In recent years Theresa has allocated some of her time to writing. Some of this work was inspired by Philanthropy UK, including the first edition of A Guide to Giving (2003) and Why Rich People Give (2004).
A Guide to Giving developed from the realisation that those asking for advice were raising very similar questions, and there was no single comprehensive and authoritative source of information for would-be donors. A Guide to Giving fills this gap, and the second edition is now available.
At the turn of the century a number of people and organisations were developing ideas and initiatives, and exploring issues around philanthropy – how to encourage “new” wealthy to give, what might motivate them, what concerns they might have, and in what ways we were different from the US. One such initiative was Philanthropy UK. Theresa realised that another gap in our knowledge was an understanding of the attitudes and aspirations of the wealthy in the UK. Why Rich People Give is the only book to provide a thorough analysis of this topic, and it includes a detailed chapter comparing US and UK practices, attitudes, traditions, values and tax systems.
After completing her three-year project with Philanthropy UK Theresa returned to private practice, continuing to advise institutions, often in the cultural sector, many of which were seeking to raise significant sums from individual donors. It became apparent that many organisations were facing the same issues, many displayed a lack of knowledge of best practice, and inadequate understanding of the motivations and expectations of existing and potential donors. Cultural Giving draws on Theresa’s understanding of the donor perspective, many years’ experience of working with cultural institutions, and the generosity of many experts, consultants and organisations who have shared their expertise and experience in the articles and case studies which illuminate the book.