The famed generosity of the people of Northern Ireland past, present and future will be in the spotlight during the fifth annual Philanthropy Fortnight from May 8-19.

A diverse programme of events was unveiled at Clifton House at the launch of this annual celebration of charitable giving.

The programme explores many aspects of philanthropy including the importance of its heritage, legacy fund-raising, the particular role of women and young people in charity and the importance of philanthropy to the arts.

Philanthropy Fortnight involves close collaboration between a range of partner organisations including Belfast Charitable Society, Giving Northern Ireland, Arts & Business, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, NI Environment Link, Will to Give and the Fermanagh Trust.

Paula Reynolds, Chief Executive of Belfast Charitable Society said, “Given the current issues in securing funding for those on the ground, it is imperative that we come together to encourage philanthropic giving and improve access to this funding for groups who are making a difference within their communities.”

Philanthropy Fortnight will shine  a spotlight on what philanthropy looks like in the 21st century.