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May 31, 2013

Wealthy philanthropists who are discreet about their giving could be undermining their charitable efforts, a new study examining cultural trends in philanthropy reveals.

Wealthy philanthropists who are discreet about their giving could be undermining their charitable efforts, a new study examining cultural trends in philanthropy reveals.

The first Individual Philanthropy Index, conducted by Forbes Insights and French bank BNP Paribas examining philanthropic giving in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, also found that motivating factors for giving varied across the regions studied.

April 26, 2013

Education that revolves around play may sound like every kid's dream, and for some children in Billund, Denmark, it is about to become a reality at a new school founded by Lego.

Education that revolves around play may sound like every kid's dream, and for some children in Billund, Denmark, it is about to become a reality at a new school founded by Lego.

The International School of Billund is the idea of Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the third-gen former head of Lego. He is aiming to turn his hometown into a "capital of children".

The Kristiansen family's Lego Foundation will fund the project. The foundation, with a 25% stake in Lego Group, conducts and sponsors research into teaching and child development.

April 17, 2013

Whether to get the family business involved in giving, and how to approach business philanthropy can seem daunting at first but the following overview takes a look at the why and how. 

It is fair to say that International Corporate Philanthropy Day 2013 passed this February without much fanfare in the UK. In fact, the year 2011, which the UK coalition Government designated ‘the year of corporate philanthropy’ also came and went without much notice.

April 2, 2013

The Bharti Foundation’s educational programmes aimed at India’s poorest people could dramatically improve their lives,
and change attitudes towards women.
 

If there is one thing that a philanthropist wants, it’s bang for their buck. One way to increase the chances that your money does real good is to address a problem where the possibility of success is great, and it’ll be clear what success looks like.

Take, for example, literacy rates among the underprivileged in India – and especially among girls. Female literacy there is appallingly low. Nationwide, just two-thirds of women can read and write, a number that falls to just half in the north-west state of Rajasthan.

March 14, 2013

Wealthy people in the UK would donate more if charitable organisations could prove their impact more clearly, according to a study by New Philanthropy Capital.

Wealthy people in the UK would donate more if charitable organisations could prove their impact more clearly, according to a study by New Philanthropy Capital.

A report by the research and consultancy group found the wealthy were “less satisfied” with the information available to them to assess a charity’s effectiveness compared to those on lower incomes.

March 13, 2013

There is an increasing desire among wealthy people to give money to charitable causes, but they often find philanthropy isn't straightforward, according to SEI's Jeff Ladouceur.

There is an increasing desire among wealthy people to give money to charitable causes, but they often find philanthropy isn't straightforward, according to SEI's Jeff Ladouceur.

March 6, 2013

Are wealthy individuals missing a trick by not using their investment and business skills when it comes to philanthropy? Campden investigates.

If there is a buzz-phrase at the moment among those interested in philanthropy, then it must be “high-impact”. George Soros is a fan. So too is Bill Gates. Rakesh Mittal is also getting in on the action. In fact, there are plenty of big-name businesspeople and philanthropists advocating it.

March 6, 2013

How do you go about getting the biggest bang for your buck? Campden takes a look. 

1) Seek advice. If you were setting up a business, you’d probably take advice, so why should it be any different for a philanthropic venture, asks philanthropist John Stone. “If you don’t have a passion for a cause or even if you do, my advice is take advice from experts,” he says.

February 22, 2013

Some high-profile family business leaders have become the latest names to join the Giving Pledge – an initiative where billionaires promise publicly to give at least half their wealth to charity over the course of their lifetime.

Some high-profile family business leaders have become the latest names to join the Giving Pledge – an initiative where billionaires promise publicly to give at least half their wealth to charity over the course of their lifetime.

British entrepreneur Richard Branson – founder of Virgin – and his wife Joan have signed the pledge, along with Azim Premji – the second-gen chairman of Indian software company Wipro. They are among 12 billionaires who have joined the initiative this year.

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