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Great British Philanthropy: Growing a fellowship of donors to support local communities

Breeze, Beth (2014) Great British Philanthropy: Growing a fellowship of donors to support local communities. Project report. UK Community Foundations, London, UK (KAR id:64650)


This report documents the result of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation’s decision to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2011 by making a significant investment in UK Community Foundations. The funding enabled community foundations in nine parts of Britain1 to focus additional time and resources on philanthropy development work. By building a unique network of established and emerging donors, ‘The Philanthropy Fellowship’ had the twin goals of encouraging a stronger culture of philanthropy, whilst strengthening local communities. Over 200 people seized the opportunity to become ‘Philanthropy Fellows’, and a further 1,500 engaged as ‘friends’, by joining in aspects of the stimulating programme that appealed to them. As a result of this three-year investment, community foundation staff were able to work more closely with their donors to help them become more generous and more effective philanthropists; it is estimated that over £25 million of new funding was subsequently unlocked to benefit local communities across Britain.

Item Type: Reports and Papers (Project report)
Uncontrolled keywords: Philanthropy; Philanthropists; Community Foundation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV27 Philanthropists
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Beth Breeze
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2017 11:25 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:50 UTC
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