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Nominations for the Beacon Awards 2015 are now closed! We are delighted to have received 110 fantastic nominations.

The Beacon Awards for Philanthropy has launched a search for the most inspirational philanthropists in the UK. Beacon Awards are presented to those whose giving will inspire others to give and contains useful lessons for other philanthropists.
The main award is the Beacon Award for Philanthropy. In addition Beacon will also be presenting:
     •    Beacon Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation
     •    Beacon Award for an Outstanding Partnership Between a Philanthropist and a Charity
     •    Beacon Award for City Philanthropy (sponsored by the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge
          Trust through its project City Philanthropy – A Wealth of Opportunity)
     •    Beacon Award for Cultural Philanthropy
     •    Beacon Award for Impact Investment
To mark the launch of the 2015 awards, Beacon is celebrating ten inspirational philanthropists from cities around the UK, many little known, to kick start a debate about how the UK has been shaped by philanthropy and who has left a ‘philanthropy footprint’ that still affects society today. The full list can be found on this page. Check the hashtag #philanthropyfootprint to see the conversation.
Commenting on the launch on nominations Gay Huey Evans, Chair of the Beacon Awards, said: "The UK has a tradition of philanthropy to be proud of – from George Cadbury, the chocolate heir who set up the Bourneville Village Trust in the 19th Century, to Dame Cicely Saunders who laid the foundations of the modern day hospice movement in the 20th Century.  The Beacon Awards honour the incredible men and women who are building on that heritage in order to inspire others to give"
Upon receiving her Beacon Award in 2013 J.K. Rowling said; “None of us who are privileged in our daily lives and fortunate enough to have more money than we need should require a pat on the back for the act of giving, but we do need help to spread the word that responsible giving can make a difference; to individuals and communities, locally, nationally, and internationally.  The Beacon Awards are a great way to convey that message.”