March 24, 2021

Three Ways Donors’ Generosity Makes an Impact: NPT UK DAF Grant Highlights

Author National Philanthropic Trust

NPT UK is driven by our mission to make philanthropy more convenient and efficient for donors. By using a donor-advised fund (DAF) to manage their giving, private clients can support a wide range of causes all around the world and make a lasting impact on people’s lives.

Our donors are active grant makers. The effects of COVID-19 on society’s most vulnerable are still of great concern. Here are just a few examples of how grants from our donors’ DAF are making a difference.

Supporting Children Through the Global Pandemic

COVID-19 lockdowns and the closure of schools across the UK have severely disrupted children’s education. This had a particularly devasting effect on disadvantaged children and their families.

A £40,000 grant was recommended to support a charity based in the North of England working to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged children. Their work helps children through critical phases in education and helps innovative teachers improve the education chances of children in the region.

An NPT UK donor also recommended a £1.3m grant to an international youth development charity to advance the education of children in disadvantaged communities, promote access to employment for young people and support vulnerable small entrepreneurs.

Funding Medical Research

NPT UK DAF donors have made generous grants to support long-term medical research.

Recently, a donor recommended a £200,000 donation to support a UK-based charity that trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease. Their aim is to develop more efficient diagnostics leading to better patient outcomes. The grant was specifically made to support the cost of the COVID-19 research and training programme for such dogs to be deployed into healthcare settings throughout the UK.

NPT UK DAFs have also been used to recommend grants to outstanding medical research centres. A renowned European research institute received a £230,000 grant for its COVID-19 research cluster, dedicated to the development of diagnostic tools and vaccine candidates.

Conserving Our Natural Environment

Conservation and environmental protection charities continue to receive our donor’s support.

A donor made three consecutive grants for a conservation trust to make land acquisition in Namibia. The grants will help to conserve, protect and improve the physical and natural environment of the nature reserve. Another donor supported an Australian charity to carry out a bushfire recovery programme, planting trees and preserving national parks and Australian native species.

For more information about how NPT UK can help you or your clients, please contact us.

NPT UK is not affiliated with any of the organisations described herein, and the inclusion of any organisation in this material should not be considered an endorsement by NPT UK of such organisation, or its services or products.


Natalie Pinon is Director of Development at NPT UK. She has over 15 years of experience working with philanthropists and impact investors to manage their giving.



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