We conduct research with our partners over a wide range of relevant topics.  All of our information is presented as open source and is downloadable.

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.

The Philanthropy Paradox – what is the relationship between philanthropy and philanthropists?

Prism, the Gift Fund, recently launched The Philanthropy Paradox, a research report that suggests philanthropists are not held in particularly high esteem, especially among those who are most likely to have come into contact with their work. We argue that the solution lies not in the words, but in actions. Philanthropists must work to root their work in the communities they support. In parallel, society must recognise it will gain more by treating those who give thoughtfully in service of a better society with greater nuance and care.

The Beacon Collaborative Conference January 2019 – Findings

In January 2019, Beacon brought together 100 philanthropists, policymakers, advisors and others to discuss how they could work together to best advance giving and social investment in the UK. 


APPG on Philanthropy and Social Investment: Philanthropy in the UK today

The APPG on Philanthropy and Social Investment, chaired by Rushanara Ali, released its first report in July 2019. 

Giving Voice to Philanthropy

This report from The Beacon Collaborative looks at the role that celebration and promotion of philanthropy can play to encourage greater giving.

The Giving Experience – Overcoming the barriers to giving among the wealthy in the UK

The Giving Experience’ looks at how the philanthropy and charity sectors can overcome the barriers of trust and the barriers of personal and financial insecurity that hold wealth people back from giving more.

Collaborating for a Cause – How cause-related networks can lead to more and better giving

In partnership with us, New Philanthropy Capital developed “Collaborating for a Cause”, a targeted study looking at the role of cause-related networks to enable philanthropists on their giving journey.

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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.

Barclays Private Bank partner with Beacon and the Institute of Fundraising

Barclays Private Bank partners with Beacon and the Institute of Fundraising Barclays Private Bank commits to a partnership with The Beacon Collaborative and the Institute of Fundraising to deliver a step-change in giving Barriers to Giving, a new report released today by Barclays Private Bank, finds a ‘lack of faith’ between high net worth individuals […]