How to Improve Corporate Volunteering and Avoid the Common Pitfalls

As we begin a new decade, and companies release their annual volunteering reports, it is the perfect time for reflection and look at what could be improved. The benefits of a sustainable, well resourced, and expertly executed volunteering programme are well documented.  Improved morale, better employee retention rates, skills development are the obvious ones for […]

Supporting the Next Generation to take the first steps into philanthropy

Following an initial workshop with other siblings, The Giving Department helped this inspired Next Gen family member to identify more clearly the social areas where they wanted to create impact. A series of meetings were arranged with a variety of charities working in the field in order to inform thinking and better understand the issues […]

Helping established philanthropists develop their giving strategy

The Giving Department has been privileged to work with three generations at this well-established family trust. Our advice and support has helped the Trustees to refine the Trust’s approach in order to increase impact in the areas that they feel are most in need of their support. The Trust seeks to develop deep and long-term […]

Working with a philanthropist and his family to create positive social impact

Understanding the philanthropic motivations of engaging wider family members has been central in our work to support the strategic aims of this family foundation, a charity founded in 2014 by an established entrepreneur and his wife. Working closely alongside immediate family members, The Giving Department has provided specialist support and guidance to the family as […]

St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation

A long-term partnership in charitable giving For nearly a decade, The Giving Department has supported The St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation offering critical insight, independent perspective and resource to help the efficient and impactful function of this major UK charitable foundation. Giving up to £10 million per year in the UK and internationally, The Foundation […]


An award-winning partnership with a supermarket giant The Giving Department helped the Nectar Analytics Team at Sainsbury’s to develop a high impact mechanism for sharing their skills with charities. The result – Data Philanthropy – has seen over 400 volunteers support over 100 charities to date, through a series of hackathon events, skills sharing workshops and ongoing […]

River Island

Helping a major retail brand become a force for good The Giving Department has been supporting high street fashion giant River Island since 2012. In that time, we have worked closely with the Main Board as well as key stakeholders at head office, the main distribution centre and across its 300 stores, delivering support that […]

Steve Wickham


Steve has spent over 20 years in the charity sector. As a successful fundraiser Steve worked for a number of charities in senior roles most latterly as Head of Fundraising at The Prince’s Trust. This experience has given Steve a deep understanding of how companies and private funders can best support charities, how effective relationships can be developed, where value can be delivered and how the right support can deliver genuine and long-lasting change. Steve founded The Giving Department in 2010 with the clear vision of providing expert independent resource to help companies and philanthropists deliver real social impact and achieve their greatest charitable ambitions. Over the subsequent years Steve has developed the business, working with an increasingly wide portfolio of clients from FTSE100 companies to corporate foundations and private HNW philanthropists. Passionate about the sector, Steve is often called to speak on charitable issues and on occasions provides bespoke mentoring to help individuals build capability and impact.
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