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Spring 2011
An invited response: Major funders and leading practitioners in the sector respond to the 10-point Action Plan to boost philanthropy across the cultural sector, announced by culture secretary Jeremy Hunt on 8th December. Guest editor: Theresa Lloyd.
In our Autumn issue we profile the inspiring 2010 winners of the Beacon Awards that shine a light on outstanding philanthropy. Also in this issue, Esther Rantzen shares her giving journey, campaigning philanthropist Winsome McIntosh gives a candid view of the challenges and benefits of tackling systemic change on a grand scale, and US community champion William S. White, who leads the CS Mott Foundation, offers an expert view of how best to build community.
<p><strong>Promoting Philanthropy</strong> - Our summer &#39;quarterly&#39; focusses on promoting philanthropy - timely, considering the aims of the US Buffett/Gates &#39;Giving Pledge&#39;. In this issue we explore how the UK can grow a culture of giving and the roles philanthropists, advisors and the government can play in doing so. It also questions whether marketing strategies could influence more people to donate and, as a serious bit of fun, presents a promotional campaign idea for discussion.</p>
Spring 2010
Our March Newsletter considers the impact digital technology has had on philanthropy. We do not fully understand how digital technology is revolutionising the way we live – but we do know behaviours are changing radically, some say for the better and others disagree. Philanthropy too is feeling the impact of new technology, and similarly there is a mix of views.
Winter 2009
‘It was the best of times; it was the worst of times' ... the opening line to Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities is apt today. We are facing difficult social and environmental challenges - a deep recession and stark warnings of a global climate disaster among them. But we are also on the brink of a new era of social provision, one that requires a spirit of openness, collaboration and involvement from many players. Philanthropy is one of those players and governments (and governments-to-be) are keen to involve with philanthropy in its many guises.
Autumn 2009
The demand for ‘more effective’ philanthropy has given rise to an ancillary ‘sector’ – philanthropy advice. Donors today can take advantage of a growing number of very different organisations prepared to advise and support them on how to give more effectively, efficiently and enjoyably. But as the number of these providers increases and the sector expands – and in the last few months we have seen at least four advisory services launch in the UK alone – so the choices can become overwhelming. Where does a donor seeking formal advice begin?
Sept 2009
The demand for ‘more effective’ philanthropy has given rise to an ancillary ‘sector’ – philanthropy advice. Donors today can take advantage of a growing number of very different organisations prepared to advise and support them on how to give more effectively, efficiently and enjoyably. But as the number of these providers increases and the sector expands – and in the last few months we have seen at least four advisory services launch in the UK alone – so the choices can become overwhelming. Where does a donor seeking formal advice begin? In this issue of the Philanthropy UK Newsletter , we attempt to answer that question. We have interviewed a broad cross-section of providers, including charities, wealth managers, solicitors and specialists to find out what services they offer and what each one feels is their unique selling point. Our Quick guide to philanthropy advisors is a user-friendly matrix of services currently on offer and is presented in an easy-to-compare format...
June 2009
Welcome to the June 2009 edition of the Philanthropy UK Newsletter. Firstly, I’d like to introduce myself as the new editor of Philanthropy UK. My first few weeks have been an eye-opener. Arriving from the creative sector where innovation is the order of the day, I am agog at the breadth and depth of innovative ‘good work’ being done across the globe by the myriad organisations working in the third sector, as well as the pace of development. I very much look forward to discovering more and to meeting you, the highly active members of a flourishing philanthropic community. In this edition we focus on the topical and contentious issue of measuring social impact. Can the ‘good’ philanthropists do be meaningfully measured? And if so, how can the human factor of social impact be captured? In seeking some answers we canvas opinion across the sector and highlight the benefits and challenges of measurement today, with case studies showing how organisations...
March 2009
Welcome to the March 2009 issue of the Philanthropy UK Newsletter . In December we reported on the impact of the economic crisis on philanthropy. As the recession continues to weigh on both funders and charities, we look at a new model that is becoming increasingly attractive to funders who want to have even more impact with their giving: social investment. Social investment bridges the not-for-profit and for-profit worlds by generating both financial and ‘extra-financial’ returns, through social or environmental benefits. It is a nascent but rapidly growing market, and we think a promising model at a time when public trust and confidence in institutions is declining precipitously. In addition, we are especially pleased to feature a profile of Ted Turner, who spoke to Philanthropy UK about the work of the United Nations Foundation which he founded with a $1 bn gift 10 years ago. Wherever you are on your own philanthropic journey, we want Philanthropy UK to continue to...
December 2008
As 2008 comes to a dramatic finish, the market turmoil rages on, and is now reaching donors and charities in all corners of the globe. In this issue we look forward to 2009, exploring the outlook for philanthropy in the economic downturn. The opening article, ‘The £10.6 billion question’, offers an overview of what we are ‘hearing on the street’, and makes the case that elite philanthropy will prove more resilient than the sector expects. This “cautious optimism” is supported both by historical evidence (‘What gives in a recession?’) and by the emerging philanthrocapitalists, as argued by The Economist’s Matthew Bishop (‘A great giving opportunity’), whose new book, with Michael Green, is also reviewed in this issue. Meanwhile, in the Letter from America Melissa Berman looks at how donors are responding on the other side of the pond. We are very pleased to welcome a contribution by Dame Vivien Duffield, who reflects on her experiences as both a philanthropist and...

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