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 and breadth of current activity.

A list of potential partners was drawn up collaboratively and, following a process of due diligence, a selected number of more support-focused visits identified the partners and opportunities that best suited the initial philanthropic support available.

The Giving Department coordinated proposals going to the family trust and the subsequent grants made.

Since making the initial grants the Giving Department has managed the relationship, monitored progress and engaged all parties in order to build on deeper partnership potential where it has been appropriate. A key element of the process has been to review learnings with our client and identify what the next steps in their philanthropic development might be.

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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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