Local giving podcasts


  • civil society special

    Civil Society Strategy special

    10 August 2018 - We review the recently published UK government Civil Society Strategy and what it means for charities, businesses and communities in the UK.
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    Learning from the history of philanthropy, with Ben Soskis

    26 June 2018 - Rhod is joined by Ben Soskis, a Fellow at the Urban Institute and editor of HistPhil.org, for a wide-ranging chat about the history of philanthropy and what it can teach us about the big challenges facing charities and donors today.
  • open data

    Open data, grantmaking and philanthropy, with Rachel Rank

    12 June 2018 - Rhod chats to Rachel Rank, CEO of 360 Giving, an initiative promoting and supporting an Open Data approach among UK grantmakers.
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    2018 predictions

    3 January 2018 - Rhod considers the challenges and opportunities facing charities, donors and civil society organisations around the globe in the coming year.


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London mayor 2017

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