A £1.2m project to map global philanthropy and produce recommendations on how it can tackle poverty has been launched this week.
The project, known as the Bellagio Initiative, is being led by the Institute of Development Studies, a charity for international development research based at the University of Sussex, and the Resource Alliance, which builds the fundraising capacity of charities.
The US-based Rockefeller Foundation has provided $2m (£1.2m) of funding.
A statement from the organisations involved said philanthropic giving had become increasingly important in the fight to eradicate poverty, and that its value had more than doubled in the past 10 years.
Academics, activists and employees at foundations and NGOs will discuss the key issues at a series of events in September and October in the UK, Cairo and Bangkok.
A global summit will then take place in Italy in November before a final report is published, which will make recommendations on how philanthropy should tackle global poverty.
Neelam Makhijani, chief executive of the Resource Alliance, said she hoped the initiative would "lead to constructive action in the years to come".