All Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society and Volunteering

Dr Beth Breeze from CGAP at the University of Kent and Dr Karl Wilding of NCVO spoke to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society, a group consisting of MPs, peers and charity sector representatives who meet regularly to discuss issues of common interest, at the House of Commons on the 8th June. The meeting focused on incentivising giving and the respective roles of the state and the sector. Beth told the MPs that, despite giving being a voluntary activity, there is much that politicians can do to encourage public generosity. This includes creating bigger and better tax breaks for donors, funding groups that promote philanthropy, passing robust regulation to increase trust and confidence in charities and enhancing the visibility of philanthropists by celebrating those who make significant contributions. 

Further information is available on the CGAP website

CGAP on Radio 4

Cathy Pharoah and John Mohan joined Radio 4's Winifred Robinson on the You and Yours show on 16th June. They discussed the funding of charities as government spending reduces, following the publication of TSRC's working paper How dependent is the third sector on public funding? 

Listen again online

Entrepreneurial Philanthropy

Jillian Gordon discusses her award winning paper paper The Value Added Approach of Entrepreneurial Philanthropy in this new podcast.

Watch the podcast on the CGAP website.

Family Foundation giving
Work on the new annual Pears Foundation-CGAP Family Foundation Giving 2011 report has begun. Aiming to track the financial, strategic and social contribution of family foundations to UK philanthropy, and now into its fourth edition, it will update figures for the giving of the UK’s largest family foundations. It will also provide an overview of how family foundation giving has fared in the period before, during and post-recession, and compare growth trends with those in the US. Funded by the Pears Foundation, the report provides insights into an increasingly important feature of the UK philanthropy landscape.

Previous editions of the report are available from the CGAP website

The meaning and purpose of contemporary UK philanthropy

On the 9th June, Dr Beth Breeze from CGAP, based at the University of Kent, gave a paper on 'High Engagement Donors' at an Institute for Voluntary Action Research and Birkbeck University seminar. Beth presented findings from a series of studies she has undertaken, exploring the practice and purpose of philanthropy amongst the wealthier end of UK society. Difficulties in gathering data on major donors mean this area has traditionally been under-researched, but the rising profile of philanthropy and the coalition government's hopes for encouraging voluntary contributions from the rich to offset the effect of budgetary cuts, increases the urgency of getting accurate insights into the 'top end' of charitable giving. Beth's research explores the types of causes that appeal to richer givers, how they decide how much to give, their preferred methods of giving, and their expectations for relationships with beneficiaries.

Beth’s presentation is available on the
CGAP website 

Current giving, philanthropy, and the shaping of Big Society

Cathy Pharoah gave a presentation within  the Institute for Voluntary Action Research and Birkbeck University seminar series on 12th May, looking at the potential role of philanthropy in shaping the Big Society. The presentation focussed on differences in the role and aim of philanthropic and statutory funding, some of the tensions that might arise as the balance between these changes, and how the sector’s shape might change in response to a greater dependence on private rather then statutory funding sources.

Cathy's presentation is available on the CGAP website

Future for the voluntary and community sector – funding, challenges and opportunities
Cathy Pharoah was keynote speaker at Southwark Forum on 23rd June. Focussing on the sector’s capacity to respond to the funding challenges and opportunities in the new era of Big Society and Open Public Services.

Cathy’s presentation is available on the CGAP website 

Philanthropy Events

Female Futures of Philanthropy

On 13th June CGAP hosted a discussion on female philanthropy at Cass Business School.  The event was heavily-oversubscribed, showing the wide sector interest in this topic. The seminar examined how the role of women as donors and leaders in philanthropy is developing and discussed the challenges and opportunities ahead. Speakers included Hilary Pearson, President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC), Vivienne Hayes, Chief Executive of the Women’s Resource Centre (WRC), Cathy Pharoah, Co-Director of the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy and Diana Leat, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School and at the Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane Australia. 

Presentations are now available on our website with media coverage of the event.

Donor Cultivation Masterclass
CGAP has partnered with Arts & Business Scotland (ABS) to develop a Philanthropy Masterclass Series. The series showcases leading examples of effective practice, outlines existing research knowledge and provides practical lessons for participants. This accompanies a co-produced research project between CGAP and ABS, being led for CGAP by Tobias Jung and Hannah Pavey.
The Masterclass took place on 15th June in Edinburgh and focused on donor cultivation. The session entitled ‘Passion into Pounds – donor cultivation’  looked at examples from practice, explore the existing knowledge on and challenges to donor cultivation for Scottish arts organisations and provide guidance on effective fundraising approaches.

The masterclass programme and presentations are available now on the CGAP website.
Upcoming Events
Autumn 2011 CGAP Conference. Date to be confirmed.
20 September CGAP/Arts and Business Masterclass ‘Getting your Board on Board’ University of Edinburgh Business School. Provisional programme now available (pdf)
29 October – 5 November ESRC Festival of Social Science. CGAP will be hosting an event entitled ‘Co-producing Research: working together or falling apart’. Further details to follow.
17-19 November ARNOVA conference, Toronto. Colloquium on the theme of ‘A Critical Discussion on Philanthropy: topics, themes, trajectories’
11-13 February 2012 IRSPM conference. CGAP are hosting a philanthropy track at the 2012 conference and are now inviting your abstracts. Further information on our website.

Around Philanthropy

New research shows that charities face a big challenge in gearing up to the new funding era

New research shows that the income of the major charities fell for the second year running in 2009/10. Evidence in Charity Market Monitor 2011, written by Cathy Pharoah and published this month, shows that the economic turbulence of the last few years has weakened the sector’s funding base. This means it may face significant challenges in resourcing the new investment needed to increase income from philanthropy and enterprise while statutory support begins to reduce. The major charities are only slightly better-off than they were five years ago. Lower levels of voluntary donations also reduced the income of charitable grant-making trusts in 2009/10, leading to lower levels of grant-making. Although investment values began to pick up, this had not yet fed into increased income from their endowments. Building fundraising and income-generation capacity will be the big challenge for Big Society.

Read the press release (pdf) and order your copy.

New study of UK trust and foundation funding for international development

A new review of the contribution of UK trusts and foundations in international development funding has been commissioned jointly by The Nuffield Foundation, The Baring Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The research will aim to provide insights into current levels, programme areas and recent policy developments, updating previous research published in June 2007 ‘Going Global’. The work is being led by CGAP’s Cathy Pharoah and will be published in the Autumn.

Philanthropy and the Big Society

A Special Issue of ‘People, Place and Policy Online' has been published on the Big Society. It features papers reviewing its prospects from various angles including community regeneration, participation, a regional case-study in Yorkshire and the Humber, and a paper by Cathy Pharoah on the place of private giving and philanthropy in the Big Society.

Read Prospects for a Big Society? Special Issue of People, Place and Policy Online


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