Welcome to Charity 2020

Charity 2020 is the successor to Charity 2000 which was
established in 1998 by a group of people associated with the voluntary sector to highlight and promote excellence and high-level achievements in public and professional life.


Photo of Lincoln’s Inn Fields by Tony Nunn

We wish all our regular participants and more recent guests every happiness and success for you and your loved ones over Christmas and the New Year – please see below for our future dates.

Dates for our luncheon meetings for you to put in your diaries for next year:
Tuesday 17 March: Anne-Marie Piper senior charity partner at Farrers will offer her insights; venue Farrers. Book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/charity2020-17th-march-2020-tickets-89732719981
Tuesday 30 June venue Sarasin & Partners, Juxon House, 100 St Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8BU Julia Unwin DBE will speak about her critical report. Book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/charity2020-3rd-june-2020-tickets-89733217469
Tuesday 22 September venue Stone King, Boundary House, 91 Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6HR speaker to be announced. Book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/charity2020-22nd-september-2020-tickets-89733735017
Wednesday 25 November venue Carter Lemon camerons LLP, 10 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4HJ speaker to be announced. Book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/charity2020-25th-november-2020-tickets-89734477237
As usual, bookings will be done through Eventbrite. All meetings start at 12pm for an informal buffet lunch so that everyone can network followed by the speaker at 1pm followed by questions and answers concluding at 2pm precisely. At the moment we are able to offer these luncheon meetings without charge thanks to the generosity of our sponsor hosts, to whom we are most grateful, but donations to Charity 2020 are always welcome so that we can cover overheads. Our bank details are a/c Charity 2020, a/c no.96878592, sort code 60-18-20 NatWest Bank.
Finally, if you know of anyone who would wish to be included on our mailing list for further notifications (or if you wish to be removed from our mailing list or your details have changed) please let me know with name of the person, position and charity/organisation and email address.

Charity 2020 brings together senior people in the charitable sector to meet leading figures from this and other sectors to gain the benefit of their views on major topics of current interest.

Details of our meetings, both past and future, can be found on our Meetings page: we have an exciting programme with keynote speakers. Previous meetings include an inspiring talk from Caroline Mason CBE, CEO of Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, who spoke about a partnership between funders and charities and a fascinating address by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE on Constructive Journalism which left us all with a spring in our step – reporting of positive as well as negative events.

On Wednesday 29 May 2019 Baroness Tina Stowell, Chair of the Charity Commission, gave an inspiring and challenging address about the future of the charity sector and the issues we must confront. She then fielded a wide range of questions from a capacity audience. [see her full speech under Presentations]
Farrers’ Charity Partner Julian Smith, Baroness Stowell & Keith Best 
On 23 September 2019 we were due to have Julia Unwin CBE, Chair of the Independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society, to speak on the findings of the report which have already excited considerable interest. Sadly, she has had to postpone this for pressing personal reasons but has assured us of her presence on a subsequent occasion to be arranged.
In place of Julia we were delighted that on 23 September Mark Astarita, a highly distinguished and experienced fundraiser, spoke authoritatively on the current situation for the Third Sector in both fundraising and recruitment and the challenges for the future.

Mark is widely known in fundraising both in the UK and internationally. He holds the record for being voted the most influential person in fundraising in the Uk four times. He held the position of Executive Director of Fundraising for 14 years at the British Red Cross, where he was responsible for raising £1.7bn during his tenure. He has probably managed more emergency appeals than anyone one else in the UK and arguably fundraised more than another other UK fundraiser.

Almost 2 years ago Mark was asked to lead a new virtual fundraising Hub for 191 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies across the world a role intially managed by his new company Astarita Aldrich & Ward. Essentially the Hub will act as an internal consultancy for the world largest humanitarian movement.  AAW is a Global  Fundraising & Recruitment Agency manged by 3 former successful directors of fundraising and communications. Mark is the first A in AAW!

In addition to being a past Chair of the Institute of Fundraising, Mark has been Chair of the Board of the Jaipur Limb Campaign and a trustee of VSO’s  International Board.  He was a trustee of St Joseph Hospice and is currently a trustee of St Clare’s Hospice in Harlow.

In his proudest achievement he was the principle advisor the Boards of the London Bombing Charitable Relief Fund, Manchester One Love Emergency Fund and the London Emergency Trust. He was awarded an OBE in 2015.

Mark and his colleagues advise charities specifically in developing robust fundraising and marketing strategies and or supporting the recruitment of the finest charity talent in the world.

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For our Tuesday 26 November 2019 meeting we were to host Baroness Diana Barran MBE Parliamentary Under Secretary for Civil Society and DCMS Lords Minister but, due to the general election being called, she had to decline.  I was delighted, however, that Philip Kirkpatrick, Deputy Managing Partner and Head of Charity at solicitors Bates Wells & Braithwaite, agreed to come to speak to us. Some of you may have read in the latest Civil Society News, in which he was quoted, about his proposal for an alternative governance model for charities styled an “assured unitary governance” model, that would put paid trustees at the heart of running large charities. He stated that the usual board structure of an unpaid group of trustees who meet a few times a year is not an appropriate way to govern large, complex operational charities and said: “The governance model for large complex charities is completely broken…. It is starting to look a little backward.” 

This was a fascinating session for all those with views on how governance can be done better – his full presentation can be found under the page on this website Presentations.

Next year we shall be kindly hosted at a number of venues:
at Farrers in 66 Lincoln’s Inn Fields for our Spring meeting (date to be announced) then
on Tuesday 30 June 2020 at Sarasins,
on Tuesday 22 September 2020 at Stone King and
on Wednesday 25 November 2020 at Carter Lemon Camerons
as usual, at 12pm there will be the buffet lunch followed by our speaker at 1pm and questions finishing on the dot of 2pm.
We are most grateful to these firms for so kindly agreeing to sponsor us. The identities of the speakers on each occasion will be announced in due course.

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We can accommodate up to 40 guests, so there will be the opportunity for interesting points to be made and developed.

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