Brilliant tongue in cheek article, suggesting the world of philanthropy is somewhat secretive like M15...but it doesn't have to be that way.
Hence the Beacon awards, shining a spotlight on the amazing individuals and families who are making a huge difference and enabling great social action in our communities.
Later this week I have the privilege of meeting again with one of OCF's donors who won the Beacon Award for City Philanthropy in 2015 and I would love nothing better than to ensure we have several more nominations from across Oxfordshire this year.
I would love to hear from you especially if you can help me identify anyone you know who might inspire the judges? Entries need to be in by 5th December.
Beacon is not an event designed to honour an elite, it is a voice that exists to shout about inspirational and awe inspiring acts of philanthropy of all shapes and sizes. It is a vehicle that can be used to celebrate and promote remarkable stories of generosity, entrepreneurship, innovation and ultimately, humanity. Beacon is a conduit that can be used to offer essential lessons in how to give well and which aims to achieve greater, more widespread impact through knowledge sharing, thought leadership and collaboration. Beacon continues to hurl its rocks, and philanthropy in the UK continues to be a movement that although evident almost everywhere, repeatedly succeeds in dodging the limelight. If we look to our US counterparts they have no qualms in shining a bold Hollywood style spotlight on their philanthropists. Surely a comfortable middle ground could be found; a Beacon of hope in difficult economic times, that illuminates a direction of travel towards greater cohesion and stability. A path that makes us less dependent on the tides of Government and a little better adapted to stand on our own two feet.