2010's Philanthropy Reception

Wales’ first Philanthropy Week launched

Monday 14th November sees the launch of Wales’ first ever national Philanthropy Week.

The week of events has been organised by the Community Foundation in Wales as part of its ambition to show the value and impact of philanthropy in strengthening local communities throughout Wales.

Liza Kellett, the Chief Executive of the Community Foundation in Wales, explained, “Sandwiched between Remembrance Day and the annual Children in Need appeal, Philanthropy Week celebrates and promotes charitable giving in Wales. At our Foundation, we invested £1.7 million this year in 239 charities across Wales on behalf of individuals, businesses and trusts. And we know the impact that this has on local projects and communities. As well as providing philanthropy services to our clients, we increasingly see our role as promoting philanthropy more broadly, and this week sees the launch of several initiatives exploring different kinds of giving, celebrating philanthropists and showing people the impact of charitable donations. Events, including seminars, symposia and workshops, have been designed to inspire and celebrate philanthropy in Wales.

One of the events is ‘speed dating for donors’ which will see a small selection of Welsh charities showcasing their achievements and what they can offer, to a group of people with money to give - which ties in with the Foundation’s aim of connecting donors with do-ers. The week will include several Welsh launches: of localgiving.com, a fundraising and website tool to help community groups and charities raise their profile and funds; a Philanthropy Wales website; the Surviving Winter Wales campaign to encourage donations to support older and vulnerable people suffering from fuel poverty this Winter; and Coutts’ publication ‘Inspiring Local Philanthropy – making a difference in local communities’. In addition to discussions about the role of Venture Philanthropy and a workshop with students about the value of bursaries, the Foundation is holding events for philanthropists and clients, showing how giving can make an impact, deliver business objectives, and be fun!

Liza added: “We’re particularly pleased with the warm feedback and interest shown by so many businesses and organisations in the concept of a Welsh Philanthropy Week. This has proven to us, and all of those working in the sector, that there is a real interest and appetite for a national week celebrating and learning about philanthropy in Wales. Philanthropy Week is supported by Rathbones, ACCA Cymru, Capital Law, Cheviot, Geldards, the Centre for Business and Coutts.

James Fox, Investment Director at Rathbones, which is supporting the Annual Philanthropy Reception again this year, congratulated the Foundation on its achievements and ambitions for the week, adding, “The Community Foundation in Wales is truly living up to its ambition to become the place for philanthropy in Wales - and to its purpose of ‘connecting people who care with causes that matter.’ James is pictured (far right) at last year’s reception with the Foundation’s Chairman, Deputy Leader of Cardiff Council, and the UK’s founding Ambassador for Philanthropy.

Download the programme of events here.