Personal stories

“This was a new model so we did not know what to expect. We were like Columbus – we started without knowing where we were going; we just knew we were going on a voyage.”
Ted Turner
"I never, ever, just write a cheque, I use my business and entrepreneurial skills, along with my wealth, to do the things that I'm good at."
Dame Stephanie Shirley
It’s much easier for certain sections of society to say. "You’ve brought this on yourself by your fecklessness; you sort it out," than to say "You’ve been a victim of circumstances" or "Hey, marriages break up…..but how are we going to help you help yourself?"
J.K. Rowling OBE
"Travelling was the best education I could possibly have."
Gordon Roddick
"I come from a very strong socialist background. My parents instilled in me a belief in social values and equality of opportunity"
David Robins
"I first became involved in activism rather than philanthropy, a young peoples’ Amnesty group when I was 13, and feminism and peace protests at university,”
Sigrid Rausing
"It is important to set expectations and measure performance - to make objectives clear from the outset, rather than to justify performance retrospectively."
Serge Raicher
“Our main objectives are to make our individual philanthropic dreams come true, to engage the youngest generation of the family, and to enable them to learn about philanthropy at an early stage.”
Caroline Pfohl-Ho
"Employees feel good to be part of a company that behaves positively"
Michael Oglesby
"Using my profits to help fund what I believe in is immensely satisfying."
Dr Frederick Mulder
"I am excited to be a part of NPC as it moves to the next stage and becomes a change agent for charitable giving in the UK."
Nigel Morris
“I care passionately about the plight of women internationally and I am keen to support groups that would not necessarily get much support and publicity. And the websites are reflections of these causes."
Mia Morris
"I believe that if you are capable - with either financial means or skills - then you have an obligation to give back to society"
Doug Miller
"In order to make a long-term difference it is relevant to recognise what the givers are getting out of their giving."
Sheetal Mehta
"I wanted to do more than support good causes myself – I wanted to help create a culture of giving in the UK.”
Renu Mehta
"At the age of 10 I had to create a wall chart for pocket money spending, including a 'give to charity'/tithing section.”
Polly McLean