Charity urges mayors to create ‘golden age of civic philanthropy’

Monday July 17th, 2017

England’s directly-elected mayors should create a ‘new golden age of civic philanthropy’ by attracting donations to their cities, charity says (July 17th).Government Opportunities

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has written to England’s 23 new mayors with a call for them to play a leading role in attracting donations from philanthropists and businesses.

A new paper from the charity – Chain Links: how mayors can build a culture of philanthropy – recommended mayors establish a Mayor’s Fund to attract donations for addressing local challenges and issues.

The Mayor’s Fund is a model that is already in use in London and Greater Manchester.

The charity also recommends mayors publish a philanthropy strategy and appoint a philanthropy liaison that could develop relationships with potential philanthropists and local charities.

Rhodri Davies, programme leader of the giving thought policy programme at CAF, said:

“Philanthropy played a huge role in the development of many of the UK’s great towns and cities. 

There has also long been a close relationship between the role of local mayors and that of civic philanthropists.

The introduction of directly-elected mayors in the UK thus offers a real opportunity to breathe new life into civic philanthropy.

By championing local giving and putting in place the right structures and strategies, mayors have a golden opportunity to embrace the generosity of people and business to help address local issues.”

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