Today we launch our 1 Per Cent Campaign. We will be partnering with a number of charities and organisations who can offer our readers, the 1 Per Cent and those who work with them, imaginative and significant ways in which to help the less fortunate.
THROUGHOUT 2012, WE will be introducing our partner charities and organisations who, we hope, can inspire our readers to give time, expertise and money to a cause they feel a connection with. Whether they are high-net-worth individuals who have built their own fortunes or professionals who work with the wealthy in an advisory capacity, Spear’s readers have all the resources to be able to engage in meaningful, sustainable philanthropy. We are excited to present them with ways in which they can do this across a spectrum of good causes.
1. That not just money but also time and expertise can be given philanthropically.
2. That in the current period of austerity, the need for people to give is even greater.
3. That government funding cuts to the third sector are undermining charities’ ability to do their work; the time, expertise and money of successful individuals are therefore crucial to the sector’s continuity.
4. That Spear’s readers — wealthy, creative and entrepreneurial — have the resources to make a difference through their philanthropy.
Soldier On!, a charity started four years ago by ex-headhunter Nicholas Harrison, aims to ease the transition between life in the armed forces and life back at home for those who been discharged from service on medical grounds.
One of Absolute Return for Kids’ (ARK) main targets has always been education in the UK; now, they are on the brink of a pioneering expansion into Africa.
By supplying children whose talents have been neglected by state education with the skills they need to compete with privately educated kids for university places, internships and jobs, Debate Mate hopes to increase social mobility.
Greg Martin, director of the Durand Academy and the Durand Education Trust, has transformed a cavernous Victorian building in Stockwell into a self-financing, high-performing primary school and is now opening a secondary school. Spear’s readers can play a part in this remarkable project.
Set up by Stephen Dawson and Nat Sloane in 2002, venture philanthropy organisation Impetus is driven by a clear vision: to break the self-reinforcing cycle of poverty responsible for so much social unrest in the UK.
Big Issue Foundation
Wealth-management houses, private banks and law firms can give vendors — those who have the self-motivation to drag themselves out of poverty and hardship but lack the opportunities — the opening they need to rebuild lives broken by personal crises.
Spear’s readers can help emerging writers to enjoy access to the London library, developing his or her work and benefiting from the connections that London Library membership brings.
The Arts Foundation
The Arts Foundation offers five £10,000 awards per year to artists working in different art forms; the next awards are to be given in still-life photography, costume and set design, opera composition and composition for musicals.
‘We are doing a great deal in government to encourage more philanthropy, but this would of course be fruitless without the generosity of individuals who are prepared to support causes that they feel passionately about. Giving money is important, but offering time, expertise, advice and opportunities can be equally valuable.
‘I would urge anyone who feels ready to give something back to think carefully about who they want to support, spend some time getting to know an organisation and consider making a long-term commitment of support. Offering help of any kind can be enormously rewarding and gratifying, and I thoroughly applaud Spear’s for encouraging its readers to help those who are less advantaged with the launch of the 1 Per Cent Campaign.’
Ed Vaizey MP, minister for Culture
‘Philanthropy, through the giving of time and money, has a vital role to play in tackling social problems in these difficult economic times. Spear’s 1 Per Cent Campaign gets all of us to think about the opportunities for making a difference and what we each have to offer.’
Michael Green, author of Philanthrocapitalism
‘Philanthropy is never more important than in this year of austerity. Congratulations to Spear’s on its moral leadership in launching the 1 Per Cent Campaign to encourage private donors to give their resources in ways that appeal to each individual, and so reach out to meet societal needs and make a real difference in material terms. Such generosity gives its return in personal wellbeing.’
Dame Stephanie Shirley, National ambassador for philanthropy 2009-10
OUR LEGAL PARTNER<br />
Spear’s is very pleased that Withers, winner of the Spear’s Law Firm of the Year Awards 2011, will be our legal partner for the 1 Per Cent Campaign. Clive Cutbill, consultant and head of Philanthropy, will answer your questions (for free!) on matters from foundations to the tax implications of giving in a new ‘Ask the Expert’ column — email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Spear’s and Withers have produced a Guide to Giving – download it here.