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The Beacon Awards for Philanthropy has launched a search for inspirational philanthropists in the UK. As local Beacon agents, Oxfordshire Community Foundation are keen to find nominees from Oxfordshire for the prestigious philanthropy awards, which will be presented in April 2015.

Beacon Awards are presented to those whose giving is creating a permanent legacy, and whose giving will inspire others to give and contains useful lessons for other philanthropists. Previous winners include J.K. Rowling, Sir Bob Geldof and Zac Goldsmith. Nominations for the prestigious awards are now open and will close on 5th December 2014.

The main award is the Beacon Award for Philanthropy. In addition Beacon will also be presenting:

  • Beacon Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation
  • Beacon Award for an Outstanding Partnership Between a Philanthropist and a Charity
  • Beacon Award for City Philanthropy (sponsored by the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust through its project City Philanthropy – A Wealth of Opportunity)
  • Beacon Award for Cultural Philanthropy
  • Beacon Award for Impact Investment

Gay Huey Evans, Chairman of the Beacon Awards said: “The UK has a tradition of philanthropy to be proud of – from George Cadbury, the chocolate heir who set up the Bourneville Village Trust in the 19th century, to Dame Cicely Saunders who laid the foundations of the modern-day hospice movement in the 20th century. The Beacon Awards honour the incredible men and women who are building on that heritage in order to inspire others to give.”

The deadline for nominations is 6.00pm on Friday 5th December 2014. The Beacon Awards ceremony will take place at the old City of London Boys School on 21st April 2015. For full details of the categories, eligibility and criteria or to nominate someone for an award please visit the Beacon website.

If you would like to nominate someone from the Oxfordshire community for a Beacon Award, please contact us.