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Ever since Levi Strauss donated some money to a local orphanage in San Francisco 150 years ago, the culture of giving back to the community has become embedded in the company’s philosophy. Ret Boney describes the competitive and social advantages

Graham Davies walks us through the considerations British families must make when venturing into philanthropy

The Asian tsunami drew one of the most extensive responses of any large-scale catastrophe. Family foundations do not realise, philanthropy experts tell Melanie Stern, that they are in a unique position to expedite disaster grant-making

More and more families are getting into organised philanthropy, both to marshal wealth and to contribute to society. Melanie Stern discovers some key issues to consider if your family wants to set up a foundation

Google the word philanthropy and the word ‘stiftung’ – or ‘foundation’ in German – comes up many times over. Many eminent philanthropy experts are based there, and many global philanthropic projects lead back to German foundations; so it seems clear Germany is probably Europe’s leader in family philanthropy.

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