London's Giving - transforming and energising local giving

A London Funders' initiative to develop place based giving.

Inspired by the innovative Islington Giving, a ground-breaking cross sector collaboration, London's Giving is sharing the evidence base, lessons learnt and know-how from local giving campaigns to help interested London boroughs to create their own locally tailored initiatives. We believe that a 'one size fits all blueprint’ won’t work, but that locally focused solutions are an effective way to target effort and resources where they are most needed. London's Giving will help build capacity to get there.

London's Giving Toolkit

This toolkit includes information and support for anyone interested in establishing a place based giving initiative. It is regularly updated with case studies,blogs and lessons learnt.  Regular guest blogs enable our network to share their experiences. 

News from our network

  • 06/04/2017-  Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) has recently published its research on ‘community action and social media: trouble in utopia?’. The research found that: very little research has been carried out on the use of social media by community organisations. and that social media has not been adopted as widely by community organisations as might have been expected.
  • 20/03/17-  A Milestone for The Funding Network. On the day TFN turned 15, members and supporters achieved an important milestone by reaching together £10 million raised on behalf of organisations creating social change across the world.To read more about The Funding Network, please click here
  • 20/02/17- Lewisham Local- Student Volunteering Week is taking place between 20-26 February. Lewisham Local have been working hard with Goldsmiths and other universities to co-ordinate voluntary activities for students to get involved with throughout the week. For more information, please click here
  • 15/12/16- Islington Giving marks a milestone year, awarding grants of over £1 million in 2016, building resilience in a borough of striking social extremes.Jack Morris CBE, Chair of the Islington Giving Appeal, said: “We are delighted to announce that Islington Giving has managed to reach this milestone, cementing its position as an innovative means of local giving, and demonstrating the reach of its impact. In 2016, Islington Giving has committed its support to a range of community organisations, working to tackle poverty and inequality in the borough, by investing in young people, supporting Islington families, and reaching isolated people.” For more information about this fantastic achievement, please click here

  • Furthermore, Islington Giving has raised £5million since beginning in 2010. You can read more about the story of Islington Giving here

  • 07/10/2016- East End Community Foundation have released their latest Vital Signs report which reveals how the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham are performing compared to the rest of the country. Their findings show unemployment rates have recently improved and the East End is leading the way nationally in terms of its cultural heritage and the local economy. However, on a national scale, East End is performing worse than 80% of comparable areas for the social themes fairness, healthy living, housing & homelessness and safety. A survey of over 400 local people also confirmed that housing and safety are key concerns for local residents.

    Vital Signs is a research report and local charitable giving guide unique to the community foundation movement.  Based on ten social themes, the research draws upon official statistics and the views of local people to provide a health check of social issues in local communities. The report helps EECF to understand how London’s East End is performing against comparable areas across London and the UK, and will be used by the Foundation and its donors to more effectively target their philanthropic resources. A copy of the report can be downloaded from the EECF website.

  • 27/09/2016- Big Lottery Fund and Islington Giving join together to further investment in Islington. In exciting news for the borough, the Big Lottery Fund has committed £450,000 to support Islington Giving for three years, increasing investment into Islington. As the innovator of the ‘Giving’ model, Islington Giving has inspired the creation of 16 other ‘Givings’ across London, encouraging funders, businesses, residents and voluntary organisations to work together to tackle issues in their areas. For further information about the grant and other developments at Islington Giving please click here

  • Online giving continues to grow: Are you taking advantage of it?
    To keep you ahead of the curve, Third Sector Insight in partnership with BT MyDonate, brings you a new report, designed to help you gain research-led insights on charity perceptions, knowledge and expectations of fundraising platforms.

    Download Choosing an Online Fundraising Platform now to find out:
    The actual costs of the various fundraising platforms
    Steps to select the optimal fundraising platform
    Case studies that back up research findings
    The checklist to make sure you choose the right platform for you and your charity

  • Place-based giving: a briefing paper
    IVAR are working in partnership with London Funders, ACF and a number of independent funders on research to explore place-based funding approaches - more information here

  • Business Improvement Districts
    Rocket Science have published a report on the evolution of Business Improvement Districts in London. Please click here for a presentation summarising their findings.

  • City Bridge Trust- Review of the Trust’s Strategic Initiative on Philanthropy: Final Report
    In March 2016, City Bridge Trust (CBT) commissioned a review of its strategic investments which, since 2011, have aimed to embed a culture of philanthropy and encourage the effective giving of time, money and resources in order to benefit London’s disadvantaged communities. This includes funding provided to London's Giving. To read the final report, please click here

If you would like to be included as a part of the 'network' of interested parties, then please email

About us

The Project Managers leading this initiative are: 

Clare Thomas has extensive public and independent grant making experience. For 17 years she ran City Bridge Trust, London's largest grant making foundation. She was Deputy Clerk at the Sir John Cass's Foundation before moving on to the Home Office advising on policy relating to charities, volunteering and funding national infrastructure organisations. Currently she runs a consultancy on grant making, charities and organisational development. She is a former chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations, The Building Exploratory and The Advisory Group on the Third Sector at NOMS. She is currently is a board member of Scope and the Human Trafficking Foundation.

Deborah Xavier specialises in strategic planning, project development, fundraising and income generation for the voluntary sector. She has 10 years experience in developing and leading charities, most recently as Chief Executive of City based youth charity the Brokerage Citylink. Deborah was instrumental in developing the Pilotlight model of skills giving to small charities, taking it from a great idea to a national organisation which has helped hundreds of small and medium UK charities to plan for growth and sustainability. 

Contact Us

Please contact us to find out more. We would love to hear from you if you are involved in a place based giving initiative, or if you are interested in developing a programme in your borough. Or if you would just like to be kept informed, send us your contact details and we will be in touch with our news.

Supported by the City of London Corporation's charity, City Bridge Trust.