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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