Who we are

Our Team

Our team builds relationships with inspiring people and organisations, and works with them to change local lives. We also help make it easy for people to give. Find out more about our team, including how to contact them.

You can also get in touch with us any time using mail@islingtongiving.org.uk

Our Board

Our Board makes strategic decisions to ensure we can be as effective as possible in our support for life changing work in our borough.

Our Board Members are local residents, and people who work in and care about Islington.

Some of our Board Members represent organisations who have been working to change lives in London for many years. Others are part of global businesses operating in the borough. All contribute to address poverty and inequality in Islington:

  • Stephen Burns – Peabody Trust
  • Maggie Elliott (Vice Chair) – Cloudesley
  • Leigh Harrison – Macquarie
  • Kate Simpson – The Morris Charitable Trust / Business Design Centre
  • James Kempton – Cripplegate Foundation
  • Sarah Lee (Chair) – Cripplegate Foundation
  • Lucy Palfreyman – Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • Fiona Rawes – City Bridge Trust
  • Manny Wiafe – Cripplegate Foundation

Together, since 2010:

  • thousands of local people who care about Islington have given money, time, space, ideas, and networks to to address poverty and inequality in Islington
  • we have worked with local partners to support over 30,000 people in Islington
  • with our partner, BIG Alliance, we have encouraged over 9,000 people to give their time and skills to change lives
  • we have funded over 130 local organisations to support life-changing activities for local people
  • we have pioneered new ways of working with local people, shifting the power for decision-making about our grants to local residents
  • We inspired the founding of London’s Giving and 20 other local giving schemes across London
  • Our work has featured in nationwide reviews of place-based giving. You can read more on this here.

You can see who is involved, and the difference giving makes near you, by using our interactive map.

London’s Giving

We are proud to be at the forefront of the place-based giving movement, a new way of connecting people with their communities to create change. This approach is growing nationwide.

As the first ‘Giving’ in London, we inspired the London’s Giving movement, which is now active in 20 boroughs.

Read more about the growing London’s Giving movement.

Our History

In 2010, local people came together with local and national organisations to launch Islington Giving at the offices of The Guardian, on York Way. Together, they wanted to act on the findings of the ‘Invisible Islington’ report, published by Cripplegate Foundation in 2008.

The report shone a light on the complex challenges facing many Islington residents. Because we believe that everyone in Islington deserves a good life, the report made us determined to bring people together from all walks of life, so that we could improve the lives of residents.

Our Finances

Every penny donated to Islington Giving is spent supporting life-changing work in the local community.

Cripplegate Foundation administers Islington Giving, and hold all fiduciary and legal responsibility for us. Cripplegate Foundation is a registered charity, number 207499, and company limited by guarantee, number 6129936.

Want to find out more before getting involved?

We send out a monthly newsletter to supporters and other people who want to find out more about inspiring things happening in Islington. You can sign up to receive this here.

You can also contact us any time using mail@islingtongiving.org.uk