Bristol plays host to UK’s largest gathering of philanthropists

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England

Bristol played host to the UK’s largest gathering of people connected with philanthropy for the benefit of communities across the UK.

The UK Community Foundations Conference, sponsored by the Bristol office of accountancy and investment management group, Smith & Williamson, welcomed guest speakers including John Bird MBE, founder of The Big Issue and Sir Tim Smit KBE, chief executive of The Eden Project.

Best practice of community giving was discussed by the speakers, as well as the scale and scope of what is possible in the sector.

The aim of the event, which spanned three days and hosted over 300 representatives of Community Foundations, was to raise the profile of how effective and inspiring local giving can be when “philanthropy meets community”.

The conference was hosted by the South West’s Community Foundations, which include Quartet Community Foundation.

Caroline Duckworth, Chief Executive of Quartet Community Foundation, comments: “We are delighted to report that the event was a huge success.

“It was attended by leaders in the field of community philanthropy as well as finance experts and network investors in the UK. The conference also attracted international delegates from Europe and Canada.”

John Erskine, who heads the Investment Management team at the Bristol office of Smith & Williamson, comments: “We were pleased to be the main sponsor of the UK Community Foundations Conference, especially as we currently work with a number of Community Foundations, amongst many other charities.”

The event was held at the University of Bristol’s Wills Memorial Building and Victoria Rooms and was organised by First City Events.