Creating impact together.

Our aim is to bring new perspectives to an underexposed field of research and knowledge.

The Marshall Institute will bring together the principal actors in private action for public benefit to share information, data, projects, and practice. We provide a platform for exchange between the key actors in the field, be they investors, foundations, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, or government agencies.

Upcoming events

22nd Feb 2021, 4pm-5pm GMT (Online event)

Philanthropy - from Aristotle to Zuckerberg

Paul Vallely, Professor Rob Reich, Fran Perrin and Professor Stephan Chambers

The super-rich are silently and secretly shaping our world. In this exploration of historical and contemporary philanthropy, author Paul Vallely reveals how this far-reaching change came about. Vivid with anecdote and scholarly insight, this survey - from the ancient Greeks to today's high-tech geeks - provides an original take on the history of philanthropy. It shows how giving has, variously, been a matter of honour, altruism, religious injunction, political control, moral activism, enlightened self-interest, public good, personal fulfilment and plutocratic manipulation. Highly engaging and meticulously researched, Paul Vallely's authoritative account of philanthropy then and now critiques the excessive utilitarianism of much modern philanthrocapitalism and points to how philanthropy can rediscover its soul.

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Past events  


3rd Feb 2021

The Epic Potential of Empowering Women

Professor Linda Scott and Professor Stephan Chambers 

2nd Dec 2021

10½ Lessons from Experience

 Dame Minouche Shafik and Sir Paul Marshall

29th Sep 2020:

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

Professor Rebecca Henderson and Professor Nava Ashraf

10th Sep 2020:

The Serendipity Mindset: the art and science of creating good luck

Dr Christian Busch and Prof Connson Locke

6th July 2020:

Impact: reshaping capitalism to drive real change

Sir Ronald Cohen and Prof Nava Ashraf

18th May 2020: 
Move fast and fix things: what the pandemic should teach us about entrepreneruship for the public good

Prof Stephan Chambers and Dr Jonathan Roberts

10th March 2020: 
Under the Influence: putting peer pressure to work

Professor Robert H Frank & Professor Sir Julian Le Grand

2nd March 2020:
Power, Philanthropy and Inequality 

 Dr Luna Glucksburg, Sonia Medina & Stephan Chambers

Part of the LSE Festival 2020: Shape the World 


Social Integration and Inequality in London

Afua Hirsch, Sadiq Khan & Stephan Chambers

ESELA Annual Conference 

The conference convened lawyers, investors, entrepreneurs and academics for an in-depth look at the role of law and lawyers in the impact revolution. 

Faith & Philanthropy: Is religion a force for good? 

Revd Canon Dr James Walters, Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand & Iqbal Nasim


How relationships change the world, and where to go with what we know

David Robinson, Hilary Cottam, Jon Cruddas and Stephan Chambers

A Better World is Possible – the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Social Progress

Lord Sainsbury and Stephan Chambers 

Beveridge and Voluntary Action for the 21st Century

Dr Jonathan Roberts, Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett and Kawsar Zaman 

The Five Giants and the Ministers who Made a Difference

Sir Julian Le Grand and Nicholas Timmins

Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is failing democracy and how it can do better

Stephan Chambers and Rob Reich

The V-Day Movement

Stephan Chambers & Eve Ensler

A Social Entrepreneur’s Story: The future of resilient identity

Stephan Chambers & Tey Al Rjula

Film Screening of 'Bending the Arc'

Stephan Chambers & Cori Stern

The Nature of Business - what can natural systems teach us about creating a healthy economy?

Stephan Chambers & Tom Rippin


In Conversation with Michael Sandel: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Public Good

Professor Michael Sandel and Tim Besley

The Kitchen Cabinet  

The Kitchen Cabinets are informal roundtable discussions. We invite a group of stakeholders and experts to debate pressing topic in confidence and to propose follow-up actions.

The discussions are by invitation only and are chaired by Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett (Chair and co-founder of Marshall Institute). For more information on hosting or attending a Kitchen Cabinet please contact Amelia Bradley

2020 Topics


Convened in collaboration with 


Media Philanthropy in the UK   

Macroscope London


Green Impact  

Grantham Institute / Impact Investing Institute 


2019 Topics


Convened in collaboration with  

The future regulation of charities in the UK 

The Charity Commision  

What can others learn from the success of Educate Girls?

Educate Girls 

Charities – Size and Scale, Does it Matter? 

Lloyds Foundation 

What are the Hidden Tribes within UK society as we approach the 2020s? 

More in Common 

The Role of Philanthropy in Climate Change 

The Climate Leadership Initiative  

What are foundations for? Are they trusted, how can they be accountable, and how can they defend themselves? 

Wellcome Trust 

Trust in charities 

The Charity Commision 


2018 Topics



Convened in collaboration with  

Early Year’s Education  


Voluntary Action – A Way Forward?  

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NVCO) 

Radical Help 

Hilary Cottam, Author and Social Entrepreneur  

Health Volunteers – Do Gooders or Mission Critical?  

Pro Bono Economics, Bank of England 

The Right to Human Rights Education 

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights  

Data for the Public Good  

360 Giving