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October 9, 2013

A top athlete’s name, money and drive can be an incredible boost for a charity, but does a career at the pinnacle of sport prepare you for life as a philanthropist? CampdenFB reports

After the final slog towards the Arc de Triomphe on the last leg of the 2005 Tour de France, world famous cyclist Lance Armstrong took to the podium to take the yellow jersey for a record-breaking seventh time.

Over the course of his career “le Boss” had become a household name – his tale made all the more powerful because it was a near miracle that he had ever raced at all. At the age of 25, Armstrong had been diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer, and even after hasty surgery doctors had only given him a 40% chance of survival. But survive he did.

March 14, 2013

Wealthy people in the UK would donate more if charitable organisations could prove their impact more clearly, according to a study by New Philanthropy Capital.

Wealthy people in the UK would donate more if charitable organisations could prove their impact more clearly, according to a study by New Philanthropy Capital.

A report by the research and consultancy group found the wealthy were “less satisfied” with the information available to them to assess a charity’s effectiveness compared to those on lower incomes.

March 13, 2013

There is an increasing desire among wealthy people to give money to charitable causes, but they often find philanthropy isn't straightforward, according to SEI's Jeff Ladouceur.

There is an increasing desire among wealthy people to give money to charitable causes, but they often find philanthropy isn't straightforward, according to SEI's Jeff Ladouceur.

January 19, 2011

Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, will sell its shares in fertiliser company Mosaic, in a move designed to ensure the company remains 100% privately owned.

Cargill, the world's largest agricultural commodities trader, will sell its shares in fertiliser company Mosaic, in a move designed to ensure the company remains 100% privately owned.  

Founded nearly 150 years ago, the Minnesota-based company is still controlled by around 80 members of the Cargill and MacMillan families. The company said in a statement that the Mosaic transaction would help it accomplish the objective of "maintaining its status as a private company".

September 29, 2008

Newman’s Own, the company started by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, who died last Friday, has pledged to continue to donate all profits to charity through the Newman's Own Foundation.

Newman's Own, the company started by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman (pictured), who died last Friday, has pledged to continue to donate all profits to charity through the Newman's Own Foundation.
 
Since it started, Newman's Own has generated over $250 million for thousands of charities worldwide. Its motto, "Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good," was defined by Newman from the moment he founded the business with his friend AE Hotchner in 1982.
 

May 1, 2007

The recent glut of bonuses in the City of London has led to an explosion of trade for luxury jewellers such as family-owned Boodles. Marc Smith talks with fourth-generation managing director Michael Wainwright about Boodles, blood diamonds and Bond Street

The recent glut of bonuses in the City of London has led to an explosion of trade for luxury jewellers such as family-owned Boodles. Marc Smith talks with fourth-generation managing director Michael Wainwright about Boodles, blood diamonds and Bond Street.

Marc Smith is deputy editor of Families in Business.

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