Beacon Awards 2013
Published: 8 February 2013
City philanthropists honoured at ceremony
Eleven City philanthropists were named among 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 Bridge Trust and
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.
The winners of the City Philanthropy award, a category
introduced for the first time this year, were ex-Man Group, former
Goldman Sachs and Prudential chairman Harvey McGrath, entrepreneur
John Stone who made his wealth in insurance, and a group of nine
young professionals from a number of City firms who together
founded the Young Philanthropy Syndicate: Michael Harris, Adam
Pike, Sam Cohen, Alex Dwek, Alex Gardner, Paul Gorrie, Niccolo
Manzoni, Jack Prevezer, Conor Quinn.
Both McGrath and Stone won special Judges Awards for their
philanthropic work and as role models, along with author JK Rowling
and Sir Vernon Ellis.
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
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