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 they explore realistic and engaging routes to involve new members and address new areas of social impact.

Aside to a targeted workshop to kick off the programme, The Giving Department offers dedicated research and support to help family members select causes that resonate with their own world view and to develop their understanding of philanthropy and effective charitable relationships.

It’s been a great joy for my wife and I to share our experiences of philanthropy with our children and having the support of The Giving Department has allowed them to start to find causes that matter to them without undue influence from us.

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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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