"Just as it sets the standards in so many areas, London is a world-leading city for philanthropy. Historically benefactors have given to a range of causes from education and healthcare to culture and the arts, to name but a few.
People who’ve had some success in business should absolutely put something back into the community. But everyone should give, at whatever level they can. The culture of giving is contagious. I agree with Albert Einstein who once said: “It is every man’s obligation to put back in to the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.”
My own philanthropic journey has centred on London. I have always been passionate about theatre, and started my relationship with the National Theatre on the South Bank in 2003, later serving on the Board and becoming the lead donor to the capital campaign for their fiftieth anniversary. This resulted in the renaming of one of their theatres to become the Dorfman in 2013. I am immensely proud that my family’s name is associated with the advancement of the performing arts, through one of the most iconic institutions in the UK.
Furthermore, as Chairman of the Prince’s Trust, we provide support to thousands of disadvantaged young people in London, helping them get into some form of education, training or employment. Youth unemployment in London, at 18.5%, is significantly higher than the national average, so there is much to do. My Foundation supports some well-established organisations, but also some smaller charities in London and beyond. Unfortunately the need is infinite, and we must all heed Einstein’s wise words and do as much as we can."