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 2014
    • Donor
    Harvey McGrath has had a long and distinguished career in the international financial services industry and is the former chair of Prudential plc, the London Development Agency, London First and Man Group plc. His current roles include Deputy Chair of the Mayor of London's Enterprise Panel, Chair of Governors of Birkbeck College and Chair of Big Society Capital. Harvey is an active philanthropist and social investor and his role as a leading City philanthropist has been recognised in a Beacon Award.
  • Stephen Heintz, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

    • United States
    • Interviewed in 2014
    • Donor
    Peter Buffett has an unusual inheritance: the task of giving his father’s money away. He explains how he and his wife Jennifer run their multi-billion-dollar NoVo Foundation to help stop domination and exploitation, and to encourage partnership and collaboration.
  • Jacki Zehner

    • United States
    • Interviewed in 2014
    • Donor
    Winsome McIntosh has served on the board of the McIntosh Foundation since 1972. She has founded several initiatives, including: the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Florida; ClientEarth, UK and EU; Rachel’s Network, US; and the Association of Small Foundations, US.
  • Trevor Pears

    • United Kingdom
    • Interviewed in 2014
    • Donor
    Paul Green is the President of Halcyon Gallery, which specialises in modern and contemporary art. Paul began his career in the art industry selling prints from a gallery above Birmingham New Street Station, and went on to set up Halcyon in 1982. Halcyon began in Birmingham and now has three London galleries and one in Shanghai.
  • Keith Chua

    • Interviewed in 2014
    • Donor
    • Singapore
    Teng Ngiek Lian took inspiration from legendary investor Warren Buffett in launching his own venture, The Silent Foundation, three and a half years ago. To him philanthropy is about more than just giving money – “Taking photos with cheques doesn’t thrill me at all.” Teng is far more interested in helping other charitable organisations grow, and seeing the impact these donations can make to people’s lives.
  • Tariq Al Gurg of Dubai Cares

    • 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.
  • Ronna Chao

    • Hong Kong
    • Interviewed in 2014
    • Donor
    As Chairman of the Tin Ka Ping Foundation, Sam Tin has taken up the charitable mantle from his father Dr Tin Ka Ping, who set up the organisation in 1982. Today, the Foundation is worth an estimated HK$3bn, but retains its guiding principles, with a focus on programmes that are able to develop a sustainable model for education and school improvement.
  • Rory & Elizabeth Brooks

    • United Kingdom
    • Interviewed in 2014
    • Donor
    Sir John Hegarty, and partners John Bartle and Nigel Bogle, started Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) in 1982. It became one of the most talked about and awarded advertising agencies ever, achieving success through creativity, but also by its integrity. For the past 20 years the agency has given 1% of UK profits to 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