Philanthropy Advisors – Helping you make a difference
We won’t blast you with jargon or try and make philanthropy some kind of academic subject. We keep it real. We listen, we investigate and we provide the best options for you, your family, or your Trust/Foundation.
We take action, working in some of the most challenging environments on the planet; seeking out dynamic projects, enabling you to put your money to work in communities that need it most.
Trust in the Philanthropy Advisor is everything
It is essential to have a rapport and to have trust in the philanthropy advisor you are working with. To build that trust we will cover much more than funding. We need to understand what your passion is, your motivation and how your colleagues and family view your philanthropy. As John Abbey leads on philanthropy, you will get to know exactly what makes him tick and why he has devoted his life to making a difference.
We will help you clarify your goals and help you or your Trust/Foundation take bold decisions.
Confidentiality is everything to us and we will always protect your interests
Philanthropy consulting – What we don’t do
We won’t provide you with jargon loaded information or the latest philanthropy “toolkits” or trend.
We won’t spend your money developing a strategy you don’t necessarily need.
We won’t advise you on giving to an NGO, charity or project we have not visited.
We will never recommend supporting a charity, NGO or project that has not proved to us that it is totally transparent
Philanthropy Support – What we will do
We will talk to you about what you, your family or foundation wants to achieve.
We will help drill down to what is and isn’t possible.
We will develop an action plan.
We do work in some of the most challenging and complex environments on the planet.
We will cover areas still under threat from war, natural disasters and terrorist groups.
We will work with philanthropists that want to find solutions closer to home, particularly around gun and knife crime (in 2019 we have been working with a HNWI in this area).
We will seek out projects that fit your criteria
We will visit NGOs and projects wherever they are in the world.
We will carry out extensive due diligence.
We will meet with the recipients of support, wherever they are in the world.
We will help you establish a charity if that will add value and is the best use of your funds.
Philanthropy risks – What we encourage
We encourage donors to take risks if those risks result in real and sustainable change.
We encourage donors to take the path less trodden.
We encourage you to support what you are passionate about even if that means taking risks.
We encourage the support of projects that help people help themselves.
We encourage partnerships with other organisations and government if that adds value.
We encourage change – it keeps us all on our toes.
Investing in people’s lives
Giving money away is the easy bit. Finding the organisation and project that not only fits your criteria but can really provide value for money and make a lasting difference to people’s lives is far more difficult.
Nobody would buy a business without going over it with a fine tooth comb; talking to investors, customers and the workforce; or understanding the political environment. Why should investing in an NGO or charity be any different?
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Here are some very useful links
Centre of Disaster Philanthropy
Helps donors make more thoughtful disaster-related giving decisions
Global Philanthropy Indices
Covers the state of global giving
Who funds what and why