30 June 2020

In this episode we talk to Matthew Bowcock and Cath Dovey, founders of the Beacon Collaborative, about developing the UK’s culture of philanthropy both pre- and post-Covid. Including

  • What is the Beacon Collaborative?
  • What was the UK culture of philanthropy like pre-COVID?
  • How does this perhaps differ from the culture in other countries (e.g. the US?)
  • What do we know about the barriers that prevent more wealthy people giving?
  • What has the response from wealthy philanthropists to the COVID-19 crisis been like?
  • How have attitudes to collaboration among philanthropists and funders changed as a result of the current context?
  • How do we balance the emphasis on centralisation/coordination of philanthropy necessitated by the crisis with the choice and freedom that is likely to motivate donors over the longer term?
  • Why are many donors moving from restricted to unrestricted funding right now? Is this going to herald a longer-term shift?
  • Should we expect anything in philanthropy to change fundamentally as a result of what we are going through? If so, what?
  • Are we likely to see a more positive or more negative narrative about philanthropy post-COVID?

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



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The Giving Thought podcast is an exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society. Launched in 2017 it is recognised as an insightful and influential source of philanthropic debate.  Rhodri Davies director of our Giving Thought Think Tank hosts the podcast, discussing contemporary issues and interviewing sector experts. Episodes are also available free on iTunes and Libsyn.

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