More, better, together: A strategic review of giving in London


This report has been a long time in the making and we have incurred many debts in the process. We are particularly grateful to City Bridge Trust, who provided us with an initial scoping grant and, above all, Sir Harvey McGrath, who has supported this project from its inception. We are also grateful to all the members of the project’s advisory board: James Banks, Matthew Bowcock, Cheryl Chapman, Laura Cordingley, Dan Corry, Rosie Ferguson, Jenny Field, Peter Lewis, Bharat Mehta, Fiona Rawes and Sonal Shah.

We would like to thank all those who participated in, and contributed to, the research. Particular thanks go to Victoria Boelman, who led on the scoping study, Maeve Glenny and Ellie Harres, who helped in the initial stages of our research, James Bowles, from the University of Birmingham’s Third Sector Research Centre, for his analysis of the changes in charity numbers across the capital and to sector bodies, NCVO, Directory of Social Change, and New Philanthropy Capital, for their provision of key datasets, and wider guidance and
support. We are also indebted to our interviewees drawn from across London’s philanthropic landscape, including Paul Amadi, Mark Astarita, Geoff Burnand, Phil Caroe, Daniel Chapman, Karen Chilman, Andrea Coleman, Russell Delew, Katherine Duerden, Jake Ferguson, Cameron Fitzwilliam, David Floyd, Chris Gourlay, Dan Gregory, Patricia Hamzahee, Jamie Hartzell, David Kane, Ben Jupp, Charles Leadbeater, Sara Masters, Jenny North, Ian Parkes, Matthew Patten, Stephen Peel, Sir Stephen O’Brien, Francis Salway, Ed Tait, Javed Thomas, Cath Tillotson, Tracy Walsh, David Warner and Tim Wilson. Without their generous giving of knowledge, insight and time we wouldn’t have a report.

Finally, thanks to Demos for lending Peter Harrison- Evans to co-research and write this report. The views expressed in it, however, are solely those of the authors, and any errors or omissions remain entirely our own.