14th Aug 2019

Research reveals a vast history of philanthropy in North East England

Philanthropy, what does it mean?
Professor Charles Harvey and Sandra King at the GeNErosity Launch event in November 2019

Newcastle University, in partnership with the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland brings you Philanthropy - The North East Story.

First launched at the GeNErosity Festival in November 2018, this vast research surveys the history of philanthropy in the North East of England over a period of more than 900 years and is now available via a dedicated website here.

The research, conducted by the Newcastle Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Wealth and Philanthropy (REWP), reveals how the North East would be very different today, less socially and culturally rich, if not for philanthropy.

In the North East, wealth generated from land, mining, shipping, industry and trade has been invested philanthropically over successive historical eras in community assets that continue to enrich our lives today.

Acts of generosity in the past significantly impact on our everyday lives in the present. Many of our schools, libraries, hospitals, universities, churches, parks and gardens and community organizations are rooted in philanthropy, inspired across generations by care for others and desire for a better society.

Philanthropy has never been the exclusive domain of the wealthy; social activism, volunteering and collective philanthropy have also been pivotal in delivering meaningful social change and in creating institutions we continue to hold dear.

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The GeNErosity Festival took place in November 2018. To find out more about the festival and it's success, you can read the evaluation report below.

Explore the history of philanthropy in North East England

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