A joint letter to philanthropists
How to keep charities serving
30 March 2020
This letter was originally printed in the Financial Times. We’re keen for more and more philanthropists and charitable funders to get behind this effort. To add your name, email info@thinkNPC.org.
Given the overwhelming scale of this crisis, the government must provide the overarching response needed. But government alone is not enough. Charities are providing critical support to help communities, and vulnerable people across society, cope. But they are staring into a funding chasm. This virus is shaking society to its core. What emerges afterwards will be fundamentally different to what we took for granted before.
Many philanthropists and foundations are already responding brilliantly, upping their giving and making their grant-making more flexible. But we need more to join. As organisations that work with or represent philanthropists, we have a duty to help maximise the response from the philanthropic world and support people to target their giving as effectively as possible; this includes a guide from New Philanthropy Capital on flexible funding and how specific sectors will be affected.
Charities need to be able to provide for people hit hardest by this crisis, and to expand their services to those who have suddenly become vulnerable. But we must also remember the wonderful work done by other charities unrelated to coronavirus. Who will help their beneficiaries if these charities go under? So philanthropists need to think broadly, be clear and straightforward in their giving, and encourage charities they fund to be open about where the challenges are.
We want to work with government to help unlock the generosity of potential philanthropists across the country. We also believe strongly that the government’s rescue package needs to recognise the central place of charities in keeping communities thriving through coronavirus, and in the life of our civil society more broadly.
Dan Corry – Chief Executive, NPC (New Philanthropy Capital)
Anna Josse – Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Prism the Gift Fund
Carol Mack – Chief Executive, Association of Charitable Foundations
Cath Dovey – Co-founder, the Beacon Collaborative
Sir John Low – Chief Executive, Charities Aid Foundation
John Pepin – Chief Executive, Philanthropy Impact
Rosemary Macdonald – Interim CEO, UK Community Foundations
Alan Hodson – Chair, Charity Bank
Dr Andrew Rudd – University of Exeter
Angela McConville – Chief Executive, NCT
Bryan Fleming – CEO, FJ Philanthropy
Darshita Gillies – Founder and CEO, Maanch
Erica Wax – Co-Founder, Impact 100 London
Fran Parry – Chair, Gingerbread
Grant Gordon – Chair, Reekimlane Foundation
James Cochrane – Philanthropist
James Litchfield – Managing Director, LCM Family Ltd.
Kamran Mallick – Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK
Mike Ward – CEO, KM Charity Team
Nancy Bikson – Managing Director, Chapel & York
Peter Sweatman – CEO, Climate Strategy
Ray Lock CBE – Chief Executive, Forces in Mind Trust
Rebecca Eastmond – Co-Founder and CEO, Greenwood Place
Robin Burges – CEO – The Northampton Hope Centre
Stephen Brenninkmeijer – Chair, Supervisory Board, European Climate Foundation