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Paul Ramsbottom

Book review Paul Ramsbottom 2 September 2023

Review: From Charity to Change: Inside the World of Canadian Foundations

The model of the charitable foundation is increasingly under criticism. ‘Wealth draws envy and philanthropy draws suspicion’ is one of Hilary Pearson’s many punchy phrases. Her book about the world of Canadian foundations is a …

Book review Paul Ramsbottom 4 September 2018

‘A Better World is Possible: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and social progress’ by Georgina Ferry

Reviewed by Paul Ramsbottom It remains relatively rare for histories of foundations to be written. This is a shame. When (as with this book) they are well told, they tend to be colourful stories that …

Opinion Paul Ramsbottom 30 May 2017

Foundations should be more transparent but payouts are not the answer

The issue of mandatory payout for UK foundations is re-emerging as a hot topic of debate. The suggestion of enforcing a blanket minimum payout (generally drawing from North American models and arbitrarily taking 5 per …

Special feature Paul Ramsbottom 7 March 2017

Why history matters to philanthropy practitioners  

Like all social phenomena, philanthropy cannot be fully understood without some degree of historical context. Few would disagree with that statement – particularly in an organization that since 1972 has run the UK’s foremost prize …