Trusts as ‘underground rivers’

Friday 21 December 2018

Today’s image of philanthropy raises questions about the visibility and understanding of foundations and their activities. As Anthony Sampson stated:

‘the great family trusts are like underground rivers in a barren countryside, the only signs of whose existence are the green fields they make fertile in unexpected places’

Samspon, A. (1971). The New Anatomy of Britain. London: Hodder and Stoughton. p.208


Drawing on some of the findings from our ‘Images of Philanthropy’ Initiative, each entry in this accompanying blog series introduces one image that has been put forward in an academic or non-academic context to depict or characterise an aspect of philanthropy in its different forms and expressions.

For further information about the ‘Images of Philanthropy’ Initiative, please contact Dr Tobias Jung.

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