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Beacon Collaborative

A new portal for arts & culture funders & organisations

The arts and culture sector has been ravaged by Covid as philanthropic funding has dried up. New Philanthropy for Arts and Culture (NPAC) is a network of arts supporters seeking to increase philanthropic funding to the sector. We look at the launch of its new website, a portal for those seeking to support the arts.

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James Macdonald

Spring Statement 2022 | What did it say about philanthropy?

As sure as day follows night, the Spring Statement has followed the full budget. In this article, we explore the main aspects of the Statement. We highlight the lack of any mention of philanthropy and ponder how charitable giving – if stimulated effectively by the government – could have a far larger role to play.

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Beacon Collaborative

Beacon’s Cath Dovey talks Philanthropy on GB News

Just before the Christmas break, Cath Dovey was invited to appear discuss philanthropy on GB News. In the interview, Cath discussed the habits of wealthy givers during Covid, what the sector needs to unlock greater giving, and how philanthropists play a pivotal role in today’s society.

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Cath Dovey

Law Family Commission reports on the state of UK philanthropy

The Law Family Commission just published a report into the state of charitable giving in the UK. Among its findings are the identification of three ‘giving gaps,’ which have all contributed to a drop of over 21% in high net worth philanthropy between 2011/12 and 2018/19. We summarise the report.

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Beacon Collaborative

Research reveals rapid grant-making in early months of the pandemic.

360Giving has just released new data investigating the giving trends of philanthropists during the pandemic. The vast dataset draws on insights from over 66,000 grants representing over £2.4 billion in funding. The findings show that grants were made at record speed and that funders increasingly focused on black and minority ethnic organisations. We analyse the findings.

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Beacon Collaborative

Climate Pledge for Individual Philanthropists launched alongside COP26

In line with the COP26 climate conference, Beacon and the Environmental Funders Network (with support from ACF) have launched a dedicated climate philanthropy pledge. The Individual Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change is the world’s first of its type in the climate space and is aimed at attracting new philanthropists to use their resources in tackling the climate crisis.

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Beacon Collaborative

New commission on impact investing announced.

A new commission into unlocking the potential of individual impact investing has been established by Beacon Collaborative and Big Society Capital. The six month commission will look at the barriers HNW individuals face in impact investing and how they can be overcome.

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Cath Dovey

UK’s wealthiest sustain higher giving, but major gifts recede 

New polling of the UK’s millionaire population suggests wealthy individuals are sustaining their increased charitable giving levels. However, the survey – covering giving from July to September 2021 – also shows that the frequency of major gifts has fallen. We analyse the findings.

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James Macdonald

Flexible Impact: a sliding scale to dial-in your impact

Impact investing is growing in popularity. As it does, the market is seeing new vehicles crop up which are increasingly aiming to meet investors’ needs. One such vehicle is Blue Impact Fund. We ask what these vehicles mean for philanthropists looking to increase their impact.

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Anna Patton

UK government funds new taskforce to boost global impact investing, chaired by Nick Hurd

The UK has announced a new taskforce to provide a rocket boost to global impact investing. Chair Nick Hurd claims that the taskforce will “propose solutions to harness private capital at scale for public good.” The announcement comes as part of the UK’s G7 presidency this year.