The Sainsbury family, best known for founding the supermarket of the same name, has topped the Sunday Times’s annual giving list after donating 30.62% of their £540m fortune to charity last year.
Despite being well-known for their philanthropic endeavours, it is the first time the family has led the giving list. It is also the first time in the ranking’s history that the person (or family) that gave away the largest sum of money also gave away the largest portion of their wealth.
Dame Janet de Botton – a granddaughter of Great Universal Stores founder Sir Isaac Wolfson – gave away 27.37% of her £200m to medical research, education and the arts to be ranked second, with construction magnate Terry Brammall third.
Other prolific donors include entertainers Sir Elton John and Bono, golfer Colin Montgomerie and Apple vice-president Sir Jonathan Ive. In total, 165 individual donors and families gave away more than £1m of their wealth to charity – with 20 giving more than £25m.
The annual giving list uses Charity Commission data to rank philanthropists based on their annual charitable activities. It complements the Sunday Times rich list, which this year found the accumulative wealth of the 1,000 richest Brits had now reached a third of the UK’s GDP.
The Sainsbury family, which includes Tory peer Lord Sainsbury, primarily supports education, the arts and humanitarian charities. The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, which it set up to oversee 18 grant-making trusts, has helped fund a range of institutions, from arts centres and science labs to libraries and mental health charities.
The publication of the giving list follows a survey by BNP Paribas Wealth Management, which found that 79% of high net-worth individuals described the worldwide need for philanthropic giving as “urgent”.
Photo: Elliott Brown via Flickr
Like our Facebook Page
How to Find an Eco-Friendly Termite Control Service Provider in Malaysia
Eco-Friendly Vegans Win Most Battles Not the War
3 Iconic Chicago Billboards Eco-Friendly Advertisers Can Learn from
EnviroSolar’s Abe Issa Discusses Success in Green Entrepreneurship
How Sports Could Be Impacted by Climate Change
What Eco-Friendly Patients Should Know about Online Therapy
6 Reasons Why Meal Delivery Services are Eco-Friendly
The Path for Retail’s Sustainable Future
4 Eco-Friendly Ways to Treat a Sinus Infection
4 Strategies for Eco-Friendly Real Estate Investors to Find Properties
How Managed Print Services Helps to Reduce Paper Waste
Why Scientists Are Concerned About ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Drinking Water
Meat Farming Is Only Getting Smarter, Easier & Eco-Friendlier
What is Eco-Friendly Homesteading and How Does it Affect Your Insurance?
Importance of Using a Water Purifier in an Area with High Pollution
Alternative Financing Ideas for Green Businesses that Shun Banks
Tencel Material Demand Shows Britain Is More Eco-Friendlier Than Ireland
How To Invest in Clean Energy Stocks in Only Five Easy Steps!
How To Secure Funding As An Eco-Entrepreneur?
4 Amazing Eco-Friendly Businesses Worth Starting in 2021
- Features8 months ago
Seven Health and Safety Tips for Eco-Friendly Products in a Green Home
- Energy9 months ago
Eco-Friendly Homeowners Lower Carbon Footprints through Greater Air Conditioner Efficiency
- Features8 months ago
Essential Guidelines for Eco-friendly Moving into new Home
- Invest10 months ago
The Eco-Friendly Evolution of Bitcoin Over the Years