FUNDRAISING NEWS: WHY I GIVE - Lord Joffe, chair of the Giving Campaign

Lord Joffe is chair of the Giving Campaign. He was a lawyer for Nelson Mandela during his apartheid trial. He moved to the UK, set up Allied Dunbar and spent 18 years as a trustee for Oxfam.

Which charitable causes do you give money to and how much? I generally support charities that operate in the developing world, where I believe the need is greatest. Almost all of those donations go through my family trust, the Joffe Charitable Trust, which donates around £400,000-£500,000 to good causes each year.

Approximately how much time do you give per year? Probably about two to three days per week. I am quite heavily involved as chair of The Giving Campaign and Management Accounting for Non-governmental Organisations (known as Mango), which uses professional accountants to help overseas aid projects. I'm also a trustee for other charities, including the Canon Collins Educational Trust for Southern Africa.

What qualities do you bring to charities? I have provided legal aid and other support to the voluntary sector since graduation. Having worked in the legal and financial sector in South Africa and the UK for many years, I hope I bring professional experience and a real understanding of the vital role that charities play in society.

Do you support other causes? My key concerns are the alleviation of poverty and human rights.

Do you think people give enough to charity? Most people give, but could give more. Can you afford to live on 99 per cent of your income?

Do you consider new approaches to help other organisations? I occasionally get involved with new initiatives and make grants through the trust. A letter is the best approach, so long as the cause is related to my primary concerns.

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