26th May 2016

Prism the Gift Fund hold events throughout the year to bring the subject of philanthropy to the forefront of discussion. The events are aimed at clients in the intermediary market in order to educated them around the diversity of opportunity in the philanthropy space. Our 2015/16 event series, kindly sponsored by Close Brothers Asset Management, focuses on philanthropy being a response to specific crises. The aim of these events is to bring to light the advantages of philanthropy as a way of aiding difficult situations. For each event in the three event series, we’ve carefully handpicked charities that show innovation and clear sector specialism.

The first event with the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) was held on the 11th November 2015. This was entitled ‘Philanthropy as a Response to Epidemic and Infectious Disease’. The evening featured a key note speaker, Professor Piot, who discovered the Ebola virus. The event was a great success and received very positive feedback. We feel it’s important to open up the discussion of philanthropy in a relaxed environment that benefits both the intermediaries and the charities.

After focusing on medical funding with the RSM, we decided to move into a different area of charity work for our second event on the 16th March 2016. The marine conservation charity, Blue Marine Foundation, opened up the conversation about philanthropy and its ability to fund key projects tackling one of the largest environmental challenges we face today- overfishing. With some of the top academics in the field, we enjoyed a factual and poignant evening with the charity.

Our final event of the series will be in association with the Henry Jackson Society (HJS) on May the 26th. This will discuss the protection of human rights and how philanthropists can fund the research of small charities like the HJS. We are delighted to announce that Douglas Murray will be joining us on the evening. Douglas will be discussing philanthropy as a response to contemporary western society’s security problems.

The aim of this event series is to allow charities to bring up the importance of philanthropy in a laid back but informative environment. Philanthropists have the opportunity to make a real difference for smaller charities and more established ones too. By connecting the private client world with the charity world, we hope to achieve healthier level of communications between the two.

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