There are times when social good is
best achieved through donating cash to a specific and urgent cause.
That will never change. But the scale of human need has become so great
that it cannot be remedied only by giving to specific ‘good
causes’. Society is under threat from disadvantage, distress
and disaffection. These problems are pervasive, affecting the richer,
developed world as well as the poorest nations, and can escalate into
disorder and conflict if ignored.
The JenLi Foundation aims to help
achieve a transformational shift in the capability of the Third Sector*
to tackle and resolve these problems. Recognising the
financially-constrained circumstances of Governments and Municipalities
across the globe, and the limitations of a shareholder-driven private
sector, we see that philanthropic organisations and related actors must
be enabled to contribute at a much larger scale to achieve greater
In rising to this challenge, JenLi has
developed a project-centred model of intervention in the urban
environment, aimed at achieving social, economic and environmental
benefit through attracting radically greater capital sums for
The Foundation harnesses the growing
energy of a new breed of philanthropist, combining altruistic zeal with
entrepreneurial instinct, and seeks to use both to secure the
well-being of communities and individuals.
JenLi embraces principles of due
diligence, transparency and accountability to achieve more effective
deployment of resource and, most importantly, the achievement of
tangible social outcomes at a community scale.
* The Third Sector refers to the place between
Government and the Private Sector; it embraces not-for-profit,
volunteer, charitable and non-governmental organisations.
We seek widespread support in pursuit
of these endeavours to create, in partnership with others, a
step-change in the role and capability of the Third Sector, and to
secure the welfare and prosperity of society.
(Sir Richard is a former UK Government Minister,
he was responsible in Northern Ireland for urban regeneration
initiatives which helped transform Belfast. He was Deputy Chairman of
the Dyson Group and currently holds executive and non-executive
Directorships in industry. He is active in philanthropy through Mencap
and other charities)