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November 18, 2019

From private foundation to public charity, The Pew Charitable Trusts has worked to improve the world. But how can the organisation deal with complex global issues in an era of hostile populism and nationalism?

In November 2006, the US city of Philadelphia was suddenly thrown into a cultural crisis. Thomas Jefferson University, a Philadelphia medical school, announced it had agreed to sell The Gross Clinic—Thomas Eakin’s treasured artwork of 1875 depicting world-famous Philadelphian surgeon Samuel Gross operating on a man in front of an audience of students and colleagues.

August 2, 2019

The first fourth-generation family member to lead the Nathan Cummings Foundation says a root and branch restructuring of the New York-based philanthropic institution is the best way to honour her family’s legacy.

The first fourth-generation family member to lead the Nathan Cummings Foundation says a root and branch restructuring of the New York-based philanthropic institution is the best way to honour her family’s legacy.

Jaimie Mayer, the 36-year-old great-granddaughter of the founding Canadian-born US businessman, investor and philanthropist, succeeded Ruth Cummings as chair of the board of trustees.

Mayer looked set to introduce changes in culture and policy, and movement building at the 30-year-old family foundation.

April 22, 2019

London-based fourth-generation family office J Leon Group has overhauled its giving in the last decade. Paddy Walker, managing director, spoke to Alexandra Newlove about how the diverse giving portfolio—from stopping killer robots to challenging hate speech—has brought the family closer

The 18 charities supported by J Leon may seem disparate at first glance. But drill down a little and you find they align under five key areas informed by the family’s history, passion, and expertise.

In the noughties, Paddy Walker and Tania Slowe, joint managing directors and husband-wife team, executed two buy-backs, taking the number of shareholders from 140 to fewer than 20.

It was this, Walker says, which spurred the family to reassess its giving, as the family felt closer and it became easier to communicate.

April 8, 2019

Dame Stephanie Shirley brought the same trailblazing zeal to philanthropy over the past quarter century as she did as an IT industry pioneer. She tells James Beech what she learned from starting and finishing charitable giving

How a philanthropist ends their legacy is just as important as how they start it. Just ask Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley CH, who at 85 and after decades of venture philanthropy is spending out her charitable Shirley Foundation while ensuring the good work continues.

October 25, 2018

The year 2017 was when the world woke up to the plastics problem. Blue Planet II showed the world exactly where all the plastic was ending up—on our beaches, in the stomachs of whales and strangling our ocean life. In the United Kingdom, these images have sparked as much public outcry as what was felt during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

The year 2017 was when the world woke up to the plastics problem. Blue Planet II showed the world exactly where all the plastic was ending up—on our beaches, in the stomachs of whales and strangling our ocean life. In the United Kingdom, these images have sparked as much public outcry as what was felt during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

October 5, 2018

An Indonesian family conglomerate is putting its logistical muscle to getting relief supplies into disaster-struck Palu as the country reels from its fourth natural disaster in less than two months.

An Indonesian family conglomerate is putting its logistical muscle into getting relief supplies into disaster-struck Palu as the country reels from its fourth natural disaster in less than two months.

The death toll in Indonesia's twin quake-tsunami disaster, centred on the island of Sulawesi, has climbed to 1,424 with time running out to rescue survivors a week after disaster struck.

June 12, 2018

The decimation of the environment is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity. But why is so little charitable giving directed towards it? Alexandra Newlove spoke to some of the powerhouses in environmental philanthropy about why donating to other causes may be a waste of time.

The decimation of the environment is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity. But why is so little charitable giving directed towards it? Alexandra Newlove spoke to some of the powerhouses in environmental philanthropy about why donating to other causes may be a waste of time.

March 2, 2018

Billionaires are growing in numbers and many want philanthropic advice, but public trust in charities has dropped and challenges remain in getting donations to where funds are most needed.

Billionaires are growing in numbers and many want philanthropic advice, but public trust in charities has dropped and challenges remain in getting donations to where funds are most needed.

These were among the international perspectives and trends in philanthropy discussed at the first Philanthropy Programme event for 2018, organised by Philanthropy Impact and the STEP Society.

February 9, 2018

From grassroots community support in Wisconsin to global initiatives with the Gates Foundation, four generations of socially-progressive thinking has seen the Kohler family make an impact. Margie Goldsmith was given a rare insight into their philanthropic efforts

From grassroots community support in Wisconsin to global initiatives with the Gates Foundation, four generations of socially-progressive thinking has seen the Kohler family make an impact. Margie Goldsmith was given a rare insight into their philanthropic efforts

When Google’s parent company Alphabet announced in June it would provide temporary affordable housing for 300 employees, headlines lauded the $30 million decision as an example of corporate citizenship.

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