What makes Talking Philanthropy different?

The format of Talking Philanthropy, fosters problem-solving and encourages innovation and creative ideas. Speakers and attendees identify challenges and discuss solutions through talks, panels, and Q&A sessions. Talking Philanthropy provides an opportunity for participants to take time to think beyond the day-to-day of their work, reflect on the sector and how it impacts the world.

In previous years, Talking Philanthropy has focused on philanthropy in Asia, generational wealth transition, and women in philanthropy, mission, and leadership.

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For aGlobal Audience

Co-hosted & Virtual

Talking Philanthropy is a multi-regional, hybrid, virtual event, bringing together live gatherings in different regions across the world, as well as online participants.

Kirsty Lang Interviews

Forums without borders

In light of the pandemic and the implementation of travel restrictions and social distancing measures, 2021 was the first forum available virtually. We hosted speakers from 10 countries and online participants from 52 countries.

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

United Nations Foundation supporting Talking Philanthropy 2021

We are delighted to have the United Nations Foundation on board as our partners for Talking Philanthropy 2021


Bill & Melinda GatesFoundation

About Our Partners

We are delighted to have received the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Talking Philanthropy 2021. We have partnered with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and The University of Cambridge Judge Business School as co-hosts for Talking Philanthropy. As well, forum partners include The United Nations Foundation, Birdlife International, Vim & Vigour PR, and Billionaire Magazine.

“The Event was an eye-opener regarding nurturing genuine relationships with Donors in a Switched-on World”

Philanthropy Awards

The Global Philanthropic Philanthropy Award is an opportunity to recognise outstanding members of the philanthropic community, whose actions inspire others to do good and make the world a better place. Global Philanthropic created the award in 2017 to acknowledge the best leaders and innovators in the sector, to inspire future generation of leaders in philanthropy, and to provide a platform to showcase the power of philanthropy on a global stage.

The philanthropy award nomination forms is opened 3 months in advance of the next Talking Philanthropy forum with award recipients being announced at the forum.

Previous Philanthropy Award Recipients:

Lifetime Contribution to Philanthropy 2021:
Fran Perrin OBE

Outstanding Young Leader 2021 (Joint Winner):
Marcus Rashford MBE

Outstanding Young Leader 2021 (Joint Winner):
Dexter Yang

Winner 2017:
Geoff Holt MBE

Joint Winner 2018:
Yann Borgstedt

Joint Winner 2018:
Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

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