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Companies giving to charity

Companies giving to charities and communities


Companies give in the region of £1.8 billion to charities every year. Their involvement ranges from staff fundraising and charity days to large donations and sponsorship deals (as well as patents and royalty fees mainly associated with large medical foundations which make up nearly half of this amount).

Cat's research in this area includes the seminal Company Giving Almanac (Directory of Social Change) looking at the top 500 corporate givers, as well as a number of critical papers examining how company giving has changed over the years.


What’s the value in corporate giving these days?

In this new 2015 collaborative research paper by the Directory of Social Change (DSC) and the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP), we explore the values expressed in a number of companies’ giving programmes. With 16 case studies; nine different industry sectors and several different types of company structure are explored to see whether their attempts to build social as well as economic value are affected by these delineations.

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UK corporate citizenship in the 21st century

What is the private sector’s role in society? Does it extend beyond creating employment, providing goods and services, and generating profit for shareholders?
This briefing paper from 2012 outlines the history of its wider role, referred to here as corporate citizenship, and, bringing together a new analysis of corporate giving data, focuses specifically on the ways in which UK‑listed companies currently support the communities in which they operate.

The Company Giving Almanac

With a Foreword by Nick Hurd MP, ex Minister for Civil Society, the 2013 Company Giving Almanac is an in-deoth analysis of the giving of the top 400 company givers in the UK - exploring for the first time the geography of their giving, as well as who they give to and how they give.

See the In The News section for news coverage of the results.

Making Time for Charity

With a Foreword by Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer, this Millennial survey of UK business leaders includes in-depth interviews with the likes of Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell; Leo Finn, CEO of Northern Rock plc; and Ian Martin, Chairman of Unigate plc.

Key results from the Company Giving Almanac

Company Giving Almanac 2013 Infographic

Led by Dr Catherine Walker, DSC’s research team worked closely with us to produce a high quality report on corporate giving that has helped us to explore several new approaches to our corporate partnerships
— Bryony Timms, Senior Research Officer. Oxfam's Report on Corporate overseas giving