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GIVING MATTERS

Is giving more important than ever in today’s world?

BLOGS

Giving is a fundamental part of human nature, and the bedrock of a healthy, sustainable civil society. Yet in today’s world, where the state and the market cater to many needs, there is often little clarity about what part voluntary giving plays in our society

Here we explore the politics, history and philosophy of giving to understand why it plays such a vital and unique role in our society, and how we can maximise the potential of philanthropic giving to drive social progress.

VIDEO AND PODCASTS

Brave New World 2017

What are the challenges and opportunities facing philanthropy in 2017 and beyond?

We speak to Rhodri Davies

The Giving Thought Podcast

A bi-weekly exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society

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TEDx Talk: Philanthropy and the City of London

Rhodri Davies at TEDx Squaremile in Nov 2014. The theme of the event was the power of purpose.

DOCUMENTS

Here are some of our publications on Why Giving Matters

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Giving a Sense of Place: Philanthropy and the future of UK civic identity

In this report - part of the "Giving for the City" project - we look at the the role that philanthropy can play in towns and cities around the UK, and what needs to be done to build a new golden age of civic philanthropy in this country.
In this report - part of the "Giving for the...
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Chain Links- The role of mayors in building a culture of philanthropy

In this discussion paper - as part of the "Giving for the City" project- we look at the role that mayors can play in building a culture of civic philanthropy in our towns and cities.
In this discussion paper - as part of the...
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Brave New World 2017

2016 was a year of major political and social change. This presents both challenges and opportunities for philanthropy. In this paper we explore how philanthropy can rise to those challenges and grasp those opportunities.
2016 was a year of major political and...
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Introduction to Public Good by Private Means

This is the introduction to our book, which charts the history of philanthropy in the UK and what it can tell us about the role of philanthropy today.
This is the introduction to our book, which...

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