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Family Foundation Giving Trends 2011

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.

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