CASE STUDIES

Philanthropy is driven by people’s passions, values, interests or concerns. These inspiring interviews with philanthropists and charities illustrate donors' motivations for philanthropy and the causes they choose to focus on.

 

  • Lloyd Dorfman CBE

    • United Kingdom
    • Donor
    • Interviewed in 2016
    Lloyd Dorfman CBE is a British entrepreneur who founded Travelex in 1976, which became the world's largest retail currency exchange business. After an agreement was reached to sell the business in 2014, he focused his attention on a variety of business interests including The Office Group (of which he is Chairman and majority shareholder), which provides flexible office and meeting spaces, and Doddle, the parcel collection company, which he co-founded.
  • Swarovski Foundation

    • United Kingdom
    • Donor
    • Interviewed in 2016
    Nadja Swarovski is a member of the Executive Board at the Swarovski Group, the world's leading crystal manufacturer, which was founded by her great-great-grandfather Daniel Swarovski in 1895 in Austria.
  • Sir Jackie Stewart

    • United Kingdom
    • Donor
    • Interviewed in 2016
    Sir Jackie Stewart is a three-time Formula 1 world champion. In 2016 he founded Race Against Dementia – a global charity to fund ambitious, innovative and breakthrough research into dementia – after his wife, Lady Helen, was diagnosed with the illness.
  • Anna Southall OBE

    • United Kingdom
    • Donor
    • Interviewed in 2016
    Anna became a Trustee of the Barrow Cadbury Trust in 1974 and chaired the Board from 1996 to 2006. She worked for 40 years largely, but not exclusively, in the cultural sector for organisations such as the Tate Gallery, the National Museums & Galleries in Wales, and the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council.
  • The Cordes Foundation

    • United States
    • Donor
    • Interviewed in 2016
    Ron and Marty Cordes created The Cordes Foundation in 2006 and were joined in 2014 by their daughter Stephanie as Vice-Chair, and Eric Stephenson as Portfolio Director.
  • Abdulaziz Al Ghurair of The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education

    • Donor
    • Middle East (GCC)
    • Interviewed in 2016
    Abdulaziz Al Ghurair is Chairman of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, which seeks to provide high-achieving, underserved Emirati and Arab students with the opportunity to study at a top university, and pursue a future in a STEM-related field.
  • Omidyar Network

    • United States
    • Donor
    • Interviewed in 2016
    Omidyar Network was established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam. It aims to create opportunities for people to improve their lives by investing in market-based efforts that catalyze economic and social change.
  • Andre Hoffmann

    • Europe
    • Donor
    • Interviewed in 2016
    André Hoffmann grew up surrounded by nature in the Camargue, France. He is non executive Vice Chairman of Roche Holdings Ltd and chairs the board of Massellaz SA. André is also a board member of the following companies: Amazentis SA, Genentech Inc., Glyndebourne Productions Ltd, Inovalon Inc and INSEAD.
  • Caroline Gabel

    • United States
    • Donor
    • Interviewed in 2016
    Caroline Gabel is the President and CEO of The Shared Earth Foundation, which she founded in 1999 to protect endangered species and their habitats, and biodiversity.

DONORS AND RECIPIENTS

The high level statistics show that individuals gave the most money and foundations received the most money. Whilst this is true overall, the types of donor and recipient vary due to the social, economic and political landscape in each of our regions, and are also influenced by the stage of development of the philanthropy sector. Some of the trends and differences are explored in the overview.

2,197

donations

from three regions

Donations Gifted

 
 

Type of Donor (by value of gifts)

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85%

Individuals

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11%

Foundations

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4%

Corporations