Funding from UK government to promote charitable giving

Philanthropy UK has received key strategic funding from the UK Government’s Volunteering and Charitable Giving Unit (VCGU). The three-year funding, which began in April 2006, will be used to bolster Philanthropy UK’s existing products and services and to conduct a sector-wide consultation to determine the nature of support individual philanthropists need.

The roughly £370,000 grant is part of a new strategic funding stream from government for philanthropy support organizations. The Association of Charitable Foundations (on behalf of Philanthropy UK) and four other organizations received approximately £3 million in multi-year, core funding. The other recipients are the Beacon Fellowship, the Citizenship Foundation, Community Foundation Network and the Institute of Fundraising. According to the VCGU, they were chosen on the basis of ‘a demonstration of their ability to contribute to the national debate on charitable giving and a proven track record in this area’. The funds will be used to support these organizations in developing and delivering programmes to encourage more charitable giving and to work with the UK Government’s Home Office on the development and implementation of policy initiatives.

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