This year’s Sunday Times Giving List shows a rise in environmental donations, while younger people and people of colour are increasingly donating and driving change.
Ranked by the proportion of wealth given or generated for charity, this year’s top 2 donors, Sir Chris Hohn and Alan Parker, both include the environment among their main beneficiaries. At the top, Sir Hohn’s recent donations reach £347.4 million, while he has a 2022 wealth of £2,600mn. His main beneficiaries also include children’s health and gender equality. In second place, Parker has a 2022 wealth of £2,800mn, with recent donations amounting to £251mn. As well as the environment, his main beneficiaries include child safeguarding, housing, and women.
Sir Lewis Hamilton is number 5 on the Sunday Times Giving List, with recent donations of £20mn to causes including youth, education and employment with footballer Mo Salah at number 8. Other famous faces include Stormzy, Cara Delevingne, Harry Styles, members of Coldplay, Lewis Capaldi, and the Clooneys.
Other than the top two, big givers to environmental and sustainability causes include Sir Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman, the Rausings, John Shaw and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Delevingne, Coldplay members, Johan Eliasch, and Strive Masiyiwa.
Women first enter the ranking at position 10 (Sir Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman), and then 15, where JK Rowling and Patricia Thompson rank equally. JK Rowling’s recent donations amount to £24.9mn with Thompson’s reaching £25.4mn.
Commenting on this year’s list, Neil Heslop OBE, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said:
“We are proud to partner with The Sunday Times on this year’s Giving List, as we have since 2015, to highlight the good which comes from wealth creation. Through extraordinary times in the last year, we have seen great acts of generosity, compassion and determination to affect change from many donors who work with CAF to deliver on their giving objectives.
“The Giving List highlights the rise in environmental donations, where despite a global pandemic, the climate crisis has captured the attention of so many. The new generation of younger philanthropists are using their platforms to exert influence, and amplify the impact of significant sums of money responding to climate change.
“Next generation givers are driving real change in the sector. We are seeing more and more use of social media and social movements to drive the agenda towards positive social progress with younger donors seeking to get actively involved in producing tangible impact. This includes younger change-makers of colour using their positions and success to promote change, as illustrated by some of the famous names in this year’s Giving List.”