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.

 

  • Stelios Haji-Ioannou

    • United Kingdom
    • Interviewed in 2015
    • Donor
    Born in Athens, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is best known for founding budget airline easyJet in 1995, when he was just 28. Prior to this, he set up the Stelmar shipping company with financial help from his late father Loucas, himself a self-made shipping tycoon. Stelios received a knighthood from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 for services to entrepreneurship, and since 2009 he has been the Honorary General Consul for the Republic of Cyprus in the Principality of Monaco where he now lives. The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation (registered in the UK and Monaco) was created by Stelios to organise his charitable giving in areas such as scholarships, the environment and promoting entrepreneurship in his “home countries” of Greece, Cyprus and the UK and also his latest project “food from the heart” in Greece and Cyprus since the economic crisis.
  • Stephen Heintz, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

    • United States
    • Interviewed in 2015
    • Donor
    Stephen Heintz is president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a private family foundation. Before joining the RBF, he held top leadership positions in both the non-profit and public sectors, including Dēmos and the EastWest Institute. Created in 1940 by the sons of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (John D. 3rd, Nelson, Winthrop, Laurance, and David), the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. To date, three generations of the family have acted as trustees along with non-family leaders.
  • Jacki Zehner

    • United States
    • Interviewed in 2015
    • Donor
    Jacki Zehner is President of The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, and Chief Engagement Officer and President of Women Moving Millions (WMM), a non-profit organisation dedicated to mobilising unprecedented resources for women and girls to create a more gender-balanced world.
  • Trevor Pears

    • United Kingdom
    • Interviewed in 2015
    • Donor
    Trevor Pears CMG is a director of the William Pears Group, one of Britain’s largest property companies, run together with his brothers Mark and David. The business was founded in 1952 by their father and grandfather. Trevor is Executive Chair of the family’s charitable foundation, which is currently donating between £15-20m per annum.
  • Keith Chua

    • Interviewed in 2015
    • Donor
    • Singapore
    As Trustee for the Mrs Lee Choon Guan Trust Fund, Keith Chua has continued to support various initiatives in education and healthcare, emulating the way his great-grandmother actively supported the needs of her time. While areas of need have changed over the past 100 years, giving in relevant and strategic ways is one of the guiding principles that Keith has applied to all areas that the Trust supports.
  • Tariq Al Gurg of Dubai Cares

    • Interviewed in 2015
    • Donor
    • Middle East (GCC)
    Tariq Al Gurg was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares in 2009 and has since been responsible for strategically defining and leading an organization that is dedicated towards providing children in developing countries with access to quality primary education.
  • Yusuf K Hamied

    • Interviewed in 2015
    • India
    • Donor
    Dr Yusuf K Hamied is a leading Indian scientist and chairman of Cipla (Chemical, Industrial & Pharmaceutical Laboratories), a generic pharmaceuticals company founded by his father. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour, by the Indian government in 2005.
  • Ronna Chao

    • Hong Kong
    • Interviewed in 2015
    • Donor
    Ronna Chao is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bai Xian Asia Institute, an initiative founded by her father, Ronald Chao, that aims to nurture future Asian leaders through scholarships and cross-cultural friendships. As well as providing a mega-grant of $100m, the Institute gathers important social capital, including support from academics, other philanthropic families and organisations, and the private and public sectors in Hong Kong, China and Japan.
  • Rory & Elizabeth Brooks

    • United Kingdom
    • Interviewed in 2015
    • Donor
    The Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation provides support in the areas of poverty research, UK higher education, social justice and contemporary art. In 2005 the Foundation became the principal benefactor of the Brooks World Poverty Institute. Rory Brooks CBE, co-founder of private equity group MML Capital Partners, is Chairman of Manchester University’s Global Leadership Board, sits on the Board of the Centre for Social Justice and is an adviser to the Board of the Quintessentially Foundation. Elizabeth Brooks has chaired the Patrons’ Committee of the Tate, and is trustee of P3 (People, Potential and Possibilities), the social inclusion charity.

DONORS AND RECIPIENTS

The high level statistics show that individuals gave the most money and higher education 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 seven 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.

1,831

donations

from eight regions

Donations Gifted

 
 

Type of Donor (by value of gifts)

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59%

Individuals

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25%

Foundations

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16%

Corporations