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Philanthropy Week 2011 announced for Northern Ireland

Philanthropy Week 2011 announced for Northern Ireland

Philanthropy Week 2011 is a new initiative designed to promote philanthropy in Northern . Organised by Vision in Philanthropy, a partnership of seven local political and charitable organisations, it was launched at a reception hosted by the Institute of Directors in Belfast.

Mervyn McCall, Chairman of the Institute of Directors in , welcomed guests and encouraged his members to get involved with philanthropy, saying that they have a critical role to play as drivers of philanthropy.

“During economic hardship thinking about philanthropy must become more acute – resources are more scarce and needs are greater. So Philanthropy Week is timely and it is important that people take the opportunity to engage with it and explore the win-win of philanthropy,” Mr McCall said.

Philanthropy Week 2011 consists of four days of events, including a breakfast briefing for professional advisors led by Emma Turner, Director of Client Philanthropy at Barclays Wealth’s UK & Ireland Private Bank, and an event for young people to inspire Northern Ireland’s philanthropists of the future.

The week of events will begin on on Monday November 28 with a special reception at the US Consulate in Belfast, hosted by Consul General, Kamala Lakhdhir.

The Vision in Philanthropy Partnership is funded by The Building Change Trust and its members are:

• Arts & Business NI

• The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

• Heritage Lottery Fund

• The Lloyds TSB Foundation

• Northern Ireland

• Northern Ireland Assembly

• The Ulster Community Investment Trust.

www.philanthropyni.org

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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