to want to get the most for your money in any situation. Philanthropy’s no different. In this article, our guest author Emmanuel Ayoola speaks to two heads of charities about how you can develop the most rewarding relationship with the charities you support.

Strong Annual Growth in Giving Reported among UK Pentamillionaires

Since June 2020, Beacon has carried out quarterly research with 300-500 UK millionaires. After two years of data, we can now start to see trends in the giving of the wealthy. It is also possible to suggest what may impact their giving. Cath Dovey analyses the data…

Cath Dovey

CAF Sunday Times Giving List 2022

With great power comes great responsibility. The same can be said for great wealth. The Giving List highlights those wealthy individuals who are leading the way in giving back to society. In this article we look at who topped the list and which causes were popular among the top givers.

James Macdonald

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