Personal stories

Cecil Jackson-Cole at the Oxfam Summer Conference, 1962. Oxfam Archive, Bodleian Libraries
I think it’s wonderful that my songs are still enjoyed, especially if it encourages people to commemorate what happened 70 years ago. It’s moving for me to relive those days, and humbling to know that people still think of me. After all, it was simply my duty to keep singing.
Dame Vera Lynn, CH, DBE, LLD, M.Mus
Our focus is on converting time and money into sustainable projects that can lift people out of poverty. But it is also about accomplishing a feeling of ownership. The contributors that are involved do not simply want to donate, they would also like to use their skills and work closely alongside our projects
Pernille Kruse Madsen
In today’s increasingly fragile socio-economic ecosystem, education is a powerful medium for enabling inclusive, transformational and sustainable change
Roshni Nadar Malhotra
“Giving philanthropically isn’t only about donating money - far from it. We can all give our time, energy and ideas to a cause in a small or large way and make a genuine difference. I feel very lucky to have been given an opportunity to share not just my financial success but my business know-how, contacts, inspiration and drive to encourage those less fortunate. It is incredibly rewarding and confirms to me every day that it is always better to give than to receive.”
Liz Earle MBE
"Using my profits to help fund what I believe in is immensely satisfying."
Dr Frederick Mulder CBE
“It’s been snowing in Arizona today .... It seems to make sense to focus on climate change.”
John Pontin OBE
“The most exciting part for me is spending time with the projects and hoping that if we continue to be successful, in five-to-ten years’ time we might be able to alter lives. You have to be in it for the long-term.”
Tarek Ben Halim
It is embarrassing that the wealthiest give only 1-3% of income. Tithing is the minimum the rich should do.”
Stanley Fink
"My philanthropy is still evolving, and I've not found the perfect model for my giving...but the journey is tremendously rewarding”.
Alan Hodson
“It is so rewarding to pass on our ideas of philanthropy to our family and know that they also want our foundation to go on into perpetuity.”
Lyn and Trevor Shears
“Money without experience and understanding is valueless. The power of ideas is as important as money.”
John Wates
“Watch your head v heart. You can lead by your heart, but your head must come into it too!”
Sir Ian Wood
Four of the six most deprived boroughs in Britain are in London and they are probably the most deprived in Western Europe.
Sir Trevor Chinn
I had admittedly suffered from the white man's burden of providing answers often without considering the question
Stephen Viederman