It was announced today that Lord Vinson, entrepreneur and co-founder of the Centre for Policy Studies, has made a gift of £5 million jointly to the University of Buckingham and the Institute of Economic Affairs to widen understanding of the Constitution of Liberty.
Congratulations to both Lord Vinson, for his wonderful gift and to the Sir Anthony and the University of Buckingham on the achievement and everything that it will bring. We are thrilled to be working with the University of Buckingham during this exciting time.
On the 11th of February, we were delighted to host an evening of networking and thought on the trends in philanthropy at Modern Art Oxford, with guest speakers David Isaac, CBE, (Chair of Modern Art Oxford; Partner of Pinsent Masons, a Director of the Big Lottery Fund and a Trustee of the Human Dignity Trust and 14-18 Now which marks the centenary of WW1) and Jasmine Whitbread (until recently CEO of Save the Children International overseeing programmes in 120 countries for the world’s most deprived children).
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” This has been attributed to Peter Drucker and famously adopted by McKinseys.
Philanthropy thrives on vision; on bringing the defiantly impossible problem under control; or turning the most fanciful notion of perfection into a reality. But how can we measure our progress towards such ideals? What is the purpose of being able to report on the impact that you are having?
In our course the other day – The Foundations in Philanthropy – we talked about how to cope with rejection. There is enough of this when you are raising big gifts. I wanted to share a further thought about this: there is a process and it feels like the grief cycle.
Just back from wonderful day at Foundations for Philanthropy at Somerset House delivered by the talented Alistair Lomax.