Share

Philanthro-tube: New website gives voice to philanthropists

Philanthro-tube: New website gives voice to philanthropists
News

Philanthro-tube: New website gives voice to philanthropists

Fundraising | Celina Ribeiro | 23 Mar 2010

A number of wealthy philanthropists, a breed of donor often known for trying to keep a low profile, have joined a video-based online venture designed to give philanthropists a voice and change British culture around major giving.

The AmbassadorforPhilanthropy.com website launched today, led by the government’s ambassador for philanthropy Dame Stephanie Shirley. The website features multiple videos from the likes of Big Give founder Alec Reed to young internet entrepreneur David Erasmus (pictured) talking about their lives and philanthropy. Prime Minister Gordon Brown also appears in a film on the site, supporting the venture.

The website claims its raison d’etre as that while charities and Treasury have avenues to voice their concerns and experiences, “philanthropists have no voice”. It is aiming to debunk the idea that British people dislike discussing money and to facilitate a cultural shift that will see major donors speak openly about their giving and passions.

Dame Stephanie sees the website as critical to her newly-created role as ambassador for philanthropy, to be supplemented with a push to get donor-advised funds into banks and the creation of a philanthropists’ summit to advise the government.

Charities can join website

Charities will soon be able to join philanthropists on the site, with the website promising “leading
.orgs worldwide will shortly have the chance to join as members” on the site.

The website promises that charities can participate in discussions, build relationships, update the philanthropists about their work and programmes and secure “significant backing”.

Roberta d'Eustachio, chief of staff for the Ambassador of Philanthropy, said that the site expects a charity/social enterprise membership base “of at least 10,000 organisations worldwide, with the largest slot going to the USA”.

Invitations for members will be sent out in about two months, d’Eustachio told Civil Society, and members will be charged a “modest annual fee” to upload their videos. Companies will also be invited to upload videos to highlight their CSR.

The website is looking to prompt the development of Philanthropists’ Fellowships in numerous countries.

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Guide Dogs grows income but posts sixth successive deficit

15 Sep 2014

Guide Dogs increased its fundraising income by 8 per cent to £71.4m last year, but spent more than £31.2m...

Commission's new online charity search to launch soon after delay

15 Sep 2014

The Charity Commission’s searchable online register of charities is due to launch in beta this autumn,...

Society Network Foundation dismisses government's claim for grant refund

12 Sep 2014

The trustees of Society Network Foundation have rejected the Cabinet Office claim that the charity ought...

Charity CEO: NGO sector must be vigilant following aid worker’s execution

15 Sep 2014

The chief executive of charity ShelterBox has warned that the execution of aid worker David Haines at...

Guide Dogs grows income but posts sixth successive deficit

15 Sep 2014

Guide Dogs increased its fundraising income by 8 per cent to £71.4m last year, but spent more than £31.2m...

Commission's new online charity search to launch soon after delay

15 Sep 2014

The Charity Commission’s searchable online register of charities is due to launch in beta this autumn,...

Commission's new online charity search to launch soon after delay

15 Sep 2014

The Charity Commission’s searchable online register of charities is due to launch in beta this autumn,...

Charities warned that digital campaigns can be 'counterproductive'

9 Sep 2014

Charity digital campaigns can be counterproductive and will need to change to keep the attention of those...

Twitter trials plans to allow users to donate to charity through its site

9 Sep 2014

Twitter has announced plans to allow users to donate to charity through the social media platform, as...

Join the discussion

Twitter button

@CSFundraising