Inspiring local philanthropy: Making a difference in local communities

Four out of five philanthropists support local charities, often fuelled by the desire to make a difference in the communities that matter to them. Inspiring local philanthropy, published by Coutts & Co in collaboration with NPC and the Community Foundation Network, is a practical guide for individuals who want to support their local communities with their giving.

The report highlights various ways that donors can get involved, from volunteering to funding local charities to collaborating with other funders. It also shows how donors can deepen their understanding of needs within their local area, giving snapshots of five UK regions, including key statistics and an assessment of funding gaps.

As well as being a practical guide, the report is also an inspirational piece, incorporating stories from individuals who share their experiences of local giving. These stories show that there are all sorts of opportunities for people to engage with their local area, and the rewards can be significant. When giving is done thoughtfully, even small sums of money can make a big impact and bring about real community transformation.

To find out more about the report visit Coutts & Co’s website.

 Local philanthropy gives me a sense of community, of belonging, and it recharges me. You can see you are giving effectively and the power of this report is that it captures the diversity of community life around us in the UK.

Marcelle Speller OBE, founder and CEO of