In the world of charitable giving it seems all too true that those who shout the loudest do the best. The charity sector is like an iceberg, with a handful of large charities above the water being able to pull in significant donations thanks to branding, advertising, street campaigns and the like. The majority of charities, below the waterline, often struggle on a daily basis to make ends meet, and perhaps especially so in today’s climate when even the wealthy are holding back from giving.
To try to address this imbalance between big league charities and the vast bulk of smaller organisations , which are often engaged in equally vital work but are relatively unknown to the general public, we use New Philanthropy Capital - itself a charitable organisation - to assist those wishing to put together a giving strategy that is tailored to their particular areas of interest. NPC’s expertise and research allows donors to focus on very precise areas of need, rather than simply donating to a few well-known ‘blue chip’ charities.
Many donors, particularly those in business, find it very important to know exactly how their funds might be used, how effective the charities are and how much of their money will end up going to good causes rather than to the charities’ overheads. NPC provides research and impact assessments that allow potential donors to be clear about the effectiveness and efficiency of any funds they choose to donate.
You can visit NPC’s website, which contains a wealth of fascinating information, reports and data, here
In this section we feature two charities that are close to Fiduciary Partners and which we would be delighted if you were to donate to.
Our client, actor Sarah Parish, tragically lost her daughter Ella-Jayne in 2009 aged eight months. Many reading this might have read about her sad loss in the press.
Behind the scenes, Sarah and her husband, James, have been raising funds for ‘Friends of PICU’, a charity associated with the Southampton Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the team from which made it possible for Ella-Jayne to come home and enjoy life with her parents before she passed away. Sarah & James are Patrons of Friends of PICU (Registered Charity no 1116880), and the aim at present is to raise enough to fund the work of a psychologist within the unit for the first three years. They are well on the way to their £100,000 target but would be delighted with any donations you would be happy to make.
You can donate by going to Ella-Jayne’s JustGiving page here
We have been associated professionally with Richard House Children’s Hospice, London’s first Children’s Hospice, since 2003. Richard House provides a vital service for life-limited children in East London and we are proud to be associated with the charity. You can read all about their work by visiting their website here, log on to their Twitter feed at @richardhousech or visit their Facebook page.
Our relationship has gone beyond the professional from time to time. As an example, Andrew’s son, Seb, then aged 15, raised over £2,500 for the charity, trekking through Tibet with the aim of reaching Camp 2 on the north face of Everest with a group from St Paul’s School. Heavy snowfall and treacherous conditions meant that Camp 1 became the limit of their expedition, but it was a great achievement nonetheless.
Your kind donations will help their great work to continue. You can make a one-off donation or support Richard House in other ways by clicking here.
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