Footballer Marcus Rashford MBE is in a league of his own as far as philanthropy is concerned.
Marcus Rashford was ranked the most generous donor in The Sunday Times Giving List 2021.
The England and Manchester United striker has become the youngest person to top The Sunday Times Giving List.
Annual publication, compiled by Robert Watts, is a measure of philanthropy by the wealthiest people and families in the UK.
The ranking is based on the sums donated to or raised for charity against the wealth valuation for those individuals or families.
Marcus Rashford and child food poverty
Rashford’s charitable support is all the more impressive in this context.
He also appears in the Young Rich List, another element of The Sunday Times Rich List, for the first time this year.
His wealth is estimated at £16 million.
Marcus Rashford’s charitable giving includes his principled and high-profile campaign.
He also ensured that children eligible for free school meals would continue to be fed.
Children were to be fed regularly when schools were shut during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Twice he had to challenge the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to secure that action by government.
His End Child Food Poverty campaign resulted in the British Government changing its approach.
In addition, he committed £400 million to support vulnerable children across the UK, supporting 1.7 million children for the next 12 months.
Rashford is acting as an ambassador for food poverty charity FareShare.
His efforts also generated an estimated £20 million of additional donations to the charity.
This gives him a Giving Index of 125.
This unusual calculation represents the £20 million raised as 125% of his net worth of £16 million.
It is a little odd in that sense.
For example, if inspiring others to give was part of the equation then the late Captain Sir Tom Moore might have a claim, although he was not of course ever listed in the Sunday Times Rich List.
Rashford is joined by another footballer on The Sunday Times Giving List in Jordan Henderson.
Henderson, the captain of Liverpool, is ranked sixth.
Henderson marked his role in raising £4m for NHS Charities.
He did so fellow Premier League footballers through the #PlayersTogether coronavirus appeal.