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Use devolution to kick start civic philanthropy, says CAF

Monday 18 September 2017

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is calling on central and local government to work together to help reinvigorate Britain's culture of civic philanthropy.

A new report published by CAF argues that philanthropy should be a central part of the discussion about the future of cities in the UK and makes specific recommendations to usher in a new golden age of civic giving.

Giving a Sense of Place - Philanthropy and the future of UK civic identity, which is released today, recommends actions to be taken by central and local government, locally elected mayors, the public sector, philanthropists and charities.  These include:

  • The development of a clear narrative about civic philanthropy.
  • The establishment of Local Philanthropy Partnerships.
  • The publication of a philanthropy strategy by regionally elected mayors and;
  • The stimulation of a wider culture of giving in cities

 Rhodri Davies, Giving Thought Programme Manager at CAF who wrote the report said:

“There is a huge opportunity to use the new powers afforded by devolution to kick start a reinvigoration of civic philanthropy in the UK focused on supporting our towns and cities to be ready for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

“Our report highlights some great examples of where philanthropy is already playing a key role in urban areas and sets out what needs to be done to build a wider culture of civic giving.  This includes calling on central government to make philanthropy a key part of their plans for devolution as well as suggesting local authorities establish partnerships which bring together charities, donors, charitable trusts and others to work towards shared goals for their local area.

“We also make recommendations for what central and local government, charities and donors can do to play their part in realising the ambition of creating a new golden age of civic philanthropy in Britain.”

The new report will be discussed at this year’s political party conferences starting with a panel discussion at the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth on Monday 18 September chaired by Baroness Brinton, Liberal Democrat Party President.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is one of Europe’s largest charitable foundations, which helps more than 250,000 people and 3,000 businesses give to good causes, while offering financial services to support charities.
  2. The new report Philanthropy and the Future of UK Civic Identity can be downloaded here.  It forms part of the CAF Giving In The City project which explores what political and social trends may mean for the future of giving in towns and cities in Britain.
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