Philanthropy Week 2011 is a new initiative designed to promote philanthropy in Northern Ireland. 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 Northern Ireland, 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.
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