About Charities Aid Foundation 

We are a leading charity that exists to accelerate progress in society towards a fair and sustainable future for all. We use our unique position to bring charities, business, and philanthropists together to simplify giving, allowing charities to focus more on the great work they do. In the last year, we’ve distributed over £1 billion to more than 160,000 non-profits around the world.


How do we do this?

By serving the charity sector

Helping charities and social enterprises thrive is at the heart of what we do. As a charity, we understand the challenges – and the value – in being a non-profit organisation. With our advisory services, funding and finance solutions, we help other charities carry out life-changing work and strengthen their long-term resilience. What we do goes beyond financial support. Through our research and policy work, we speak up for the charitable sector and donors with government, policymakers and regulators.


By making giving easier

The charities we work with need their donors’ generosity more than ever. Whether it is a one-off donation, setting up long-term giving, or embarking on a philanthropic journey, we link generous people with causes they want to help. We are as ambitious about philanthropy as our donors. At CAF, we are aiming to be a centre of excellence in grantmaking, and a leader in social and impact investing, bringing exciting and innovative opportunities to our clients and partners.


Through international reach

From our offices in the UK, America and Canada, we enable hundreds of millions of pounds each year to move across borders and arrive safely with thousands of charities to make a greater impact. We convene an international network of like-minded charitable organisations where each partner is an expert in their region. Together, we inspire innovation, share best practice and improve crossborder giving. Our collective aim is to achieve a global impact, providing donors and charities with a range of ways to give internationally, while ensuring the highest standards of regulatory compliance.


Through shared values

CAF Bank is a specialist provider for the charity sector, and a key part of the CAF group. The bank’s services are geared towards helping organisations support the people who need them. This includes helping borrowers to find affordable solutions, with any surplus we make reinvested. Our emphasis on sustainability continues to grow and charitable clients can now access a range of ESG-focused investment funds. This is a vital step towards creating a fair and sustainable future for all.

How we help

Charities

We enable charities and social enterprises to do more life-changing work through our advisory services, funding and finance solutions.

These include strategy and planning, banking, investments, fundraising tools and social investment.

Donors

We partner with companies and private donors to realise greater impact with their giving.

Our regulatory expertise and sector-leading charity validation ensure effective, quick and safe cross-border giving.

Public sector

We work with governments, non-profit organisations and charity partners to achieve maximum impact, including delivering large-scale grantmaking programmes.

We act as a voice of the charitable sector with Government, policymakers and regulators to ensure appropriate conditions for donors, charities and social enterprises.

How we deliver for charities

Enabling charities to do more for their communities.

North East Young Dads and Lads: Finding corporate partners



How the young men's charity diversified their income and strengthened their long-term sustainability with our charity advisory support.

Snowdrop Project: Creating stability and safety with a permanent home



How the trafficking charity secured a new home to continue its vital work with a loan from CAF Bank.

HISBE: Making sustainable food accessible to all



How sustainable social enterprise HISBE Food opened its first and second stores with social investment from CAF Venturesome.

How we deliver for companies 

Supporting corporate giving programmes to deliver real social impact.

TSG: Co-designing a corporate giving strategy to tackle the digital divide



How we supported Technology Services Group to identify their focus, create an impact statement and design an impact framework.

Johnson Matthey: Aligning strategy with purpose



How Johnson Matthey are improving access to STEM education with their flagship global community impact programme, Science and Me, with our advisory support.

AstraZeneca: Partnering to deliver on Sustainable Development Goals



How AstraZeneca have reached 12m+ young people in tackling non-communicable diseases with our grantmaking and verification support.

How we deliver for individuals 

Empowering individuals to give with greater impact.

John Sharp: Saving lives at sea



How a CAF Legacy pledger followed in his ancestor’s footsteps to fund the build of a RNLI lifeboat.

Private client: Delivering lasting impacts for nature



How a CAF client is creating a wilder Kent in memory of his late wife.

Martin Lewis: Achieving long-term social impact



How the consumer champion uses a CAF Charitable Trust to give strategically to the causes that matter to him.

Trends and insights for the charitable sector

Our thought leadership in research, insight and policy work helps inform and shape the giving landscape in the UK and around the world. Our expertise is routinely sought to represent the sector and offer constructive and informed views to bring clarity to public debates in support of the work charities do.

News and commentary

Our media team is one of the leading sources of information and insights on charities and giving.

View our press room

Our research

World-class research and analysis for charities, companies, donors, policy-makers and journalists.

Read our latest research

A champion for charities

Acting as a voice for charities, donors and their beneficiaries, our policy work ensures their needs are heard.

View our latest campaigns

Highlights from our recent work 

What's on the horizon for charity trustees?


Unique insights on the future of trusteeship from our research report with the ICAEW.

The Sunday Times Giving List 2022


The top 200 philanthropists in the UK in 2022 and the leading Giving List donors of the past 20 years.

World Giving Index 2022


The CAF World Giving Index offers a unique glimpse of global trends in generosity.