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We regularly bring you stories about individuals in this amazing City who do extraordinary things to raise funds to help others.

I would like to introduce you to our Christmas Charity Index, which for the first time this year is contained
within a special edition charity magazine, City A.M. Giving.
This magazine, at the time of year that is associated with giving, is focused on the selfless charity work that so many of our readers partake in to help make the world a better place.
At a time when governments around the world are so budget constrained, the work of the charitable sector becomes more important than ever.
The cornerstone of this magazine is our Charity Index, which ranks the world’s private sector charitable institutions in terms of how much they have distributed during the year. This is the fourth time we have compiled such an index and each year it gains prominence and credibility.
For the second year in a row, it has been compiled by Prof dr Theo Schuyt, an academic and expert in the field. Prof dr Schuyt, from the VU University Amsterdam and University of Maastricht, is chair of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP).
The institutions on this list, each and every one of them, excel by distributing funds to projects and organisations who enrich the lives of others and help the disadvantaged to help themselves. They have every reason to be proud of their inclusion in our index and we hope this inspires others to make their way into our league table in the future.
Elsewhere in the magazine, we have articles by Dan Corry, chief executive at NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), about companies and creating social value, and by Cheryl Chapman, director of City philanthropy, about giving in the City.
We also bring you, as we do almost every day in our newspaper, stories about individuals in this amazing city of ours who do extraordinary things to raise funds to help others.
I hope you enjoy reading this. And I wish you and your families all the very best for the festive period.
For the full World Charity Index 2014 list take a look at our interactive graphic