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

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The Beacon Forum & the vitality of collaboration.

Why has cooperation been so important in philanthropy throughout Covid? What lessons has the pandemic taught us about giving better? At the end of October, we ran a forum for 145 philanthropists and sector professionals, inspiring discussion on all manner of topics. We reflect on the day and what we learnt.

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Philanthropy Right Now: Democratising Philanthropy – by Marie-Louise Gourlay

How do we bring the voices of those with lived experience of an issue into the discussions of its resolution? In her second column for Beacon, Marie-Louise Gourlay (Managing Director of Europe, The Philanthropy Workshop), reflects on how we can make philanthropy more equitable by increasing the number of voices in the sector’s landscape.

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Is responsible investing “fit for purpose”?

Responsible investing is a phenomenon which is taking over the philanthropy world. With new socially-targeted investment vehicles cropping up each month, there are more options than ever to do good with your investment portfolio. But does responsible investing do what it says on the tin? Sector expert Scott Greenhalgh embarks on a comprehensive analysis…

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Changing Lives; why philanthropy is vital in giving young people a chance.

Many interventions have attempted to address the issue of social mobility, but where broad initiatives have failed, philanthropy has often succeeded. Daniel Flynn, CEO of YMCA North Staffordshire, highlights practical ways philanthropists can change the life chances of young people.

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Philanthropy Right Now: The Power of Community – by Marie-Louise Gourlay

Why is community so important to the philanthropy sector, and how has it developed since the start of Covid? In her first column for Beacon, Marie-Louise Gourlay (Managing Director of Europe, The Philanthropy Workshop), reflects on how increased collaboration has led us to reassess the importance community plays in charitable giving.

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4 ways charities and donors can collaborate better

Philanthropy should be a team sport, not a solo endeavour. Indeed, it achieves most impact when charities and donors develop strong relationships and a shared understanding. In this article, Insight Analyst Becky Cackett lays out four ways we can improve relationships, with actions for donors and charities alike.


Giving effectively: can data play a bigger role in decision-making?

Determining what charitable causes you want to support is quickly followed by the problem of resource allocation. But this can be tough when the third sector often has such poor data available. In this article, MyCake founder Sarah Thelwell tackles the data issue, looking at how improvements to the charity data can help philanthropists to give better.

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A different approach to funding charities…

Traditional banks generally spend their time focusing on profit-driven companies, rather than supporting charities and social enterprises. Despite this, many third sector organisation still need loan finance. We speak to Ed Siegel, CEO of Charity Bank, a unique initiative providing a solution.

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Audacious Philanthropy: 5 ways to improve your giving

Already involved in charitable giving, but not having the impact you’d like? Before simply reaching for more money, there are alterations you can make to your giving strategy which may elicit stronger results. Here are five ways you can improve and upscale your philanthropic giving.