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November 10, 2009

WBrief: Philanthropy now going direct

By Spear's

More philanthropic donations are being made directly to projects, as research by UK private bank Coutts & Co reveals shifts in giving.

More philanthropic donations are being made directly to projects, as research by UK private bank Coutts & Co reveals shifts in giving.

The Million Pound Donors Report, the second by Coutts in association with the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, tracked the quantity, size and destination of charitable donations worth £1 million or more in the UK during 2007/08.

Although the total value of donations worth over £1 million has dropped by 13 per cent – from £1.618 billion in 2006/07 to £1.405 billion in 2007/08 – the amount made available for direct spending on charitable recipients increased by over £100 million, from £705 million in 2006/07 to £808 million in 2007/08.

“Not only does this report demonstrate that UK philanthropy is far more resilient than many people have suggested, it is heartening to see that major philanthropists have reacted to the economic crisis by ensuring that more funds are being spent on front-line charitable activity rather than being put away in charitable foundations to be spent at some point in the future,” said Beth Breeze, author of the report and researcher at the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy, Humanitarianism and Social Justice at the University of  Kent.

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