Exploring philanthropy

What is good philanthropy? We explore this question in a series of special initiatives and throughout our work.

The Pears Business Schools Partnership is encouraging the business leaders of the future to consider the role of business in society and their contribution to the public good.

We also explore the nature of philanthropy through research and dialogue with our peers.

Understanding Family Foundations through research

Family foundations make a significant contribution to addressing social issues. In 2010-11, the UK ‘top 100’ contributed over £1.3 billion.

To increase understanding of their role, we have a long-standing research partnership with the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy at Cass Business School to produce the annual Family Foundation Giving Trends report.

The research provides the most accurate picture of their giving, providing reliable, accessible and transparent data to inform public debate about the role of philanthropy in society.

Inspiring a new generation of givers

We want to inspire young people to think more deeply about the importance of giving for a strong society.

The Foundation led on the issue for the 2011 Philanthropy Review, which recommended increased partnership between foundations and Government.

To target learning in schools we support two innovative projects, Go-Givers and Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).

Pears Business Schools Partnership

In addition to working with philanthropists and young people, we also target the business community. Our goal is to encourage deeper thinking among MBA students about the role of business in society.

The Pears Business Schools Partnership is a collaboration between London Business School, Cranfield School of Management and Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford to promote sustainable business in society by engaging and inspiring the next generation of leaders.

It does this through case studies on the positive contribution of business and lectures by leading business figures.

Peer networking

Within the philanthropy sector, we share best practice with our peers through our membership of the following networks:

Pears Foundation is a sponsor of Alliance philanthropy magazine.