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Wednesday, 2 July 2008, 12:00AM

Give and Take

Dame Stephanie Shirley

A lecture on philanthropy from the point of view of the donor and of the fundraiser.
Dame Stephanie Shirley arrived at Liverpool Street Station in 1939 as one of 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees saved from the Nazis. She is now an ardent philanthropist with charitable gifts totaling £50m including £5m to the IT livery company.

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In 1962, Dame Stephanie founded the software company, F.I. Group and was concerned with creating work opportunities for women with dependents - she employed only women until that practice was made illegal in 1975. She adopted the name "Steve" to help her in the male-dominated business world. She officially retired at the age of 60 in 1993 and has taken up philanthropy since then. Dame Stephanie was awarded an OBE in 1980 and promoted to DBE in 2000. Through the Shirley foundation, she has donated much of her wealth to causes such as the Worshipful Company of Information Technoligists and the Autism Research Centre. From May 2009 until May 2010, she served as the UK's Ambassador for Philanthropy.

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2 July 2008

Give and Take
Dame Stephanie Shirley

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