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January 19, 2010

Felicity Loudon, fifth-generation of the founding Cadbury family, said the news that Cadbury has agreed the terms of a takeover by Kraft was awful. “It’s a horror story,” she told the BBC this morning.

Felicity Loudon, fifth-generation of the founding Cadbury family, said the news that Cadbury has agreed the terms of a takeover by Kraft was awful. "It's a horror story," she told the BBC this morning.
 

December 4, 2009

Risto Varynen is the fourth generation of a Finnish bakery business, Primula, founded by his great-grandfather in 1908. Baking is a particularly competitive business in Finland so Risto, 33, and his cousin Juha Valkamo, 44, wanted to offer something different to their customers. They decided to sell off their most profitable branch of the business and restart the company as a carbon neutral operation.

Risto Varynen is the fourth generation of a Finnish bakery business, Primula, founded by his great-grandfather in 1908. Baking is a particularly competitive business in Finland so Risto, 33, and his cousin Juha Valkamo, 44, wanted to offer something different to their customers. They decided to sell off their most profitable branch of the business and restart the company as a carbon neutral operation.

October 26, 2009

Carol Newell has made it her life’s work to make systematic change in society through philanthropy, while encouraging others to follow her lead

Already versed in traditional, large-scale family investments and portfolio management by the time she was nineteen, Carol Newell took a hard look at the possibilities of wealth when she came into her inheritance; instalments over several years which accumulated to more than $30 million in the early 1990s. 

October 26, 2009

With donations dwindling and charities suffering in economic uncertainty, there is a need now more than ever for intelligent philanthropists to lead us away from financial hardship

Globally, donations from the public, whether major donors, people running marathons or trekking in Peru, are falling. Giving USA reports a 5.7% drop in public donations to US charities in 2008, the largest drop since the group began recording donations in 1950. Two thirds of American charities have reported a decrease in their income.

October 22, 2009

It is hard to remain positive when we are surrounded with negativity: rising unemployment, falling revenues and hardship dominate the headlines. Yet now is the perfect time to turn bad news into good, writes Peter Thomas.

It is hard to remain positive when we are surrounded with negativity: rising unemployment, falling revenues and hardship dominate the daily headlines. Yet now is the perfect time to focus on the positive and turn bad news into good, writes Peter Thomas.

The global economic downturn, which has touched all of us in some way, presents us with the perfect opportunity to rethink what's important in life and the true meaning of success. From there, we can focus on how to achieve success, or more of it, for those already on their way.

August 28, 2009

Does philanthropy suffer when times are tough? A select panel from Campden’s Family Philanthropy conference discusses this question and the implications of the downturn on philanthropy

Roundtable Panel

Michael Alberich-Sebriech is an executive partner at Active Philanthropy. Previous to this position he worked for the German Bertelsmann Foundation as programme director of the Carl Bertelsmann Prize. He is also a board member of several non-profit and charitable organisations.

July 2, 2009

George Russell Jr has been awarded the Smithsonian Institute’s Woodrow Wilson award for corporate citizenship.

George Russell Jr has been awarded the Smithsonian Institute's Woodrow Wilson award for corporate citizenship. The award marks a lifetime of progress and achievement for Russell, a US family business leader whose success has allowed him to engage in philanthropy and business education. Today, he is chairman of the multifamily office Threshold.
 

June 3, 2009

The belief that applying business methods and disciplines to philanthropy and charity will make those organisations better is quite simply misguided. It speaks of distance: using your business mind-set and value system to help the poor, rather than compassion, love and a large dollop of common sense.

The belief that applying business methods and disciplines to philanthropy and charity will make those organisations better is quite simply misguided. It speaks of distance: using your business mind-set and value system to help the poor, rather than compassion, love and a large dollop of common sense.

May 13, 2009

Known affectionately as the cardboard king, Richard Pratt passed away at the end of April. The patriarch of the family-owned, $5 billion Visy business group was one of Australia’s most successful businessmen and philanthropists. Campden FB looks back at his extraordinary life.

Known affectionately as the "Cardboard King", Richard Pratt passed away at the end of April. The patriarch of the family-owned, $5 billion Visy business group was one of Australia's most successful businessmen and philanthropists. Campden FB looks back at his extraordinary life.

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