Tithe, Tax, or Trickle Down? Personal Philanthropy Today. Ruth Willis CEO South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF),  6 November Lunchtime Forum

Ruth Willis, CEO South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF) 

Developing the Contributions of Christian People: Come Along This Wednesday 6 November 12-1.30PM

Tithe, Tax or Trickle Down? Personal Philanthropy Today. 

John Wesley’s advice in terms of the morality of personal wealth was that a person should ‘Earn all you can, save all you can, and give all you can’, famously endorsed by Margaret Thatcher in her expectation that a lower taxation economy would mean that money would ‘trickle down’ to people of lesser means. 

How far does personal philanthropy really address fundamentals of deprivation in the UK today? Who gives when, when and why? and what is the best way to enable personal giving and state welfare provision through taxation to work together? And where do churches fit in to this? What relevance do community foundations and the state have in encouraging long term, local giving, now and in the future? 

Ruth Willis, CEO of South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation offers her personal reflection on these questions and examines the place of philanthropy and its relation to the work of communities and the role that churches play. She will include some models of giving through SYCF over the years – the Flood Appeal in 2010, the CSE Fund in 2015, Young Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing Fund, Deakin and Withers Fund – and the many other named Funds managed by the SYCF today. 

As usual our speaker’s theme after their address will be considered by a respondent, followed by open discussion.  

All welcome – free entry 

Venue: UTU’s library area, basement of Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield 
(entrance in Chapel Walk)
Bring your own packed lunch, tea & coffee available.
Enquiries should be addressed to UTU: 0114 2709907/ office@wordpress-1151684-4277157.cloudwaysapps.com 

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