Foundations, Giving, Philanthropy, Research, Trends

Foundations essential to creating civil society

New results showing that grant-making by the UK’s Top 300 foundations reached a record £3.3 billion in 2016/7 – despite the unpredictable economic environment – offer some reassurance to civil society. In a fourth continuous year of positive growth, grants grew by almost 11%. The value of foundation grants goes well beyond monetary worth. Foundations are an integral multi-faceted part […]

Foundations, Philanthropy, Research

Foundations as a global force

Revealing that foundation philanthropy has a growing world-wide role in addressing needs, the first global map of foundation philanthropy has been published, The Global Philanthropy Report:Perspectives on the global foundation sector. The study co-ordinates data from 39 countries, including a UK contribution from Cathy Pharoah, Cass Business School.  It reveals the scale of institutional philanthropy as a global force for […]

Charity / Charities, Fundraising, Giving, Trends

Catch 22 in public fundraising

Reactions to the death of Stephen Hawking reveal a lot about the psychology of giving. Within hours of the news, the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association website collapsed under a wave of public donations – a remarkable demonstration that immediacy in perceptions of need is one of the most powerful triggers to give. We see its power in the ever-increasing […]

Philanthropy, Research, Trends

Major charities hang on to slim margin of income growth

The Spotlight Top 100 Fundraisers report 2018 measures the annual financial results of the major charities against their own performance in the previous year. This gives a highly reliable indicator of change. It shows the major charities hanging onto to a slim margin of fundraising income growth in 2016/17, at 0.7%. (after inflation) This finding suggests the sector is on […]

Giving, Philanthropy, Trends

Slow UK economic growth – does this mean lower giving?

The OECD is predicting slow growth for the UK economy in 2018 and 2019. Short of a miracle, times will be hard and get harder for some. So will those with more wealth give more away?  On past experience, probably not. Philanthropic giving today is like a luxury good. People give more when their income increases. And it’s not only […]

Foundations

Shoring up the foundations for future generations

Relief not complacency is the message of the 9th annual edition of Foundation Giving Trends,  flagship annual report on giving trends amongst UK foundations.  Philanthropic foundations are a solid bedrock of support for civil society. So it is a relief that spending reached its highest level ever in 2015/2016 after some years of bumpy post-recession trends  – almost £3 billion. […]