9th November 2016

On Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, Prism the Gift Fund (Prism) partnered with Close Brothers AM to celebrate the growth of the collective fund and to highlight the work that our clients do, their different approaches to charity work, and the ways in which Prism the Gift Fund enables them to continue pursuing their respective missions. The event was entitled ‘The Changing Face of Philanthropy: Creating New Ways of Giving’, and was kindly hosted by Mishcon de Reya at their beautiful Holborn offices. Throughout the evening, Dani Lawrence of Help Refugees, Thomas Harding, author of The House by the Lake and founder of Alexander Haus, and Ed Wethered, Founder and CEO of Raise Your Hands, discussed their amazing work and answered the audience’s questions. Chairing the panel was Prism the Gift Fund’s Head of Strategy and Operations, Morgan Kainth, who opened the discussion by introducing the speakers and their charities.

Help Refugees provides assistance to those in refugee camps across Europe and in the Middle East. Speaking first, Dani Lawrence detailed Help Refugees’ humble beginnings with a hashtag on social media and collection point in North London, and their rapid growth in to the largest grassroots provider of humanitarian aid in Europe. What sets Help Refugees apart, she explained, is the immediacy of their connection to both their donors and work. It is their collaboration with Prism, who oversees their financial and administrative structure, that enables them to continue engaging so actively with their community. For Help Refugees, Prism the Gift Fund offers credibility and security, providing the structure that enables their crucial field work to continue.

Thomas Harding of Alexander Haus followed, with the fascinating story of his family’s connection to, life within, and rediscovery of the historic Alexander Haus in Berlin, Germany.  Since it was built by Mr. Harding’s grandfather, Alexander Haus has been both a participant in, and reflection of, German history. The charity’s mission is multifaceted: to preserve the structure itself while using its history to promote education and collaboration within the community, and to promote the integration of refugees within German society. This work, Mr. Harding explained, would not be possible without Prism the Gift Fund, which has enabled his organization to focus on educational programmes by handling the charity’s administrative structure.

Raise Your Hands was the final featured collective fund of the night. Founder Ed Wethered discussed Raise Your Hands’ goal of engaging people that are interested in charity work but unsure of how to give in order to act as a fundraising platform for deserving charities. By focusing on creating a community of members, Raise Your Hands aims to promote active engagement with small children’s charities, and to facilitate charitable giving for young people that may not know how to get involved. Like the speakers before him, Mr. Wethered discussed the ways in which working with Prism has enabled Raise Your Hands to focus on building its community and developing the organisations it collaborates with.

In their presentations as well as in the discussion that followed, all three speakers underscored the community-based aspect of their particular charities, and the ways in which this model enables them to connect with their donors and the respective groups they serve in a  profound and meaningful way. At Prism the Gift Fund, we are committed to empowering our collective funds to continue pursuing and refining their work by providing them with administrative structure, credibility, and security. To see more about our collective fund model, please visit https://prismthegiftfund.co.uk/collective-funds/ .

The event was followed by a reception, and was met with great success. Prism the Gift Fund would like to thank all three of our featured collective funds for participating, Mischon de Reya for their hospitality, and Close Brothers Asset Management for their generous support.