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Beacon Fellowship Charitable Trust
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Email: contact@beaconfellowship.org.uk

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Awards Ceremony 2013

The Beacon Fellowship and J.P. Morgan Private Bank have named 33 of the most prestigious philanthropists in the UK as Beacon Fellows for 2013, at the 8th Beacon Awards for Philanthropy held on 6th February at Mansion House, London.

The Awards, sponsored by J.P. Morgan Private Bank and supported by the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust and Pears Foundation, celebrate outstanding philanthropic achievement made by individuals, families and small groups of individuals working collaboratively across seven distinct Beacon categories. They highlight key trends in philanthropic giving and pioneering developments including the growing focus for donations of money, along with time, talents and social capital to support future generations and local initiatives in the UK.

Collectively, the 33 Beacon Fellows have donated £100million to philanthropic causes, across a mix of local and global organisations, large institutions and grassroots charities. Causes supported include those with a strong focus on community and social issues, such as poverty and social inequality, as supported by The Volant Charitable Trust founded by J.K. Rowling, who is also commended² as a Special Award Beacon Fellow for sustained contribution to society. In addition, the 2013 Beacon Fellows have helped to reinvent philanthropy for the modern age - establishing new income generation mechanisms, philanthropic models, funding vehicles and giving platforms, with the aim of providing generations to come with a better future.

Tracey Reddings, Head of UK Private Wealth Management at J.P. Morgan Private Bank added: “The philanthropists that have been recognised across a range of categories have made a significant difference to good causes around the world, as well as those close to home. It is encouraging to see the positive impact donations have made in a period when the UK economy and individuals have been hit by recession, as well as the considerable time and effort being put into making a sustainable difference or significant impact towards such charitable projects. We hope that this year’s Beacon Fellows will promote the fulfillment that philanthropy can bring, and inspire others to start their own philanthropic journey to create legacy for generations to come.

The Beacon Fellows were selected following a stringent judging process by a panel comprising of some of the leading philanthropists, philanthropy practitioners and advisors in the UK, who whittled down a list of initial nominations made in October. The awards celebrate philanthropists who have set the standards of best practice in philanthropy and whose work in this field has made a sustainable difference, a significant impact, or work to inspire future generations.

For the first time this year, an Award for ‘City Philanthropy’ has been introduced, sponsored by the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust. Commenting on the Award, Alderman Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of the City of London, said: “Centuries of philanthropic practice and understanding of the value of endowed capital have ensured the UK has very well-established and effective charity and tax law - making London a global centre for managing international philanthropic funds. By celebrating and showcasing exceptional examples of social investment and charitable support, we can inspire others and maximise the impact of philanthropic giving.”

Commenting on receiving the Judges’ Special Award, J.K. Rowling OBE and Founder of The Volant Charitable Trust noted: Being recognised by The Beacon Fellowship means a great deal to me; it validates the work we are doing at The Volant Charitable Trust while recognising the value of giving in a thoughtful and intelligent manner, both of which we strive to do.

“None of us who are privileged in our daily lives and fortunate enough to have more money than we need should require a pat on the back for the act of giving, but we do need help to spread the word that responsible giving can make a difference; to individuals and communities, locally, nationally, and internationally. The Beacon Awards are a great way to convey that message.”

Profiles of all the Fellows will be featured on the site in the coming weeks. The full list of fellows is:

Beacon Award for City Philanthropy
Harvey McGrath
John Stone
2011/12 Young Philanthropy Syndicate Founders (Michael Harris, Adam Pike, Sam Cohen, Alex Dwek, Alex Gardner, Paul Gorrie, Niccolo Manzoni, Jack Prevezer, Conor Quinn)

Beacon Award for Targeted Philanthropy
Paul Marshall
Gordon Morrison

The Beacon Award for Philanthropy Advocate
Angila Chada & Michael McKibbin
Harris Bokhari
Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett
Kavita Oberoi

Beacon Award for Place-Based Philanthropy
Nick Ferguson CBE & Jane Ferguson
Jack Morris OBE

The Beacon Award for Cultural Philanthropy
Carol Colburn Grigor CBE
Lloyd Dorfman CBE
Sir Vernon Ellis

The Beacon Award for Impact Investment
Sir Ronald Cohen
Nick O’Donohoe
John Pontin OBE & Wendy Stephenson

Beacon Award for Pioneering Philanthropy
Richard Bradbury CBE
Stephen Dawson OBE
Michael Norton OBE
Marcelle Speller OBE

Four Special awards were made by board of judges to the following, commended for demonstrating the highest standards of philanthropy in the UK today
Sir Vernon Ellis
Harvey McGrath
J.K. Rowling OBE
John Stone

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Beacon Awards 2010

Held in the splendour of the Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London and hosted by Martyn Lewis CBE, the Beacon Awards 2010 recognised some great philanthropic achievements.

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Beacon Judges 2013

We are very grateful for the support of our judges. Judges' Special Prizes will be awarded by the Board of Judges and Beacon Fellowships will be awarded by the Judging Committees.

Board of Judges

Kate Adie OBE
Duncan Bannatyne OBE
The Rt Hon Lord Mayor, Roger Gifford
Dame Mary Marsh
Trevor Pears CMG
Baroness Usha Prashar CBE
Sir Alec Reed CBE
Tracey Reddings

Judging Committees

Dawn Austwick OBE
Diana Barran MBE
David Carrington
Philippa Charles
Stephen Cohen
Clive Cutbill
Rebecca Eastmond
Sir Christopher Gent
Charlie Green
Hugo Greenhalgh
David Hall
Kurt Hoffman
Lord Robin Janvrin GCB GCVO QSO PC
Kristoffer Jonsson
Tim Joss
Carol Lake
Stephen Lloyd
Clare Thomas MBE

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Categories

You will find the seven award categories listed below.

We will celebrate the work of the Fellows who have been recognised in each category at the awards ceremony on 6 February.

  • Beacon Award for Cultural Philanthropy

    This award celebrates the work of an individual, family or small group of individuals working collaboratively, whose giving significantly enriches the cultural fabric of society through dedication to the arts and/or heritage.
  • Beacon Award for Impact Investment

    This award celebrates the work of an individual, family or small group of individuals working collaboratively, who have addressed social, charitable or environmental challenges while generating a financial return
  • Beacon Award for Philanthropy Advocate

    This award celebrates the work of an individual, family or small group of individuals working collaboratively, who are passionate advocates for philanthropy, inspiring people to become involved in giving to social, environmental or charitable causes.
  • Beacon Award for Pioneering Philanthropy

    This award celebrates the work of an individual, family or small group of individuals working collaboratively, who through their giving have demonstrated an original approach in meeting a social, environmental or charitable cause.
  • Beacon Award for Place-Based Philanthropy

    This award celebrates the work of an individual, family or small group of individuals working collaboratively, whose giving serves a geographical area – whether a village, city, region or country. This category may be appropriate for philanthropic activity related to education.
  • Beacon Award for Targeted Philanthropy

    This award celebrates the work of an individual, family or small group of individuals working collaboratively, whose giving serves a group of people with a common identity or particular need, for example students, minorities, people with a disability, people who are homeless, people with specific health needs - this category could cover giving for the purpose of education or research.
  • Beacon Award for City Philanthropy

    (Sponsored by the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust)
    This award celebrates the achievements of an individual, or small group of individuals working collaboratively, whose philanthropy serves to inspire others in the financial, professional or business sectors as a model of engaged philanthropy. Nominees in this category must work in the City of London, Mayfair or Canary Wharf.
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Message from our Chairman

The Beacon Awards celebrate giving by individuals whose philanthropy has achieved an impact that needs to be more widely shared.

Modern philanthropy is developing in new and exciting ways, providing support for an array of causes, activities and needs and often using non-traditional and innovative approaches. It is no longer the preserve of an older generation as more and more young people are becoming involved.  

The growth of social enterprise, where social aims take precedence over financial returns, is just one example of the change that is taking place. There is now  greater awareness of the importance of measuring the impact of the philanthropic gift, as well as understanding the relationship between donor and recipient.  

We are confident that the awards will generate a strong pool of nominees whose philanthropic practice will act as a Beacon for others to follow,  and are delighted that J.P. Morgan is joining us as principal sponsor, with City Bridge Trust and Pears Foundation providing additional support. 

I would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity and commitment to the Beacon ideals of celebrating and promoting philanthropy.

Stephen Cohen
Chairman, Beacon Fellowship Charitable Trust

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About our sponsors

We are grateful for all the support and encouragement we have received from our sponsors in making possible the Beacon Awards 2013.

J.P.Morgan

Philanthropy is extremely important for J.P. Morgan and its clients, thus deciding to sponsor the Beacon Awards to encourage and celebrate the great philanthropists of today was an easy decision to make.

We at J.P. Morgan are privileged to work with philanthropists at every stage of their giving journeys. Our clients consistently tell us that one of the most valued services we offer is the opportunity for both aspiring and experienced philanthropists to engage with and learn from each other. Our ultimate goal at J.P. Morgan is to help our clients express their vision in the world.

Philanthropy is very important for J.P. Morgan, through our history and founders - John Pierpont Morgan, George Peabody, John D. Rockefeller - these are all names that have been associated with not just the financial world, but also philanthropy for more than 160 years. Even today it is something top of our minds as in 2011, our firm and its corporate foundation made charitable contributions totalling over USD $275 million and we are committed to making these funds work hard for the greater good.

At J.P. Morgan Private Bank, we bring together all the disciplines of wealth management to advance our clients’ goals. Whether clients are business owners, corporate executives or entrepreneurs, we apply our disciplined investment framework and risk management tools to help them achieve their goals. Our comprehensive and integrated approach, commitment to innovation and integrity, and focus on client service have made J.P. Morgan the advisor of choice to wealthy individuals and their families around the world. Clients enjoy the best of both worlds: the intimate nature of a private client relationship and the power of a global financial leader.

If you would like to find out more please call or email Rebecca Eastmond our senior philanthropic advisor for Europe, Middle East and Africa +44 207 742 7824
rebecca.a.eastmond@jpmorgan.com.

City Bridge Trust

The elected City of London Corporation supports and promotes the UK-based international finance and business sector – and also supports London’s communities, its green spaces and its heritage.  The City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust, is London’s largest independent grant-making trust, distributing around £18m annually to charitable organisations working to reduce disadvantage in London.  

The City Bridge Trust’s origins can be traced back to the 12th Century when funds were raised to build the first stone bridge across the River Thames – London Bridge.  Today, the City of London Corporation remains responsible for the maintenance of this bridge and of Blackfriars Bridge, Southwark Bridge , Tower Bridge and the Millennium Bridge.  Since 1995, the Trust has been able to make funds surplus to these bridge requirements available to support charitable work in London.

Pears Foundation

Pears Foundation is a British family foundation rooted in Jewish values. Our work is concerned with positive identity and citizenship while our approach is based on research and the urge to ask questions. Our programmes set out to increase respect and understanding between people of different backgrounds and faiths, encourage both the quantity and quality of philanthropy and offer support to the communities and causes we care about. 

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Beacon Fellows

Since the first Beacon Awards ceremony in 2003, more than 70 individuals have been honoured as Beacon Fellows in recognition of their exceptional contribution to charitable and social causes.

By celebrating their achievements, we aim to create wider awareness of philanthropy and provide inspiration for others to follow.

We see many extraordinary examples of philanthropy at Beacon, and it is both humbling and uplifting to learn of the difference that effective giving can make in changing lives for the better.

The Beacon Awards 2013 will generate a new cohort of Beacon Fellows and we look forward to welcoming them to the Beacon Fellowship.

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Beacon Awards 2013

Nominations have now closed.

Beacon Fellows will be announced in January 2013 ahead of the awards ceremony on 6 February 2013 at the Mansion House.

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The Beacon Fellowship Charitable Trust

The Trust was set up in 2003 with the aim of promoting effective philanthropic giving through the creation of a nationally recognised awards scheme and a fellowship body of philanthropists to highlight best practice and innovation in philanthropy.

We hope that others will be inspired and encouraged to make their own contribution through the great stories of giving that emerge through the Beacon Fellowship.

Since 2010 the Beacon Awards have been managed by the Community Foundation Network .

Beacon Board

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    Stephen Cohen – Chairman of Trustees

    Stephen Cohen has worked in the asset management business for over 25 years in multiple roles, in America, Asia and in Europe. He has worked in both research and fund management, specialising in Japanese equities as well as the business development and business management sides of the industry. Stephen  started two businesses in Japan in 1985 and 1990, and in 1995 led the creation of Mercury Asset Management’s global mutual fund business ahead of the merger with Merrill Lynch. He has been CEO of Dresdner RCM in the UK, headed up Zurich Scudder Investments European business development and was Head of Putnam Investments for the EMEA Region. He is currently CEO of Governance for Owners. Stephen has been Chairman of the Beacon Fellowship Charitable Trust since it was founded in 2003.
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    Paul Barry-Walsh

    After leaving IBM in 1986,  Paul Barry-Walsh founded Safetynet followed by Netstore in 1996. In 2001 he founded The Fredericks Foundation which has become one of the UK’s leading micro-finance organisations,  funding 2 disadvantaged individuals per week. Paul is involved in a number of start-ups, and was granted the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion. In 2008 he received the Beacon Award for Creating Giving.  In 2009 he was given the CNBC/FT European Philanthropist of the Year Award, and won the Entrepreneur County Inaugural Award for the Entrepreneur’s Entrepreneur in 2011.
     
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    Matthew Bowcock

    Matthew Bowcock is Chair of the Community Foundation Network. He is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in founding technology and biotechnology companies in Australia, the US and the UK. He continues to be a non-executive director of early-stage companies but is increasingly involved in philanthropy. He runs the Hazelhurst Trust, a family charitable foundation, which has set up a fund within the Surrey Community Foundation as he believes that giving is most effective when it is locally and professionally managed. He is a trustee of the Surrey Community Foundation and assists wherever possible in donor development.
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    Anne Boyd

    A barrister by profession, Anne Boyd has had many years experience of the criminal justice system including work in prisons, criminal courts and  alternatives to custody. Her voluntary sector experience has embraced conservation of marine stocks and she has also been Chair of the Scottish Community Foundation, Vice Chair of the Community Foundation Network, and the Chair of a Lottery fund. Among current commitments she is Chair of the Council of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
     
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    Tracey Reddings

    Tracey Reddings is Managing Director and Head of UK Private Wealth Management at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. She has enjoyed a 25-year career as a banker spanning across the private, public and charitable sectors. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Tracey was Head of UK Private Banking at SG Hambros Bank Ltd and before that, she was Chief Executive of CAF Bank Ltd and CAF Marketing Services.  Over the years, Tracey has developed a strong track record and reputation for delivering innovation and building partnerships to create new business and enhance brand value; in 2007 she was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Product Innovation category. Tracey is an MBA-holder and a Chartered Director; she is also a Fellow of both the Institute of Directors and the Chartered Management Institute, and a Freeman with the Guild of International Bankers. She is a trustee of the Surrey Community Foundation and Chairman of the British Bankers Association Wealth Management and Private Banking panel.
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Welcome to Beacon

The Beacon Fellowship and J.P. Morgan Private Bank have named 33 of the most prestigious philanthropists in the UK as Beacon Fellows for 2013, at the 8th Beacon Awards for Philanthropy held on 6th February at Mansion House, London.

The Awards, sponsored by J.P. Morgan Private Bank and supported by the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust and Pears Foundation, celebrate outstanding philanthropic achievement made by individuals, families and small groups of individuals working collaboratively across seven distinct Beacon categories. They highlight key trends in philanthropic giving and pioneering developments including the growing focus for donations of money, along with time, talents and social capital to support future generations and local initiatives in the UK.


Collectively, the 33 Beacon Fellows have donated £100million to philanthropic causes, across a mix of local and global organisations, large institutions and grassroots charities. Causes supported include those with a strong focus on community and social issues, such as poverty and social inequality, as supported by The Volant Charitable Trust founded by J.K. Rowling, who is also commended² as a Special Award Beacon Fellow for sustained contribution to society. In addition, the 2013 Beacon Fellows have helped to reinvent philanthropy for the modern age - establishing new income generation mechanisms, philanthropic models, funding vehicles and giving platforms, with the aim of providing generations to come with a better future.

Tracey Reddings, Head of UK Private Wealth Management at J.P. Morgan Private Bank added: “The philanthropists that have been recognised across a range of categories have made a significant difference to good causes around the world, as well as those close to home. It is encouraging to see the positive impact donations have made in a period when the UK economy and individuals have been hit by recession, as well as the considerable time and effort being put into making a sustainable difference or significant impact towards such charitable projects. We hope that this year’s Beacon Fellows will promote   the fulfillment that philanthropy can bring, and inspire others to start their own philanthropic journey to create legacy for generations to come.”

The Beacon Fellows were selected following a stringent judging process by a panel comprising of some of the leading philanthropists, philanthropy practitioners and advisors in the UK, who whittled down a list of initial nominations made in October. The awards celebrate philanthropists who have set the standards of best practice in philanthropy and whose work in this field has made a sustainable difference, a significant impact, or work to inspire future generations.

For the first time this year, an Award for ‘City Philanthropy’ has been introduced, sponsored by the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust. Commenting on the Award,  Alderman Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of the City of London, said:  “Centuries of philanthropic practice and understanding of the value of endowed capital have ensured the UK has very well-established and effective charity and tax law  making London a global centre for managing international philanthropic funds. By celebrating and showcasing exceptional examples of social investment and charitable support, we can inspire others and maximise the impact of philanthropic giving.”

Commenting on receiving the Judges’ Special Award,  J.K. Rowling OBE and Founder of The Volant Charitable Trust  noted:   “Being recognised by The Beacon Fellowship means a great deal to me; it validates the work we are doing at The Volant Charitable Trust while recognising the value of giving in a thoughtful and intelligent manner, both of which we strive to do.

“None of us who are privileged in our daily lives and fortunate enough to have more money than we need should require a pat on the back for the act of giving, but we do need help to spread the word that responsible giving can make a difference; to individuals and communities, locally, nationally, and internationally. The Beacon Awards are a great way to convey that message.”

Profiles of all the Fellows will be featured on the site in the coming weeks. The full list of fellows is:

Beacon Award for City Philanthropy
Harvey McGrath
John Stone
2011/12 Young Philanthropy Syndicate Founders (Michael Harris, Adam Pike, Sam Cohen, Alex Dwek, Alex Gardner, Paul Gorrie, Niccolo Manzoni, Jack Prevezer, Conor Quinn)

Beacon Award for Targeted Philanthropy
Paul Marshall
Gordon Morrison
J.K. Rowling

The   Beacon Award for Philanthropy Advocate
Angila Chada & Michael McKibbin
Harris Bokhari
Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett
Kavita Oberoi

Beacon Award for Place-Based Philanthropy
Nick Ferguson CBE & Jane Ferguson
Jack Morris OBE

The Beacon Award for Cultural Philanthropy
Carol Colburn Grigor CBE
Lloyd Dorfman CBE
Sir Vernon Ellis

The Beacon Award for Impact Investment
Sir Ronald Cohen
Nick O’Donohoe
John Pontin OBE & Wendy Stephenson

Beacon Award for Pioneering Philanthropy
Richard Bradbury CBE
Stephen Dawson OBE
Michael Norton OBE
Marcelle Speller OBE

Four Special awards were made by board of judges to the following, commended for demonstrating the highest standards of philanthropy in the UK today
Sir Vernon Ellis
Harvey McGrath
J.K. Rowling OBE
John Stone