Philanthropy Review to publish 'call to action'

Sector-led inquiry will ask for for measures that make it easier for people to give, encourage giving and help giving become a social norm

Thomas Hughes-Hallett, chair of the review
Thomas Hughes-Hallett, chair of the review

The Philanthropy Review, a sector-led inquiry into giving and philanthropy, will this afternoon call for measures that it claims would lead to an extra £2bn being donated to charity by 2015.

The inquiry will publish a "call to action' for business leaders, philanthropists and the government to help to make it easier for people to give, encourage giving and make giving a social norm.

Measures on its list will include asking high-street banks and building societies to offer charity bank accounts to their clients, simplifying tax incentives and establishing 'giving' education in every school, supported through match funding.

It will also call for the introduction of lifetime legacies, which allow donors to give assets to charities but retain the right to benefit from them during their lifetimes, and for the launch later this year of a national campaign to celebrate giving and encourage people to give more.

Thomas Hughes-Hallett, chair of the review and chief executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care, said the group was particularly keen to see more giving by those who could afford it.

"These are just a few of the ways to bring about a step change in giving and achieve the cultural shift that is needed," he said.

"This review is timely. Government has already demonstrated a real commitment to supporting a growth in the culture of giving with the measures it announced in the Budget earlier this year, and which were followed up in May by the Giving White Paper. But there is much more to be done – our report is a call to action to ensure that more people give and people give more."

Matthew Bowcock, a member of the review's board and chair of the Community Foundation Network, said the impact of philanthropy was greater than simply a monetary value.

"The multiplier effect of millions of people making the same choice to give can and will lead to dramatic improvements in society," he said.

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