Philanthropy Impact

Inspiring philanthropy and social investment across borders, sectors and causes

Philanthropy in action

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It seemed unthinkable. 365 days. 365 good deeds. That was Cheltenham resident Luke Cameron’s pledge – a good deed for each day of 2014. What seemed unthinkable soon became a mission that changed Luke’s entire outlook on life.
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Dame Janet Wolfson de Botton has been chairman of the Wolfson Foundation since 2010. She is the daughter of Lord Wolfson of Marylebone who, with his parents, established the Foundation in 1955.
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The British entrepreneur whom the Sunday Times called Scotland's first home grown billionaire.
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Turning profits from green technologies into grants for social care and medical research
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“Philanthropy is healthy and active among the ethnic minority communities in the UK. It is also complex and occurs on multiple levels”, says Lara Rufus.
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Entrepreneur and philanthropist Ram Gidoomal has for 25 years devoted himself to working with other philanthropists and charities in addressing poverty across the globe, supporting the marginalised and addressing inequality in the UK.
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“Culturally the South Asian community places great importance on charity,” says Manoj Badale, Chairman of The British Asian Trust (BAT), which was founded in 2007 by a group of British Asian business leaders at the suggestion of HRH The Prince of Wales, following a visit to India and consultation with South Asian community leaders.
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Kavita Oberoi’s first experience of philanthropy was aged 15, giving £100 a month to charities from the salary of her first after-school job.
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Tiger11 is a new development trust in South Leeds funded by Key Fund Yorkshire (a CDFI), Sharing The Success (Leeds LEGI) and commercial finance. Based in the heart of Beeston and Holbeck, an area ranked in the bottom 2% of the Index of Multiple Deprivation, Tiger11 was founded by local resident Jeremy Morton who worked tirelessly with other residents to establish the Community Development Trust.
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Global investment bank Nomura acquired Lehman Brothers in 2008 and, despite community partnerships being uncommon in its home market of Japan, Nomura agreed to develop a new unique combination of educational, health and community initiatives to support the local communities where the bank operates.
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The Prince of Wales Seeing is Believing programme was a key element of the inspiration for international law firm Allen & Overy's project SmartStart. Its aim is to increase the employability of young people and also to create a more diverse City workforce by encouraging employees from non-traditional backgrounds; thereby tackling a business critical issue for the legal profession.
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Tom Hughes-Hallett, who is stepping down after 12 years as chief executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care to devote more time to encouraging philanthropy, previously enjoyed a 25-year career in the City, latterly running Fleming's global securities business. Since he first had contact with the charity world, Tom's passion and level of involvement has grown ever greater.
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In early 2011, Michael Harris and Adam Pike founded YoungPhilanthropy.org.uk; a new initiative to introduce young professionals to a career of giving and a future as leading philanthropists. One year on, they have established a new model for young philanthropy and it is spreading across the city... Michael and Adam tell us more.
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Former Sydney-based Man Group executive Rachael Dove, 31, began her giving career in her twenties, but it was being raised in a home where helping others was the norm that made philanthropy such a natural part of her life. "We lived in a small Suffolk village where there was a sense of community and where my mum and gran were both very involved in charity and public life."
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Successful entrepreneur Marcelle Speller used her winning business skills to connect under-the -radar local charities with philanthropists. Here she shares her enriching journey.
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Entrepreneur, business angel and philanthropist Peter Saunders OBE shares his story of philanthropy in the Welsh community he knows intimately. "I set up my first business in Wales. Halo Foods came to have an exceptional culture with huge loyalty and trust between the leaders and the workforce."