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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Philanthropy Right Now: Ethical Coalition

What is an ethical coalition? How can it lead us to a sector which embraces communities of all sizes, backgrounds and demographics? In this edition of Philanthropy Right Now, Marie-Louise Gourlay considers whether shared goals can help us to recognise our potential as a non-homogenous group.

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Philanthropy Right Now: Frameworks for confidence

Marie-Louise Gourlay returns with her monthly column reflecting on philanthropy and the daily trends and issues surrounding it. This time, she’s considering how setting rules, expectations and frameworks for donors can help them to achieve more of the impact they’re looking for.

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Ajaz.org | Supporting children and families in need

What inspires somebody to set up an outfit for their philanthropy? In this article, we speak to Nicola and Ajaz from Ajaz.org. The duo talk about why they support children and families in need, the approach they take to funding, and what advice they have for new givers.

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How many potential philanthropists are there in the UK?

How do we increase the amount of wealthy philanthropy in the UK without understanding how many potential givers there are? Beacon co-founder Cath Dovey takes on the task in this article, quantifying the target demographic and doubling-down on the importance of strong donor/charity relationships.

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Funders Collaborative Hub: A platform for donor collaboration

Covid saw the philanthropy sector collaborate to make amazing things happen. Funders worked together in brand new ways to bring money to where it was critically needed. Attempting to expand this collaborative spirit, the Association of Charitable Foundations has created the Funders Collaborative Hub. Jim Cooke, leading the project, tells us more…