Mark Greer is managing director of philanthropy services at the Charities Aid Foundation, where he works with ‘wealth managers, family offices and professional advisors to provide world class philanthropy services clients and their families’. He oversees CAF's philanthropy services including private clients, legacy services, corporate advisory and giving services and CAF's grantmaking and charity advisory work.
Mark joined CAF in 2016 to lead the CAF American Donor Fund team, working with private clients and their families to help achieve their philanthropic goals around the world.
Mark has spent much of his professional life working with people to help them realise their philanthropic ambitions. Mark’s knowledge includes philanthropy and philanthropy advice, social investment, fundraising, major donors, cross border giving, donor advised funds and other charitable giving vehicles.
Prior to joining CAF, Mark worked as Philanthropy Director at UK Community Foundations and the CEO of the Beacon Awards for Philanthropy. Earlier in his career, Mark led programmes engaged in intercultural work and community development as well as working for a British MP and an ultra high net worth family in Miami, Florida.
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Mark Greer is managing director of philanthropy services at the Charities Aid Foundation, where he works with ‘wealth managers, family offices and professional advisors to provide world class philanthropy services to UHNW clients and their families’.
BPP Law School: Graduate Diploma, Law 2013
University of Wales, Spurgeon's College: B.D., Theology 2006
- Beacon Awards for Philanthropy
- UK Community Foundations
Media Appearances (9)
Ukraine humanitarian crisis: what is the most effective way to help?
The Guardian online
Charities prefer donations of cash as it can be accessed in minutes. Here experts give their tips on how to give.
Nearly a quarter of eligible donors do not claim Gift Aid, finds CAF poll
Civil Society Media
Charities are missing out on “hundreds of millions of pounds” because 23% of eligible donors do not use Gift Aid, the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has warned.
Donations from UK’s richest have fallen 20% despite their income rising
UK Fundraising online
Despite seeing their income increase by 10% in the years preceding the pandemic, Britain’s wealthiest people reduced their typical donation to charity by more than a fifth during the same time.
The Charities Aid Foundation: ‘Covid-19 has been a huge shock to the charitable sector’
I run the CAF Trust and the CAF American Donor Fund. These offer wealthy individuals an alternative to setting up their own foundation. Instead they set up an account with us and we do all the admin, governance work, compliance work, reporting, the Charity Commission, Companies House… We take away the hassle.
Amount donated by the rich falls to £3.16bn, says Sunday Times Giving List
Civil Society News
Mark Greer, head of private clients at CAF, said that the increase seen in philanthropists giving to higher education in the UK is consistent with what CAF are seeing. Greer said: “The rise in giving to higher education very much chimes with what we have seen at CAF. For many years education has been the most popular cause supported by dual US-UK taxpayers through the CAF American Donor Fund, reflecting the American tradition of donors supporting schools and universities they attended, or their children may have attended.
Where Are The Billionaires Today One Year After Notre Dame?
Speaking to me as France went into lockdown, Mark Greer, head of private clients at Charities Aid Foundations (CAF), saw similar sentiment: "Over the last few days, my team have been having a lot of clients calling up and saying what can I do? What should I be doing?"
Charities need ‘unrestricted’ donations right now – Covid-19 appeal from the Charities Aid Foundation
Spear’s: What has been the initial response to the crisis? Mark Greer: There are two big things that we’ve done so far. First, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched an appeal for funding specifically to tackle Covid-19 and focusing on at-risk communities around the world as the virus spreads. The way that is structured is that there is a UN foundation in New York and there is a Swiss foundation that are receiving those funds and passing that through to the WHO for their work.
Charities Fighting Coronavirus Are Left Struggling
"Some of the impact of the social distancing measures has been really damaging for charity's normal fundraising activities," says Mark Greer, head of private clients at Charities Aid Foundations (CAF). "There is a real risk that charitable donations fall off."
The American Talks – Mark Greer, Head of CAF American Donor Fund
Mark discusses the CAF American Donor Fund from Charities Aid Foundation, and explains how US Citizens living, working and giving in the UK can benefit
Event Appearances (2)
FT Wealth Management Summit 2020
Financial Times Live Digital Conference
FT Wealth Management Summit 2021
Financial Times Live London
Taking the Sting out of disinheritanceYour Money
Sting's announcement that he will not be passing his entire £180 million fortune to his children because he believes it would be an "albatross around their necks" has sparked a debate about inherited wealth.
As clients head into the ‘new normal’ – are you ready to talk charitable giving?Accountancy Age
Amid debate around the UK’s response to the coronavirus and timings of lockdown, the one point of near universal agreement is that lives are for ever changed – and for many, so are our priorities. For many clients, the ‘new normal’ will mean they return to organisations that are struggling, some are shrinking, some will disappear, while most are considering how to mobilise and motivate a workforce which remains largely at home.
The Coronavirus Crisis – how charities need our help more than everThe American
As I write in the thick of the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown, it’s near impossible to come to terms with the tragedy – the tens of thousands of deaths, the hundreds of thousands who have fallen seriously ill and the billions worldwide who find ourselves in lockdown measures that have wreaked havoc in the US and world economies. For many of us, especially in the first days, it was a struggle to know how to respond, how to help, even where to begin.
Philanthropy in 2013: Can Anybody Play?The Huffington Post
We're not in the business of telling people to give up their money, but we do promote the idea that anyone can be a philanthropist. The word philanthropist isn't just defined by the Bill and Melinda Gates of the world.