new year's honours list

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 […]

the philanthropy sector and covid

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

BSC and Schroders Offer Impact Investment to Retail Investors

Working with Big Society Capital, Schroders has launched a listed Schroder BSC Social Impact Trust to bring impact investment to ordinary investors. The fund uses a diversified Social Impact Investment strategy to deliver a positive social outcome with a financial return. Its principal investments will be in high impact housing, debt for social enterprises and public/private social outcomes contracts. 

Lisa Rose

The Law Family Commission on Civil Society launches 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.

Pauline Desouza

Launch of The Black Funding Networking

Guest Blog from Pauline De Souza on the launch of the Black Funding Network which supports social enterprises dealing with social mobility, racial equity, arts and cultural advancement, education and youth services.  

Beacon Collaborative

Prism the Gift Fund’s new research sheds light on social attitudes to philanthropy

Prism has commissioned a survey to explore social attitudes in the UK to philanthropic giving in the UK: The Philanthropy Paradox: Public Attitudes and Future Prospects for Planned Giving.

Beacon Collaborative

DCMS’ Community Match Challenge could signify a new relationship between government and philanthropy

DCMS’ Community Match Challenge could signify a new relationship between government and philanthropy   The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has awarded 19 philanthropists, funders and foundations a share of £85 million in the wake of COVID-19 recovery in the form of the Community Matched Challenge. A wide range of organisations will receive funding […]

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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.

reports and graphs

Cath Dovey

Beacon launch trio of reports on growing giving in the UK

New research shows British philanthropy is strengthening, but the needs created by the COVID-19 crisis highlight the potential for philanthropy to do more.

Beacon Collaborative

Giving voice to philanthropy

Giving voice to philanthropy   At the Beacon Collaborative, we wanted to understand if our history as an awards programme was the optimum way to promote more and better philanthropy and reach our goal of £2 billion more a year in philanthropic giving. This investigation explored the best way to give voice to philanthropy and […]