Plum has been at NPC for thirteen years and provides advice on effective giving to a range of clients, including individuals and families, corporate foundations and grant-making trusts. This work has included helping various family trusts as they start out with their giving, finding and analysing organisations for them to fund, and is retained on an annual basis by a number of European family foundations to assist with all levels of their grant-making. Her work with corporates includes reviewing the impact of a major financial services company, and sourcing, researching and selecting candidates from around the world for the prestigious philanthropy award of a European bank. She also works with funders on social investment–she has helped to develop a social impact framework for a property fund as well as reviewing the social impact of a Californian-based foundation’s investment portfolio.
Plum also works with a range of private client advisors, including private banks, lawyers and family offices, helping them to better support their clients’ giving. As part of this role, she regularly trains advisors on developing their philanthropy knowledge and speaks at roundtables /seminars on issues relating to philanthropy and wealth.
Before joining NPC in 2003, Plum was Head of European Equity Strategy at Merrill Lynch. She has also worked with small businesses and charities in London and Cape Town. She is currently a trustee of the Shackleton Foundation, which supports social entrepreneurs with innovative and scalable ideas striving to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people.