Give or take a few billion
‘Give or take a few billion: the wide confidence intervals around annual estimates of charitable donations in the UK’, by Tom McKenzie, was published in December as CGAP Briefing Note 10. With recent surveys of giving providing conflicting results, the paper sets out why we need to treat survey sample estimates with greater caution. Read Briefing Note 10: Give or take a few billion: the wide confidence intervals around annual estimates of charitable donations in the UK (pdf)
Giving back to communities of residence and of origin
A new research report from CGAP at Cass highlights the diversity of giving cultures and models in the UK, and the generosity amongst migrant and minority populations. Carried out by Cathy Pharoah and Tom McKenzie, with support from Trust for London, the research studied the links between different ways of giving, focussing specifically on the relationship between charitable giving in the UK and ‘remitting’, sending money overseas back to communities of origin. It will be launched on 18th April at Cass Business School. If you would like to attend the launch please register online
Family Foundation Giving Trends
Sara Llewellin, CEO, Barrow Cadbury Trust, chaired the launch of Family Foundation Giving Trends on 3rd December. Paul Ramsbottom, CEO, Wolfson Foundation and Sir Vernon Ellis, Chair, British Council, provided keynote addresses, both highlighting the huge value to the UK of adequate investment in arts and culture, education and research. The panel acknowledged the contribution of Charles Keidan, who moved on from his post as Director of Pears Foundations in December, to helping build the field of research on Family Foundation Giving, and CGAP would also like to record their thanks to Charles for his enthusiasm and support for all aspects of the project. Read Family Foundation Giving Trends 2012 (pdf). Cathy and Charles have written an article on the report in the Spring edition of Alliance magazine, the article will be available to download from the CGAP website on 1 March.
European Foundations for Research and Innovation (EUFORI) Study
CGAP is the UK partner in a recently-launched 27-country of foundation support for research and innovation, funded by the EU, and led by Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. The national UK study is being co-ordinated by Cathy Pharoah, and Beth Breeze will be involved in preparing the final international synthesis of findings. The survey is being conducted principally through an online survey standardised for use across EU foundations, and a sample of UK foundations will be asked to take part later this spring. Further details
CGAP at Kent awarded new funding
CGAP colleagues based at the University of Kent have further secured their post-CGAP future by winning a £100,000 contract from the Heritage Lottery Fund to evaluate the Catalyst: Endowments programme. Led by Beth Breeze, the team will monitor and support the grantees, who have won awards in this £35 million programme which offers match funding to help heritage organisations to create and grow endowments. See the Catalyst website for more information.
A brief updating of some of the figures for giving trends to 2011, as previously analysed in CGAP Briefing Notes 2, 3 and 6 on seasonal and regional variation in charitable donations, will be available in May.
A new analysis of OSCR's data on registered charities in Scotland by John Mohan will be published shortly as a CGAP Working Paper, available on the CGAP website.
CGAP Five-year Review
CGAP is currently compiling a five-year review of its work, which will provide an overview of the Centre, summarising its research and knowledge exchange work, and highlighting the key messages to come out of this. The review will be available at the CGAP conference.
Philanthropy and Multi Level Governance
On 13th February, Tobias Jung presented a paper on 'Philanthropy and Multi-level Governance' at the 'Multi-Level Governance: Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland in Europe' conference, organised by Glasgow Caledonian University, the JUC Public Administration Committee and the Political Studies Association. With a keynote address by Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, the event explored devolution, decentralisation of powers from central to local governments and the increasing number of actors in the design and delivery of public policies. Drawing on the research on institutions of giving by CGAP at Cass, the paper critically explored the potential of philanthropic foundations to contribute to and shape policy discourse. Full event details
Philanthropy, Philanthropists, Charities and Government: A changing and challenging landscape
On 31st January Beth Breeze presented research at the launch of 'Philanthropy Impact', a new organisation formed out of the merger of Philanthropy UK, the European Association for Planned Giving and the Professional Advisers Forum. A keynote address was given by the charities Minister, Nick Hurd MP, reiterating governmental support for the philanthropy sector. Beth spoke on 'Philanthropy, Philanthropists, Charities and Government: A changing and challenging landscape', setting out the research evidence on the scale and destination of major donations. Her slides are available here (pdf).
Will Britain ever learn to love philanthropy?
On 28th January Beth Breeze participated in a panel discussing 'Will Britain ever learn to love philanthropy?' which took place during the Institute of Fundraising's Major Donor fundraising conference, held at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Beth argued that there remains extensive negative and cynical attitudes towards philanthropists, reflected in media coverage and also in the political debate around the proposed cap on charity tax reliefs that was raised in the 2012 Budget. See Beth's slides (pdf).
World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists
CGAP at Cass was one of the hosts for a two day workshop, on ‘Muslim Giving: Creating Real Change’ on January 16-17th 2013. Led by the Academy of Philanthropy of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, in partnership with Save the Children and Cass, the workshop of thirty international participants was chaired by Dr Yunus Sola, AoP’s Director. Paul Palmer from Cass presented on ‘reconstructing for real change’, while Jenny Harrow’s presented ‘restructuring or new priorities’, in drawing the themes of the two day workshop to a close. Jenny and Paul will also be among the speakers at WCMP’s forthcoming Round Table event in Doha, Qatar, on “Emerging Markets in Philanthropy: Impetus or Impact?” in March.
See Jenny's presentation 'Restructuring or Setting New Priorities?' (pdf)
The forthcoming special issue on Nonprofit Advocacy of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ), includes a paper by Tobias Jung, Julia Kaufmann and Jenny Harrow entitled 'When Funders Do Direct Advocacy: An Exploration of the United Kingdom's Corston Independent Funders' Coalition'. Read the abstract.
As part of the ongoing research collaboration on community foundations in the UK and Canada between CGAP at Cass Business School and Carlton University, Tobias Jung, Jenny Harrow and Susan Phillips have written a paper entitled 'Developing a better understanding of community foundations in the UK's localisms' for Policy & Politics. The paper explores how community foundations conceive and operationalize their community leadership role across the UK’s localism discourses.
Upcoming events and presentations
1st March Social Justice Philanthropy. Implications for Practice and Policy NCVO, London. CGAP at the University of Kent is holding a one-day conference. for further information including the conference programme see the CGAP website. Please note that the conference is now fully booked.
27th March Contemporary philanthropy and social renewal. Learning from research and practice, the Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne. CGAP at the Universities of Newcastle and Exeter, the Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal at Newcastle University are organising a symposium. brings together philanthropy professionals, researchers and philanthropists to consider the practical value of research conducted by members of CGAP. For the programme and registration information please see the CGAP website.
18th April Giving back to communities of residence and of origin, Cass Business School, London. CGAP at Cass are launching a new study of the links between remittance giving and charitable donating by Cathy Pharoah and Tom McKenzie. Register online
9 - 10 May CGAP Conference, Keeping philanthropy's promises - today's austerity, tomorrow's riches? Central London
CGAP is holding a major conference on 9 and 10 May, which will bring together leading-edge UK and international expertise in research, practice and policy to discuss the response of philanthropy to the rapidly-changing social landscape of need and opportunity.
Confirmed international and UK speakers include: Rob Reich, (Stanford University, US), Susan Phillips (Carleton University, Canada), Alan Broadbent (CEO, Maytree Foundation, Canada), Angela Eikenberry (University of Nebraska), Stephen Brammer (Warwick Business School). Speakers from CGAP include Matthew Bond, Beth Breeze, Charles Harvey, Jenny Harrow, Tobias Jung, Mairi MacLean, Tom McKenzie, John Mohan, Cathy Pharoah, Eleanor Shaw. Further speaker and panellist details for a full two-day programme will be announced over the coming weeks.
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2012 Million Pound Donors Report
In December 2012, CGAP colleagues based in the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent launched the fifth edition of the annual Million Pound Donors Report. This study presents and analyses data on all known donations to UK charities worth £1m or more, as well as case studies of those giving and receiving at this level. The headline findings in the 2012 report, which covers the financial year 2010/11, are a decrease in the total value of 7-figure+ donations, and an expanded donor pool. There were 232 separate £1m+ donations in 2010/11, up from 174 the previous year and exceeding by far the previous highest total of 201 in 2008/09. This most recent report, along with all four preceding reports, are freely available online
Why Rich People Still Give: Ten year update of major study
An update of the influential study of 'Why Rich People Give' is being undertaken by Beth Breeze at the University of Kent, working alongside the original author Theresa Lloyd. The first edition was originally researched in 2002, and published in 2004, and this update will present a picture of developments ten years on. It combines a survey of half the original participants, an equivalent-sized sample of new philanthropists plus input from people working in the philanthropy sector, including advisers, policymakers and fundraisers. The update will be launched in Autumn 2013.
Beacon award winners announced at Mansion House ceremony
The Beacon awards for philanthropy were presented on the 6th February, at a ceremony in the Mansion House hosted by the Lord Mayor of London. 33 philanthropists were honoured at the event, including Harry Potter novelist JK Rowling, who won one of four special judges awards for being a role model for philanthropy. Beth Breeze served as adviser to the judging panel, and write the brochure describing the categories in which awards were made. For further information see the Beacon Fellowship Charitable Trust website
Money for Good UK
Next month charity think tank NPC will launch a major new study on donor motivation and giving behaviour. 'Money for Good UK' is based on a survey of 3,000 people carried out for NPC by Ipsos MORI and includes a large sample of high income donors. CGAP's Professor Cathy Pharoah was on the advisory group for this research, which was funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Nesta, Oak Foundation and Pears Foundation. The research will be published on NPC's website on 14 March. For more information please write to: moneyforgoodUK@thinkNPC.org.
The London LGBT Almanac
The second edition of the London LGBT Almanac has been published by centred. The almanac shares findings from a detailed survey of 109 London based LGBT organisations, and focus groups on volunteering and activism experiences. See the centred website for more information.