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

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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.

Funding the Future – What we’ve learnt and where we’re heading next

Much like the Beacon Collaborative, London Funders strives to enable our members to not just give, but to give well. In this guest blog, we’re covering how we’ve supported London’s communities during the covid-19 crisis, what we have learnt so far, and (perhaps most excitingly) what we’re doing next.

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Place-based Philanthropy: The Rationale for Culturally-driven Regeneration Projects

How can we realise the integral contribution the Arts makes to society and incorporate this through a reinvigoration of place-based philanthropy? Paul Callaghan CBE and Paul Williams explore how arts and culture can be used to inspire the regeneration of communities neglected by traditional development projects.

the philanthropy sector and covid

2020 In Review: What can we learn from the philanthropy sector’s COVID response?

  2020 In Review: What can we learn from the philanthropy sector’s COVID response? “2020 has been the most important year for philanthropy in recent times.” – Matthew Bowcock Throughout 2020, hundreds of millions of pounds in grants have been distributed to non-profit organisations throughout the UK. The purpose, to support those that found themselves […]