Belfast Telegraph

Two-week celebration to mark Ulster's big-hearted charitable giving

By Staff Reporter

Businesses will be reminded of the importance of giving to arts and culture as part of Philanthrophy Fortnight.

The two-week celebration of Northern Ireland's strong tradition of charitable giving begins today.

On Thursday, Arts and Business NI will host Cultural Giving Tax Guide - a seminar at the Lyric Theatre on the tax benefits of efficient giving to arts and culture.

Sandara Kelso-Robb of Giving Northern Ireland said Northern Ireland punched above its weight when it came to helping those in need.

"Philanthropy and charitable giving really goes to the heart of what we are as a people in Northern Ireland," she said.

Philanthropy Fortnight focuses on the practice of investing in good causes and explores new ways of promoting and developing strategic giving.

The organisations involved include Community Foundation for NI, Fermanagh Trust, the Linenhall Library, Queen's University, Arts & Business NI, Lloyds Bank Foundation for NI, Volunteer Now and The East Belfast Development Agency.

Andrew McCracken, chief executive of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, said: "Philanthropy Fortnight represents a great opportunity to celebrate the generosity and charitable spirit that is evident in our community while also highlighting the need to continue encouraging and enabling people to give to causes and issues that are important to them."

The fortnight's events include a celebration of 30 years of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for Northern Ireland.

US philanthropy expert Professor Angela Eikenberry will also address events. See www.givingnorthernireland.org for more details.

Belfast Telegraph

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