Have you been thinking about this for a while?

People are first drawn to philanthropy for a range of reasons, but we all have one thing in common: the desire to use our resources for good.

As philanthropists, we have the opportunity to take risks and support bold, innovative solutions to social problems. We can use our resources to help bring to life grassroots projects and bridge the gap between potential and opportunity. Building philanthropy into your life is one of the most rewarding things you can do, and it all begins by learning the basics. From learning to ask the right questions to developing your philanthropic strategy, we have a number of resources to help you get into giving.

    • Doing the right thing – Strengthen your core values and live your beliefs.
    • Social – Build truly meaningful and rewarding relationships with communities.
    • Make a difference – Work together as part of something bigger than yourself.
    • Facilitate change – Small or big, your contributions have a real-world impact.
    • Use your abilities – Draw on your networks & skills, not just your money.

“I always thought that I had to be at a certain point in my life to give, but that isn’t true. There is no such thing as the ‘right time’ – jump in!” – Satish Selvanathan

“Let your passion and drive pull you forward. Combine this with other people of the same mind and you can absolutely move the needle.” – Max Morgan

“Philanthropy is the most rewarding way you can spend your life.” – Matthew Bowcock CBE

“Do what you’re passionate about and what you know about. Don’t be afraid to make change happen in your own way.” – Philippa Charles

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Alastair Stewart | Connectivity, competence and philanthropy.

Alastair Stewart is one of the nation’s most recognisable prime time faces. From wars to elections, millions have watched him break news headlines across the decades. Lesser known, though, is Alastair’s engagement in charity. We sat down with the journalist to learn about his philanthropy.

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Ewan Kirk – Why donors should give charities ‘permission to fail’

Ewan Kirk is a technology entrepreneur and co-founder of the Turner Kirk Trust. His philanthropic pursuits focus on unlocking the potential of charities through catalysing innovation. Ewan believes that making a charity more effective and efficient will amplify the impact of all its future donations. He discusses his approach to giving.

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Sylvia Brown | Why I’m passionate about donor education

Sylvia Brown comes from a family with a 300 year history of philanthropy. But recently, she has seen relatives engage in unstrategic ‘cocktail party’ giving. Noticing that there was no educational resource to help individual donors give more strategically, she decided to create one herself. We find out more.

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Honouring a loved one through philanthropy; the Paul Cornes Fund

In 2020, Tom Flood set up The Paul Cornes Fund, to honour the memory of his late partner. Its aim? To use Paul’s money to support those in need in Dorset. In this interview, we speak to Tom about what inspired the Fund’s establishment, and how setting it up has helped him stay connected to the community and to Paul.

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More than just money; a holistic approach to giving.

“Giving money is great, but it is not the only way to help.” In this interview, we speak to London Metal Exchange chair Gay Huey Evans to learn about how effective philanthropy sometimes involves drawing on your skills as well as your financial resources to help a charity thrive.

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Splitting Your Focus: funding globally and locally.

You’re committed to supporting your local community, but also want to stimulate change internationally. Can you do both? Samuel Lawson Johnston talks to us about this dilemma and how he found a solution by splitting his focus.

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