The search is on for the most inspirational philanthropists in the UK as the Beacon Awards for Philanthropy 2015 open for nominations.
The awards recognise those whose charitable giving will inspire others to give and whose giving contains useful lessons for other philanthropists.
In addition to the principal award, the Beacon Award for Philanthropy, there are the following awards:
• Beacon Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation
• Beacon Award for an Outstanding Partnership Between a Philanthropist and a Charity
• Beacon Award for City Philanthropy (sponsored by the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust through its project City Philanthropy – A Wealth of Opportunity)
• Beacon Award for Cultural Philanthropy
• Beacon Award for Impact Investment
The Beacon Awards are supported by JP Morgan, with additional support from the City of London and Pears Foundation. They are managed by UK Community Foundations.
The deadline for the nominations is 6pm on Friday 5 December.
Gay Huey Evans, Chair of the Beacon Awards, said:
“The UK has a tradition of philanthropy to be proud of – from George Cadbury, the chocolate heir who set up the Bourneville Village Trust in the 19th Century, to Dame Cicely Saunders who laid the foundations of the modern day hospice movement in the 20th Century. The Beacon Awards honour the incredible men and women who are building on that heritage in order to inspire others to give”.
Her reference to earlier philanthropists reflects Beacon’s celebration this year of ten inspirational philanthropists from across the UK. Not all will recognise names like Edward Rushton, John Rylands, and Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, but their philanthropy has helped pave the way for the current generation of philanthropists.
You can read about these philanthropists in Philanthropy Footprints that Shape Society Today.