Philanthropy Review group assesses ideas for increased giving

New group is chaired by Thomas Hughes-Hallett of Marie Curie Cancer Care and includes the NCVO's Sir Stuart Etherington and the ENO's Sir Vernon Ellis

Thomas Hughes-Hallett, chief executive, Marie Curie Cancer Care
Thomas Hughes-Hallett, chief executive, Marie Curie Cancer Care

Lifetime legacies, charity bank accounts and giving circles are some of the main incentives for giving that are being considered by a new group set up to review philanthropy in Britain.

Rowena Lewis, project lead of the Philanthropy Review, which was launched last month and will make recommendations on giving, told Third Sector that the board had been finalised and had started meeting to discuss ideas.

The board will be chaired by Thomas Hughes-Hallett, chief executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care, and includes Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and Sir Vernon Ellis, chair of the English National Opera.

Lewis said the board would meet once a month and planned to publish a report on its findings in the next six months. She said it would put together a response to the recently published Giving Green Paper.

"But we want to engage people in a conversation along the way," she said. "We want it to be part of an ongoing discussion."

She said the discussions have so far focused on increasing the number of giving circles (groups where people discuss giving), lifetime legacies, which allow donors to give assets to charities but retain the right to benefit from them during their lifetime, and charity bank accounts.

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