International Development Dinner with BondIn April, Chairs and senior Board Trustees of leading international development and humanitarian charities gathered for a dinner at Villandry St James, jointly hosted by Saxton Bampfylde and Bond - the UK membership body for organisations working in international development. Led by Peter Bennett Jones, the Chair of Save the Children UK, alongside Bond’s newly appointed CEO, Tamsyn Barton, and Saxton Bampfylde’s Aidan Kennedy, the discussion focused on how Boards in the sector can help to solidify commitment and understanding from both government and the wider public on the benefits and critical importance of UK international Aid. The imperative of embedding conviction behind the UK’s financial contribution in Aid - highlighting the benefit to the UK, was discussed, as was a focus on making sure that the sector’s own transparency, performance and messaging was of the highest calibre in order to build wider trust in the work of UK Aid. A robust and candid debate, the conversation ranged widely with co-ordinated actions discussed and agreed.
Annual Social Impact CEO DinnerThis Spring, Chief Executives from some of the UK’s most prominent social sector organisations joined Saxton Bampfylde at the Foundling Museum in Russell Square for dinner and discussions on social investment funding. Scott Greenhalgh, Executive Chair of Bridges Evergreen Holdings opened the conversation with a presentation on this form of funding. Scott is Executive Chairman of the Bridges Evergreen Holdings, an investment vehicle that provides patient capital to support social sector organisations and mission-led businesses. Scott’s presentation explored three key areas: the origins of social investment, what it involves and crucially, how it can be used to support social sector organisations.
Annual Social Impact Chairs DinnerIn May of this year, Saxton Bampfylde hosted a dinner for Chairs of leading social impact organisations for dinner around the theme of fundraising. The evening’s speaker was Caroline Underwood, founder and leader of the Philanthropy Company, who discussed “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” of charity fundraising before opening the floor for a lively discussion of our guests’ own experiences and reflections on fundraising in the sector. The overriding theme of the open discussion was ethical fundraising and board practice, and the requirement to balance fundraising best practice with the drive to deliver to charitable organisations’ beneficiaries.