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Philanthropy Fortnight 2017 programme revealed

Philanthropy Fortnight 2017 programme revealed

Giving NI has announced details of its fifth annual Philanthropy Fortnight from May 8-19th which will include a series of events and discussions aimed at promoting philanthropy in .

The programme will explore many aspects of philanthropy including the importance of its heritage, legacy fund-raising, the particular role of women and young people in charity and the importance of philanthropy to the arts.

Philanthropy Fortnight is a collaboration between a range of partner organisations including Giving Northern Ireland, Belfast Charitable Society, Arts & Business, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, NI Environment Link, Will to Give and the Fermanagh Trust.

Sandara Kelso-Robb, Chief Executive of Giving Northern Ireland, said the diversity of the programme and the breadth of organisations involved reflected the need to unlock more philanthropic funding at a time when funding streams were being cut or significantly reduced.

The Philanthropy Fortnight programme will begin with a morning discussion on 9th May on wills led by Meg Abdy, Director of Legacy Foresight, while in the afternoon the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland will announce details of a new social justice grant scheme.

Other events include a discussion on the history of philanthropy in Northern Ireland and the lessons for today and the role of philanthropy in a welfare state.

Giving NI’s role is to promote philanthropy and giving in Northern Ireland, focusing on high net worth individuals and corporates and to build a strong independent voice for giving by working in collaboration, cooperation and partnership with other organisations


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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