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How we are funded

Funding for the initial development and core costs of Why Philanthropy Matters has come from a generous grant from Pears Foundation, who share our mission of improving understanding of philanthropy and developing a better culture of giving in the UK.

As Why Philanthropy Matters develops, we plan to explore new ways to make our work sustainable. This is likely to include a mixture of unrestricted funding, support for specific projects, and paid for services. But whatever that future mix looks like, we will always be clear about where the money that supports our work comes from, as one of our core beliefs is that openness and transparency is a vital part of ensuring philanthropy’s legitimacy and license to operate.

Learn from our past to better understand our future.

Philanthropy has a long and varied history. We’ve created bite-size chapters that you can jump in and out of to better understand philanthropy.