Philanthropy

Letter to GQ Board of Editors...From The London Magazine Board of Editors

The London Magazine | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK
The London Magazine

GQ's decision to present the award of philanthropist of the year to Tony Blair represents an absolute nadir in the vision of the magazine. We can only surmise that the decision to confer the honour was made for reasons of publicity and to court controversy.

Turning Money Into Real Change

Sir Ronald Cohen | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK
Sir Ronald Cohen

The crash of 2008 undoubtedly cast financiers and bankers as the villains of society. Trust and confidence in financial institutions plummeted to an all time low. But amidst the aftermath of the crash, we shouldn't forget that financial markets can be a force for good.

Thrive - a Commentary

Dr Monique Y. Wells | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Monique Y. Wells

Mindfulness - the concept of being present in the moment and appreciating each moment - is something I believe is essential to living an ideal lifestyle. It is another theme that Arianna thoroughly explores in Thrive

Peter Clarke: The Heart and Soul of a True Philanthropist

Liberty Forrest | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK
Liberty Forrest

It takes someone extraordinary to be a true philanthropist, someone who is deeply troubled by the suffering in the world and who dedicates a significant part of his life to easing it, someone with a vision of hope, a vision that will change millions of lives for the better. Peter Clarke is just such a man.

A Matter of Principle

Stephen Fear | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK
Stephen Fear

Remember the next time you walk past a person sitting in a shop doorway that he or she isn't sitting there in the wind and rain as a lifestyle choice. They are there because something went wrong in their life and they are struggling to deal with it. They are someone's son, daughter, mother, brother or father. They could be yours!

Muslim Charitable Giving Multiplies in the Holy Month of Fasting

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Muslims in the country are 'Britain's top charity givers', giving an average of almost £371 each a year". Prime Minister David Cameron, in his video message to mark the start of Ramadan 2014, said "Here in Britain, Muslims are our biggest donors - they give more to charity than any other faith group."

'Lighting the Candle': Inspiring Young People to Dream Big

Andrew Law | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Law

Recent news that youth unemployment has fallen to its lowest figure in five years is welcome. However, when it comes to choosing a career, having the chance to pursue your passions or follow your dreams sadly remains far too often a privilege of wealth or family background.

Changing the World...One E-book at a Time

Dr Michelle K. Nielsen | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Michelle K. Nielsen

Through books, explains David Risher I discovered exotic lands and new ideas. Once he graduated from Harvard Business School, it was his love of books that attracted him to work as an executive for a new small online bookstore called Amazon.

11 Reasons Why You Are Reading This

Steph Weller | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Steph Weller

If I pick up my phone to use it for its original purpose - to actually ring someone, the temptation is to just have a peek at my newsfeeds. I then get sidetracked and find myself scrolling through '14 of the Most Hilarious Mullet Hairstyles, Ever', but why?

Copying US Philanthropic Culture Won't Help Brits Give to Charity

John Low | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK
John Low

UK society would be better if more people gave generously to charity, but how can we achieve this when cultural attitudes are notoriously difficult to shift? With the US being recognised as the most generous country in the world, many argue that we should look at what they do and learn from it.

Squeezing Public Sector Pay Can't Be Done for Too Much Longer

Dan Corry | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

The uptick in growth is real and brings a welcome increase in jobs in its wake. Of course, growth is pretty anaemic compared with what we normally get after a massive downturn and, unlike many other countries, we are not yet back to the level of output before the crash.

Governments Must Do More to Help Charities Earn Public Trust

John Low | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
John Low

Unfortunately in too many countries charities face a climate of suspicion and repression. Heavy handed government policy and the politicisation of charity regulation is undermining the trust of the public which is vital in the development of a thriving charity sector and civil society more broadly.

The Arts Empower the Young, So Why Are the Arts in Education Not Available for All?

John Nickson | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
John Nickson

Michael Gove, Education Secretary, is determined to raise academic standards and few would argue against that. However, schools are under pressure to become autonomous, to set their own curriculums and budgets and to move away from local authority control and there is an argument that this policy together with a greater focus on narrow performance measures and less money is undermining the arts in education.

Who Will Be Clever Enough to Be Britain's Next Mark Zuckerberg?

John Nickson | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
John Nickson

We are suffering from a lack of leadership, something the Victorians had in spades. By failing to give significantly, the new rich are failing to set an example and inspire those who will follow them. Government makes noises about encouraging more philanthropy but most politicians follow focus groups rather offer leadership...

The Pros and Cons of Social Investment So Far

Dan Corry | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

I was working as a special adviser at the Department of Trade and Industry at the beginning of the 2000s when Sir Ronald Cohen began pushing for what was eventually to become, in 2011, Big Society Capital (BSC), the world's first social investment institution...

A Good Deed in a World of Austerity

John Nickson | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Tech
John Nickson

Mark Zuckerberg , Facebook's founder, is a billionaire twenty times over and you might think he could spare the odd billion. He clearly agrees but what is significant about this donation is that it is the first time that a philanthropist under the age of 30 has made such an enormous gift...

Dear Boris, You Are Out of Touch.

John Nickson | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
John Nickson

You now claim that you have been misquoted and agree that there is too much inequality. However, I have read your speech and it is unfortunate that you have expressed yourself in a way that comes over as exactly the opposite.

Time to Reflect and Refocus

Gina Miller | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Gina Miller

Last week was a very depressing one with several alarming revelations related to the state of British society.

The Power of Hope

Michael Rosenkrantz | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Michael Rosenkrantz

The corporate sector must play a lead role in helping to change priorities, to save our planet and create more hope. But this can only be accomplished if individuals within the corporate sector, and for that matter the government sector, are willing to change their attitudes, not be overly greedy and consider what might be best for those most impacted, those living in poverty and asking "them", and civil society, what they want.

New Tate Britain Unveiled at No Cost to the Tax Payer

John Nickson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Nickson

This week, Tate's original building re-opens after a £45million face-lift. Tate Britain is glamorous once more, a temple of cool and contemplation. Tate was a gift to the public from Henry Tate, a sugar baron. He donated his great collection of British art to the nation as well as £110,000 to pay for a new gallery on condition that the state would look after it.

If Only Paul Sykes Was a Real Philanthropist

Alastair Sloan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Sloan

Paul Sykes has made a lot of money - benefiting from free trade to China by selling them our old buses, playing a key role in the early days of British internet, as well as flogging land to the developers of Meadowhall shopping centre near Sheffield....

Funding Impact

Dan Corry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

Funders in the charitable sector give their money to good causes, so it can seem churlish to say that they need to think more about the impact of their giving. But surely this is true. The way in which funders support their chosen cause can mean they have a lesser or greater impact.

A Failure of Leadership: Where Are Dave, Ed and Nick (or Russell Brand)

John Nickson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Nickson

The 2015 General Election Campaign has begun. In 2010, David Cameron campaigned for The Big Society causing widespread bafflement. Since then, The Big Society has silently shuffled off stage in a fog of embarrassment...

Why Did Rockefeller Belittle Einstein?

Caroline Fiennes | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK Tech
Caroline Fiennes

'When a young Albert Einstein sent a request for $500 to John D. Rockefeller's top lieutenant, Rockefeller instructed his deputy, "Let's give him $1,000. He may be onto something." It was bold and daring, intrepid and risk-taking.'

Trust and Philanthropy

Carlos Miranda | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK
Carlos Miranda

Earlier this month, the Stars Foundation - in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Charities Aid Foundation, GlobalGiving UK, the Pea...