Aug 3, 2021
In this episode we talk to Stelio Stefanou OBE, philanthropist
and Founder of the For Baby’s Sake Trust (FBST) - a charity which
focuses on working with parents to address the impact of domestic
violence on the early years development of children. In a
wide-ranging conversation, we discussed:
- Is “philanthropist” a helpful or unhelpful word?
- How does a business background shape approaches to
- Why is it important to recognise that success in business
doesn’t automatically equate to expertise about social issues or
the work of charities?
- Why is an evidence base so crucial to the work of FBST? How has
the organisation worked with academics to build that evidence
- How important is it that philanthropy looks beyond addressing
symptoms and tries to address underlying causes?
- Are there challenges to combining advocacy with direct
provision of services, or do the two naturally go
- How has the pandemic affected the work of FBST?
- What, if anything, is the USP of philanthropy in relation to
the public or private sector?
- Does the ability of philanthropy to work over a longer time
horizon make it better suited to supporting early
- Do you see yourself as having any responsibility to encourage
other wealthy people to give, or is giving entirely down to
- Should philanthropists see themselves as having any
responsibility to encourage other wealthy people to give, or is
giving entirely down to personal choice?
- Is there a danger that the growing wave of scepticism, and even
cynicism towards philanthropy, will have a negative impact on
people’s willingness to give?
- Des fear of “failure” hold some wealthy people back from
engaging in philanthropy? How should we understand failure in
philanthropy (and how is this different to failure in the public or