Family Foundation Giving Trends 2011 is the fourth in a series of reports
updating and tracking annual trends in the giving of the largest 100 UK family
foundations, and comparing them with the US.
The 2011 edition focuses particularly on illustrating the hugely diverse and
individual ways in which today's philanthropists become involved in giving. For
the purposes of the research, family foundations in the UK and US are defined
as independent registered charitable trusts funded originally through family
wealth, whether or not the founding family is still represented on the
governing board. Philanthropic family foundations continue to be an important
part of modern society. Founded partly by the successful entrepreneurs of an
era of expanding global markets and capital flows, numerous large new
foundations have emerged, including the Waterloo Trust, set up by owners of
Admiral Insurance; the Volant Trust, set up by J K Rowling; the Foyle
Foundation; the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation; the Hunter Foundation; and
the Children's Investment Fund Foundation.
This 2011 report features eight case studies that explore the routes through
which individuals and their families become philanthropists, creating
foundations to address social issues in the UK and abroad. The aim behind
presenting these examples is to encourage others to think about the individual
steps they could take towards greater involvement in philanthropy.
The full report is available for download at the link below.