The UK’s Place in International Philanthropy

The UK has a long history of philanthropic activity. Indeed, the tradition of giving dates back to medieval times and the concept of charitable tax relief is as old as the concept of income tax itself. With the rise in global mobility of high-net-worth individuals and a greater focus on transparency, the UK has continued to be attractive as an international philanthropic centre. The Charity Commission provides charities with a reputable regulatory environment and charitable tax reliefs are available to both charities and donors. There is, nevertheless, a certain (and increasing) degree of administration, formality and disclosure involved with establishing and maintaining an English charitable structure.

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