We define philanthropy as the giving of resources in an engaged and strategic way for maximum impact and in a tax efficient manner. It can include the giving of money, assets, time, talent, voice and one’s social capital. We believe in the power of philanthropy as a great social connector and the source of many great opportunities.

City Philanthropy

A Wealth of Opportunity


The Big Give Christmas Challenge raises over £6.4m in three days

The Big Give Christmas Challenge has raised over £6.4m in three days for 258 participating charities. The Big Give is still offering the chance for donors to double their donations to a selection of charities until Monday 14th December.

There was incredible demand from donors to have their donations doubled when the campaign launched at midday on Friday 4th December, with 1,192 donations processed raising over £2.5m in the first five minutes of the Christmas Challenge.

Inspiring Philanthropy: Sara Vincente

In this occasional series of interviews with the City’s leading philanthropists we aim to bring guidance and inspiration to others.

Portuguese born Sara Vincente is Deputy COO of EMEA Equities at Morgan Stanley. After graduating in Economics in 2004 she spent four months volunteering in Mozambique with vulnerable children. This inspired her to set up a charity in her own time which provides food and education to children and their families in Mozambique which has raised over €1m and supported more than 1500 children.

Festive fundraising evening raises over £40,000

The Funding Network’s latest fundraising event kicked off the season of giving in style by raising £43,015 for four different charities.

The festive evening, held at Macquarie Group, featured mulled wine and mince pies as well as entertainment from the London Youth Choir. The main attraction was The Funding Network’s live crowdfunding session where attendees heard speed pitches from four charities and were then invited to pledge their money on the spot in a quick fire, dragons den style fundraising round.

Inspiring Philanthropy: Sir Alec Reed

In this occasional series of interviews with the City’s leading philanthropists we aim to bring guidance and inspiration to others. 

Sir Alec Reed CBE founded employment agency Reed in 1960, which has become one of the UK's largest private businesses. Reed has also founded several charities as well as The Reed Foundation and is a public advocate for philanthropy. in 2007 The Reed Foundation created The Big Give, a website that allows donors to find and support charities.


Let's embrace Giving Tuesday rather than Black Friday

City Philanthropy Editor Jack Stewart shares his thoughts on why we should be adopting Giving Tuesday instead of Black Friday this year.

One in three Brits has admitted that they will waste money on Black Friday, according to a poll by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). 44% of 18-24 year olds and 50% of Londoners said they are likely to buy something they do not need.

Childhood trust to double donations this Christmas

The Childhood Trust is providing a way for people to double their festive donations to more than 30 London children’s charities with the launch of its Christmas Give campaign.

The campaign, which is in its 7th year, is run in conjunction with The Big Give, a non-profit charity website which allows donors to find and support charity projects. On Friday 4th and Saturday 5th December all donations to the children’s charities made through The Big Give website will be match funded by The Childhood Trust.

National Citizen Service receives funding boost from Spending Review

Chancellor George Osbourne has announced plans to increase participation in National Citizen Service (NCS) from 80,000 to 300,000 by 2020. The announcement formed part of Osbourne’s 2015 Spending Review and a statement released by the Cabinet Office said that the expansion of NCS would support ‘hundreds of charities and third sector providers’.

Christmas at The Philanthropy Club

6:30 pm

Join the Philanthropy Club for a festive evening to kick off the holiday season. The event, held at The Library in Covent Garden, will bring together philanthropists from across the City for an evening of networking and inspiration. 


The Philanthropy Club at The Library
112 St Martins Lane

Filanthropy* - through the looking glass

7:00 pm

Join Filanthropy* for a journey through the looking glass and a chance to celebrate all the wonderful work done so far by the Filanthropy* community. Come along to meet the projects that have been supported and meet other Filanthropists that have helped make that happen.


Looking Glass Cocktail Club
49 Hackney Road
E2 7NX


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