See blog posts from our team, partners, founders and network, on topics affecting the philanthropy sector.

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Meet the experts engaging millennials in philanthropy

Philanthropists regularly talk about how they wish they had got involved in philanthropy sooner. But the truth is that while the majority of young wealth holders have the desire to give, many don’t know the first step to take. We speak to three enterprising individuals who are seeking to light the way and get young wealth holders involved in philanthropy.

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Impact Investing and the Three Dimensions of Capital – Part 3 of 3 from the Understanding Impact Investing series

The final article of a three-part series on impact investing by Scott Greenhalgh. This article looks at the the distinction between finance-first and impact-first equity investing. While each approach has its own legitimate within the spectrum of capital, Scott advises that we need to identify the fault-lines between the two.

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Your philanthropic journey: what we can learn from the father of modern philanthropy.

Reflecting on the historic and celebrated philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie, Ben Morton Wright looks at what lessons we can learn from the giving pioneer. He settles on three main drivers: being creative, regarding giving as an investment, and realising that giving is the best thing you can ever do. This guest blog explores these areas in detail.

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Elite philanthropy – academic study vs real world practice

Last month – February 2021 -new research was published suggesting that “giving by the super-rich could be perpetuating social inequality.” The study is an important and comprehensive literature review, but relies entirely on academic sources. We feel there are clarifications which can be provided by taking real-world practice into consideration. This is our response to the study.

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The UK Social Impact Investment Market – Part 2 of 3 from the Understanding Impact Investing series

Part 2 of a 3 part series on impact investing by Scott Greenhalgh. This article looks at the social impact investment market with the UK. After introducing the concept of impact investing and its definition(s) in article 1, Scott now takes a deeper look at ways impact investing manifests within the UK market.

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10 questions trustees should ask to perform a charity health-check

In this article, we look at what trustees should be asking in order to assess the current health of their charity. Included in the advice is Peter Mimpriss’ 10 essential questions trustees should be asking to perform a charity health-check. We also highlight advice from NCVO, ACF and the UK Charity Commission.

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What is Impact Investing? Part 1 of 3 from the Understanding Impact Investing series

Part 1 of a 3 part series on impact investing by Scott Greenhalgh. This article tackles the definitional challenge for investors and philanthropists, considers the level of returns an investor can expect and places impact investing within the wider sustainable and responsible investing landscape.

Will disruption, windfalls and changing attitudes increase philanthropy in 2021?

Looking at giving trends from 2020, Cathy Pharoah discusses what we can expect in philanthropy in 2021. Has the shift to higher giving rates been permanent? Is it here to stay? Or will we see giving revert back to traditional levels once the pandemic tails off?

5 times philanthropy helped change the course of cancer research

In few areas is the impact of philanthropy more clear than the field of medical research. To celebrate the contribution private resources have made to this field, Cancer Research has compiled a list of 5 times philanthropy helped change the course of cancer research.