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What is Why Philanthropy Matters?

Why Philanthropy Matters is a space for exploring philanthropy: what it is, how it works and why it affects all our lives.

Across a wide range of outputs and activities, we draw on deep knowledge of history – as well as current issues and trends – to put philanthropy in its proper context and help us all understand where it has come from, what it looks like today and where it might be going in the future.

Why is this needed?

Philanthropy has long played a vital role in shaping the societies we live in – yet it is still poorly understood. Most of the time it is written off as a niche issue that is only of interest to specialists. And when it does come to mainstream attention, informed debate is all too often drowned out by simplistic polemic that doesn’t reflect the nuance and complexity of the issues.

Why Philanthropy Matters aims to address this challenge by providing expert insight and commentary and curating conversations on philanthropy that are outward-looking, global in perspective, grounded in experience, and informed by history. We want to help improve understanding and debate about what philanthropy is, how it works and why it matters to all of us.

Who is it for?

Our aim is to make philanthropy issues engaging and accessible for as many people as possible. We will never talk down to you, but we also won’t drown you with sector jargon or assume that you already know (or care) about the topics we discuss. We see it as our job to bring the discussion to where the audience is, rather than waiting for you to come to us.

We regularly produce in-depth articles, shorter snapshot blogs, podcasts, video updates and more, so sign up for regular updates on our work and what is going on in the world of philanthropy.

Whether you are a self-confessed philanthropoid, or someone who has never given philanthropy the first thought, we will do our best to provide you with insight and food for thought!


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.