Local giving podcasts


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    Non-profits and philanthropy in a polarized world: ARNOVA 2019

    28 November 2019 - Rhod reports back on a recent trip to the 48th annual ARNOVA conference for philanthropy and non-profit researchers in San Diego.
  • Jim Minton 150

    Bringing diverse communities together

    15 October 2019 - We talk to Jim Minton, CEO of Toynbee Hall, about the role of local civil society organisations and the opportunities and challenges that come with place-based philanthropy.
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    Talking to Julia Unwin CBE

    3 Sept 2019 - Our discussion with Julia includes the Civil Society Futures inquiry, trust in charities, social action and the challenges ahead for philanthropy.
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    Philanthropy and public space

    25 June 2019 - How has philanthropy shaped public spaces, from National Parks and urban greenspaces to the digital world, and what are the challenges ahead?
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    What is the unique role of philanthropic foundations?

    9 April 2019 - Find out in our latest Giving Thought podcast as we chat to @PaulBRamsbottom from @wolfsonfdn
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    Philanthropy and journalism podcast

    26 March 2019 - In our podcast with Sameer Padania, we ask why the media is looking to philanthropy as a source of funding and why philanthropic funders are interested in supporting journalism.
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    Philanthropy and the Movies podcast

    12 February 2019 - In our Oscars special, we explore how philanthropy is portrayed in films, ask what we can learn and share ideas for movies that should be made.


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Can mayors help to build a culture of civil philanthropy?

There is a real opportunity to develop a modern culture of civic philanthropy to rival that of the Victorian era.

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Rhodri Davies

Rhodri Davies

Head of Policy

Rhodri leads Giving Thought, our in-house think tank focusing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. Rhodri has spent nearly a decade specialising in public policy around philanthropy and the work of charities, and has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics. He has a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.   Read more about Rhodri