James Macdonald

Budget 2021: SITR gets two-year extension 

In his 2021 budget, announced on Wednesday this week, Chancellor Sunak extended the social investment tax relief scheme by a further two years. We look in detail at why it might have been cut, why the sector should be relieved at this extension, and how SITR can be improved.

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James Macdonald

A new organisation-led foundation for black and minority ethnic communities

Baobab Foundation was established in response both to the murder of George Floyd, and to the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on black and minority ethnic communities in the UK. We spoke with Joe, Dilhani and Jake to learn more about the foundation and how it could progress the philanthropic landscape in the UK.

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James Macdonald

Fund emerges to support small UK overseas development charities at-risk due to Covid

A new initiative has been launched to attract philanthropic money towards small, struggling international development charities. We interviewed Murielle Maupoint, who started the fund, to understand how philanthropists can mitigate their risk when supporting international development overseas.

Cath Dovey

Can the UK become a global centre of excellence for international philanthropy and social investment?

The UK has a golden opportunity to position itself as the leading global centre for philanthropy and global investment. Our report examines the UK’s strengths and argues that it can do even better to increase its share of an estimated £180 billion global opportunity.

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James Macdonald

Trends in philanthropy during 2020

  High-Net-Worth Philanthropy: Trends in giving during 2020  What can we learn from trends in giving among the wealthy last year? Last June, Beacon launched a quarterly survey of 300-500 high-net-worth individuals, to understand patterns of giving by the wealthy on a continuous basis. It asks just two questions – how much they gave to […]

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Cath Dovey

UK Donor Advised Fund Assets Reach £1.7 billion

  UK Donor Advised Fund Assets Reach £1.7 billion 2019, the year before Covid-19, may seem like a distant memory. Yet, even before the crisis, UK philanthropy was on the march. In the closing hours of 2020, National Philanthropic Trust UK (NPT UK) published its fifth annual UK Donor Advised Fund Report, showing charitable assets […]

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James Macdonald

Philanthropy Sector celebrated in New Year’s Honours List

  Philanthropy Sector celebrated in New Year’s Honours List Beacon looks at the ways in which individuals in the Philanthropy Sector have received commendation from the Queen for their services. This article demonstrates the vital role that philanthropy is playing in the civil society response to COVID. Ringing in the start of 2021, the Queen’s […]

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James Macdonald

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 […]

Lisa Rose

The Law Family Commission on Civil Society launches an ambitious research into unleashing the potential of civil society

The Law Family Commission on Civil Society aims to research the ways in which civil society can

“harness and enhance the powerful community bonds that exist in our nation”.

The commission will investigate how the the public, private and social sectors can work together for systemic, positive societal goals.   It will be run by Pro Bono Economics and has been made possible with a philanthropic donation from the Law Family Charitable Foundation.

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Cath Dovey

UK wealthy increasing giving in response to COVID-19 pandemic

In June this year, we commissioned Savanta to conduct quarterly research on the giving levels among the wealthy population in the UK. In part, this was a response to the COVID-19 pandemic to determine how British philanthropy was responding.