Lady Edwina Grosvenor appointed Chair of Global Philanthropic’s Advisory Board

The Grosvenor Family are no strangers to philanthropy. With a longstanding track record of supporting charitable initiatives throughout their history, they continue to provide long term sustainable help and opportunities throughout the world.

Lady Edwina Grosvenor, sister of the 7th Duke of Westminster is a passionate advocate for prison reform and founder and Chair of One Small Thing, an organisation that aims to redesign the justice system. Her extensive philanthropic work most recently saw the opening of Hope Street in June 2023, a safe space for women to serve their sentences in the community alongside their children.

We are therefore delighted to announce that Lady Edwina has been appointed Chair of Global Philanthropic’s Advisory Board with immediate effect.

Global Philanthropic appoints new Executive Director, Europe & Asia

Global Philanthropic has announced that Srishti Bakshi has been appointed Executive Director Europe & Asia and Senior Consultant with effect from 18th January 2024.

A dynamic and accomplished professional with a track record of successfully designing and implementing projects that create systemic change, Srishti has a wealth of experience in storytelling, advocacy, and grassroots initiatives that have been at the forefront of challenging social norms, gathering evidence, and influencing policy.

Global Philanthropic announces new Chair

Global Philanthropic has announced that Martin Haigh has been elected the group’s new Chair of the Board with effect from 1st January 2024.

An early investor in Global Philanthropic, Martin’s involvement with the company began in 2000 and he has served on the Board for the last 15 years. His career as a stockbroker saw him head up trading teams dealing in the emerging equity markets of South America and Asia for some of the world’s largest institutional brokers such as HSBC, Banco Santander, Merrill Lynch and Standard Chartered. Having lived and worked in Hong Kong, more recently he has been pivotal in Asia event ticketing, working for Magnetic Asia as well as for the world’s largest promoter Live Nation as Head of Ticketmaster Asia.

A unique bequest society for a unique college

The St Beryl Society launched by Burgmann College this year takes it origins from the stuff of legend, when founding residents may or may not have “kidnapped” comedic duo Peter Cook and Dudley Moore from the Canberra Airport on 13 September 1971.
While the kidnapping part is most certainly mythic, the enterprising group of ardent fans did gatecrash the press conference for the pair’s famous 'Behind The Fridge' tour, and did successfully persuade them to come to a celebratory dinner in the College Dining Hall. Read on to discover more about how we worked with the College to develop its bequest communications and provide advice for the launch of the St Beryl Society.

#Global20 – Interview with Dr Ruth A Shapiro, Co-founder and CEO of CAPS

This thought-provoking Global 20 interview with Dr Ruth A Shapiro, Co-founder and CEO of Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS), provides a comprehensive overview of Asian philanthropy, its unique characteristics, challenges, and the potential it holds for shaping a sustainable future.

The conversation delves into the unique aspects of Asian philanthropy, including the strong influence of government and the significant role of family businesses. The community-centric approach of Asian philanthropists, focusing on relationships and addressing specific community needs, is discussed in fascinating detail.

#Global20 – Interview with Cindy Forde, Co-founder Planterai and Kando

Ultimately, all it takes to achieve a brighter future for the planet is a shifting of our collective thinking and actions as a human family. But where to begin? Author and activist Cindy Forde is starting young by enlightening children about important environmental issues and how they can be mitigated and fixed. 

In doing so, she is helping to prevent the burden of despair that can come with being born into a world that is facing possibly the most challenging periods of human history. Cindy’s book ‘Bright New World’ takes a child’s hand and guides them through the kind of world we can have.

In this Global20 interview she talks to our Group CEO, Ben Morton-Wright, about operating in line with the planetary boundaries. Explaining how intervention and digital innovations can be supported by philanthropy and radical collaborations, Cindy's interview is extremely powerful and instills hope for a more optimistic and positive future.

#Global20 – Interview with Robin Millington, CEO, Planet Tracker

As the Pacific Ocean transitions from a three-year cooling period known as 'La Niña,' during which the highest temperatures ever recorded were observed, it is now entering an 'El Niño' phase, causing a rise in temperatures once again. Robin Millington, the CEO of Planet Tracker, discusses the significant implications this will have on global food production.

In this Global 20 interview, Robin emphasises the role philanthropic funding can play in addressing the challenges related to food supply, and highlights the increasing responsibility of large food companies in the face of climate change-driven pressures on our food production.

#Global20 – Interview with Emma Beeston, Philanthropy Advisor

The realm of philanthropy presents abundant opportunities to support inspiring people and organisations dedicated to driving social change. It can also be full of a daunting number of choices regarding how and where money can make a positive impact.

The role of a philanthropy advisor guides philanthropists through all the options, yet it can be likened to a film producer - behind the scenes, often unknown, yet integral to a blockbuster movie!

In this Global 20 interview, our CEO and Founder Ben Morton-Wright talks to Emma Beeston about her new book 'Advising Philanthropists', which she co-authored with Beth Breeze. They discuss the emergence of philanthropy advising as a not-at-all fluffy profession, unpack how the sector is evolving with collective collaboration and Emma’s optimism for the younger generation creating impact with their lives.

Is philanthropy recession-proof?

With a potential global recession on our doorstep, what lessons can we apply to the current situation and how can we build sustainability and future-proof philanthropy?

In his blog post Lincoln Size explores what history teaches us and how the answer lies in changing our mindset to giving. The days of rattling the tin are over!

#Global20 – Interview with Dr Doug Gurr, Director, Natural History Museum

In the latest of our Global 20 series, we are privileged to bring you a penetrating interview with Dr Doug Gurr, Director of the Natural History Museum in London. Formerly Global Vice-President and Head of Amazon UK, and Chairman of the British Heart Foundation, Doug is highly respected for his visionary leadership and recognised globally for his remarkable contributions to the realms of technology, business, and public service.

In this deeply compelling interview, Doug talks to our Chair Iain Rawlinson about his journey from the corporate to non-profit world, the ground-breaking work being carried out that measures the pristine natural biodiversity on the Earth’s surface, and the pressing challenges posed by the threat of a sixth mass extinction.

Do listen or watch until the end as Doug imparts his belief that there is hope for the future as a path is found where global economic growth is still possible without over consuming the Earth's precious and natural resources, whilst emphasising the collective responsibility in this endeavour.