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Welcome to the Giving Thought Podcast, a bi-weekly exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society from the Charities Aid Foundation’s in-house think-tank, Giving Thought.

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Jun 30, 2020

In this episode we talk to Matthew Bowcock and Cath Dovey, founders of the Beacon Collaborative, about developing the UK’s culture of philanthropy both pre- and post-Covid. Including

  • What is the Beacon Collaborative?
  • What was the UK culture of philanthropy like pre-Covid?
  • How does this perhaps differ from the culture in other countries (e.g. the US?)
  • What do we know about the barriers that prevent more wealthy people giving?
  • What has the response from wealthy philanthropists to the Covid-19 crisis been like?
  • How have attitudes to collaboration among philanthropists and funders changed as a result of the current context?
  • How do we balance the emphasis on centralisation/coordination of philanthropy necessitated by the crisis with the choice and freedom that is likely to motivate donors over the longer term?
  • Why are many donors moving from restricted to unrestricted funding right now? Is this going to herald a longer-term shift?
  • Should we expect anything in philanthropy to change fundamentally as a result of what we are going through? If so, what?
  • Are we likely to see a more positive or more negative narrative about philanthropy post-Covid?



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