IEPlus: J.P. Morgan Private Bank sponsors UK Beacon Awards for Philanthropy

J.P. Morgan Private Bank is to sponsor the UK-focused 8th biennial Beacon Awards for Philanthropy, which honor individuals for exceptional work and best standards in the sector.

J.P. Morgan Private Bank is to sponsor the UK-focused 8th biennial Beacon Awards for Philanthropy, which honor individuals for exceptional work and best standards in the sector.

This year the awards seek to find outstanding individuals whose work is making

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a sustainable difference, along with those who have had a significant impact on a cause, or a philanthropist who will inspire or encourage future philanthropists to give.

Contenders may be nominated by October 26th via the website http://www.beaconfellowship.org.uk/.  Philanthropists must be based in the United Kingdom/Republic of Ireland-based or focus their giving on areas of need in the UK.  The City of London Corporation and Pears Foundation are providing additional sponsorship.

There are seven different award categories in which individuals can be nominated:
* The Beacon Award for Cultural Philanthropy
* The Beacon Award for Impact Investment
* Beacon Award for Philanthropy Advocate
* Beacon Award for Pioneering Philanthropy
* Beacon Award for Place-Based Philanthropy
* Beacon Award for Targeted Philanthropy
* Beacon Award for City Philanthropy

A Beacon Champion from each category will be announced at a reception on 6 February 2013.  Previous recipients of Beacon Awards include Zac Goldsmith, Young Philanthropist in 2003 and John and Alex Timpson, Family Business Philanthropists in 2010.

Stephen Cohen, Chair of the Beacon Fellowship Charitable Trust, said the categories for nomination have been chosen to reflect new approaches to philanthropy and “with a view to sharpening our focus on celebrating work in areas where we believe that people will want to learn from examples of outstanding philanthropic practice”.

Rebecca Eastmond, head of Philanthropic Services EMEA at J.P. Morgan Private Bank commented: “We welcome the chance to reflect upon the significant contributions made by UK philanthropists to both this nation and to the world. The Awards recognise those philanthropists who have set aside and used their money, energy and time for philanthropy effectively and, in doing so, have made a real difference to society. The best giving does not begin or end with signing a cheque.”

The Beacon Awards were established in 2003 and so far 79 people have been recognised as Beacon Fellows.

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