Although Charles Dickens was never hugely wealthy, he was very active in various philanthropic efforts, and using the best materials he had at his disposal, his words and fame. He published articles and gave readings to raise money for causes including Great Ormond Street Hospital and the forerunner of the Battersea Dogs Home.
Dickens also advised the immensely rich Angela Burdett-Coutts, about how to conduct her substantial philanthropy. In 1837, she became the wealthiest woman in England when she inherited a fortune from the Coutts banking banking of nearly £3million. Dickens worked with Burdett-Coutts on projects including the establishment of a home for ‘fallen women’ and the helping of a poor school at Field Lane.
This map shows you where some of Dickens philanthropic efforts were located.