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


Lloyds announces £1m programme for UK social entrepreneurs

This year 154 social entrepreneurs from across the UK will receive grants and training from the School for Social Entrepreneurs, as part of the Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme, worth over £1m annually, Lloyds Banking Group announced in September.

Volunteering professionals to deliver off-the-peg impact measurement scheme to charities

A new volunteering scheme for business professionals was launched last month by the Coalition for Efficiency (CfE), in collaboration with ICAEW and Charities Finance Group.

The Practical Approach allows skilled business people to work with charities to identify and develop their impact measurement. Each project will be completed in two to three months with around 12-15 hours given to four meetings plus a further 10 hours in preparation.

Brokerage company raises $12m on charity day

Olympic stars, actors and royalty joined traders at brokerage company BGC’s London office for its annual charity day on September 11th, helping raise $12m (£7.5m) through its trading activities across all offices.

BGC and its affiliate Cantor Fitzgerald, who conduct over $200 trillion (£124 trillion) in financial transactions for customers annually, donated 100% of global revenues on the day to more than 100 charities around the world. In the UK these include Bernardo’s, Haven House children’s hospice and Asthma UK.

Become an entrepreneur with help from leadership programme

On Purpose is a non-profit social enterprise that is helping to develop the next generation of social enterprise leaders through a one-year, full-time leadership programme for talented professionals who would like to move into the social enterprise space. The programme combines paid work placements, training and intensive 1:1 support.

City Philanthropy celebrated with launch of new Beacon Award

City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charity, is sponsoring the Beacon Award for City Philanthropy. An integral part of the City of London’s Wealth of Opportunity initiative to transform London into a leading global centre for philanthropic giving, this new category launches today as nominations open for the Beacon Awards 2013.


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