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Consultation outcome

Giving Green Paper

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

The government published the Giving White Paper as a response to the earlier Green Paper on Giving. The second White Paper marks progress a year on.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from 29 December 2010 00:00 to
9 March 2011 23:45


The Giving Green Paper is inviting comments on giving time and money with the aim of starting a national debate about giving in our society.


Consultation description

The Giving Green Paper sets out the government’s initial ideas for building a stronger culture of giving time and money to start a national debate on our society’s attitude to giving. This is not a conventional green paper. We want it to embody a collective approach to building culture change so it is written from a variety of perspectives.

In addition to our own proposals and announcements, we have highlighted many ideas from outside of government. Taken together, the ideas and examples in this paper highlight the huge amount of innovative and creative activity going on across the country to stimulate social action.

Accompanying essays

As part of the green paper process, we asked a number of respected leaders and thinkers from a wide range of fields to share their thoughts on the subject of giving. The essays cover a wide range of topics from practical issues such as the role of venture philanthropy and how to make better use of technology, to more philosophical perspectives such as the role of giving in increasing well-being.

These essays are intended to be thought provoking and spark wider discussions about giving. All the essays are independent and express the views of the authors in their own words.

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