Baron Amir Bhatia OBE

Baron Amir Bhatia OBE is a businessman and politician, who is known for his pioneering work promoting voluntary and charitable opportunities among ethnic minority groups.

He helped establish the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations (CEMVO).

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Diana Barran

Diana Barran was awarded a Beacon Prize in 2007 for her charitable work against domestic violence. 

Diana was previously a hedge fund manager, but was made aware of the issues surrounding domestic abuse when she began working with New Philanthropy Capital, a philanthropy advising service. After much research, Diana concluded that services were failing victims of domestic violence. 

Diana was encouraged to set up a charity to help domestic abuse victims. She founded Caada (Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse) in 2004, which has since been renamed as Safelives. Safelives train domestic violence professionals, advise comissioners on how to tackle domestic abuse at a local level, and advise policymakers using their on-the-ground expertise and data.

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Nick Moon

Nick Moon was awarded the Beacon Prize for Creative Giving in 2003. 

Nick co-founded ApproTec, a social enterprise which supported the launch of 35000 small businesses in Kenya and Tanzania since 1996. ApproTec provides tools to help subsistence farmers move to commercial farming by making and then selling the tools are a low cost.

Farmers can recoup this cost within six months; and make $1200 of profit each year. ApproTec has since been renamed as KickStart International.

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Kate McVeigh

Kate McVeigh was awarded the Beacon National Prize in 2006, for Northern Ireland.

Kate was recognised for her work supporting children with autism in Northern Ireland.

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Jason Maude

Jason Maude was awarded the Beacon Prize for Start Ups in 2003. 

He was recognised for setting up the Isabel Healthcare. The charity distributes a medical tool which helps produce correct diagnoses in countries with fewer medical resources. The diagnostic tool is practical and easy-to-use. 

Discounts are given to clinicians and hospitals in developing country, to expand its reach. From 2012, the Symptom Check has been made available free of charge to patients. The charity now produces a range of healthcare diagnostic tools to educate future healthcare workers, as well as help patients find out more about their symptoms and seek professional health advice.

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Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall was awarded the Beacon Prize for Targeted Philanthropy in 2013. Paul is a Co-Founder and Trustee of the global children's charity ARK. 

Paul is co-founder of one of the City’s leading hedge funds, is a radical educational reformer who has founded and supported a number of pioneering organisations to raise standards, spread excellence and create opportunities for children in disadvantaged communities.

Co-founder and trustee of global children’s charity ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) and Chairman of ARK Schools, established in 2004, Marshall is a driving force behind the focus on tackling economic and social disadvantage through quality education.

ARK now runs 18 academies, funded through a mix of City money and public money, with plans to rise to 50 academies in the next five years. It is one of England’s best performing academy networks, doubling and even trebling GCSE success rates in some schools.

ARK Schools have been the seedbed for many innovative initiatives, including The Future Leaders and Teaching Leaders programmes that train leaders for inner city schools. These are now national programmes which are having a demonstrable impact on student attainment in the 200 challenging schools in which they operate.

In India, ARK has pioneered the rollout of voucher schemes to enable the poorest children to access low cost private schools. In Uganda, 21,500 children will be educated at 10 new ARK-supported secondary schools over 10 years.

Marshall is also Chairman of the Management Committee of the independent think tank, Centreforum, which was relaunched with his support in 2006.

ARK - which stands for Absolute Returns for Kids - is an international children's charity based in the UK. Founded in 2002, its purpose was to improve the life chances of children by running educational programmes across the world; and establishing a chain of academy schools in the UK. Currently, there are 35 Ark schools in the UK, with the first being founded in 2006.

ARK has also opened schools outside of the UK. In India, for example, ARK aims to create a network of schools with high-quality teaching; but without the school fees. ARK's aim is to inspire and help the development of as many young people as possible.

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Matthew Orr

Matthew Orr was jointly awarded the Beacon Judges Special Award in 2006 with his wife Claire Mackintosh.

Together, they founded ShareGift - an initiative which encourages shareholders to donate small shares - which cost more to sell than they are worth - to a range of charities. Shares are sold commission free, meaning all proceeds go towards a worthy charitable cause.

Charities which have benefitted include the Eating Disorders Association, the National Meningitis Trust, and Action on Addiction. Donors are also allowed to add suggestions to the list.

Since beginning in 1996, ShareGift has donated a staggering £16 million to over 1800 charities.

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Claire Mackintosh

Viscountess Mackintosh of Halifax was awarded the Beacon Judges Special Award in 2006. Along with her husband Matthew Orr - who was also a recipient of the Beacon Prize in 2006 - Claire founded ShareGift, a charity which encourages shareholders to donate small shares - which cost more to sell than they are worth - to a range of charities. Shares are sold commission free, meaning all proceeds go towards a worthy charitable cause.

Charities which have benefitted include the Eating Disorders Association, the National Meningitis Trust, and Action on Addiction. Donors are also allowed to add suggestions to the list. 

Since beginning in 1996, ShareGift has donated a staggering £16 million to over 1800 charities.

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Michie MacDonald

Michie MacDonald was awarded a Beacon Prize for New Initiatives in 2010, along with her husband Angus. They are founders are the Moidart Trust, which supports local businesses and fuels enterprise in isolated communites in the West and North-West of Scotland. These areas often have a shortage of skilled workers; but the potential to be thriving communities.

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Angus MacDonald OBE

Angus MacDonald OBE was awarded the Beacon Prize for New Initiatives in 2010, along with his wife Michie. Angus was recognised for the creation of the Moidart Trust, which offers awards for enterprise in West and North-West Scotland. 

The aim of the Trust was to tackle the ongoing decline of communities in the West of Scotland, by focusing on support for local enterprises. Angus is also the founder of the Caledonian Challenge, which has raised over £10 million for the Community Foundation for Scotland.

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Jonathan Moulds CBE

City supremo Jonathan Moulds has taken up the baton for the arts. He is a passionate patron, particularly of music, and an advocate for more giving among the business community.

Moulds’ philanthropic prescription is ‘excellence, education and innovation’ and world-renowned London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) fits the bill perfectly, having its own education centre, and now aiming to reach wider audiences through digital technology.

Moulds has been a board director of LSO since 2006. In 2011 he took up the challenge of chairing the newly-formed LSO development board, and in 2012 launched its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date, LSO Moving Music. It will enable LSO to take the orchestra’s music out of the concert hall to millions across the world via the digital sphere.

Moving Music aims to raise £6m for LSO’s endowment trust by May 2015, thereby releasing £3m match funding from Arts Council England. Besides chairing the campaign, Moulds has donated the largest single gift LSO has received from an individual, that in turn has inspired more donations. “If I and others can be good examples of giving, then I think that is a good thing. Many people could give more time, skills and money but I don’t think it is just a numbers game. Recognition for those givers who make gifts relevant to their wealth, or who give time and skills is just as important,” says Moulds, who hankers after a more US approach to giving.

“Having spent much of my career in the US I have seen a very different mindset. They come to the table thinking ‘how can I help’ and there is a lot of peer pressure to give more,” says Moulds. On retiring from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2012, Moulds devoted himself to encouraging arts philanthropy on a broader platform, taking over the helm of Arts & Business (A&B) that is redefining the contract between business and the arts. Moulds has committed time, energy and advice helping A&B to re-find its feet.

He has now returned to work in the City, taking up the position of Group Chief Operating Officer for Barclays PLC in Febrauary 2015. Moulds’ philanthropy goes beyond organisations. An accomplished violinist, he is a collector of priceless Stradivarius, Guadagnini and Guarneri, that he loans to bright new talent, including Scotland’s Nicola Benedetti and LSO Leader Roman Simovic.

“Collecting began as a passion, and gave a good financial return, but then I thought I could do something good too by loaning out instruments. I encourage them to be used to educate others. I want to see a broader leveraged educational component in everything I give to. Supporting the arts is not necessarily about creating the next great soloist but instilling a sense of pride in people and inspiring them in what they do,” says Moulds.

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Mary Woodworth

Mary Woodworth was awarded the Community Builder Beacon Prize in 2010 with her husband Keith. Together, they founded a community-based orphan care programme which supports over 4500 children, through a network of 14 centres in Mulanje, Malawi.

The programme, called Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO), aims to improve healthcare through their outreach clinic; deliver formal and informal education programmes; and increase food security and production. The programme also provides resources for schools,and personal items such as soap, clothes, blankets and mosquito nets.

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Keith Woodworth

Keith Woodworth was awarded the Community Builder Beacon Prize in 2010 with his wife Mary. Together, they founded a community-based orphan care programme which supports over 4500 children, through a network of 14 centres in Mulanje, Malawi.

The programme, called Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO), aims to improve healthcare through their outreach clinic; deliver formal and informal education programmes; and increase food security and production. The programme also provides resources for schools,and personal items such as soap, clothes, blankets and mosquito nets.

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Sir Ian and Lady Helen Wood

Helping people to help themselves is the driving force of Sir Ian and Lady Helen Wood’s venture philanthropy. Describing himself as a ‘dyed in the wool businessman’ with ‘a truly global mind set’ – the legacy of a globetrotting career leading The John Wood Group’s worldwide oil and gas business – Sir Ian is in the process of creating a sustainable tea business in two areas of Africa, partnered by the Sainsbury family’s Gatsby Trust.

The project now involves 45,000 smallholders and estate workers (around 11,000 in Rwanda and 35,000 in Tanzania including 2,000 factory workers) who have so far doubled their income as a direct result of the many-faceted and multi-layered support they receive. It includes providing smallholders with fertiliser and agronomists to improve the quality, yield and price of tea crops; creating Farm Field schools to educate them about business and farming; investment in tea factories, planting green field sites and embedding onsite management teams to co-ordinate the support.

Sir Ian says: “I saw this as much a business challenge as anything else. We did the research and chose something we could be effective at and measure. Then we put the plan into action.” The initial plan was to support existing projects but Sir Ian says he was “surprised and disappointed by the lack of existing implementable agricultural projects in Africa to which we could add our money. So we created them ourselves.”

Sir Ian, who also describes himself as a ‘pessimist’, is only now, after six years, allowing himself to feel a modicum of satisfaction. “Generally, I don’t feel good because it is not going fast enough and there is still a lot more to do but we are starting to see some improvement. Farmers are just starting to display entrepreneurial behaviour and be more hopeful. That does make me feel good.”

Closer to home The Wood Foundation (TWF) is funding a project in the family’s native Scotland that encourages philanthropy among schoolchildren. The Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), set up in Canada by MAC Cosmetics founder Julie Toskan-Casale, was brought to Scotland by TWF in 2008. Now in 150 secondary schools, year groups are split into teams to research need in their communities and select charities they feel best serve them. They then make presentations to judging panels, on which Lady Helen Wood often sits, and winning charities are given £3000. The aim is to extend the project across all 300 of Scotland’s secondary schools to involve 30,000 children and turn it into a sustainable venture. “YPI is having a great impact and we see children really fired up and continuing to work with their chosen charities. They get a taste of charity and realise they can do something to help,” says Sir Ian.

Another TWF initiative, the Global Learning Project, brings Africa and Scottish education together to create new understanding and tolerance. It funds Scottish teachers to visit African schools to teach and return with new insights to impart to their own classes.

“If you can increase the knowledge and experience of people across the globe and help them help themselves, then you can say you have contributed,” says Sir Ian.



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Michael Wood

Michael Wood founded the charity Rope (Relief of Oppressed People Everywhere) 15 years ago, an international charity driven by Christian values to help some of the world's poorest people. Rope has since expanded to 85 countries in the world, by supporting Christian nationals to help deprived people in their own countries - especially widows and orphans.

Ropeholders are the names given to the Christian locals who are experts in their own community - and thus, have unique insights to meet the needs of the local community; and deliver change. 

The work of Rope includes, but is not limited to: building schools and homes in disaster-hit areas; building wells to bring fresh water supplies to communities in remote areas; deliver education programmes; and trained displaced people to farm their land. 

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Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson is the Founder and Director of READ International, a charity which aims to improve education and literacy rates in Tanzania.

Robert began by collecting previously owned books from secondary schools, amassing thousands of books. In the summer of 2005, 25,000 of those books were then delivered to Tanzania to 

READ International now works with Tanzanian volunteers from local universities to create libraries in secondary schools, by converting disused classrooms. Beyond this, the charity also delivers mentorship and top-up programmes to develop their skills and boost their employability after leaving school.

READ International has donated over 1.4 million books to Tanzania and has created 86 libraries in Secondary Schools.

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Carol Wiggins

Carol Wiggins, unlike many other winners of Beacon Prizes, is not a business owner; a politician; or a founder of a charity. The fact she won the Beacon Prize for Leadership in 2003 is evident that charitable giving comes in many forms, and from all walks of life.

Carol was recognised for helping regenerate the area of Huyton in Merseyside, where she lives. Formerly a factory town, there are many families living in Huyton with four generations of unemployment. Drug use and crime rates are high, and nearly 80% of students fail to achieve 5 A*-C grades at GCSE; the government's recommended target.

Carol described herself as a typical Huyton resident - she left home without any qualifications, but was determined to work. She lived in poverty, with her children, after two jobs which didn't work out.

When Carol's father passed away, it was her catalyst to make a change to her life - and the lives of those in her local community. She formed the Huyton Community Partnership, gathering a group of local residents to knock on doors and talk to residents to gain an understanding of the main issues facing the area. 

The Huyton Community Partnership now offers opportunities for people to gain education and training. It differs from colleges, which are often perceived as too intimidating. Projects which have been set up afterward employed teenagers who were excluded from school - and are now in full-time employment. Crime rates went down by 45%, and seven out of ten teeanagers who attended after-school projects in Hillywood are not doing degree courses.

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Benjamin Wells

Benjamin Wells was awarded the Beacon Prize for Young Philanthropist for his work helping marginalised Roma communities in Romania.

Benjamin's work focused mainly on helping HIV/AIDS orphans, which began when he visited Romania while on a gap year. He only intended to stay for four months - but that then turned into five years. He spent those years supporting neglected children living in state-run orphanages in Romania - children whose futures were blighted due to their HIV/AIDS diagnosis.

Benjamin sought to change this by creating a school for them to live in; receive education, and eventually join the Romanian education system. Through the support of the school, the children are given opportunities for life - and most importantly of all - hope.

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Sir Peter Vardy DL and Lady Margaret Vardy

Vision, drive, a strong Christian faith, a well-endowed family foundation and a flair for building effective systems has led Sir Peter Vardy to deliver philanthropic projects on a grand scale. Sir Peter has been a sponsor of five City Technology Colleges and City Academies in the North of England that have received Ofsted ratings from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’. Now, mirroring the scaling feat which took his retail car business from one rural garage and six staff, to 100 garages and 6000 staff across the UK, Sir Peter is creating an initiative to help thousands of families in crisis by marshalling 100,000 volunteers “to do for a stranger what they would do for a friend”.

The Safe Families for Children (SFFC) programme will be, says Sir Peter, “one of the most transformative initiatives this country has seen by creating a route for people to get involved in social action. It will cut the number of children going into care which for all too many is the start of a journey into offending and a life destroyed”. Sir Peter saw this for himself when visiting a young offenders’ institute and learning that 60% of inmates had been in the care system.

“As in business, I wanted to find a solution to the cause rather than deal with the symptoms,” says Sir Peter. Research led him to a Chicago-based initiative that in some areas has halved the number of children going into care by using community ‘befrienders’. With his own money, he piloted the American model through local authorities in the North East of England with great success. Now with match funding from the Department for Education’s Innovation Fund (IF), Sir Peter is rolling out the programme in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, East and West Midlands and the Solent, as well as in Scotland and Wales.

Families experiencing difficulties are given support and space to address their problems by “an army of volunteers” who befriend parents, host children for short periods of time and provide services such as debt counselling, as well as donating goods such as furniture, toys and clothes. After receiving the service for free in the first year, funded by the IF, local authorities are asked to contribute around £50,000 (the same cost as putting one child into care) to help pay for full-time staff to manage the volunteers.

One local authority estimates that the first year saving will exceed £1.4m. With over 93,000 children taken into care in 2014, the potential savings to the public purse are enormous and the support to keep families together will be invaluable. The aim is for SFFC to be rolled out across the UK within 10 years. Sir Peter is also a passionate supporter of people as they leave prison, homeless people or those suffering the effects of substance abuse. The Vardy Foundation partnered with Betel International to set up Betel House in Hexham in September 2011. It provides each person with a home, a community to belong to and meaningful work: “a fresh start in life with no waiting, no costs and no addictive substances,” explains Sir Peter.

As a ‘custodian’ of wealth, Sir Peter believes he has a responsibility to give something back: “I have been very fortunate in growing my company. I have enjoyed a period of success and now for the remainder of my life my aim is to have a period of significance, improving the lives and the life chances for as wide a range of society as possible.”



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Alex Timpson

The late Alex Timpson was awarded a Beacon Prize for in 2010 for Family Business Philanthropy. 

Along with her husband John Timpson - who was also awarded a Beacon Prize - Alex fostered 90 children over a period of 31 years. She was able to use her experience of being a foster mother when advising other foster parents, and supporting families whose children re-joined them after being in care.

Alex's philanthropic activity helped save a primary school near her home - Delamere Church of England Primary School - from closure. She provided a donation and persuaded the management to focus on opening pupils' eye to a "world of possibility".

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Jane Tewson CBE

The charitable work carried out by Jane Tewson CBE is extensive, to say the least. Her philanthropic activites go beyond donating money. Rather, they are rooted in her belief that charity should encourage people to be actively involved, as this forms a crucial part of social transformation.

Arguably, Jane's most significant and well-known charitable contribution is her pioneering work with Comic Relief, which has raised over £1 billion since it began. 

She has also founded Pilotlight UK and Igniting Change. Both organisations work to build capacity and strengthen charitable organisations, helping them grow sustainably.

Jane also contributed significantly to other charitable organisations and inititatives, such as Timebank; The Corporate Responsibility Index; Melbourne Cares; and Feet First for Homeless People.

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Young Philanthropy Syndicate - Founders

In 2013, a group of individuals were recognised for their work in promoting philanthropy among young people. Young Philanthropy is an organisation which aims to educate and empower a new generation of philanthropists to change society.

Young Philanthropy's main initiative is the Young Philanthropy Syndicate, which encourages young professionals to join together and invest their time, money and skills in niche charitable causes. This is then match-funded and supported by more senior philanthropists.

The founders of the Young Philanthropy Syndicate were Michael Harris, Adam Pike, Sam Cohen, Alex Dwek, Alex Gardner, Paul Gorrie, Niccolo Manzoni, Jack Prevezer, and Conor Quinn.

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Bridgadier Peter Stewart-Richardson

The late Peter Stewart-Richardson was awarded a Beacon Prize in 2004 for Risk Taking. Peter served in the army until he retired in 1981. During his time in Afghanistan in the early 1990s, he helped renovate a hospital at Chak-e-Wardak. He was then approached to help convert a basic first-aid post into a maternity clinic in the district of Rokha.

 Wih the help of comrades, the site was cleared and two new wards were built. With this, began Afghan Mother Child and Rescue. Their work was crucial in an area with high infant and maternal mortality rates, and where two-thirds of women are illiterate. By 2000, the clinic was up and running, followed by six more being built. 

For his efforts, Peter was awarded an OBE.

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Dr Mora Scott MBE

The late Dr Mora Scott was a GP for 40 years, and was recognised by the Beacon Fellowship for her outstanding controbution to Children 1st - an Scottish children's charity.

Dr Mora is considered to be one of Scotland's leading figures in fighting child abuse. She began her charity work in 1948, with Charity 1st, which was then called Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She encouraged adults who had been abused as children to help others recover from their own experiences of child abuse, as well as referring cases of abused and neglected children to her committee.

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Lord David Rowe-Beddoe

Sir David Rowe-Beddoe was awarded the Beacon Prize for Wales for his contribution to the economic and social development of Wales. He has contributed signficantly to the performing arts, having been a music scholar at Llandaff Cathedral School.

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Dame Benita Refson DBE

Dame Benita Refson DBE was awarded the Judges Special Award in 2010. She is the President and Trustee of Place2Be, an organisation which provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland, and Wales.

So far, Place2Be has reached a school population of 116,000, to help them cope with bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, neglect, and trauma. Place2Be also provides support for parents, teachers, and school staff.

Under Dame Benita's leadership, Place2Be has increased the number of people which have benefitted from their services, in more than 250 schools. There are now over 3500 professionals a year working with children, who have received specialist training from Place2Be. For her generous charitable activity,  Dame Benita was awarded a DBE in 2016.

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Sir Alec Reed

Sir Alec Reed is the founder of the UK's largest job hunting website service. He was awarded a Beacon Prize for Effective Giving in 2010 for his generous charitable activities.

Sir Alec founded The Big Give in October 2007, a website which allows visitors to discover and donate to causs which matter most to them. The Big Give has helped raised over £74 million for charities across the UK. The Big Give is supported by the Reed Foundation, which Sir Alec also founded.

The Reed Foundation supports hundreds of charities both in the UK and abroad, and promote education, poverty relief, and help those with illnesses.

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Niall Quinn MBE

Niall Quinn is a former professional footballer for Sunderland. At his testimonial match in 2002, Niall donated the proceeds of the match to children's hospitals in Sunderland and Dublin, an act which encouraged his fellow players to also donate to charity. 

In total, at least £1 million was raised from the testimonial match. A portion of the proceeds was also donated to help education children in Africa and Asia. 

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Niall commented: "This game and the money we are going to raise, it isn't me standing up and deserving credit.

"I have abused the privileged life I have had and if this match is anything, it is me paying my debt."

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John Profumo CBE

The late John Profumo CBE was known for his fundraising activities for Toynbee Hall, a charity which aims to reduce wealth and social inequalities.

Coming from a colourful political background, Profumo dedicated much of his time as chief fundraiser for Toynbee Hall, drawing on his political skills and contacts to raise large sums of money.

Profumo was appointed a CBE in 1975 for his extensive charitable activity - all of which he carried out as a volunteer.

Today, Toynbee Hall provides a range of programmes and activities including debt and legal advice, community engagement, and help for the youth and the elderly.

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Rosalind Portman

Rosalind Portman is one of the three co-founders of Family Links, a charity which aims to increase the emotional wellbeing of children, parents, families, schools, and workplaces.

The charity delivers The Nurturing Programme, a course which trains health and social care services, third sector organisation, schools, and universities to be come more emotionally healthy. The programme's purpose is to build resilience; increase empathy; boost self-esteem; and help people sustain positive relatinships.

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Jack Petchey CBE

Eighty-nine-year-old Jack Petchey CBE is an investor in young people. Born and brought up in the East End of London, Petchey became one of the most successful businessmen in Britain through car and property sales, and is now one of its most ardent philanthropists. Through the Jack Petchey Foundation, formed in 1999, he will have invested over £100m in young people by the end of 2015. His mission is to promote innovative youth programmes that instil a sense of self-belief in youngsters to help them take advantage of opportunities and play a full part in society. It is founded on the mantra: “If I think I can, I can.”

“I have gained a lot from life, a lot of experience and a lot of material things and I wanted to give something back to society. I think it is all our responsibility to give something back, whatever our position in life; we can always help others in some way. I tell this to the young people too – they can make a vast difference by supporting others and I believe they will gain more than they give!”

Petchey is the life force of the foundation, providing leadership, inspiring and motivating people aged between 11 and 25, and showing them they can make a difference and improve their lives. The foundation was established to engage more creatively with charities and strive for good practice in its decision-making. “There is more to philanthropy than just giving money to good causes. It helps the charities to sharpen their practice if you get them to think about what they are trying to achieve and ask questions to help them achieve that more effectively. In this way we get a relationship with the charities and can help by bringing our expertise from the business world too. We are concerned with measurable impact – you have to know the difference you make,” explains Petchey.

The three largest youth programmes are the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards that gets £2.6m into 2,000 grassroots youth organisations and schools every year, in order to recognise and reward young people’s achievements. “Awardees are chosen by their peers and the £200 award they receive has to be invested in their youth organisation – so they get a sense of philanthropy too,” says Petchey. Jack Petchey’s Speak Out Challenge trains almost 20,000 15-year-olds in public speaking each year raising their confidence, self-esteem and ability to communicate. “It is magical to see how this helps them develop,” says Petchey.

Step into Dance offers professional weekly dance training after school to almost 6,000 young people who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Young men on the verge of exclusion from schools, young people with disabilities, have all learnt team work, discipline and found a way to express themselves publicly through dance. Among numerous other charitable schemes, in 2006 the Petchey Academy that specialises in health, care and medical sciences was established in Hackney with a £2m contribution from the foundation which enjoys a close relationship as sponsor.

“In giving locally, you have to be a realist – you can’t do everything and solve the problems of the world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything,” says Petchey.

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Leah Pattison

Leah Pattison was recognised for her innovative approach to helping disadvantaged women in India. Leah is the co-founder of Women In Need, a charity which aims to help women suffering from illnesses such as HIV, leprosy, and cancer; and have been rejected by their families and communities as a result.

Women In Need provides treatment for the women, as well as raising awareness of the illnesses - desperately needed in communities where there is a lack of education, and stigma attached to these illnesses.

Leah's inspiration for Women In Need began when she first visited India in 1995. Leah herself contracted leprosy, and was fortunate to receive support from her family back home, and a woman named Usha. Seeing the plight of many women in India who were ostracised and discriminated against due to having leprosy, together, Leah and Usha founded Women In Need.

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Rita Patel

Rita Patel was awarded the Beacon Prize for England in 2006. She worked extensively to provide education and support for Asian women in Leicester. The women who benefitted from the programmes came from excluded communities, making it difficult for them to access traditional education.

The benefits of the education programmes went beyond qualifications and teaching - it also helped integrate Asian communities; challenge prejudices; and prevent exclusion. Rita's inspiration for this community project came from her desire to break down barriers. 

In 2005, Rita founded the Peepul Centre, a community centre based in Leicester, providing a range of services for people in the local area. Rita has since gone on to become a City Councillor for Leicester.

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Sir Peter Lampl OBE

Through his charity the Sutton Trust, Sir Peter Lampl is levelling the playing field for tens of thousands of low and middle income young people across the UK, gaining them access to the best educational opportunities.

The Sutton Trust, founded in 1997 with Sir Peter’s own funds, has since shaped and guided the debate on social mobility in the UK. The trust has funded over 150 research studies but is primarily a ‘do tank’, initiating and supporting a wide range of programmes from early years through to access to the professions. Sir Peter’s ambition is to make the top 100 fee-charging, and also top performing day schools in Britain, open to bright children from non-privileged homes.

Believing private schools should adopt ‘needs blind’ admissions, taking the smartest local children and then means testing parents so only the more affluent pay the full fees, Sir Peter created a social experiment at independent Belvedere girls’ school in Liverpool. The seven year pilot, jointly funded by the Sutton Trust and the Girls’ Day School Trust, saw diversity rocket, with 30% of pupils on free places, 40% paying partial fees and 30% paying full fees. The first cohort achieved the school’s best ever examination results - among the best in Liverpool - with 99% of students achieving at least five good GCSEs.

Sir Peter’s first intervention after founding the trust was the creation of the Oxford Summer School. It gave bright 17-year-olds from families where no one has been to university the opportunity to spend a week at Oxford experiencing university life. The programme is now running in 10 top British universities as well as Yale and MIT in the US. A report published by the trust in 2012, showed that summer school attendees were significantly more likely to get into a highly competitive university than children with similar academic profiles who hadn’t attended.

Many others programmes have followed addressing access at all levels; from engaging parents of young children in their development to helping GCSE students make better subject choices to increase their chances of university acceptance, and creating supported pathways for non- stereotypical candidates into the legal, medical and property professions. “It’s about levelling the playing field and making sure we don’t waste talent,” says Sir Peter.

The trust has been particularly influential through its policy shaping research. In 2005, a study conducted for the charity by the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics, revealed that the gap in opportunities between the rich and poor was getting wider. It is a fact that has led government to act to address social immobility.

Sir Peter is chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation set up in 2011 by the Sutton Trust with support from Impetus Trust and funded by an endowment of £125m from the government to improve the performance of the poorest children in the worst performing schools. Sir Peter says: “Giving should be hard-headed: you do nobody any favours giving without being clear your money is having a real impact.”

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Kerryanne Jacobsen-Okezie

Kerryanne was awarded the Beacon Prize for Wales in 2006. She was recognised for her leadership of the community-led regeneration programme in Newport, South Wales, as well as for her work and commitment to family learning in her local community.

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Bill Holroyd

A sense of frustration led Cheshire businessman Bill Holroyd to take an outstanding Bolton youth club and scale it up as charity OnSide Youth Zones, now serving around 20,000 youngsters across the North West of England. Holroyd, who has developed more than 25 companies in the last 15 years, says: “I was frustrated that here was a fantastic youth club with 21st century facilities that everybody wanted to see expanded to other areas and yet no one was doing anything. I felt I had the contacts and skills to do it.”

Holroyd says he was ‘deep-ended’ when he was first asked to be Chairman of the Bolton Lads and Girls Club. “When I walked through the doors I was struck by two things; firstly, it was full of the sort of children that scare the living daylights out of you and you walk across the road to avoid; secondly, how happy kids are when they are in the right environment.” “It was staggering. There was no compromise: the facilities were excellent and I thought ‘why doesn’t every child have this?’”

Holroyd’s aim is to build 100, 21st century youth centres across the UK, giving young people quality, safe and affordable places to go in their leisure time. There are currently six OnSide Youth Zone centres across the north including Manchester, Blackburn, Oldham, Wigan and Carlisle. Each centre costs £6m to build and £1m a year to run. Around 50% of running costs are donated by the local community and grants with the rest coming from income raised from the yearly £5 membership fees and 50p entry cost, and from local authority funding. The impact of the centres is profound: in each area that an OnSide Youth Zone centre has opened, local youth- related crime and anti-social behaviour has fallen by 50% says Holroyd.

Two years ago the charity launched a mentoring programme aimed at addressing the NEET (people not in education, employment or training) issue. Mentors support young people in their first few years of work when they are vulnerable and most likely to quit.

In its first year 200 young people were supported, 430 in the following year and the aim is to support 800 newly- employed young people in 2015. With mentoring support more than 80% have remained in employment. Holroyd urges others to “chuck themselves in at the deep end” and give back to their communities. “I am glad I did. Some days you feel you are bashing your head against a brick wall but seeing those kids happy is worth it. It is overwhelming in all senses. What is particularly rewarding is seeing communities solve their own problems. When they do, they care more about them. It’s a whole different game. We have 1000 volunteers across our centres and a waiting list of 100. The centres are prized venues.”

Holroyd says OnSide Youth Zones shows the ‘gearing effect of philanthropy’. “Philanthropists can lead the charge and unlock the amazing power in a community.”

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Claire Hicks MBE

Claire Hicks won the award for Family Philanthropy in 2007's Beacon Awards. She is the Founding Director and first Chief Executive of IMPACT UK.

IMPACT describes their aims as 'Improving health, preventing disability'. Working worldwide, IMPACT delivers programmes which prevent and alleivate disabilities. Projects are run by lcoals, who have the best understanding of healthcare needs within their communities. IMPACT have helped restored sight, mobility, and hearing, as well as reparing cleft lips for almost 800,000 people.

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The RT. Hon Lord Harris of Peckham & Lady Harris DBE DL

A simple belief that children should have the best possible start in life and a good education underpins Lord Philip and Lady Pauline Harris’ long commitment to foetal medicine and to the Academy school movement.

Since the mid 70s the Harris family has committed 20% of their wealth to philanthropy and raised hundreds of millions of pounds for various causes, including disability, cancer (funding the country’s first breast cancer scanner at Paddington Hospital) and end of life care through the Harris Hospice in Orpington.

The relationship between Wellbeing of Women (previously Birthright) and Lord and Lady Harris spans over thirty years. Through it, they have touched hundreds of thousands of families around the world.

In the mid 80s the Harris Birthright centre for foetal medicine was founded at King’s College Hospital, London. It is now a leading clinical unit and research centre for the assessment and treatment of unborn babies, caring for more than 10,000 patients each year.

Four more Harris Birthright centres quickly followed, including St Mary’s, known as the ‘Save the Baby Unit’ and the largest clinic of its kind in the world. It offers hope to over 1000 couples every year who give birth to healthy live babies who would not otherwise exist.

The other Harris Birthright Centres are Oxford’s Pre-Eclampsia Research Centre; Sheffield’s Centre for Reproductive Medicine and Aberdeen’s Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer. Another centre dedicated to pre-term research is due to open imminently in Liverpool.

Alongside money, Lord Harris has applied the ‘people management’ skills on which his successful carpet empires were founded, to turn failing organisations into successes. By applying “discipline, inspirational leadership and by motivating teachers” more than 35 under-peforming schools around London have been turned into high- performing academies.

As chairman of Guy’s and Lewisham Hospitals from 1992 to 1995 Lord Harris reduced costs by 20% while serving 60,000 more patients each year. “It’s the achievement of which I am most proud. We established nurse banks made up of part-time returners to work instead of using expensive agency nurses, introduced a creche and a matron, and each ward sister had £2,500 to spend on small equipment of their choosing every six months instead of the hospital administration buying it for them.”

The Harris’ own praise is for the people ‘on the frontline’; “the volunteers that make it happen,” says Lord Harris. “Time is more important than money. I am in the background and yes I give money, but those armies of volunteers who give their time are fantastic.”

Lord and Lady Harris’ philanthropy touches people from the womb to end of life: “We call them our family,” says Lord Harris.

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David Harding and Claudia Harding

Problem-solving and risk-taking has earned David Harding a fortune as a fund manager; he is now risking what he calls “a reasonable” multi-million pound sum of it to try to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. By using maths to beat the financial markets, Winton Capital, founded by Harding in 1997, now Winton Global Investment Management, has become one of the world’s largest hedge funds. Previous to that Harding co-founded alternative investment fund Adam, Harding and Lueck, which is still the cornerstone of the FTSE listed Man Group. In his philanthropic work Harding is committed to the notion of risk and the application of data, mathematics and science to address issues around sustainability, disease and much more besides through The Winton Charitable Foundation and the David and Claudia Harding Foundation, established in 2005 and 2007 respectively. “Maths sounds terribly dry but actually contributes to making life better.

Though failure is painful, if I don’t have some donations that are not successful, then I am not taking enough risk. It is something you have to take on board; you cannot have a 100% success rate,” says Harding.

In 2006 the Winton Charitable Foundation endowed a Chair in the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University. Harding is an alumnus, graduating from Cambridge in 1982 with a first class honours degree in natural sciences specialising in theoretical physics.

He became the patron of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin which opened in 2009. In February 2011 Harding sponsored the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books for the next five years that celebrates the best new popular science writing for a general adult readership. Though Harding denies a passion for anything other than his wife and children, an emotional connection with Cambridge University and also his Oxford home has been a motivator for donations.

He has sponsored the Winton Institute for Monetary History at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and recently set up a £600k fund through the Oxfordshire Community Foundation.

In 2011 Harding pledged £20m to establish the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University. The research programme applies physics to meet the growing demands on the earth’s natural resources.

This work aims to revolutionise energy consumption, such as creating new kinds of batteries. Its quest is to find a missing molecule that will turn sunlight directly into energy in a way that is cheap and sustainable enough to be a real alternative power source. “We need to find the equivalent of silicon technology for energy; that would really crack the problem,” says Harding.

In 2012 Harding joined the Create the Change Campaign board, which was created by Cancer Research UK and tasked with raising over £100m for The Francis Crick Institute, the largest biomedical research centre in Europe. Harding’s donation of £5m will fund a bioinformatics department, applying computer science, mathematics, and information theory to organise and analyse complex genetic data in the fight against cancer.

With the aim of inspiring a new generation to love numbers, in 2014 Harding made a £5m gift to the Science Museum to fund a new maths gallery that will explore the complex ideas of mathematicians since the turn of the 17th century. The gallery, to be named after Harding, is predicted to cost £7.5m in total and will open in 2016. Harding says: “Maths has never had a great image in our society. If we can do anything to make people more excited then it’s got to be a step in the right direction. I think they can create something really nice and hopefully influence the next generation of school kids to be less maths averse. If you have more training in maths it can only help your life.” Science Museum director Ian Blatchford describes History at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and recently set up a £600k fund through the Oxfordshire Community Foundation. In 2011 Harding pledged £20m to establish the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University. The research programme applies physics to meet the growing demands on the earth’s natural resources.

This work aims to revolutionise energy consumption, such as creating new kinds of batteries. Its quest is to find a missing molecule that will turn sunlight directly into energy in a way that is cheap and sustainable enough to be a real alternative power source. “We need to find the equivalent of silicon technology for energy; that would really crack the problem,” says Harding. In 2012 Harding joined the Create the Change Campaign board, which was created by Cancer Research UK and tasked with raising over £100m for The Francis Crick Institute, the largest biomedical research centre in Europe. Harding’s donation of £5m will fund a bioinformatics department, applying computer science, mathematics, and information theory to organise and analyse complex genetic data in the fight against cancer.

With the aim of inspiring a new generation to love numbers, in 2014 Harding made a £5m gift to the Science Museum to fund a new maths gallery that will explore the complex ideas of mathematicians since the turn of the 17th century. The gallery, to be named after Harding, is predicted to cost £7.5m in total and will open in 2016. Harding says: “Maths has never had a great image in our society. If we can do anything to make people more excited then it’s got to be a step in the right direction. I think they can create something really nice and hopefully influence the next generation of school kids to be less maths averse. If you have more training in maths it can only help your life.” Science Museum director Ian Blatchford describes it as a “game-changing gift that will inspire further transformational philanthropy”.

Harding says of his philanthropy: “Giving money has been surprisingly satisfactory; you meet people you wouldn’t meet and enjoy experiences you wouldn’t have otherwise enjoyed.”

In terms of personal reward he says one of his most enjoyable experiences pound for pound was funding ‘a lovely man’ to fulfil a deeply held passion to excavate an architectural site in Turkey. It led to the unearthing of a lost language and a 3,500-year-old letter written by a soldier under siege as he abandoned his post. “For £10k that was satisfactory and very classy. The point is it shows your best philanthropy doesn’t have to be your biggest philanthropy.”

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Paul Hardie

Paul Hardie was award the Beacon Prize for Scotland for his dedication to helping the development of young people in Arbroath, Scotland.

Paul was recoingsed for his work with the CAFE project, which stands for Community Alcohol Free Environment. It aims to provide a safe environment for young people to attend, and hosts a range of activities and clubs. Paul was 16 when he joined CAFE, where he served as a member of the youth committee. 

Nationally, Paul has worked with the Scottish Executive and the UK parliament to inform policies about drugs, alcohol, health, and physical activity.

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Janet Hannay

Janet Hannay was awarded the Beacon Prize for Scotland in 2007 for her support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in local communities.

Janet is central to the creation of Home-Start Wigtownshire which supports families. The team recruit and train volunteers to visit families at home to offer informal, friendly and confidential support.

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Sir Paul Getty

Sir Paul Getty is widely considered to be one of the most generous philanthropists the UK has ever seen. His philanthropic giving has totaled to over £100 million. But it is not the amount of giving which made Sir Paul Getty deserving of the Special Posthumous Prize in 2003 - but rather, the value in his giving.

Sir Paul was known for his contributions to art and cultural projects. He donated £50 million to the National Gallery, and £2 million to the Imperial War Museum. He also gave £5 million to the restoration of the West Front of St Paul's Cathedral - demonstrating his dedication to supporting well-known cultural institutions.

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Vikki George

Vikki George is the founder of Postpals, a charity which allows people to sign-up, and then send cards and gifts to seriously or terminally-ill children and their siblings.

Vikki has ME (mylagic encephalmyelitis), which is a condition which causes persistent fatigue which cannot be relieved through sleep or rest. During a particularly severe bout of illness, Vikki found inspiration for setting up her organisation. She found that receiving cards in the post lifted her spirits are being bedbound and isolated.

Postpals is now supported by the Prince's Trust; Children in Need; and The Queen's Award. Its patron is TV presenter Fearne Cotton. Children aged 3-17 across the UK can receive emails, gifts, or cards.

Vikki was awarded the Young Philanthropist Beacon Prize in 2008 in recognition of her charitable work.

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Sarah Francis

Sarah Francis was just 15 years old when she was awarded the Beacon Prize in the Young Philanthropist category in 2004. 

Sarah was awarded the prize due to her work in raising awareness of the plight of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Sarah's charitable work stood out through the medium in which her charitable actions were delivered - through music. Sarah recorded a song called 'Voice of Freedom', and proceeds from concert tickets, CD, and calendar sales were donated to charity.

In a year, Sarah raised over £12,000, which was donated to the President's Relief Fund for Afghan Refugees. 

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Niall Fitzduff

In 2004, Niall Fitzduff was awarded the Beacon national prize for Northern Ireland. 

His extensive charitable activity ranges from promoting volunteering opportunities, bringing together local communities, as well as carrying out his own fundraising activities.

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Nicholas Ferguson CBE & Jane Ferguson

Nick Ferguson CBE and Jane Ferguson were both awarded the Beacon Prize for Place-based Philanthropy in 2013. Nick is a British businessman, and is currently the Chairman of BskyB. A strong believe that philanthropy is key to a healthy society, Nick founded the Kilfinan Trust, which is linked closely to his personal experiences. The trust donates to organisations which his family members are involved in. For example, the Turst has supported West London Action for Children, where his wife, Jane, is the Chairman. 

The Trust has also funded scholarships to twelve students from the area of Argyll, Scotland, to attend the prestigious University of Edinburgh. 

Aside from philanthropy, Nick's charitable activity has extended to setting up a mentoring group for Chief Executives of UK charities, called the Kilfinan Group.

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Ben Drew, Plan B

Award-winning rap artist, songwriter, actor, producer and director Ben Drew is laying the foundations for a different society. One that challenges a system that measures success only by academic qualifications and alienates young people who are unable to gain them. “Kids who are not academically gifted are told they are failures. They believe it, become disruptive get expelled. They end up on the block, smoking weed and doing crime. They are alienated from society,” says Drew, who speaks from experience. Drew ended his school career in Tunmarsh pupil referral unit (PRU) in Newham, for children considered ‘unteachable’ in mainstream education.

Drew’s route out of what he calls a “vicious circle” came when he found music. “There was an inspirational music teacher at Tunmarsh called Cliff Early who had the patience and motivation to work with kids like me. He gave me the confidence and belief in myself to pursue a career in music,” says Drew. Drew has gone on to win more than 20 top music awards, write two number one albums and produce, direct and co-score the film Ill Manors that tells the story of gang life on the Forest Gate estate where he grew up. Now as a successful artist he refuses to turn his back on the streets that were his muse and the estate kids whose talents he says are being wasted.
Spurred into action by the 2011 London riots and looting sprees he began to think about how he could change things. “These kids weren’t useless. They knew how to deal drugs, they were organised enough to commit crimes. What I also saw is that they all took great pride in their appearance, especially their hair. I thought if I could teach them how to cut hair I could give them a skill that they could use for life.”

Discussions with friends led him to Andrew Curtis and the Hair Project near Shoreditch. Curtis is a gifted Vidal Sassoon trained hairstylist who rejected an industry career to teach kids how to cut hair to the highest standards in a state-of-the-art salon. “When I met him he was living in the salon because he had run out of money.” Drew funded him to carry on his work and is helping The Hair Project become a sustainable organisation that takes kids from two East London PRU’s, training them for industry. And so Drew’s charity Each One, Teach One (EOTO) was born in 2012. He describes it as the ‘University of Alternative Learning’. Drew has invested hundreds of thousands of pounds to bring together like-minded people and create sustainable organisations committed to creating opportunities and enabling positive long-term changes in the lives of young people.

EOTO works with projects that invest in kids with creative vocational skills. They are currently running hairdressing, video-production, and music and drama projects, but are looking to expand their range of subjects to cover as many creative and vocational career paths as possible. The key to success says Drew is enhancing young people’s emotional intelligence through mentoring. “Mentoring is the glue. Without mentoring the rest would be a waste of time. We are mobilising the people who care and understand the problem to create a new society - one that young people understand and can be a part of,” says Drew.



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Gill Donovan

Gill Donovan is the director of patient services with Cancer Care Cymru (CCC), and was awarded the Welsh national prize in the Beacon Awards 2007.

Her outstanding contribution to charitable causes includes heading up a team of specialist nurses for the charity she set up. Gill developed one of the UK's first nurse-led chemotherapy clinics and set up a helpline for cancer patients. 

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Michael de Giorgio

Mike de Giorgio is the Chief Executive of Greenhouse, a charity working to promote sports and sport education among disadvantaged young people in the UK. Set up in 2002, Mike created a sports coaching pilot for young people living in a local housing estate.

Identifying the need to bring sports to young people living in less privileged areas, in 2004, Greenhouse delivered their sports programmes to schools. Table tennis programmes were brought to schools in inner-city areas of London, before merging with Bethwin Community Football Club in 2005.

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Dr Samarendra Das

Samarendra Das is a opthalmologist based in the UK. He has also devoted several years to supporting Rotary Clubs, by setting up hospitals. Over 20,000 surgeries were being performed, free of charge, by various Rotary Clubs through these hospitals. Over 40,000 people every year had their eyesight restored through the treatment of cataract blindness.

Samarendra was awarded a Beacon Prize for Leadership in 2007 for establishing hospitals and healthcare clinics, specialising in eye health, in India. 

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Francesca D’Arcy

Francesca D'Arcy was awarded the Judges Special Award at the Beacon Awards in 2005. The prize was presented by David Miliband. Francesca was awarded for her extensive volunteering efforts at a young age. Since she was 10, Francesca has raised money for various charities. At the time Francesca was awarded a prize, Francesca had raised a staggering £50,000 for charitable causes, including Marie Curie Cancer Research. 

Francesca has also organised several pioneering fundraising initiatives, bringing together business, local churches, and the media within her community.

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David Constantine MBE

 

David Constantine MBE was awarded the Beacon Prize for Courage in 2003. He is the co-founder of the charity Motivation. The charity campaigns for 'Freedom through mobility' by providing specialist wheelchairs to disabled people across the world. Their goal is not just to mobilise people physically; but also increase their confidence and help them feel included in society.

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Graham Clempson and Pilotlight

 

When ‘just writing cheques for charity’ began to pall, investment banker and private equity specialist Graham Clempson started to look for a more meaningful way to give and a way to add balance to his career.

In 2002, through his involvement with the City Giving Initiative, he met Fiona Halton, the CEO of Pilotlight, a then newly-launched mentoring charity that connects time-poor senior business leaders to support charities in a sustainable way.

At the time, Pilotlight had a small budget, a handful of volunteers and was working with five charities. Halton invited Clempson to meet some charities. He was at first unsure of what he might offer: “When I asked the people running the charity what they did or why they did it, they were articulate and full of passion. When I asked them how they measured their success, or how they planned to survive and grow they stumbled – I immediately saw that the everyday business skills that I took for granted could be extremely helpful for these charities; potentially more helpful than just giving them money. So I became a Pilotlighter and have not looked back.” As a Pilotlighter, Clempson gave a fixed donation and his time to mentor partner charities. It soon became clear to Clempson that Pilotlight needed to develop more standardised processes and procedures in order to build its own capacity to support more charities. Clempson funded the development of a “tactical toolkit” to frame the mentoring process, as the first iteration of what is now the Pilotlight programme.

In 2006 Clempson joined the Pilotlight board as a trustee and made a significant multi-year funding commitment providing the group with a strong and sustained financial base, attracting additional donor support. He also underwrote the salary of Pilotlight’s first evaluation manager being a firm believer in “what you can’t measure, you can’t manage”.

In 2013 Clempson agreed to take over as Chair – but not before Pilotlight had become fully sustainable. “I wanted to be sure Pilotlight could stand on its own two feet financially before becoming Chairman, as I didn’t want people to feel that we couldn’t have open debate at trustee meetings while I was a funder.” With Clempson’s involvement and leadership, Pilotlight has evolved into a national charity that has now worked with over 1000 senior business leaders, and 400 charitable organisations across the UK.

It works with hundreds of volunteers, has a large and diverse funding base, a strong and committed board and an annual operating budget of £1.3m per year. Pilotlight continues to grow with a full-time staff of more than 20 people and offices in London and Edinburgh. Clempson says of his journey with Pilotlight: “When I decided to give I thought I would be giving financially.

In fact, I started by giving time and skills and a small amount of money, and as confidence in what I was giving to increased, so did my financial donations.” Speaking of what he is most proud Clempson says: “Helping create a sustainable organisation that I know will be around for many years. It is also a wonderful accolade that some of the smartest brains in philanthropy, such as The Garfield Weston Foundation, are choosing to work with us and that we are helping people donate their skills at the start of their career through the RBS graduate programme.”

Gillian Murray, Pilotlight’s chief executive says: “Apart from being a resolute champion of Pilotlight, the best thing about Graham from my perspective is the business experience and focus he brings to his role as Chairman. He is supportive and challenging, never letting us forget that if we are to help make our partner charities thrive, we must work hard to demonstrate that Pilotlight itself is a model of sustainability.”

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Zakwan Chowdhury

Zakwan was awarded a Beacon Prize in 2007 for his tireless anti-bullying efforts. Setting up the Anti Bullying Massif, Zakwan helped change the perception and attitudes towards bullying in schools across the UK.

Initially, the anti-bullying programme began with Central Foundatoin School, who trained with Youth Act to help deliver and present the programme. Following the success of the his school's anti-bullying programme, Zakwan expanded the campaign across the UK, and overseas.

Zakwan went on to work for IPowerI, a non-profit organisation that attempts to peace, tackle violence, resolve conflict and bullying while empowering young people.

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Jamie Carragher

Retired international and Liverpool number 23 Jamie Carragher is a role model to young people and fellow footballers. With money from his testimonial game in 2009 he created the 23 Foundation through the Community Foundation for Merseyside. It reached its £1m target for an endowment fund in February 2010, with match funding from the Grassroots Endowment Challenge from central government.

“I always intended the money from the game to go to charity, but setting up a foundation means it can have impact and for a longer time,” says Carragher. The 23 Foundation provides grants and support to young people in local communities. It encourages the youth of Merseyside to actively reach for their dreams by following their sporting interests. It has distributed £308,041 in grants to support 20 individuals and 55 community groups across Merseyside. 2013 saw a successful partnership between the 23 Foundation and Merseyside YouthBank, a youth-led grant- maker and decision-maker. The 23 Foundation provided £5,000 for YouthBank’s young panellists to distribute to local children and young people’s projects that they felt would make a positive difference to their communities. Projects included sports coaching courses, intergene- rational activities and play schemes to encourage local children to enjoy outdoor activities.

The culmination of this work was an event, held at Café Sports England, where YouthBank members presented certificates alongside Carragher to the young people representing their community projects.

“Being involved is a big part of what we are aiming to achieve. I hope that I can give youngsters a lift and that extra push to realise their goals. Liverpool is a place that likes to see its own do well. It is a tight knit community and growing up I got a lot of help and encouragement from people around me. Now I am in a fortunate position and able to give back it feels right to do that,” says Carragher.

The 23 Foundation has established a 23 Foundation Soccer School for young people from the Sefton area of Merseyside where Carragher comes from. It works with six schools in deprived areas of Sefton as part of a reward scheme for young people delivering high quality football coaching sessions to boys and girls from ages five to 16. The Mayor of Liverpool supported the extension of the scheme to eight schools in deprived areas of Liverpool.

As well as inspiring Merseyside’s youth, Carragher is sharing his giving experience with other footballers interested in taking a strategic approach to philanthropy.

Carragher has been instrumental in setting up a partnership between UK Community Foundations and the PFA to offer charitable giving options to players via community foundations. It is hoped to lead to other philanthropists from football engaging with giving in communities across the country.

Carragher says he is honoured to be recognised for his philanthropy: “I am pleased but it is more about doing charity well. Everybody involved in charity deserves recognition.”

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Dr Peter Carey

Dr Peter Carey was awarded the Beacon Prize for Leadership in 2008. He is the co-founder of the Cambodia Trust. The Cambodia Trust is a disability rights charity, advocating for an inclusive, barrier-free society. The charity was established after Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, asked for assistance for the thousands of landmine survivors in the country.

The trust provides orthotics and prosthetics to disabled people. The Cambodia Trust - now renamed Exceed - has since established schools of prosthetics and orthotics in five countries across Southeast Asia.

Dr Carey is was previously a Laithwaite Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Trinity College, University of Oxford Trinity College from 1979-2008, when he retired.

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Reverend William Broad

Reverend Bill Broad was the founded of the Cirdan Sailing Trust. Founded in 1983, the trust was set up to encourage the development, team work and motivation of young people through off-shore sailing in groups.

The Cirdan Sailing Trust  helps disadvantaged young people across the UK with self-development, integration and learning opportunities through the challenge of life at sea aboard large sailing vessels.

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Suzanne Biegel

 

By questioning the purpose of wealth, and the link between philanthropy and investing, Suzanne Biegel has become a passionate social investor, and a collaborative-woman- whirlwind catalysing social investment across the globe. “Beyond funding your lifestyle and deciding what is enough for you, I think you can say ‘what is it I am going to do through my work, philanthropy, investments,- everything I am a part of - that can fund the world in which I want to live,” says Biegel.

The native New Yorker began her journey to 100% impact in 2000, when she and her partner sold their e-learning and communications business and she set up a fund at the Liberty Hill Foundation whose board she later joined. At that time she was called ‘overly ambitious’ for her ideas on mission-related investment, and so began a quest to find fellow travellers “using both sides of their brain” when investing. Fifteen years on and Biegel has continually found those fellow travellers; she is currently one of a group of 40 or so investing for 100% impact, whose total portfolios across all asset classes are invested to create positive social change. Along the way Biegel has co-founded and spearheaded organisations across the world that challenge traditional investment thinking.

After moving to the UK five years ago, she joined ClearlySo, and set up Clearly Social Angels (CSA) – the UK’s first (and still largest) angel impact investing network. Under Biegel’s leadership, over £3.3m has been raised through CSA for 21 companies focused on social or environmental change – from Aduna, a superfood brand creating sustainable livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa, to Insane Logic, which provides apps and games for people with learning and communications difficulties.

One of the organisations on whose boards she sits is Confluence Philanthropy, a membership organisation for foundations and trusts moving to mission-related investing. It has grown to several hundred members from across the US. Biegel co-founded the Values Based Investment group of Women Donors Network, in the US, and also founded Women in Social Finance in London. Biegel’s own impact investing history is particularly focused on investing in women and girls, environmental sustainability and combating climate change. She speaks of ‘The Women Effect’ – the premium impact of investing in women and investment by women.

“This is not just about women and girls. It’s about diversity, and the evidence that diversity, whether it be on teams or inside portfolios, drives outperformance in portfolios,” says Biegel. “Whether you are using investment as a tool for social change, or just want to align your investments with your values, there are a lot of ways to engage. “

Her investment activities have given her a unique position in inspiring other philanthropists and investors to follow her lead. She is in demand globally as a speaker and writer on why and how impact is part of her criteria in her portfolio, and why she wants to recycle her money to do more good.

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Paul Barry-Walsh

Paul Barry-Walsh was the recipient of the Beacon Prize for Creative Giving in 2008. Paul is the founder of the Fredericks Foundation, an organisation which helps people set up their own business; and support existing businesses who cannot gain financial help from their banks. 

The work of the Fredericks Foundation, set up in 2001, was especially vital during the economic downturn - resulting in an economic environment where finding employment or starting a business was more difficult. The foundation has helped people get off benefits and support themselves.

Paul comes from an corporate background, previously working for technology company IBM, and Safetynet, a provider of Business Continuity Services.

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Categories for Beacon Awards 2017

There are 10 award categories for the Beacon Awards 2017.

Beacon Award for Philanthropy

The Beacon Award for Philanthropy is the main category for individual philanthropists. More than one award will be made under this category.

In addition to the Beacon Award for Philanthropy we will also be presenting:

Beacon Award for City Philanthropy

This award celebrates the work of a philanthropist based in the City of London, Mayfair, or Canary Wharf. Their work will inspire the next generation of City philanthropists.

Beacon Award for Philanthropy in Arts & Culture

This award celebrates the work of an individual or a small group who has enriched society through their work in promoting arts, culture, and/or heritage.

Beacon Award for Impact Investment

This award recognises those who have addressed social, environmental or charitable concerns - while also generating a financial return.

Beacon Award for an Outstanding Partnership Between a Philanthropist and a Charity

When philanthropists and charities work together, it can inspire others to give well. This award celebrate excellent an excellent partnership between the two.

Beacon Trailblazer Award

The Trailblazer Award was introduced in 2015, and won by hip-hop artist Plan B. The award celebrate those who are early on in their philanthropic journey, yet have already made an impact.

Judges' Special Award

This award is for any prospective nominees who do not fit the above categories.


New categories for Beacon 2017

For the next Beacon Awards, three new categories have been introduced. These are:

Beacon Award for Innovation

Philanthropy can take place in many different forms - this award recognises those whose giving is pioneering or innovative.

Beacon Award for Local Community Philanthropy

Philanthropy occurs at all scales; this award celebrates philanthropy which has benefitted the community in a particular region.

Beacon Award for Philanthropy in Sport

This award will be given to an sportsperson, sporting family, or group of sports people who, through sporting activity, have delivered positive social change.


For more information on the categories, please read the nominations information pack here.

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Dr Mohammed Amran

Dr Mohammed Amran was awarded the Beacon Prize for Community Builder for his efforts in alleviating tensions within his community. Raised in Bradford, England, Mohammed began his work after the riots in 1995, where he set up the Young People's Forum. The forum aimed to encourage dialogue between the police and young people, with the overall objective of conflict resolution between different communities.

Mohammed also became the Commissioner for the Commision for Racial Equality - the youngest person to hold the title.

More recently, Mohammed has been involved in equal rights campaigns, and mentors at a local school.

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Jake Bonsall

Jake Bonsall volunteered in the community which he grew up in - Manor Estate, in Sheffield. He began volunteering aged 11, working to raise the profile of young people living in the estate. 

In 2004, Jake was awarded the Beacon Prize for Young Philanthropy. His work involves inspiring young people to be "leaders, not followers" - allowing them to gain their full potential, despite coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Kate Adie OBE DL hosts the 2015 Beacon Awards ceremony

Submit a nomination

Nominations are now open!

Click here to submit a nomination via the online form. 

Nominations close on Monday 5th December 2016, so make sure you get submit your nomination soon!


How do I submit a nomination?

The nomination form will require you to fill in details of your nominee; why you think their work is inspirational; and a description of how their activity fits the criteria for the category which they have been nominated for.


What do I need to know before submitting a nomination?

Before submitting a nomination, please read the nominations guidelines, which you can view or download here.

These guidelines will tell you more about the criteria for each Beacon prize category, and will help maximise your nominee's chances of winning a Beacon prize. The guidelines also have a section for frequently asked questions.


I have a question about submitting a nomination.

If your question isn't covered in the nomination guidelines FAQs, then please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to discuss your nomination in confidence.

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We hope that others will be inspired and encouraged to make their own contribution through the great stories of giving that emerge through the Beacon Awards.

Since 2010 the Beacon Awards have been managed by UK Community Foundations.

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Gay Huey-Evans - Chair of Trustees

Gay Huey-Evans - Chair of Trustees

Gay Huey Evans is Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Council and serves on the Board of directors of Aviva plc, Conoco Phillips and Itau BBA International plc.  Gay was formerly Vice Chairman of the board and non-executive chairman, Europe, of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) (financial trade association). From April 2008 to October 2010 she was Vice Chairman, Investment Banking & Investment Management at Barclays Capital. Prior to that Gay was President of Tribeca Ltd and head of governance at Citi Alternative Investments (EMEA) and Director of the Markets Division at the Financial Services Authority between 1998-2005. She held various senior management positions with Bankers Trust Company in New York and London between 1984-1998). Gay is passionate about giving back and has been involved with various non-profit organisations.  She currently serves as a Trustee of Wellbeing Women, and previously, a Trustee of Wigmore Hall, co-opted Trustee of Tate, Trustee of Benjamin Frankin House and Bucknell University.


Paul Barry-Walsh

Paul Barry-Walsh

After leaving IBM in 1986, Paul Barry-Walsh founded Safetynet followed by Netstore in 1996. In 2001 he founded The Fredericks Foundation which has become one of the UK’s leading micro-finance organisations,  funding 2 disadvantaged individuals per week. Paul is involved in a number of start-ups, and was granted the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion. In 2008 he received the Beacon Award for Creating Giving.  In 2009 he was given the CNBC/FT European Philanthropist of the Year Award, and won the Entrepreneur County Inaugural Award for the Entrepreneur’s Entrepreneur in 2011.


Matthew Bowcock CBE

Matthew Bowcock CBE

Matthew Bowcock is formerly the Chair of the Community Foundation Network. He is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in founding technology and biotechnology companies in Australia, the US and the UK. He continues to be a non-executive director of early-stage companies but is increasingly involved in philanthropy. He runs the Hazelhurst Trust, a family charitable foundation, which has set up a fund within the Surrey Community Foundation as he believes that giving is most effective when it is locally and professionally managed. He is a trustee of the Surrey Community Foundation and assists wherever possible in donor development.


Anne Boyd

Anne Boyd

A barrister by profession, Anne Boyd has had many years experience of the criminal justice system including work in prisons, criminal courts and  alternatives to custody. Her voluntary sector experience has embraced conservation of marine stocks and she has also been Chair of the Scottish Community Foundation, Vice Chair of the Community Foundation Network, and the Chair of a Lottery fund. Among current commitments she is Chair of the Council of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre.


Tracey Reddings

Tracey Reddings

Tracey Reddings is Managing Director and Head of UK Private Wealth Management at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. She has enjoyed a 25-year career as a banker spanning across the private, public and charitable sectors. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Tracey was Head of UK Private Banking at SG Hambros Bank Ltd and before that, she was Chief Executive of CAF Bank Ltd and CAF Marketing Services.  Over the years, Tracey has developed a strong track record and reputation for delivering innovation and building partnerships to create new business and enhance brand value; in 2007 she was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Product Innovation category. Tracey is an MBA-holder and a Chartered Director; she is also a Fellow of both the Institute of Directors and the Chartered Management Institute, and a Freeman with the Guild of International Bankers. She is a trustee of the Surrey Community Foundation and Chairman of the British Bankers Association Wealth Management and Private Banking panel.


David Sheepshanks

David Sheepshanks

David assumed the Chair of UK Community Foundations in 2013 and has recently joined the board of the Beacon Awards. He has held a number of high profile board positions in business, sport and charity, including Chairman of Ipswich Town Football Club and Chairman of the Football League. Today he is Chairman of St George’s Park (The National Football Centre) and FA Learning, the educational arm of The FA responsible for Coach Education and Professional Development, and a Regional Chair of Coutts amongst a number of non-executive positions. He was the Founder and first Chair of The Ipswich Town Charitable Trust and one of the founding trustees for The Suffolk Community Foundation. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2004 by University of East Anglia for services to the community and made CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List for services to Football and Suffolk Charity.

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People at Beacon

The awards were set up in 2003 with the aim of promoting effective philanthropic giving through the creation of a nationally recognised awards scheme and a fellowship body of philanthropists to highlight best practice and innovation in philanthropy.

We hope that others will be inspired and encouraged to make their own contribution through the great stories of giving that emerge through the Beacon Awards.


UK Community Foundations

Since 2010, the Beacon Awards have been managed by UK Community Foundations (UKCF).

UKCF are a network of 46 Community Foundations across the UK. We provide advice and support to our member Community Foundations, and channel national-level funding to where it's needed most. In 2013-14, we awarded over 20,000 grants to a range of organisations and projects, making a real difference to local communities across the UK. Click here to find out more about the work we've done.


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Beacon Awards 2015

Hosted by Kate Adie, the Beacon Awards 2015 celebrated the extraordinary and transformational achievements of individuals and families who have, each in their own various ways, brought about lasting social change through their conviction, their determination and their generosity. The awards celebrated their exploits with the hope of inspiring others to want to follow suit.

They highlighted key trends in philanthropic giving and pioneering developments, including the growing trend for donations of money together with time, expertise and social capital to support initiatives all around the UK.

The awards were supported by J.P. Morgan Private Bank, the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust and Pears Foundation.

Collectively, the 17 Beacon Fellows have donated over £300million to philanthropic causes, across a mix of local and global organisations, large institutions and grassroots charities.

The award winners have impacted hundreds of thousands of lives. Many focused on helping young people including creating state of the art youth clubs, building support networks to prevent children being put into care, helping improve social mobility, confidence and self-esteem. Others have created powerful partnerships between the charity sector and the business world and between philanthropists and local authorities.

Gay Huey Evans, Chair of the Beacon Awards said: “The 2015 Beacon Award winners are exceptional people who have given their time, expertise and financial resources to help people and communities prosper in difficult times. Philanthropy plays a vital role in providing resources to many organisations that keep our communities strong and the Beacon Award winners are outstanding examples of individuals whose giving is having a lasting impact on people’s lives. I know that the Beacon Award winners will inspire others to give and I look forward to sharing the lessons that can be learned from the inspirational example they set.”

Full list of winners

Honorary Beacon Fellowship

Trevor Pears CMG

Beacon Award for Philanthropy

Jamie Carragher

Lord and Lady Harris DBE DL

Bill Holroyd CBE DL

Sir Peter Lampl OBE

Jack Petchey CBE

Sir Peter Vardy DL and Lady Margaret Vardy

Sir Ian Wood CBE and Lady Helen Wood

Beacon Award for Cultural Philanthropy

Jonathan Moulds CBE

Beacon Award for Impact Investment

Suzanne Biegel

Beacon Award for an Outstanding Partnership Between a Philanthropist and a Charity

Graham Clempson and Pilotlight

Beacon Award for City Philanthropy

David and Claudia Harding

Beacon Trailblazer Award

Ben Drew aka Plan B

On 27th January 2015, Beacon held a reception for many of our 2015 nominees. The event included an interview with Beacon Fellows Paul Marshall and Marcelle Speller.

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Beacon nominations guidelines

Thinking of nominating someone for a Beacon Award? Read the nominations guidelines first.

Click here to view the nominations guidelines.

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Beacon Awards 2017

Powering philanthropy

The Beacon Awards 2017 are about powering philanthropy. The awards are about recognising, celebrating, and inspiring people to give charitably, and to do it well. Each Beacon prize is awarded to someone who is powering philanthropy in their own fields. 

The power of philanthropy

Philanthropy is more than just giving. For those on the receiving end, philanthropy makes a real and tangible difference to their lives. Whether it's lifting people out of poverty; encouraging disadvantaged people to get back into education; or building community relations, philanthropy is powerful.

Philanthropy can inspire others to give, or inspire them to make a positive step in their lives. 


10 Years of Beacon

The Beacon Awards in 2017 will be the 10th Beacon Awards. It’s a momentous occasion, and over the years, we’ve celebrated philanthropists from all backgrounds and fields. From footballers to financiers; from rappers to writers – we’re passionate about powering philanthropy, in all its forms.

The 10th Beacon Awards ceremony will have three new categories, to recognise philanthropy from areas which are traditionally overlooked. 

The new categories are:

  • Beacon Award for Local Community Philanthropy
  • Beacon Award for Innovation
  • Beacon Award for Philanthropy in Sport

To read more about all the categories for Beacon 2017, click here.

Thinking of nominating someone?

Do you have an idea of someone you want to nominate for an award? Nominations will open on the 19th October - click here to find out more about submitting a nomination.

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Beacon Awards 2015

The 9th Beacon Awards in 2015 were held at the J.P. Morgan building, along London Embankment. The awards celebrated philanthropy from a range of fields and backgrounds.

Hosted by Kate Adie, the Beacon Awards 2015 celebrated the extraordinary and transformational achievements of individuals and families who have, each in their own various ways, brought about lasting social change through their conviction, their determination and their generosity. The awards celebrated their exploits with the hope of inspiring others to want to follow suit.

They highlighted key trends in philanthropic giving and pioneering developments, including the growing trend for donations of money together with time, expertise and social capital to support initiatives all around the UK.

The awards were supported by J.P. Morgan Private Bank, the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust and Pears Foundation.

Collectively, the 17 Beacon Fellows have donated over £300million to philanthropic causes, across a mix of local and global organisations, large institutions and grassroots charities.

The award winners have impacted hundreds of thousands of lives. Many focused on helping young people including creating state of the art youth clubs, building support networks to prevent children being put into care, helping improve social mobility, confidence and self-esteem. Others have created powerful partnerships between the charity sector and the business world and between philanthropists and local authorities.

Gay Huey Evans, Chair of the Beacon Awards said: “The 2015 Beacon Award winners are exceptional people who have given their time, expertise and financial resources to help people and communities prosper in difficult times. Philanthropy plays a vital role in providing resources to many organisations that keep our communities strong and the Beacon Award winners are outstanding examples of individuals whose giving is having a lasting impact on people’s lives. I know that the Beacon Award winners will inspire others to give and I look forward to sharing the lessons that can be learned from the inspirational example they set.”

Full list of winners

Honorary Beacon Fellowship

Trevor Pears CMG

 

Beacon Award for Philanthropy

Jamie Carragher

Lord and Lady Harris DBE DL

Bill Holroyd CBE DL

Sir Peter Lampl OBE

Jack Petchey CBE

Sir Peter Vardy DL and Lady Margaret Vardy

Sir Ian Wood CBE and Lady Helen Wood

 

Beacon Award for Cultural Philanthropy

Jonathan Moulds CBE

 

Beacon Award for Impact Investment

Suzanne Biegel

 

Beacon Award for an Outstanding Partnership Between a Philanthropist and a Charity

Graham Clempson and Pilotlight

 

Beacon Award for City Philanthropy

David and Claudia Harding

 

Beacon Trailblazer Award

Ben Drew aka Plan B

On 27th January 2015, Beacon held a reception for many of our 2015 nominees. The event included an interview with Beacon Fellows Paul Marshall and Marcelle Speller.

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Philanthropy Footprints that Shape Society Today

To mark the launch of the 2015 awards, and to encourage nominations, Beacon is celebrating ten inspirational philanthropists from cities around the UK (many little known) to kick start debate about who has left a ‘philanthropy footprint’ that still affects society today and who is creating a ‘philanthropy footprint’ now.

Barney Hughes 1808-1878 (Belfast)

A business baker and pioneer impact investee who's bread alleviated hunger on an industrial scale.

Bernard Hughes, known as Barney, was born in Armagh. Having worked as a bakers’ boy for 6 years, in 1826 he moved to Belfast, and by 1870 he was recognised as the cities’ leading baker. As the owner of the largest baking enterprise in Ireland, his production supplied Belfast’s poorer population with much-needed cheap bread, particularly during the harsh years of the Great Famine. He gained the respect of the community as a municipal politician and industrial reformer, donating the ground for St Peter's Cathedral.

Current legacy: St Peter’s Cathedral is described today as ‘a landmark building’ in Belfast.

 

George Cadbury 1839 – 1922 (Birmingham)

The son of UK Chocolate and pioneer of responsible business practices

Everyone has heard of the Cadbury’s chocolate empire, but not many people know that the founder’s son, George Cadbury, was an important philanthropist in the 19th Century. George was driven by a passion for social reform, wanting to create clean and sanitary conditions for his workers in contrast to the usual grim reality of factories in Victorian Britain. He set new standards for living and working conditions and gave the Bourneville estate to the Bourneville Village Trust in 1901. The trust was founded to develop the local community and its surroundings.

Current legacy: The Bournville Village Trust is one of the largest and most respected housing trusts in the country specialising in development, communities, supported housing, special needs and urban regeneration.

 

Sir Montague Maurice Burton 1885 – 1952 (Leeds)

A clothing entrepreneur with an ethical edge 

A Lithuanian immigrant who arrived at the turn of the last century with just £100 to his name, Montague founded Burton, one of Britain's largest clothing shop chains. He started a tailoring business with the philanthropic aim of clothing the entire male population in good quality, affordable suits. Having enforced an unusually short working day for the time (8 hours) on his workforce, he was aware of the necessity to encourage wise and profitable use of spare time. He became one of the first to instil formal welfare provisions in the workplace, introducing food halls, leisure groups and activities such as theatre, dance and sports teams. He took an interest in maintaining the wellbeing of workers through health clinics and rest rooms. 

Current legacy:  Burton Clothing is still a successful British retailer. The company has worked closely with Cancer Research UK funding research into bowel cancer, and has supported the Movember Prostate Charity Campaign with the 'Burton' moustache, modeled on the moustache of their founder.

 

William Armstrong 1810 – 1900 (Newcastle)

A visionary engineer who saw that culture, history and identity matter

A visionary inventor, engineer, scientist and businessman, in his heyday William Armstrong employed over 25,000 people in the manufacture of hydraulic cranes, ships and armaments. Armstrong built Newcastle’s Swing Bridge and the hydraulic mechanism that operates London’s Tower Bridge. He also restored Bamburgh Castle on the Northumberland coast, often hailed as one of the most magnificent English castles to survive.  A prolific philanthropist, he founded Armstrong College (which evolved into Newcastle University), and gave funds to the Royal Victoria Infirmary as well as the Hancock Museum of Natural History (now the Great North Museum). 

Current legacy: Bamburgh castle described as 'the finest castle anywhere in this country' in Time Out Great Britain. The Great North museum has extensive collections and is a fantastic resource for teaching and research.

 

Edward Rushton 1756 – 1814 (Liverpool)

A poet who developed advocacy and campaigning as a tool for social change

A poet and slavery abolitionist, Edward Rushton was born in Liverpool in 1756. Whilst sailing with slave ships as a young man he became outraged at the appalling conditions he witnessed.  After an outbreak of the eye disease ophthalmia, Edward took food and water to the slaves which resulted in him losing his sight in his left eye and the damage of the right. As well as a career as an influential abolitionist, Rushton helped establish the Liverpool School for the Indigent Blind, the first of its kind in Britain, in 1791.

Current legacy: The Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool  is one of the leading schools of its kind today.

 

The Davies Sisters Gwendoline Davies (1882-1951) and Margaret Davies (1884-1963) (Cardiff)

Welsh sisters who pioneered music therapy and founded one of the UK's first music festivals

The Davies sisters, Gwendoline and Margaret, were two sisters from mid-Wales who will be remembered as dedicated patrons of the arts, bequeathing one of the great British art collections of the 20th century to the National Museum of Wales.  This is not all, however. Serving as Red Cross volunteers in World War One, Gwendoline and Margaret were so moved by the suffering they witnessed they resolved to establish an art and music centre for ex-soldiers. Gregynog Hall, the location of the centre, became the home to the annual Gregynog Music Festival, attracting musical luminaries such as Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst.

Current legacy: The National Museum of Wales  houses Wales’s national archaeology, art, geology and natural history collections as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions. Gregynog festival is still going today 

 

Dame Cecily Saunders 1918 – 2005 (Barnet)

A founder of the modern hospice who revolutionised care for the terminally ill

Dame Cicely Saunders founded the modern hospice and started a worldwide movement to provide compassionate care for the terminally ill. A nurse, social worker and doctor, she developed what is now called palliative care, and the modern hospice. In 1948 she met a patient, David Tasma, a Polish-Jewish refugee who, having escaped from the Warsaw ghetto, was dying of cancer. He bequeathed her £500. This donation helped germinate the idea which would become St Christopher's, founded in 1967 and the beginning of the hospice movement. In 2002, Saunders co-founded a new charity, Cicely Saunders International. 

Current legacy: Cicely Saunders International St Christopher’s Hospice and the National Council for Palliative Care 

 

Edward Alleyn 1566–1626 (London)

An infamous actor of Shakespeare's time who created opportunities for others

Born in Bishopsgate, London, Edward Alleyn became widely known as one of the most accomplished actors of Shakespeare’s time. During his theatrical career he was the most famous of players, but is now little remembered. In his later life Alleyn turned away from the stage and towards philanthropy, founding a school. Alleyn’s bequest established clear principles by which the school should be governed, with an important attribute of the school being its favouring of ‘poor scholars’, so that children could access education irrespective of wealth or social background. 3 foundation schools are still supported by his legacy: Alleyns, James Allen's Girl's School and Dulwich College

Current legacy: the schools are very successful with strong philanthropic traditions upheld today, for example Dulwich 

 

William Alison 1790 – 1859 (Edinburgh)

A doctor who wanted to cure the establishment of its cruel indifference to poverty

William Alison was an eminent Scottish physician who argued that poverty’s link to disease was to do with circumstance and not sin. The ethos of the age dictated that poverty was due to indolence, and treatment should be withheld for the ‘healthy impoverished’. A man who was ahead of his time, Alison campaigned for the government to take a more active role in alleviating poverty, with his proposal of the Scottish Poor Law and his 1840 treatise Observations on the management of the poor. He lived to see a noticeable shift towards his call for tolerance and compassion. 

Current legacy: a key campaigner in changing social attitudes and an early pioneer of what would become the Welfare State and NHS

 

John Rylands 1801 – 1888 (Manchester)

A businessman whose gave locally and was concerned globally

The first multi-millionaire from Manchester, John Rylands owned the largest textile business in the UK, combining his aptitude for business with a social conscience. In the Borough of Stretford, where he resided at Longford Hall, he made considerable philanthropic donations to the town which included the founding of orphanages, homes for the elderly and the donation of a Town Hall. His huge gifts of money to aid the poor of Italy earned him the "Crown of Italy" honour from the Italian king, and his sizeable private book collection constituted the basis of the John Rylands Library. The Library was founded by his wife Enriqueta Rylands, a strong yet modest Victorian woman and an eminent philanthropist in her own right, who left the Library in memory of her late husband as a philanthropic gift to the city of Manchester.

Current legacy: The John Rylands library forms part of the university of Manchester’s library. Longford Hall is a Grade 2 listed building 

 

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Dr Wendy Stephenson


Joint Award with John Pontin

Socially enlightened developer John Pontin OBE has created a literal ‘investment turbine’ that funds renewable sources of energy while generating financial returns to investors, provides a new form of economic power to India, and supports community projects in his home city of Bristol.

Pontin, who founded his multi-million pound business on fresh thinking, based the model on an original idea — that funding wind turbines in developing countries could generate additional benefits for communities at home and abroad.

John formed The Converging World charity in 2008, raising £1 million from his own resources and a similar amount from an Indian bank to fund two 1.5 megawatt turbines in an impoverished, rural area of Tamil Nadu. Power sold via the grid generates profit that funds local development work in India, environmental projects in the UK and reinvestment in more turbines.

With Wendy Stephenson as CEO, the charity raised money in 2012 for two further turbines, including nearly £200,000 from crowd funding. Investors receive 6% per annum return for a five-year loan.

The charity plans to build 200 megawatt of wind power over three to five years using debt and equity funding. The next tranche is for 25 megawatt turbines, which should generate £12 million for the charity over the 20-year life of the turbines.

Pontin and Stephenson are now building partnerships with like-minded charities and community foundations, sharing surplus from the turbines if these charities can help fund additional turbines.

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John Pontin OBE

Joint Award with Wendy Stephenson

Socially enlightened developer John Pontin OBE has created a literal ‘investment turbine’ that funds renewable sources of energy while generating financial returns to investors, provides a new form of economic power to India, and supports community projects in his home city of Bristol.

Pontin, who founded his multi-million pound business on fresh thinking, based the model on an original idea — that funding wind turbines in developing countries could generate additional benefits for communities at home and abroad.

John formed The Converging World charity in 2008, raising £1 million from his own resources and a similar amount from an Indian bank to fund two 1.5 megawatt turbines in an impoverished, rural area of Tamil Nadu. Power sold via the grid generates profit that funds local development work in India, environmental projects in the UK and reinvestment in more turbines.

With Wendy Stephenson as CEO, the charity raised money in 2012 for two further turbines, including nearly £200,000 from crowd funding. Investors receive 6% per annum return for a five-year loan.

The charity plans to build 200 megawatt of wind power over three to five years using debt and equity funding. The next tranche is for 25 megawatt turbines, which should generate £12 million for the charity over the 20-year life of the turbines.

Pontin and Stephenson are now building partnerships with like-minded charities and community foundations, sharing surplus from the turbines if these charities can help fund additional turbines.

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Michael McKibbin

Joint Award with Angila Chada

Michael McKibbin and Angila Chada share a common passion to see a stronger culture of philanthropy in Northern Ireland. They have become good friends through this ambition and through their willingness to act as ambassadors for the Community Foundation NI as fund holders, including attending events, meeting with prospective donors and making introductions. Crucially they have been willing to share their reasons for giving with the public through the press.

Their actions are not without risk.

One of the significant hurdles to developing local philanthropy, identified in a recent report, is the “cultural taboo against public philanthropy as it suggests ostentatious display of wealth. In Northern Ireland this is closely related to the history of the conflict and fearof ‘putting one’s head above the parapet’.”

In 2011, the Community Foundation NI hosted a ‘Philanthropy Week’ but found it difficult to persuade philanthropists to speak publicly. McKibbin however recognised the importance of doing so and also gave an interview to the Irish News about his family’s fund that supports children affected by illness or with special needs. His actions have inspired others to speak out about their own giving.

McKibbin’s fund, founded in memory of his parents in recognition of the positive upbringing they had provided, does not hold vast amounts of money, but allows the family to support four or five key projects each year, which he describes as “very rewarding, particularly when we see the results!”

Angila Chada, Chief Executive of Springboard, a young people’s peace-building charity in Belfast, also attended Philanthropy Week and was inspired to begin her own philanthropic journey. Chada was keen to illustrate that philanthropy isn’t exclusive to High Net Worth Individuals by setting up the Community Foundation’s first ever gradual growth endowment fund in January 2012 in honour of her parents who are able to share the joy of giving.
The Raj Darshna Foundation will support young people and the elderly in the community.

Chada describes its creation as the fulfilment of ‘a lifelong dream’. It became a reality after a visit to Auschwitz in 2009 when she was overwhelmed by a wish to give back. She feels she had an excellent upbringing and stable family home – but working in the community and voluntary sector, she knows that many local people have not been as fortunate.

As well as giving a portion of her wages each year she will be encouraging family and friends to invest for the benefit of others.

Chada has already given interviews to national and local press to explain why she feels it is important for others to consider how they could make a greater impact with their giving.

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Angila Chada

Joint Award with Michael McKibbin

Michael McKibbin and Angila Chada share a common passion to see a stronger culture of philanthropy in Northern Ireland. They have become good friends through this ambition and through their willingness to act as ambassadors for the Community Foundation NI as fund holders, including attending events, meeting with prospective donors and making introductions. Crucially they have been willing to share their reasons for giving with the public through the press.

Their actions are not without risk.

One of the significant hurdles to developing local philanthropy, identified in a recent report, is the “cultural taboo against public philanthropy as it suggests ostentatious display of wealth. In Northern Ireland this is closely related to the history of the conflict and fearof ‘putting one’s head above the parapet’.”

In 2011, the Community Foundation NI hosted a ‘Philanthropy Week’ but found it difficult to persuade philanthropists to speak publicly. McKibbin however recognised the importance of doing so and also gave an interview to the Irish News about his family’s fund that supports children affected by illness or with special needs. His actions have inspired others to speak out about their own giving.

McKibbin’s fund, founded in memory of his parents in recognition of the positive upbringing they had provided, does not hold vast amounts of money, but allows the family to support four or five key projects each year, which he describes as “very rewarding, particularly when we see the results!”

Angila Chada, Chief Executive of Springboard, a young people’s peace-building charity in Belfast, also attended Philanthropy Week and was inspired to begin her own philanthropic journey. Chada was keen to illustrate that philanthropy isn’t exclusive to High Net Worth Individuals by setting up the Community Foundation’s first ever gradual growth endowment fund in January 2012 in honour of her parents who are able to share the joy of giving.

The Raj Darshna Foundation will support young people and the elderly in the community.

Chada describes its creation as the fulfilment of ‘a lifelong dream’. It became a reality after a visit to Auschwitz in 2009 when she was overwhelmed by a wish to give back. She feels she had an excellent upbringing and stable family home – but working in the community and voluntary sector, she knows that many local people have not been as fortunate.

As well as giving a portion of her wages each year she will be encouraging family and friends to invest for the benefit of others.
Chada has already given interviews to national and local press to explain why she feels it is important for others to consider how they could make a greater impact with their giving.

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John Stone

Building a philanthropic pipeline
 
Financier and philanthropist John Stone is quite clear - he does not give money away. The man who founded, built and sold wealth management company  Lombard International Assurance for a reputed £124m to Friends Provident in 2004 is one of a new breed of ‘philanthrocapitalists’ who take a strictly market-based approach to making a difference, investing funds in social businesses and charities with an entrepreneurial approach.
 
Stone says: “From day one we wanted to apply the same criteria to spending charitable funds as we would to any business project. We wanted to know how many people we could benefit, at what cost and how to achieve the best value. We wanted to be sure that the Foundation’s money would be put to the best possible use and have the biggest impact on those we chose to help. We wanted to build value.
 
“I have never set out to make money,” says Stone. “I have been fortunate to earn it because I have helped to create and develop successful businesses.  But investing in business and social impact enterprises are very similar; the keys to success are a great product or solution (preferably innovative) and a great management team to implement the business plan.”
 
When he established the Stone Family Foundation with an initial endowment of £50m in 2005, with his late wife Vanessa, he had not developed a giving strategy. “We had no clear passion for a cause. Our decision to give was because the money was there and we didn’t want to leave it all to the children so it was natural that we should start a charitable trust.”
 
Establishing a strategy
 
Like any shrewd businessman Stone took professional advice and encourages other would-be philanthropists to do the same. “The advice I have received from my bank’s philanthropy service and New Philanthropy Capital has been absolutely invaluable in terms of establishing the Foundation, helping us find the right path and making sure that we avoid the pitfalls that can trap the well-intentioned, unwary philanthropist.  And achieve the maximum possible impact from our grants.”
 
It led to the Foundation deciding to make grants to 10 projects in Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia “where a pound can go much further than in the UK”, concentrating on water and sanitation, education for girls and micro-finance.
 
Today, The Stone Family Foundation is investing around £5m a year supporting innovative, sustainable and entrepreneurial approaches around the world, focussed primarily in the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Sector.  He is part of a small group of funders leading a surge in sanitation across the developing world, saving thousands of lives needlessly lost to avoidable illness such as diarrhoea and typhoid.
 
Projects such as iDE Cambodia’s Sanitation Marketing Scale Up project, co-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in which the Stone Family Foundation is investing £1.5m over three years, to build profitable enterprises and infrastructure that aims to enable 115,000 households in seven provinces of Cambodia to purchase affordable sanitary latrines.
 
Its sanitation marketing model, described as ‘sustainable business, development and dignity in one package’ increases household toilet ownership by facilitating sanitation sales networks that connect local businesses, communities and local government. Stone explains why selling not giving is important: “Giving these products away would undermine their value. By developing low cost, accessible products we enable ownership and a perceived value and that is a crucial part of the model.”
 
Data-driven evolution
 
Stone describes the Foundation’s journey as an “evolutionary process in which data and measurement have played a crucial part in growing confidence. We felt it was wise to proceed slowly and carefully and it took quite a while before we felt able to make significant grants in a focussed way. In doing so we believe we can achieve even greater impact than spreading small grants far and wide.”
 
The Stone Family Foundation (and Stone personally) have acquired a deep understanding of WASH issues and is now taking the lead – and risk - on innovation in this area. In February 2012 it set up Stone Prize for ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Water’, providing risk capital for innovative, entrepreneurial, scalable projects in water aid. In November 2012 the first prize was awarded to Dispensers for Safe Water (DSW) in Kenya that provides free access to chlorine at communal water points. It has already reached approximately 424,000 people in more than 800 villages. The prize will support DSW’s efforts to produce and deploy 3,000 new chlorine dispensers, enough to provide safe drinking water to over 600,000 people. “It was the unique approach and scale that made this project stand out, as well as the dynamic team behind it,” says Stone.
 
Stone's philanthropic work, to which he commits the equivalent of one day a week, is now, he says, "more satisfying and more fun for me than business. It also allows me to add more value. I really feel I'm using my money, my time and my talents well. I've become an evangelist."
 
Stone regularly visits the 15 or so non governmental organisations (NGOs) the Foundation supports, in some cases acting as an informal non-executive director providing them with business advice and direction. “Our hands-on support is as valuable as the grants we make and I would encourage others to use their time and expertise as well as their money in support of their projects.”
 
What giving gives back
 
Marketing to the ‘bottom of the pyramid’ has been “an interesting experience full of insights,” says Stone, who spends most of his week servicing the pinnacle of that pyramid as chairman of Blevins Franks Financial Management Limited.
 
“I consider myself as an experienced marketing man but I have been surprised by what I have learned; what motivates villagers to buy latrines for instance. While we educate about the health benefits of good sanitation, it is often status and a sense of ‘keeping up with the Jones’ that is the real motivator – that and wanting to avoid snake bites! I have certainly learned things about marketing that I have brought into my own business,” he says.
 
Philanthropy is a two-way street and Stone like many philanthropist talks of the “joy and meaning” it has given him. For all the focus on bottom lines, data and other business realities, the real achievement says Stone is the “smiles of villagers whose children are healthy and thriving. And the greatest satisfaction he says “has come from providing the ‘seed capital’ for projects which have become self-sustaining; so they can say to me ‘we do not need any further funds from you.  We are on our own now’.”
 
More recently Stone’s children and step-children have become involved in the Foundation.  Apart from acting as trustees they have been encouraged to develop their own interests.  As a result, the Foundation is now making grants to UK organisations tackling social problems; in particular disadvantaged youths and mental health. “I hope our Foundation proves to be an influential catalyst to encourage philanthropists to invest on a large scale in social enterprises to eradicate the terrible consequences for the millions of people who do not have access to safe drinking water and/or adequate sanitation.”

“Philanthropy takes you off the beaten track,” says Stone, referring to the trips to Mozambique, Cambodia and other far flung spots, but it never takes him too far from his business head and heart. 
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Marcelle Speller

Marcelle Speller OBE, who co-founded, built and sold the hugely successful Holiday-Rentals.com business, applied her know-how to pioneer a digital platform that helps build communities by enabling the smallest local community groups and charities to raise money, awareness and support online.
 
Working together with UK Community Foundations and other partners, Speller has committed four years and £2.5 million of her personal wealth to develop Localgiving.com. Inspired by the service that small, unregistered groups provide to their communities, Speller’s dotcom brainchild has given them access to new donors and new ways to increase awareness and raise funds. This includes social media and online matching using grants from the government’s Office for Civil Society and other private philanthropists. The site also automatically processes Gift Aid, even for charities too small to be registered.
 
The site is democratising giving by allowing people to donate with confidence directly to local small charities and community groups — all of which have been validated by Localgiving.com, or their local Community Foundation. In 2012 over £3 million in donations, Gift Aid and match funding was channelled to the 3,000+ local charities and community groups already registered on the site.
 
Speller had a vision of technology enabling local and unregistered charities at a time when funding cuts threatened their very existence, and it is her creativity, drive and energy, as well as her financial backing, that has made it a reality.
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J.K Rowling

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling uses both fame and fortune in her philanthropy, choosing challenging, and often neglected, causes that will benefit most from the enhanced media profile her support brings. In this way Rowling maximises her social capital and celebrity status for the benefit of the most vulnerable and excluded in society.
 
Fame brought with it many media clichés, turning Rowling into ‘Britain’s most famous single mother’: unable to break free of the crass labelling Rowling put it to use by becoming Ambassador and then President of the National Council for One-Parent Families, now called Gingerbread.
 
In 2000 she established The Volant Charitable Trust that uses its annual budget to combat poverty and social inequality, with a particular emphasis on women and children. Volant also funds major disaster appeals as the focus of the Trust’s international support.
 
Rowling supported the Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland for many years. As well as donating money, she hosted events, lobbied politicians, wrote articles and gave interviews to raise awareness of the disease. In 2010 Rowling made a substantial donation to found The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at Edinburgh University in memory of her mother who suffered with Multiple Sclerosis. It will carry out major research into MS and other degenerative neurological conditions.
 
Rowling’s philanthropy is now highly visible and involved. In December 2008, her book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, was published, raising millions for The Children’s High Level Group, now Lumos, Rowling’s charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children. The two books she wrote for Comic Relief — Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages — have gone on to raise £15.7 million for the fund.
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Kavita Oberoi

Kavita Oberoi’s philanthropy is a product of her upbringing. Inspired to give by her father, a successful and charitable businessman, Oberoi chooses to support causes that reflect her own cultural struggles, encountered as the daughter of a traditional Indian family raised in the North.
 
Oberoi was the first woman in her family to gain a university degree and be allowed to work, for which she credits her mother. It has led to Oberoi’s deep commitment to empowering women and encouraging their success.
 
After achieving her own business success and since appearing on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire, Oberoi has become involved with many charities, donating £100,000 of personal wealth and much energy to them.
In 2010 WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) appointed Oberoi as Chair of the Global Girls’ Fund Board. Giving both time and funds, she is leading the drive to raise £10m by June 2014 to develop programmes and opportunities to enable each girl to reach their fullest potential.
 
Oberoi is the first ever Patron of the Body Charity, which helps individuals with serious body image issues, is Patron of Derby Women’s Centre and Burton & South Derbyshire College, and Ambassador of Local Giving in Derby, which uses a web platform to support small local charities.
 
Oberoi has now turned her attentions to encouraging philanthropy within BME communities and in 2012 chaired the Diversity Action Group as part of the Government’s Giving Summit.
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Nick O’Donohoe

Nick O’Donohoe has been a driving force behind the development of the global impact investment market. He has volunteered his skills and knowledge and taken leadership roles in strategic organisations providing the vital infrastructure that will allow the industry to reach its huge potential.
 
In 2007, while Global Head of Research at J.P. Morgan Investment Bank, O’Donohoe was instrumental in creating its Social Finance Unit to provide capital and financial advice to the emerging impact investing market. In 2010 he led the team responsible for the J.P. Morgan/Rockefeller Foundation research publication “Impact Investments — An emerging asset class” — a report which stimulated significant growth in impact investment globally.
 
In 2011 he was appointed CEO of Big Society Capital, the world’s first social investment bank, created by the UK Government with £600 million of capital and a mandate to grow the UK social Investment market. O’Donohoe now sits on the Board of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), is a member of the Advisory Board of Bridges Ventures, and Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Social Innovation Council.
 
Impact investing offers access to new funds via the capital markets through blended investment vehicles. The Boston Consulting Group estimates the UK market could reach £1billion by 2016. O’Donohoe has been hugely influential in raising public awareness and confidence in the sector. He has been behind the development of impact investing as a recognised asset class, promoting education, capital markets methodologies, research and now directing investment capital into the sector.
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Michael Norton OBE

Michael Norton OBE started his career as a scientist, merchant banker and publisher before becoming a social activist.
 
He has spent more than 40 years supporting voluntary organisations, developing creative ideas for a better world, turning them into successful projects and encouraging others to go out and change the world.
 
Norton has founded more than 40 charitable organisations since 1966, when he created the first language education programme for non-English speaking immigrant children and their families, run entirely by volunteers.
 
In 1975 he set up the Directory of Social Change, now a leading provider of training and support to the non-profit sector. He established the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action (CIVA) in 1995, which has initiated a raft of projects worldwide, including: a banking system for street children in South Asia; village publishing and libraries in India; UnLtd, a foundation which makes awards to UK social entrepreneurs and is now spreading internationally; Youthbank, which engages young people as donors; and MyBnk, which encourages UK schoolchildren to set up and run microbanks to improve financial literacy. Norton’s most recent projects are www.buzzbnk.org — a ‘crowd-funding’ website for social ventures —and the International Centre for Social Franchising to help great ideas spread.
 
Norton’s legacy to the voluntary sector is legion, his CV a testament to creativity and collaboration. He has shared his knowledge and experience in several books, including Writing Better Fundraising Applications and 365 Ways to Change the World.
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Gordon Morrison

Gordon Morrison is a successful entrepreneur whose innovative spirit has transformed two childhood cancer charities. His approach to philanthropy is to achieve measurable impact, and is governed by his personal motto:
“If you can, you should”.

As Chairman of Sargent Cancer Care for Children he presided over the merger of Sargent and CLIC in 2004 to create the largest child cancer charity in the UK.

Following a 2006 visit to Bangladesh, Morrison discovered that 80% of child cancer cases occurred in developing countries but only 10% survive despite affordable treatments being available. Morrison resolved to focus on this neglected area of international child healthcare and co-founded World Child Cancer in 2007, a charity which improves diagnosis, treatment and care for children with cancer in low/middle income countries.

Morrison has led the creation of eight ‘twinning’ projects between healthcare professionals in developed and developing countries, tangibly improving cancer survival rates and palliative care provision for some of the world’s poorest children. In 2012 the charity has helped 5,000 children and provided training for 1,000 healthcare professionals.

Morrison’s personal financial support has leveraged donations from others and provided valuable funding in the charity’s early days. He is personally involved in fundraising activities, raising £70,000 in 2011 when he took part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

Morrison’s leadership and personal engagement have had a compelling impact on both UK and international child cancer charitable sectors.

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Jack Morris

 

Jack Morris is Chairman of the Business Design Centre Group; not surprising then the £3 million Islington Giving campaign he champions and supports is neatly designed so that its challenge is an integral part of its solution.

The extreme deprivation and extreme wealth that sit cheek by jowl in Islington are seen as a ‘geographic advantage’ by Islington Giving,which aims to engage the community in tackling the stubborn poverty that prevails.

Islington Giving is an innovative partnership between funders, local businesses and residents who give time and money to support the borough’s poorest residents. Since its launch in September 2010 it has raised over £1.8 million and supports more than 30 projects for young and old.

As Chair of the Appeal Committee, Morris freely gives his time to involve residents and businesses. As a result, the ‘BIG (Businesses for Islington Giving) Alliance’ was launched in September 2012 to develop the City’s corporate philanthropy in Islington. Chaired by Macquarie Group, its membership includes the Corporation of London, and companies such as Argent, Mitsubishi and Slaughter and May.

Morris, who also chairs the Morris Charitable Trust, hosts events, leads walking tours of Islington, visits projects, and acts as an advocate for the campaign with Government ministers and local politicians.

The Beacon Judges were particularly impressed by the replicability and scalability of this grassroots model that is proving inspirational and was featured in the government’s White Paper on Giving.

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Harvey McGrath

Philanthropy on a grander scale
 
Measurement, impact and scale underpin the philanthropy of Belfast-born international financier Harvey McGrath, whose gentle manner belies the meteoric career that has taken him from London to New York and back again in leading roles with Chase Manhattan Bank, Man Group and Prudential.
 
“Helping charities and third sector organisations do what they do better and do it on a grander scale,” is how McGrath describes his charitable work. This ambition that has led the winner of the 2013 City Philanthropy Beacon Award to use his money, time, business acumen and voice to build capacity within the sector, and help it understand and leverage its own success.
 
“It is an important and interesting way to support charities and social enterprises,” he says.
 
This ‘macro-philanthropic’ approach that concerns itself with performance, structure, behaviour, and decision-making has seen McGrath take up trusteeships and chairmanships in many strategic organisations, such as the East London Business Alliance, the London Development Agency, Heart of the City and London Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as well as a number of charities, working ‘upstream’ and often against the tide to bring about cultural change or pioneer new methods to address social need.
 
“It was through wearing my business hat that I became interested in supporting interventions that work, whether they be government or third sector organisations or a combination of both.”
 
Funding for impact
 
McGrath was an initial funder and trustee of New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), that delivers research-based efforts to charities and funders that seek to measure impact and effectiveness. “It sounds trite but the sector needs to know the difference it makes and how to measure that. Measurement means organisations can more easily access funding by being able to articulate the impact and difference they make.”
 
McGrath is pleased with the progress that has been made on the impact agenda: “Certainly in the last 5 years NPC has had a significant influence on the way people view charity, and their work has informed government, donors and perhaps most importantly charities themselves.”
 
Transformation is a recurring theme for McGrath and particularly that achieved through education, which is born of his own experience; McGrath secured a place at Cambridge, after being encouraged to apply by an inspirational teacher. “I had the benefit of a good education and that was very important to me. Quite a bit of what I do is about access to a good quality education.”
 
Since 2009, he has chaired the education charity The Prince's Teaching Institute (PTI) and been its principal donor, funding its programme that champions excellence and passion in subject based teaching.
 
The value of voice
 
McGrath also funds the widening participation department of his alma mater Cambridge University: ‘ I want to help to widen access to this special place to enable talented individuals from all backgrounds to share the Cambridge experience, and to help offset what I perceive as a dilution of the social diversity that I valued so much in my time here’ . His support includes funding summer residential schemes for school students and a range of other initiatives: “I have encouraged them to be a bit more radical about that by reaching down into the schools themselves.”
 
The softly-spoken Belfast man is not averse to using his voice on issues about which he feels passionate. “Not that we have a monopoly on wisdom, but simply put, what we are doing is trying to change the world and make it better and if we have an informed point of view and know there is a proven better way we have a responsibility to express an opinion.”
 
McGrath is currently involved in a multi-layered advocacy campaign to convince Northern Ireland’s government of the benefits of Integrated Education in developing ‘a civil society in a divided community’.
 
“Just the mere fact of growing up together in the same school engenders a much more balanced worldview and greater understanding among children and parents.” Parents must petition for integrated schools and governments will only take on those that have proved viable, so McGrath has provided start-up capital for several, alongside support for both a grassroots and policy level campaign in a bid to take integrated education mainstream.
 
“Progress is slow but there is traction. Only 8% of school age children are in integrated education but the situation is moving forward and both main parties, Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), who were indifferent or worse, are now engaging with the issue , and the First Minister Peter Robinson sees it as a key plank in creating a civil society.”
 
McGrath says advocacy, particularly in this arena, “is not always safe but the reality is that in many countries and in the UK, with many social issues and areas of need, the big elephant in the room is government and therefore influencing policy makers in government can be critically important”.
 
Having applied his resources to social need for more than 15 years, McGrath’s biggest learning he says is that “this stuff is not easy”.
 
“In a business world the measure of success is pretty straightforward. Measuring effectiveness and success and managing culture change within the third sector is more difficult.”
 
He says, and shows, the way to do it is to provide financial and non-financial support, helping impactful organisations to grow. “Sometimes a cheque is the most important thing, particularly if a charity has lost its funding stream, say as a result of government cuts. Then it is important to step in while they stabilise their finances. But just as important are the business skills, advice and insights one can provide.”
 
Rewards and returns
 
McGrath says developing charitable organisations and social enterprise solutions is “at least as rewarding as building a good business and probably more so. If you run a good business you help people stretch just as a good teacher helps youngsters mature and develop. There is something particularly rewarding and special about helping those who have real need.”
 
When drawn on the achievements of which he is particularly proud, McGrath hesitates for a moment: “it is invidious to choose” but names two charitable projects: Icould (www.icould.com), a careers advice and inspiration website which centres on the simple idea of people telling their warts-and-all career stories, that McGrath funds and chairs. “It now receives 100,000 hits a month and I am proud of what they have managed to achieve with limited resources.”
 
And on a completely different scale – quite literally – he highlights the ‘The Piano Man’ – Richard Merrick. McGrath tells the story: “Richard grew up somewhere west of Oxford. He was a very talented pianist but was not in a school or place where anyone recognised that talent till quite late – but nevertheless he did become a concert pianist. However he developed cancer and therefore couldn’t maintain the required practice so he taught. He opened a studio in the City, teaching lawyers and bankers and the like to play. But Richard had a desire to go back to state schools and find children who were talented and give them the coaching they needed to help them achieve their dreams. Piano ‘Man’ – because the Man Group was funding him– ran master classes, pulling in young pianists to whom we would offer scholarships. Many went on to Oxbridge and beyond.”
 
When McGrath retired from Man Group in 2007 and some years later they decided not to continue funding Richard, McGrath stepped in; the developmental nature of Piano Man’s work - finding and developing young talented pianists - clearly striking a chord with McGrath.
 
It’s the taking part that counts
 
McGrath is one of those philanthropists who puts the ‘do’ in ‘donor’ – he has no desire to set up a foundation. “Any surplus will be given in my lifetime. There is nothing wrong in leaving a legacy but I am more interested in the whole process of giving and being engaged with it.”
 
And he encourages others to do the same, highlighting of course the developmental benefits it brings. His advice for others, when asked, is: “Get involved. Anything you can do is great, both time and energy, as well as money; it is rewarding and helps develop an understanding of the world and opens up interesting networks.”
 
Bio
 
Harvey McGrath was Chairman of Prudential from January 2009-July 2012. He has a long and distinguished career in the international financial services industry, starting at Chase Manhattan Bank in London and New York. From 1980 to 2007 he worked for the Man Group, first as Treasurer, then Finance Director, then President of Man Inc. in New York before being appointed as Chief Executive of Man Group plc in London in 1990 and then Chairman in 2000. He retired from Man Group in 2007. He is the former Chairman of the London Development Agency, London First and the East London Business Alliance, and former Vice Chairman of the London Skills and Employment Board (2006-2011). In 2011, Harvey was appointed as Co-Chair of the new Board of the London Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Harvey is Chairman of Governors of Birkbeck College, Chairman of Heart of the City, The Prince’s Teaching Institute, and Icould and Trustee of a number of other charities. These include New Philanthropy Capital; the Royal Anniversary Trust which operates the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education; and Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB). He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Sutton Trust and the Centre for Social Justice.
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Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall, co-founder of one of the City’s leading hedge funds, is a radical educational reformer who has founded and supported a number of pioneering organisations to raise standards, spread excellence and create opportunities for children in disadvantaged communities.

Co-founder and trustee of global children’s charity ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) and Chairman of ARK Schools, established in 2004, Marshall is a driving force behind the focus on tackling economic and social disadvantage through quality education.

ARK now runs 18 academies, funded through a mix of City money and public money, with plans to rise to 50 academies in the next five years. It is one of England’s best performing academy networks, doubling and even trebling GCSE success rates in some schools.

ARK Schools have been the seedbed for many innovative initiatives, including The Future Leaders and Teaching Leaders programmes that train leaders for inner city schools. These are now national programmes which are having a demonstrable impact on student attainment in the 200 challenging schools in which they operate.

In India, ARK has pioneered the rollout of voucher schemes to enable the poorest children to access low cost private schools. In Uganda, 21,500 children will be educated at 10 new ARK-supported secondary schools over 10 years.

Marshall is also Chairman of the Management Committee of the independent think tank, Centreforum, which was relaunched with his support in 2006.

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Nick Ferguson CBE & Jane Ferguson

Nick and Jane Ferguson set their principal strategy to support families, young people and the elderly in Kintyre, Mid Argyll and the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll & Bute.
 
The Fergusons’ philanthropy, driven by a passion for the area, is deeply-committed and highly-informed. It is based on research they specially commission to ensure their funding is targeted at meeting genuine and greatest need.
 
Their philanthropy programme, The Kilfinan Trust, has invested £450,00 since 2006, providing long-term funding to local organisations working to tackle issues particular to this rural and isolated region, with its declining, yet increasingly elderly, population. It is an area with limited employment opportunities for young people. The Kilfinan Trust has supported the development and extension of projects providing employment skills to young people, scholarships for Argyll students to attend University, befriending services for the elderly, support for families and their children, and early intervention work.
 
The Fergusons have provided more than money, giving guidance, where relevant. They typically visit projects annually, participating in reviews to ensure that organisations operate efficiently and funds continue to be targeted in the best way.
 
The Fergusons have inspired others to follow their approach, holding ‘influencers dinners’ and participating in a promotional event to Scots in London at the House of Lords, attracting further philanthropic investment into Argyll & Bute.
 
Nick was awarded the CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours List for services to Philanthropy and Higher Education.
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Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett

Active, authoritative and ambassadorial, Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett is a philanthropy champion whose influence has been felt right across the philanthropy spectrum, from grassroots to policy level.

Following a 25-year City career in investment banking, he has dedicated the last 12 years to promoting and improving philanthropy in the UK.

Sir Tom’s passion for and commitment to the voluntary sector is evidenced by the myriad public service roles he has held since 2000. They include Chief Executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care until 2012, for which he received a knighthood; Chair of the independent 2010 Philanthropy Review, tasked with achieving a step-change in UK charitable giving; Trustee of The Kings Fund, and now Chair and Adjunct Professor of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London. Sir Tom has shown peers how and why getting involved with charities can be rewarding.

His personal giving has been passionately directed through his family trust — the Emily Hughes-Hallett Trust. He also believes in local grassroots giving and has a family fund administered by The Suffolk Community Foundation.

Sir Tom has demonstrated passion, knowledge, pragmatism and common sense and in so doing earned respect and admiration.

He has led by example and uses his influence to push the boundaries of philanthropy in all its forms. To that end, he was influential with others in successfully challenging the Government’s proposal on capping tax benefits related to charitable giving during 2012.

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Sir Vernon Ellis

Luck and fortune – a philanthropist’s tale
 
Twists of fate, circumstance and ‘being in the right place at the right time’ have taken Sir Vernon Ellis from hesitant donor to prize-winning cultural philanthropist and impresario over 20 years.
 
Sir Vernon, who this year was awarded a Beacon prize for his contribution to the arts, is wholly committed to sustaining the vitality of the UK cultural sector, investing time, money and even opening his home in support of opera and new musical talent.  
 
But he recalls a halting start to what is now a fulsome and literal philanthropic ‘career’ – Sir Vernon currently spends three days of his week in a ‘labour of love’ doing what he calls “the heavy lifting and a lot of travelling” as unpaid Chair of the UK’s international relations organisation The British Council.
 
“In the 90s when I was earning quite a lot of money as a senior partner at Accenture, giving away £1000 seemed an enormous amount of money. It just wasn’t a natural thing to do.”
 
Music joined the dots
 
It was Sir Vernon’s life-long love of music that helped him scale that particular hurdle as it led to him becoming closer to several musical organisations and chairing the boards of them. “It led to my giving to the causes and institutions I was close to and love, in a responsive and ad hoc way. And if you give like that you get involved in a virtuous circle in that the more you give, the more you get involved and the more interested you become, so the more you get used to it.
 
“You realise that giving away £1,000, £2,000, even £10,000 isn’t really too much of a problem and also realise you don’t fall by the wayside if you do.”
 
In 2001 there was “a significant switch” in his giving habits and philanthropic reach as a result of a particular series of events. Having chaired a small opera company and being involved in the ENO’s advisory board for contemporary opera and outreach programme, Sir Vernon was asked to sit on the main board of trustees.  “This was a fairly major step-up in my voluntary activities.”
 
Stepping up
 
Soon after, the ENO launched a major restoration appeal. Around £6m had been raised privately but they needed quickly to get to £11m in order to trigger public funds.
 
“Having received shares from the IPO of Accenture I committed £5m to bridge this gap. It wasn’t a calculated gift.  In fact it was very rash and I just occasionally realise the shares would now be worth four times that amount now. But there is no point worrying about that,” says Sir Vernon, musing on his rush to the breach, which led to the raising of the full £18m and the restoration of the Frank Matcham theatre to its Edwardian glory to become once again ‘the people’s palace of entertainment’.
 
“In another twist of fate, because the Accenture shares could not all be sold straightaway, I created a foundation which could act as a lock-up and subsequently be used as a pass-through. In a way this forced a step-up in my philosophy and approach to giving.”
 
Philanthropy comes home
 
Another life event in 2004/05 pushed philanthropy into yet another area of Sir Vernon’s life – his home. “It began a synergy in the way my life works.”  The acquisition of a new London apartment with an expansive drawing room lent itself to intimate concerts - 90 in the last year alone – which have over the years raised more than £300,000 in support of young and new performers and provided showcase and rehearsal opportunities for them.
 
“It is another way of getting closer to the organisations and individuals I support. Over time the interaction through giving to musical groups and getting to know them enables you to see at first hand the difference you are making.”
 
The joy of giving
 
Sir Vernon is clear about the rewards of philanthropy and is happy to acknowledge them. “I think we shouldn’t rely just on pure altruism or a pure sense of owing or needing to ‘give back’. Rather it is about joy. And as you get older you realise the joy you get in using your money in these areas is greater than the joy you get spending your money on luxuries. It’s more fun, more satisfying, more valuable to do so. There is a psychic return.”
Sir Vernon’s car is a ‘marque’ of this philosophy. “Each time I have replaced it I have chosen to downgrade. It just doesn’t seem that important to have a luxury car.”
 
In reflecting on how more people could be encouraged to give, a topic he became publicly involved with as part of the 2010 independent Philanthropy Review, he says: “I genuinely think most people in the wealthy category could significantly up their giving and not be noticeably worse off. A great challenge is to engage with those people and get them to see that not only is it almost an obligation to use your wealth to help others who need it but it is interesting and fulfilling.”
 
Charities also have a part to play he says. “While there is much more engagement between charities and donors today, one still finds charities who take their donors for granted. We don’t do it to get buckets of adulations we really don’t – a simple thank-you is enough. But there is a sense of being taken for granted if one is not thanked.”
 
A lifetime’s legacy
 
Sir Vernon’s giving has bled into every aspect of his life – even the gardens he is establishing at his country property in West Sussex are open to the public several times a year.
 
He is one of the UK’s leading supporters of the arts, with gifts now totalling more than £7m to around 70 arts organisations, nearly all musical, in recent years. He is very much part of the ‘giving while living’ cadre and has no desire to leave a huge estate or indeed to will fortunes to his children.  “Some have a strong desire to leave money to their children. I don’t and they know that and agree. I don’t think it does a lot of good to leave a large bequest.”
 
Sir Vernon’s philanthropic legacy is his contribution to music for which he was honoured in the 2011 New Year’s Honours. He owes it he says to “being in the right place at the right time, for which I feel very lucky.”
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Lloyd Dorfman CBE

Founder and Chairman of Travelex plc, Lloyd Dorfman has given unparalleled support to the National Theatre (NT) as a theatre enthusiast, corporate partner, board member and its largest donor.

The mutually fruitful relationship began in 2003 when Dorfman backed the ‘Travelex £10 Season’ offering subsidised tickets, which continues today. More than 1.2 million Travelex Season tickets have been sold since its launch. Each year an average of 28% of these tickets are purchased by first-time visitors, proof of the campaign’s success in attracting new and diverse audiences. It has become a blueprint for the power of private philanthropy and sponsorship of the arts.

In 2007, Dorfman joined the NT Board and plays a highly active role, bringing to bear his entrepreneurial knowledge and passion for theatre.

Dorfman has made a number of significant personal donations over the years. In October 2011, the Dorfman family foundation made a £10 million pledge in support of the ‘NT Future’ capital campaign, to create a world-class facility for theatre artists and audiences. In recognition of this ‘transformational’ gift — the largest in NT history — the Cottesloe Theatre will re-open as the Dorfman Theatre. Thirty thousand more people each year will be able to see shows in the newly-named Dorfman Theatre.

At a difficult time for arts funding, Dorfman is a prime example of how inspiring private philanthropy can make a measurable difference to the cultural life of the UK.

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Stephen Dawson OBE

When 10 years ago venture capitalist Stephen Dawson co-founded Impetus Trust to act as a “magnifying glass, focussing resources onto a charitable organisation for a finite period of time”, his long-term vision for this new ‘venture philanthropy’ model was “to drive change not only within the charity, but to inspire change across an entire sector or system”.

Venture philanthropy aims to accelerate the growth of selected charities and social enterprises by offering management support, specialist expertise and financial resources, for social, rather than financial, return.

Impetus Trust’s 10-year Impact Report, published in December 2012, confirms Dawson’s first ambitions for venture philanthropy are well on the way to being realised.

The report shows Impetus Trust’s portfolio of 16 charities and social enterprises that work to alleviate poverty has helped over 485,000 economically disadvantaged people to access education, skills and jobs. On average, the investee organisations have increased the number of people they help by 39% per annum and in 2011/12 they received more than £5 million worth of pro bono support and grants through Impetus. For every £1 Impetus invests it is able to leverage nearly £4 more.

The broader impact of Dawson’s pioneering approach however is that ‘venture philanthropy’ is now recognised and well-established, reportedly worth more than 1.5 billion Euros, and a European Association dedicated to the promotion of venture philanthropy is flourishing.

Dawson has since co-founded Jacana Venture Partnership, a pan-African private equity company that invests in entrepreneurial SMEs for blended return.

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Carol Colburn Grigor CBE

American-born former concert pianist Carol Colburn Grigor has been described as one of the most ‘significant, prolific, and dedicated’ philanthropists in the UK.

Her deep passion for the arts could be said to be in her genes; her music-loving businessman father, Richard D. Colburn, donated generously and strategically, though quietly, to classical music, particularly in Los Angeles.

Through the family-founded Dunard Fund, Grigor has provided tens of millions of pounds for a wide range of arts organisations including the Edinburgh International Festival, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Monteverdi Choir, Scottish Opera, Dunedin Consort, and the National Galleries of Scotland.

In particular her commitment to the work of the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) represents the most significant contribution of private support received from one source in its 65-year history; over £8m has been given in the last 15 years alone.

Grigor is a tireless critic of poor management in arts organisations and champions the creation of sustainable entities through the provision of multi-year financial support and advice on programming.
Such is the respect for her knowledge and ability in philanthropy, and in music and the arts, that Grigor’s support serves as a seal of approval for a recipient organisation, attracting other philanthropists to make further investments.

Grigor’s whole life is oriented around music philanthropy, and without it the UK’s cultural sector would be considerably poorer and less innovative.

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Sir Ronald Cohen

Sir Ronald Cohen has made a truly outstanding contribution to the emergence of the impact investment sector worldwide.

The co-founder and former Chairman of private equity firm Apax Partners has dedicated much of the last decade to his vision that entrepreneurship and market forces can be harnessed to address societal challenges more effectively and to support sustainable growth.

In 2000, Sir Ronald chaired the UK’s Social Investment Task Force (SIFT), whose recommendations to Government resulted in crucial milestones such as the creation of the Community Development Finance Association, the launch of Bridges Ventures, and the acceptance of mission-related investments as a viable approach for achieving the objects of charitable foundations.

In 2005 Sir Ronald chaired the Commission on Unclaimed Assets, which recommended the use of unclaimed assets to fund a social investment bank whose creation was recommended by the Social Investment Taskforce.
Since then, Sir Ronald has co-founded a number of other important impact investment organisations, including Social Finance UK, which pioneered social impact bonds; Social Finance USA and Big Society Capital, the world’s first social investment bank, which has been funded through £400 million of unclaimed assets and £200 million investment by Britain’s leading banks.

Having become increasingly involved in promoting peace in the Middle East by economic means, Sir Ronald co-founded The Portland Trust in 2003 to help develop the Palestinian private sector and to relieve poverty through social entrepreneurship in Israel, as drivers of moderation and peace in the region.

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Richard Bradbury, CBE

Former Chief Executive of River Island Richard Bradbury is pioneering in his philanthropy on two levels: firstly for the cause he has chosen to support and secondly for the innovative package he created to fund it.

In 2011, Scope (a charity focused on serving disabled individuals and their families) sought £1 million to build a unique supported living service for five young disabled people, all of whom faced an uncertain future. Owing to a severe lack of suitable independent living accommodation, around 95% of disabled young adults with complex needs are offered inappropriate placements, some even in nursing homes for older people or hospices, where physical needs take priority over education, training and independence.

Bradbury worked with Scope to develop a layered financing structure to raise the capital for the building project. Bradbury made a generous gross donation of £400,000 with an innovative £200,000 interest-free loan over a 10-year period. Thanks to Bradbury’s support and advice, Scope was able to take out a £200,000 mortgage, leaving only £200,000 to raise in donations from other sources.

Thanks to Bradbury’s pioneering approach, Scope was able to secure all the funding to proceed within a six-month period. The new ‘Ashurst’ service, the first of its kind in the UK, opened in September 2012. Residents are now able to fulfil their own ambitions and be self-determined.

Bradbury’s pioneering creative philanthropy is an inspiration to philanthropists to use their resources to create greater leverage.
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Harris Bokhari

In a dismal climate for charitable fundraising, Harris Bokhari is living proof that with the right strategies, professionalism and an understanding of what donors need, it is possible to achieve outstanding fundraising success.Bokhari has raised more than £750,000 in the last 12 months for various charities, totally voluntarily.

He helped to establish the Better Community Business Network that brings together local groups of Asian business people to network for business while raising funds for their neighbourhood charities. At its inaugural fundraising event it raised £209,000 in one night. A year later the event raised a further £173,000, despite the challenging economic climate.

Bokhari has raised significant funds by connecting minority community organisations with fundraisers. For example, he was invited to become an associate director for the Pakistan Recovery Fund, founded by HRH Prince of Wales. Despite political sensitivities, Bokhari raised more than half of the £300,000 target.

Bokhari helped raise £225,000 in six months through the creation of a patron scheme for Mosaic — a mentoring charity established by HRH Prince of Wales in 2007. This has fundamentally changed the way Mosaic raises funds and has forged deeper relations with its significant donors. He now sits on the Mosaic national advisory board.

Bokhari has achieved more than fundraising success. He has helped many wealthy Asian people overcome a lack of trust in the mainstream charitable sector and is encouraging giving beyond the traditions of giving to family and historical home.

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Beacon Awards 2013

At the 8th Beacon Awards for Philanthropy held on 6th February at Mansion House, London the Beacon Fellowship named 33 of the most prestigious philanthropists in the UK as Beacon Fellows for 2013.

The Awards, sponsored by J.P. Morgan Private Bank and supported by the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust and Pears Foundation, celebrate outstanding philanthropic achievement made by individuals, families and small groups of individuals working collaboratively across seven distinct Beacon categories. They highlight key trends in philanthropic giving and pioneering developments including the growing focus for donations of money, along with time, talents and social capital to support future generations and local initiatives in the UK.

Collectively, the 33 Beacon Fellows have donated £100million to philanthropic causes, across a mix of local and global organisations, large institutions and grassroots charities. Causes supported include those with a strong focus on community and social issues, such as poverty and social inequality, as supported by The Volant Charitable Trust founded by J.K. Rowling, who is also commended² as a Special Award Beacon Fellow for sustained contribution to society. In addition, the 2013 Beacon Fellows have helped to reinvent philanthropy for the modern age - establishing new income generation mechanisms, philanthropic models, funding vehicles and giving platforms, with the aim of providing generations to come with a better future.

Tracey Reddings, Head of UK Private Wealth Management at J.P. Morgan Private Bank added: “The philanthropists that have been recognised across a range of categories have made a significant difference to good causes around the world, as well as those close to home. It is encouraging to see the positive impact donations have made in a period when the UK economy and individuals have been hit by recession, as well as the considerable time and effort being put into making a sustainable difference or significant impact towards such charitable projects. We hope that this year’s Beacon Fellows will promote the fulfillment that philanthropy can bring, and inspire others to start their own philanthropic journey to create legacy for generations to come.

The Beacon Fellows were selected following a stringent judging process by a panel comprising of some of the leading philanthropists, philanthropy practitioners and advisors in the UK, who whittled down a list of initial nominations made in October. The awards celebrate philanthropists who have set the standards of best practice in philanthropy and whose work in this field has made a sustainable difference, a significant impact, or work to inspire future generations.

For the first time this year, an Award for ‘City Philanthropy’ has been introduced, sponsored by the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust. Commenting on the Award, Alderman Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of the City of London, said: “Centuries of philanthropic practice and understanding of the value of endowed capital have ensured the UK has very well-established and effective charity and tax law - making London a global centre for managing international philanthropic funds. By celebrating and showcasing exceptional examples of social investment and charitable support, we can inspire others and maximise the impact of philanthropic giving.”

Commenting on receiving the Judges’ Special Award, J.K. Rowling OBE and Founder of The Volant Charitable Trust noted: Being recognised by The Beacon Fellowship means a great deal to me; it validates the work we are doing at The Volant Charitable Trust while recognising the value of giving in a thoughtful and intelligent manner, both of which we strive to do.

“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.”

For profiles of the 2013 Fellows please visit the fellows section of the website. The full list of fellows is:

Beacon Award for City Philanthropy
Harvey McGrath
John Stone
2011/12 Young Philanthropy Syndicate Founders (Michael Harris, Adam Pike, Sam Cohen, Alex Dwek, Alex Gardner, Paul Gorrie, Niccolo Manzoni, Jack Prevezer, Conor Quinn)

Beacon Award for Targeted Philanthropy
Paul Marshall
Gordon Morrison

The Beacon Award for Philanthropy Advocate
Angila Chada & Michael McKibbin
Harris Bokhari
Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett
Kavita Oberoi

Beacon Award for Place-Based Philanthropy
Nick Ferguson CBE & Jane Ferguson
Jack Morris OBE

The Beacon Award for Cultural Philanthropy
Carol Colburn Grigor CBE
Lloyd Dorfman CBE
Sir Vernon Ellis

The Beacon Award for Impact Investment
Sir Ronald Cohen
Nick O’Donohoe
John Pontin OBE & Wendy Stephenson

Beacon Award for Pioneering Philanthropy
Richard Bradbury CBE
Stephen Dawson OBE
Michael Norton OBE
Marcelle Speller OBE

Four Special awards were made by board of judges to the following, commended for demonstrating the highest standards of philanthropy in the UK today
Sir Vernon Ellis
Harvey McGrath
J.K. Rowling OBE
John Stone

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Beacon Awards 2010

Held in the splendour of the Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London and hosted by Martyn Lewis CBE, the Beacon Awards 2010 recognised some great philanthropic achievements.

Beacon Fellows 2010

Geordie Greig
Angus MacDonald OBE and
Michie  MacDonald
Dr James  Partridge  OBE
Sir Alec Reed CBE
Benita Refson OBE
Clive Staffford-Smith  OBE
Jane Tewson CBE
John TImpson CBE and Alex TImpson MBE
Robert Wilson
William S White

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Beacon Chair, Gay Huey Evans

Message from our Chair

The Beacon Awards celebrate giving by individuals whose philanthropy has achieved an impact that needs to be more widely shared.

Modern philanthropy is developing in new and exciting ways, providing support for an array of causes, activities and needs and often using non-traditional and innovative approaches. It is no longer the preserve of an older generation as more and more young people are becoming involved.  

The growth of social enterprise, where social aims take precedence over financial returns, is just one example of the change that is taking place. There is now  greater awareness of the importance of measuring the impact of the philanthropic gift, as well as understanding the relationship between donor and recipient.  

We are confident that the awards will generate a strong pool of nominees whose philanthropic practice will act as a Beacon for others to follow,  and are delighted that J.P. Morgan is joining us as principal sponsor, with City Bridge Trust and Pears Foundation providing additional support. 

I would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity and commitment to the Beacon ideals of celebrating and promoting philanthropy.

Gay Huey Evans
Chair, Beacon Awards