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June 10, 2016

Next generation successors are expected to boost the multi-million dollar philanthropic efforts of their family businesses over the next decade but only half of family offices surveyed are checking on the impact of their goodwill.

Next generation successors are expected to boost the multi-million dollar philanthropic efforts of their family businesses over the next decade but only half of family offices surveyed are checking on the impact of their goodwill.

Research by Moore Stephens revealed just 50% of family offices assess the effectiveness of their charitable contributions. While a significant 86% said measuring impact as important, only half have the metrics in place to find out.

March 31, 2016

Percy Barnevik made his name heading up one of the largest family-controlled businesses in Europe, but in his retirement it is microenterprises where he has focused his attention. Jessica Tasman-Jones caught up with the former executive to find out how his foundation, Hand in Hand International, is addressing poverty one job at a time

The solution to a great deal of the world’s problems is jobs, argues Percy Barnevik. “In Egypt 75% of the students don’t get a job. The young men sit in the cafés in Cairo, unhappy, angry, they can’t support themselves, let alone a small family.” This breeds anger and they become prey for the Muslim Brotherhood and all types of violent organisations, says the former business executive. “The problem is not Islam, not the Bible, the problem is not religion. The problem is poverty and hopelessness.”

December 17, 2015

For all the attention climate receives, another environmental crisis – the sixth great extinction – receives relatively less airtime. Jessica Tasman-Jones met with philanthropists seeking to protect and restore the balance of nature – from the Scottish Highlands to Patagonia

This article appeared in the Autumn issue of CampdenFO. Not long after the magazine went to print Doug Tompkins, whose foundation is mentioned in the text and whose wife, Kris, was interviewed for the article, died suddenly in a kayaking accident. Despite being a serial entrepreneur (he founded The North Face and co-founded Esprit), his philanthropy and commitment to conservation is one of the greatest legacies he leaves behind.

August 20, 2015

Santander’s most famous family is taking a hands-on approach to philanthropy in areas as diverse as bioinformatics to boys’ education. Fundación Botín’s director general tells Nicholas Moody about how a €900 million endowment is driving social change

Fundación Botín is not your usual endowment-spending foundation. What makes it different? a) Size - it holds slightly less than 1% of all shares in the Spanish banking empire, Santander; b) Investment strategy - it doesn’t have one, it only holds Santander shares; and c) Philosophy - it’s constantly innovating, despite the temptation for a 51-year-old foundation to follow the status quo.

May 7, 2015

With 15 million registered students, 12 million average monthly visitors to its website, 900,000 registered teachers and over 3 billion exercises completed, Khan Academy is a nonprofit organisation on a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

With 15 million registered students, 12 million average monthly visitors to its website, 900,000 registered teachers and over 3 billion exercises completed, Khan Academy is a nonprofit organisation on a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. As the founder and executive director of Khan Academy, Sal Khan has a legitimate claim to being a true modern revolutionary of education. CampdenFB spoke to Sal after his keynote address at IPI’s 2015 Winter Forum in San Francisco.

January 16, 2015

Education is one of the top causes that wealthy families donate to globally, with many high-profile examples of significant donations being made to tertiary institutions. But is donating to a top university or your alma mater beneficial for society as a whole, or just an elite few? 

January 13, 2015

Looking for education initiatives beyond the traditional tertiary sector, but not sure where to direct your efforts? Popstar-turned-philanthropist Apl.de.ap shows one way to affect change in education from the ground up

By any standards, it is a remarkable achievement to co-found a multi-million dollar selling international pop act that wins half a dozen Grammy awards. To do this when you have a severe sight problem, nystagmus, and after you were brought up as one of seven children by a single mother in the Philippines, is little short of extraordinary.

October 24, 2014

Charlie Munger, one of the world’s top investors and vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, has made a significant gift to theoretical physics, donating $65 million to the University of California Santa Barbara.

Charlie Munger, one of the world’s top investors and vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, has made a significant gift to theoretical physics, donating $65 million to the University of California Santa Barbara.

The gift, the largest in the university’s history, will contribute to a residence for visiting scientists with informal living and work areas to foster impromptu discussion.

October 10, 2014

The Ikea Foundation, connected to the eponymous family-controlled furniture empire, is to fund a documentary series aimed at drawing attention to discrimination and abuse against women.

The Ikea Foundation, connected to the eponymous family-controlled furniture empire, is to fund a documentary series aimed at drawing attention to discrimination and abuse against women.

The foundation will be funding A Path Appears, produced by the Half a Sky Movement – the second time it has donated to a documentary produced by the women’s rights organisation. It will donate €1.12 million to its development.

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