Philanthropy Fortnight – giving at the heart of NI

Northern Ireland’s biggest celebration of charitable giving was launched at Clifton House in Belfast.

Philanthropy Fortnight, which runs from April 20 - May 1, recognises the generosity, time, commitment and support that thousands of Northern Ireland people give every day to so many good causes.

“Philanthropy and charitable giving really goes to the heart of what we are as a people in Northern Ireland. We traditionally punch above our weight when it comes to helping those who need it most,” said Sandara Kelso-Robb, Strategic Advisor to Giving Northern Ireland.

This is the third annual Philanthropy Fortnight, which focuses on the practice of investing in good causes and explores new ways of promoting and developing strategic giving.

The series of events has been organised by a range of organisations including Giving Northern Ireland, Community Foundation for NI, Fermanagh Trust, The Linenhall Library, Queen’s University, Arts & Business NI, Lloyds Bank Foundation for NI, Volunteer Now and The East Belfast Development Agency.

Andrew McCracken, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland commented,

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland is committed to encouraging a culture of planned strategic giving in Northern Ireland. Philanthropy Fortnight represents a great opportunity to celebrate the generosity and charitable spirt that is evident in our community whilst also highlighting the need to continue encouraging and enabling people to give to causes and issues that are important to them”

The programme for Philanthropy Fortnight features a wide range of topics including ‘Celebrating the Past, Understanding the Future: 30 years of Foundation Philanthropy’ - a celebration of the 30th anniversary since the establishment of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland (formerly Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland).

This event at the Mac on April 22 will bring together 30 organisations across the voluntary sector to explore common challenges and future needs to help inform the Foundation’s future grant-making activities.

A leading US expert on philanthropy, Professor Angela Eikenberry, will speak at a number of events including a keynote speech at Parliament Buildings on April 27th and a breakfast on Giving Circles at Skainos on April 28th.

Another philanthropic organisation, The Fermanagh Trust is celebrating its 20th anniversary of local giving on April 27 with a reception at its HQ in Fermanagh House in Enniskillen. The reception will launch an exhibition of the Trust’s work throughout two decades.

April 21 sees a tour of The Linenhall Library, one of the Northern Ireland’s most important cultural institutions. Founded in 1788, it is the oldest library in Belfast and the last subscribing library in Ireland. It has a radical and enlightened tradition and has maintained the principle that its resources are owned by the community for the community.

On April 23, Arts and Business NI hosts ‘Cultural Giving Tax Guide’ - a seminar at the Lyric Theatre on the tax benefits of efficient giving to the arts and culture. Arts & Business NI in partnership with Harbinson Mulholland have developed a tax guide to demystify the tax incentives that exist for donors in the UK.


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