We advise families on their approach for philanthropy, usually as an integral part of the wider family strategy. We also provide technical advice, structures, investment services and full operational support where required.

Our approach

​We believe in a more strategic approach to philanthropy, one that meets your short or medium-term philanthropic objectives but also formally integrates philanthropy with succession planning and takes account of long-held family values.

This means ensuring the next generation is actively involved with the family’s philanthropy decision making, working together with other family members to embrace their values fully and moving forward harmoniously in pursuit of worthwhile causes.

Managing your philanthropic investments

Managing the investments of philanthropic foundations is recognised as a specialist activity. It requires significant understanding of the particular issues connected with charities and charitable foundations. We have considerable experience in this area, dating back more than forty years.

We have designed investment strategies, portfolios and reporting structures to meet the specific needs of charitable foundations; including spending policies which ensure that the real value of an endowment is preserved in the long-term.

Where we have a broader involvement with the charity, and often with other aspects of family finance, a philanthropic policy can inform and inspire our investment choices and day-to-day financial decisions.

Establishing structures and governance

​Stonehage Fleming will recommend, implement and operate appropriate structures, with suitable objectives, grant-making policies, governance and decision-making processes. All of these are designed to align with wider family finances and governance.

With our international experience we have expertise in helping families to create philanthropic structures in jurisdictions around the world. In addition to this, we can help charities deal with any tax or legal considerations in making donations outside of their country of jurisdiction.

Management and administration services

Where required, we provide management and administration services to implement the family’s philanthropic objectives. We can receive and assess applications and deal with grants in accordance with the decisions of trustees or family members.

​Where grants are made on a multi-year basis, we can report back on progress in the interim and the appropriateness of completing the grant programme.

Case studies

Working with a family dividing assets and investment portfolios across multiple generations

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Preparing the next generation to handle complex investment issues

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Creating a structured approach to charitable giving

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Highlights from the Family Investment Conference - Philanthropy

Hamish Sinclair and special guest Christopher Holder discuss applying practical wisdom to passion in philanthropy

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We see the benefits of taking a structured approach to philanthropy

Priyanka Hindocha at the Stonehage Fleming Family Investment Conference 2023

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How can we help?

There is no substitution for a personal conversation. If you are interested in hearing more about how we can help please get in touch and one of our experts will contact you.

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